Chatham University

Physical Therapy (DPT) Faculty and Staff

Jason Woollard PhD, MPT
Assistant Professor
Hometown : Toledo, OH
Joined Chatham : 2010

Academic Areas of Interest

Predictors of outcome in rotator cuff surgery and subacromial impingement, Reliability of shoulder examination measurements, Factors that affect knee cartilage loss in individuals with knee osteoarthritis

Personal Areas of Interest

Playing and watching sports, traveling, reading about many different topics, trying to become a better distance runner, and enjoying time with my family


I am a 1997 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University where I received a BA in Pre-professional Zoology. I received my Masters of Physical Therapy degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia,PA. I have been a practicing physical therapist for the past 15 years and completed my PhD at the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. My current research examines the prognostic accuracy of factors that affect the outcome of rotator cuff surgery. I have two children, Antonio and Gabriela.


  • Ph.D University of Pittsburgh
  • Masters of Physical Therapy Hahnemann University
  • BA Pre-professional Zoology Ohio Wesleyan University


  • Susan B. Perry, DPT, PT, NCS; Jason Woollard, PhD, PT; Susan Little, MS, PT; Kathleen Shroyer, DPT, PT, CBIS. Relationships among Measures of Balance, Gait, and Community Integration in People with Brain Injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 2013
  • Woollard JD, Gil AB, Sparto P, Piva SR, Farrokhi S, Powers C, Kwoh K, Fitzgerald GK. Change in Knee Cartilage Volume in Individuals Completing a Therapeutic Exercise Program for Knee Osteoarthritis J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2011;41(10): doi:10.2519/jospt.2011.3633
  • Scopaz KA, Piva SR, Gil AB, Woollard JD, Oddis CV, Fitzgerald GK. Effect of baseline quadriceps activation on changes in quadriceps strength after exercise therapy in subjects with knee osteoarthritis. Arthritis Rheum. 2009. 15;61(7):951-7
  • Piva SR, Goodite EA, Azuma K, Woollard JD, Goodpaster BH, Wasko MC, Fitzgerald GK. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation and volitional exercise for individuals with rheumatoid arthritis: a multiple-patient case report. Physical Therapy. 2007. 87(8): 1064-77


  • Licensed Pennsylvania Physical Therapist


  • Member of the American Physical Therapy Association


  • Woollard JD, McMahon JP, Francis K, Prasad A, Ridge T, Irrgang JJ. A Comparison of Shoulder Motion, Torque, Pain and Self-Reported Function in Senior Olympic Athletes with and without Full Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears: Abstract and platform presentation: 2012 APTA Combined Sections Meeting
  • Woollard JD, Rodosky MW, Fitzgerald GK, Piva SR, Bost J, Irrgang JJ. Preoperative Predictors of Surgical Outcome in Patients Undergoing Subacromial Decompression With or Without Rotator Cuff Repair Abstract and e-poster presentation: 2011 Closed Meeting of the American Shoulder and Elbow Society
  • Woollard JD, Gil AB, Irrgang JJ. Are impairments of range of motion and strength about the knee associated with functional ability in patients with knee pathology? Abstract and Poster Presentation: 2008 Annual Conference and Exposition of the American Physical Therapy Association
  • Gil AB, Sparto PJ. Chambers A, Cham R, Woollard JD, Fitzgerald GK. Association between lower limb stiffness during gait and physical function in patients with knee osteoarthritis. Abstract and poster presentation for the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research’s IRR Day 2008.