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Bill Hanlon PT, DPT, MSPT, OCS

Bill Hanlon

Title: Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
School: Health Sciences
Academic Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: 814-472-3909
E-mail: bhanlon@francis.edu
Office Location: Stokes Athletic Center 229


  • BS, Physical Therapy, University of Pennsylvania
  • MSPT, Advanced Masters in Physical Therapy, Temple University
  • OCS, Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy DPT
  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Temple University


Dr. Hanlon came to Saint Francis University in the Fall of 1997 from Rainelle Medical Center, Rainelle, West Virginia. In 1988, Dr. Hanlon founded the physical therapy department at this rural community health center. From 1988 to 1997 Dr. Hanlon served as clinician, department director and clinical instructor. In 1992, Dr. Hanlon joined West Virginia University faculty as an adjunct and later served as a Field Professor for Rural Health Education Project. Dr. Hanlon enjoys swimming regularly at the Saint Francis University Olympic Pool. He maintains a part-time clinical practice in orthopedic physical therapy.

Clinical & Research Interests

Research Interest

  • Problem Based Learning Strategies
  • Lumbar Traction Effects
  • Low Back Pain in Pregnancy
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Stroke Prevention Education

Teaching Activities

  • PHTH 411 Patient/Client Management 1 - Cardiopulmonary
  • PHTH 412 Clinical Pathology 1 - Cardiopulmonary
  • PHTH 414 Patient/Client Management 2 - Musculoskeletal
  • PHTH 513 Special Topics: Advanced Orthopedics and the Whole Patient
  • PHTH 514 Patient/Client Management 4- Orthopedics of the Spine
  • PHTH 515 Clinical Pathology 4 - Multiple Systems
  • PHTH 553 Special Topics: Interdisciplinary-Problem Based Learning
Professional Activities

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association - Orthopedic Section, Cardiopulmonary Section
  • Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association

Campus Activities

  • Advisor, Physical Therapy Organization
  • Advisor, Hugs for Honduras Student Organization
  • Director, Saint Francis University Mission Team to Honduras. The Mission Team works with orphans in El Progresso, Honduras. A medical team headed by Bill Hanlon serves the poor at a local hospital.
Publications & Presentations
  • Interdisciplinary Problem Based Learning Manual, lead author
  • Radiographic Comparison of Two Lumbar Traction Methods. Poster Presentation at APTA Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, 2004.
  • Low Back Pain in Pregnancy. Presentation on clinical care of lumbar pain in the pregnant patient has been presented to family practice physicians, obstetrician groups and others.
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and the Use of a New Taping Technique, presented to the PPTA West Central District Meeting, November 2004.
  • Poster Session Processi Di Recupero in Riabilitazione, Oct. 27-28, 2006. Universitá Degli Studi Di Firenze. (Poster was presented at an international rehabilitation conference in Turati, Italy.)
  • American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, item writer 2005-2006 and 2006-2007, writing examination questions for the orthopedic clinical specialist exam.

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