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John McLinden

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • PT, MS
  • Phone: 401.874.2006
  • Email:
  • Mailing Address:

    University of Rhode Island
    Department of Physical Therapy
    25 West Independence Way
    Kingston, Rhode Island, 02881


Professor McLinden joined the faculty in September, 1996. He teaches in the musculoskeletal and professional issues courses, and serves as the Coordinator of Faculty Practice, University Physical Therapy. As a clinician, practice owner, consultant to private industry, and educator, Professor McLinden enjoys sharing his experiences with students in order to facilitate learning grounded in “real life” scenarios. He is currently in the dissertation phase of his PhD Program, investigating early clinical experiences in physical therapy education.


  • Integrated Clinical Experiences Prior to First Full-time Internship
  • Ergonomic handle design for tools
  • The effect of cryotherapy and exercise
  • Discharge destinations for workers after low back injury


  • University of Rhode Island & Rhode Island College, PhD in Education: in progress
  • University of Rhode Island, Master’s of Science, Physical Therapy, 1993
  • University of Rhode Island, Bachelor’s of Science, Exercise Science, 1991

Teaching Responsibility:

PHT 532     Physical Agents

PHT 537     Management Theory in PT

PHT 550     Musculoskeletal Therapeutics I

PHT 552     Musculoskeletal Therapeutics II

PHT 620     Evidence Based Inquiry

PHT 630     Evidence Based Inquiry


Professional Service:

Member: HIPAA compliance task force, University of Rhode Island

Member: Opioid task force, University of Rhode Island

Member: Lifestyles Intervention Committee


Agostinucci J, McLinden J. Ergonomic Comparison Between Right-Handle Pistol-Like Handle Style and Standard Style Paint Brush. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics [IJTR], 2016; 56: 130-137.

Elizabeth Cherry, James Agostinucci, John McLinden International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, Vol. 19, Iss. 11, 06 Nov 2012, pp 641 – 650

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