Justin Laferrier

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 401.874.5626
  • Email: jlaferrier@uri.edu


Justin Z. Laferrier PT, PhD, OCS, SCS, ATP, CSCS, AIB-VR is an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Department  at the University of Rhode Island where his academic focus and expertise is in biomechanics, amputation and polytrauma rehabilitation, adaptive sport, and rehabilitation engineering. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedics and Sports from the APTA, and a Certified  Assistive Technology Professional from the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).

He has Bachelor of Arts degrees in biology and psychology, an MSPT in physical therapy from the University of Rhode Island and a PhD in rehabilitation science and technology from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Laferrier is a veteran of the US Marines and US Army and has worked all over the world evaluating and treating some of the most severe and complex conditions found today. He currently sees patients in addition to his academic duties at the University of Rhode Island. His scholarly products include several peer-reviewed publications, national and international presentations, and book chapters.


Dr. Laferrier’s research interests include:

  • Rehabilitation engineering with a focus on Mobility Related Assistive Technology
  • Development of Low-cost Load-variable Lower Limb Prosthetic Systems
  • Polytrauma rehabilitation
  • Benefits of Participation in Adaptive Sports
  • Blood flow restriction


  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2012
  • M.S.P.T., University of Rhode Island, 2002
  • B.A., University of Rhode Island, 1999

Teaching Responsibility:

  • PHT 510  Biomechanics
  • PHT 655  Diagnostic Imaging
  • PHT 610, 620, 630, 640  Evidence Based Inquiry I – IV

Selected Publications

Laferrier JZ, Muldowney K, Muldowney K. A Novel Exercise Protocol for Individuals with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome: A Case Report, Journal of Novel Physiotherapies, pp. 1-4, Vol 8, Issues 2, 2018.

Laferrier JZ, Groff A, Hale S, Sprunger N. A Review of Commonly Used Prosthetic Feet for Developing Countries: A Call for Research and Development, Journal of Novel Physiotherapies, pp. 1-10, Vol 8, Issues 1, 2018.

Peterson SL, Laferrier JZ, Koontz AM, Wang H, Hannan M, Cooper RA. Psychological Strategies of Veterans Who Participate in Organized Sports. Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health, pp. 1-27, Vol 3, Issue 2, 2017.

Laferrier JZ, Teodorski TE, Sprunger NA, Miller M, Cooper RA. Investigation of the Impact of Sports participation on Psychosocial Outcomes in individuals with Disabilities. A Prospective Longitudinal Study, Journal of Novel Physiotherapies, pp. 1-12, Vol 7, Issues 5, 2017.

Mala J, Szivak TK, Flanagan SD, Comstock BA, Laferrier JZ, Maresh CM, Kramer WJ. The Role of Strength and Power During Performance of High Intensity Military Tasks Under Heavy Load Carriage. The US Army Medical Department Journal, pp. 3-11, April-June 2015.

Gaunaurd IA, Roach K, Raya MA, Linberg A, Laferrier JZ, MAJ (ret) Stuart M. Campbell S, Hooper R, Scoville C, Gailey RS. Variables That Predict High-level Mobility, as measured by the Comprehensive High-Level Activity Mobility Predictor (CHAMP) Performance, in Service Members with Traumatic Lower Limb Loss. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, pp. 969-984, Vol. 50, No.7, 2013.  

Laferrier JZ, Sporner ML, Liu T, Cooper RA, Rice I, Cooper R, Pearlman J, Technology to Improve Sports Performance in Wheelchair Sports, Journal of Sports Technology, pp. 4-19, Vol. 5, 2012.