James Huddleston

Adjunct Faculty
  • Physical Therapy
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  • DPT, Simmons University
  • M.S. in Exercise Science, University of New Hampshire
  • Certificate in Physical Therapy, University of Pennsylvania
  • B.S. in Health Studies, University of New Hampshire

About Me

Dr. Huddleston joined the physical therapy faculty at Simmons University in 2008, after several years as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. He has worked in many different health care settings over the course of his career, with a concentration in acute care and mind/body medicine settings, including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the Benson/Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at MGH in Boston, and York Hospital in York, ME. He has a strong clinical background in physical rehabilitation, cardiac wellness and lifestyle behavior change. Dr. Huddleston is the author of several book chapters and articles on topics ranging from exercise to health behavior change. His current clinical work and areas of interest are in cardiac wellness, and health coaching for health promotion, wellness and chronic disease management.

What I Teach

  • PT 750: Health Promotion, Wellness, and Service Learning
  • PT 600 (04-06): Professional Seminar
  • DPT 612, 613, 712, 713: Professional Seminar 
  • SNHS 425: Care for the Care Giver
  • SNHS 429: Holistic Health Care
  • SNHS 450: The Health Care System: Interdisciplinary Perspective (short course: Building Resilience, Preventing Burnout)
  • DPT 772: Frameworks for PT: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary (Lab and tutorial)

Research/Current Activities

  • Student Perception of Professional Behaviors for the 21st Century


  • License in Physical Therapy (MA, ME, NH) 
  • Certified Health Coach (CHC): National Society of Health Coaches


Journal Articles

Pignataro, R., Huddleston, J. The use of Motivational Interviewing in Physical Therapy Education and Practice: Empowering Patients through Effective Self-Management. Journal of Physical Therapy Education 29 (2): 62-71, 2015.

Casey, A., Chang, B., Huddleston, J., et al. A Model for Integrating a Mind/Body Approach to Cardiac Rehabilitation: Outcomes and Correlators. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention 29 (4): 230 – 238, 2009.

Book Chapters

“Health Promotion and Wellness” and “Health Promotion and Behavior Change” in Teaching Strategies for Health Education and Health Promotion: Working with Patients, Families and Communities; J. Romano, A. Lowenstein, L. Foord-May (eds); Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Sudbury, MA., 2008.

“Exercise” in The Harvard Medical School Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure; Aggie
Casey, MS, RN and Herbert Benson, MD; McGraw/Hill, New York, 2006.

“Exercise Body and Soul”, co-author of “Making it Work” in Mind Your Heart; Aggie Casey, MS, RN and Herbert Benson, MD; Free Press, New York, 2004.

“Exercise: Moving Through Menopause” in Mind Over Menopause; Leslee Kagan, MS, NP; Bruce Kessel, MD; and Herbert Benson, MD, Free Press, New York, 2004.

“Exercise” in Health Promotion Throughout the Lifespan; Carole Edelman and Carol Lynn
Mandle, 4th ed. (1998) and 5th ed. (2001), Mosby, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • Massachusetts Chapter of the APTA
  • National Society of Health Coaches


  • The Stephen London Faculty-Staff Community Service Award, 2015