Justin Beebe

Associate Professor and Director of the DPT Program
Justin Beebe


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About Me

Dr. Beebe joined the faculty at Simmons University in July 2013. He has been a physical therapist since 2000, and practiced primarily in orthopedic and sports physical therapy settings. Prior to coming to Simmons, he served as an assistant professor of physical therapy at the University of South Dakota for nearly five years. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association where he has served as Chair of the Abstract Review Committee for the Section on Research. He is an active researcher and manuscript reviewer.


  • Ph.D. Movement Science, Washington University in St. Louis
  • M.S. Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis
  • B.S. Psychology, University of Indianapolis


  • Massachusetts Licensed Physical Therapist

What I Teach

  • DPT 672 Frameworks for PT: Musculoskeletal System 1
  • DPT 673 Frameworks for PT: Musculoskeletal System 2
  • DPT 753 Research Seminar: Systematic Review 1
  • DPT 754 Research Seminar: Systematic Review 2
  • DPT 763 Research Seminar: Faculty Directed Research 1
  • DPT 764 Research Seminar: Faculty Directed Research 2

Research/Special Projects

My research primarily focuses on three areas. The first focuses on investigating biomechanics of human movement in children and adolescents who fear and/or avoid movement due to chronic pain. The second involves characterizing the influence of external stimuli on overhead throwing mechanics. The third involves studying the role of fatigue on position sense.


  • Yom J, Owens T, Arnett S, Beebe J, Son V. The effects of an unanticipated side-cut on lower extremity kinematics and ground reaction forces during a drop landing. Sports Biomech. 2018:1-12. doi: 10.1080/14763141.2017.1409795
  • Simons L, Vlaeyen JWS, Declercq L, Smith A, Beebe JA, Hogan M, Li E, Kronman K, Mahmud F, Corey J, Sieberg C, Ploski C. Avoid or engage? Outcomes of graded exposure in youth with chronic pain using a sequential replicated single-case randomized design. J Pain. 2019 Oct 28. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001735. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Beebe JA, Kronman C, Mahmud F, Basch M, Hogan M, Li E, Ploski C, Simons LE. Gait variability and relationships with fear, avoidance and pain in adolescents with chronic pain. 2019 (Submitted)

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Section on Research
  • Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy