Dr. William Kolb

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Brief Bio

Dr. Kolb is a clinical researcher whose interest centers on knowledge translation, best methods for teaching psychomotor skills and pain management assessment.


Kolb WH, Bade MJ, Bradberry, C. Implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines for Low Back Pain: A case control cohort study in a multi-site healthcare organization. (Accepted in press) Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.

Kolb WH, McDevitt AW, Young J, Shamus E. The evolution of manual therapy education: what are we waiting for? J Man Manip Ther. 2020;28(1):1-3




Kolb WH, Caughron J, Harper B, Cunningham S, Rapp L, Wassinger C. Development of the Pre-Professional Pain Education Survey (3PES) for Assessment of Healthcare Education Pain Curricula. Accepted for APTA Combined Sections meeting, Education Section, February, 2022.

Kolb WH, Cunningham S, Parcetich K, Miner D, Glass S. Transforming Leadership Education; A Case Study Using an Experiential Learning Method in DPT Education. Accepted for APTA Combined Sections meeting, Education Section, February, 2022.

Kolb WH, Dudek A. The Paradigm of Prehabilitation, A Systematic Review of Therapeutic Validity for Total Knee Arthroplasties. Poster Presentation APTA Combined Sections Meeting. January, 2019.

Kolb WH, Leickly C, Kelly J, Hilt M, Herwald M. Effectiveness of Manual Therapy and Exercise for Patients Awaiting Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Case Series. Poster Presentation APTA Combined Sections Meeting. January, 2019.


Current Projects:


Project 1. “Validation of a New Measure on Pain Treatment Competencies”. Kolb W., Primary Investigator; Caughron J., Co-PI. Project goals: 1) Create a tool that will allow educators to assess their students’ readiness to treat patients with pain effectively; 2) Advance the understanding how healthcare professionals view the assessment and treatment of pain.

Project 2. “A Comparison of Velocity Versus Distance-Based Return to Throw Protocol Valgus Elbow Forces in Healthy Individuals”. The purpose of this study for healthy age-related baseball players is to 1) compare the medial elbow valgus forces with throws at specific distances to a velocity based effort progression and 2) determining if physical characteristics such as height, arm length, elbow circumference, range of motion and strength for the shoulder and thoracic regions affect medial elbow torques during throwing.

Project 3. Effects of Therapeutic Alliance on Recovery for Musculoskeletal Disorders in Physical Therapy. The interpersonal relationship described as rapport or alliance between patients and healthcare providers has been studied as a key concept of treatment outcome. This concept referred to as "Therapeutic Alliance" (TA) has been described as a sense of collaboration, warmth, and support between the client and therapist. TA has been well studied between patients and physicians or psychologists, however limited research has studied TA between patients and physical therapists. The main objectives of this study are to compare TA in the outpatient physical therapy setting for patients recovering from musculoskeletal disorders.