Andrew Guccione, PT, PhD, DPT, FAPTA
Dr. Andrew A. Guccione is Professor and Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Science.
Dr. Guccione received his PhD in Sociology from Boston University with a certificate in Gerontological Studies, a Master's degree in Philosophy from Temple University, and a Master's degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University. His DPT was awarded by the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2003. He has held faculty-level appointments at Sargent College, Boston University; Boston University School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; MGH Institute of Health Professions; and George Washington University.
Previously, Dr. Guccione was Deputy Director, Health Services Research and Development Service, Office of Research and Development, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC. Dr. Guccione also spent 10 years as Senior Vice President, Division of Practice and Research, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Before moving to the Washington DC area, he was Director of Physical Therapy Services at Massachusetts General Hospital, and also worked for 11 years with the Boston University Multipurpose Arthritis Center as part of the Health Services Research Unit.
Dr. Guccione's research interests are in functional outcomes after rehabilitation, most recently focused on overground locomotion training after spinal cord injury. He has received grant funding from the Arthritis Foundation and the Foundation for Physical Therapy, and was the recipient of a Special Emphasis Research Career Award from the National Institute on Aging. His clinical practice has centered mainly on older adults.
In addition to authoring or co-authoring over 45 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and over 40 book chapters and articles, Dr. Guccione is the editor of a textbook in geriatric physical therapy, now in its third edition and translated into three languages, and is currently an editorial board member of the Archives of Physiotherapy. He has also contributed to the editorial boards of Arthritis Care and Research, Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, and Work.
Dr. Guccione's contributions to APTA's Massachusetts Chapter earned him the chapter's Mary MacDonald Service Award and the chapter's Research Award. Dr. Guccione was the first chairperson of the Geriatric Specialty Council for American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and led the team that developed the first clinical specialist examination in geriatric physical therapy. Nationally, he has served on the Judicial Committee (as it was then called), and also was elected to two terms on the Board of Directors as Speaker of the House. He has been honored by APTA with a Lucy Blair Service Award in 1989, and election as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow in 1998. He has also been honored with the APTA's Rothstein Award for Scientific Writing, and delivered the Association's 41st McMillan Lecture in 2010.
DPT, , MGH Institute of Health Professions (2003)
PhD, Sociology, Boston University (1988)
MSPT, Physical Therapy, Sargent College of Allied Health Professions (1978)
MA, Philosophy, Temple University (1975)
AB cum laude, English, Boston College (1972)
- Physical therapy
- Spinal cord injury
- Functional outcomes
- Therapeutic exercise
- Gait training
Vanti, C., Villafañe, J. H., Branchini, M., Giacobazzi, M., Ruggeri, M., Negrini, S., Guccione, A., & Pillastrini, P. (2017). The Italian version of the Outpatient Physical Therapy Improvement in Movement Assessment Log: cross-cultural adaptation and psychometric properties. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 2017 Oct 13. [Epub ahead of print]
Vanti C., Andreatta, S., Borghi, S., Guccione, A. A., Pillastrini, P., & Bertozzi, L. (2017). The effectiveness of walking versus exercise on pain and function in chronic low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials. Disability and Rehabilitation, 1–11. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2017.1410730
Gollie, J. M., Herrick, J. E., Keyser, R. E., Chin, L. M. K., Collins, J. P., Shields, R. K., & Guccione, A. A. (2017). Fatigability, oxygen uptake kinetics and muscle deoxygenation in incomplete spinal cord injury during treadmill walking. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 117(10), 1989–2000.
Gollie, J. M., & Guccione, A. A. (2017). Overground locomotor training in spinal cord injury: A performance-based framework. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, 23(3), 226–233.
Panza, G. S., Guccione, A. A., Chin, L. M., Gollie, J. M., Herrick, J. E., & Collins, J. P. (2017). Effects of overground locomotor training on the ventilatory response to volitional treadmill walking in individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury: a pilot study. Spinal Cord Series and Cases, 3, 17011.
Gollie, J. M., Guccione, A. A., Panza, G. S., Jo, P. Y., & Herrick, J. E. (2017). Effects of Overground Locomotor Training on Walking Performance in Chronic Cervical Motor Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury: A Pilot Study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 98(6), 1119–1125.
Morghen, S., Morandi, A., Guccione, A. A., Bozzini, M., Guerini, F., Gatti, R., Del Santo, F., Gentile, S., Trabucchi, M., & Bellelli, G. (2017). The association between patient participation and functional gain following inpatient rehabilitation. Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, 29(4), 729–736.
de Lima e Sá Resende, F., Vanti, C., Banchelli, F., Trani Brandao, J. G., Oliveira Amorim, J. B., Villafañe, J. H., Guccione, A. A., Pillastrini, P. (2017). The effect of Global Postural Reeducation on body weight distribution in sitting posture and on musculoskeletal pain. A pilot study. Medicina Del Lavoro, 108(3), 187–196.
Pillastrini, P., de Lima e Sá Resende, F., Banchelli, F., Burioli, A., di Ciaccio, E., Guccione, A. A., Villafañe, J.H., & Vanti, C. (2016). Effectiveness of global postural re-education in patients with chronic nonspecific neck pain: Randomized controlled trial. Physical Therapy, 96(9), 1408–1416.
Bertozzi, L., Rosso, A., Romeo, A., Villafañe, J. H., Guccione, A. A., Pillastrini, P., & Vanti, C. (2015). The accuracy of pain drawing in identifying psychological distress in low back pain-systematic review and meta-analysis of diagnostic studies. Journal of Physical Therapy Science, 27(10), 3319–3324.
Bortolami, A., Vanti, C., Banchelli, F., Guccione, A. A., & Pillastrini, P. (2015). Relationship Between Female Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Sexual Dysfunction: An Observational Study. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 12(5), 1233–1241.
Meroni, R., Piscitelli, D., Bonetti, F., Zambaldi, M., Cerri, C. G., Guccione, A. A., & Pillastrini, P. (2015). Rasch Analysis of the Italian version of Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS-I). Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 28(4), 661–673.
Vanti, C., Bertozzi, L., Gardenghi, I., Turoni, F., Guccione, A. A., & Pillastrini, P. (2015). Effect of taping on spinal pain and disability: Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials. Physical Therapy, 95(4), 493–506.
Meroni, R., Piscitelli, D., Bonetti, F., Zambaldi, M., Guccione, A. A., & Pillastrini, P. (2015). Rasch analysis of the Italian version of fear avoidance beliefs questionnaire (FABQ-I). Disability and Rehabilitation, 37(2), 151–157.
Pillastrini, P., Vanti, C., Curti, S., Mattioli, S., Ferrari, S., Violante, F. S., & Guccione, A. (2015). Using PubMed search strings for efficient retrieval of manual therapy research literature. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 38(2), 159–166.
Vanti, C., Pillastrini, P., Monticone, M., Ceron, D., Bonetti, F., Piccarreta, R., Guccione, A., & Violante, F. S. (2014). The Italian version of the physical therapy patient satisfaction questionnaire - [PTPSQ-I(15)]: Psychometric properties in a sample of inpatients. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 15, 135.
Vanti, C., Bonetti, F., Ceron, D., Piccarreta, R., Violante, F. S., Guccione, A., & Pillastrini, P. (2014). Cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the Physical Therapy Outpatient Satisfaction Survey in an Italian musculoskeletal population. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 14, 125.
Guccione, A. A. (2014). Resilience and self-efficacy as mediators of quality of life in geriatric rehabilitation. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 30(3), 164–169.
Bertozzi, L., Gardenghi, I., Turoni, F., Villafañe, J. H., Capra, F., Guccione, A. A., & Pillastrini, P. (2013). Effect of therapeutic exercise on pain and disability in the management of chronic nonspecific neck pain: Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials. Physical Therapy, 93(8), 1026–1036.
Vanti, C., Monticone, M., Ceron, D., Bonetti, F., Piccarreta, R., Guccione, A. A., & Pillastrini, P. (2013). Italian version of the physical therapy patient satisfaction questionnaire: Cross-cultural adaptation and psychometric properties. Physical Therapy, 93(7), 911–922.
Guccione, A. A., & Mielenz, T. J. (2013). On “Psychometric properties of the Outpatient Physical Therapy Improvement in Movement Assessment Log (OPTIMAL) in patients with musculoskeletal disorders: A replication study with additional findings.” Riddle, D.L., Stratford, P.W., Carter, T.L., et al. Phys Ther. 2013;93(5):672-680. Physical Therapy, 93(5), 705–707.
Guccione, A. A., Wong, R. A., & Avers, D. (Eds.). (2012). Geriatric Physical Therapy. (3rd ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
Pillastrini, P., Gardenghi, I., Bonetti, F., Capra, F., Guccione, A., Mugnai, R., & Violante, F. S. (2012). An updated overview of clinical guidelines for chronic low back pain management in primary care. Joint Bone Spine, 79(2), 176–185.
Guccione, A. A., Harwood, K. J., Goldstein, M. S., & Miller, S. C. (2011). Can “severity-intensity” be the conceptual basis of an alternative payment model for therapy services provided under Medicare? Physical Therapy, 91(10), 1564–1569.
Pillastrini, P., Gardenghi, I., Bonetti, F., Capra, F., Guccione, A., Mugnai, R., & Violante, F. S. (2011). Clinical recommendations for the management of chronic low back pain common in primary care medicine | Recommandations cliniques pour la prise en charge des lombalgies chroniques communes en médecine de premier recours. Revue Du Rhumatisme (Edition Francaise), 78(6), 557–567.
Vanti, C., Bonfiglioli, R., Calabrese, M., Marinelli, F., Guccione, A., Violante, F. S., & Pillastrini, P. (2011). Upper limb neurodynamic test 1 and symptoms reproduction in carpal tunnel syndrome. A validity study. Manual Therapy, 16(3), 258–263.
Guccione, A. A. (2010). Destiny is now. Physical Therapy, 90(11), 1678–1690.
Vanti, C., Conteddu, L., Guccione, A., Morsillo, F., Parazza, S., Viti, C., & Pillastrini, P. (2010). The Upper Limb Neurodynamic Test 1: Intra- and Intertester Reliability and the Effect of Several Repetitions on Pain and Resistance. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 33(4), 292–299.
Pillastrini, P., Mugnai, R., Bertozzi, L., Costi, S., Curti, S., Guccione, A., Mattioli, S., Violante, F. S. (2010). Effectiveness of an ergonomic intervention on work-related posture and low back pain in video display terminal operators: A 3-year cross-over trial. Applied Ergonomics, 41(3), 436–443.
Ganz, S. B., Peterson, M. G. E., Russo, P. W., & Guccione, A. (2007). Functional recovery after hip fracture in the subacute setting. HSS Journal, 3(1), 50–57.
Guccione, A. A., Mielenz, T. J., DeVellis, R. F., Goldstein, M. S., Freburger, J. K., Pietrobon, R., Miller, S.C., Callahan, L.F., Harwood, K., & Carey, T. S. (2005). Development and testing of a self-report instrument to measure actions: Outpatient Physical Therapy Improvement in Movement Assessment Log (OPTIMAL). Physical Therapy, 85(6), 515–530.
Guccione, A. A. (2001). Invited commentary on McGinty, S. M., Cicero, M. C., Cicero, J. M. E., Schultz-Janney, L., & Williams-Shipman, K. L. Reasons Given by California Physical Therapists for Not Belonging to the American Physical Therapy Association. Phys Ther. 2001;81(6):1224–1230. Physical Therapy, 81(6), 1231–1232.
Goldstein, M. S., Elliott, S. D., & Guccione, A. A. (2000). The development of an instrument to measure satisfaction with physical therapy. Physical Therapy, 80(9), 853–863.
Guccione, A. A., Goldstein, M., & Elliott, S. (2000). Clinical Research Agenda for physical therapy. Physical Therapy, 80(5), 499–513.
Grinspoon, S., Corcoran, C., Lee, K., Burrows, B., Hubbard, J., Katznelson, L., Walsh, M., Guccione, A., Cannan, J., Heller, H., Basgoz, N., & Klibanski, A. (1996). Loss of lean body and muscle mass correlates with androgen levels in hypogonadal men with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and wasting. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 81(11), 4051–4058.
Guccione, A. A., Fagerson, T. L., & Anderson, J. J. (1996). Regaining functional independence in the acute care setting following hip fracture. Physical Therapy, 76(8), 818–826.
Guccione, A. A. (1996). Physical therapy for musculoskeletal syndromes. Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America, 22(3), 551–562.
Guccione, A. A., Anderson, J. J., Anthony, J. M., & Meenan, R. F. (1995). The correlates of health perceptions in rheumatoid arthritis. Journal of Rheumatology, 22(3), 432–439.
Guccione, A. A. (1994). Arthritis and the process of disablement. Physical Therapy, 74(5), 408–414.
Guccione, A. A., Felson, D. T., Anderson, J. J., Anthony, J. M., Zhang, Y., Wilson, P. W. F., Kelly-Hayes, M., Wolf, P.A., Kreger, B.E., & Kannel, W. B. (1994). The effects of specific medical conditions on the functional limitations of elders in the Framingham study. American Journal of Public Health, 84(3), 351–358.
Guccione, A. A. (1993). Invited commentary on Dekker, J., Van Baar, M. E., Curfs, et al, Diagnosis and treatment in physical therapy: An investigation of their relationship. Phys Ther. 1993;73(9):568-77. Physical Therapy, 73(9), 577-578.
Meenan, R. F., Mason, J. H., Anderson, J. J., Guccione, A. A., & Kazis, L. E. (1992). AIMS2. The Content and Properties of a Revised and Expanded Arthritis Impact Measurement Scales Health Status Questionnaire. Arthritis & Rheumatism, 35(1), 1–10.
Guccione, A. A. (1991). Physical therapy diagnosis and the relationship between impairments and function. Physical Therapy, 71(7), 499–504.
Guccione, A. A., Felson, D. T., & Anderson, J. J. (1990). Defining arthritis and measuring functional status in elders: Methodological issues in the study of disease and physical disability. American Journal of Public Health, 80(8), 945–949.
Guccione, A. A., & Jette, A. M. (1990). Multidimensional assessment of functional limitations in patients with arthritis. Arthritis Care and Research, 3(1), 44–52.
Guccione, A. A. (1990). Invited commentary on Davis' "What is empathy, and can empathy be taught?" Phys Ther. 1990;70(11):707-11; Physical Therapy, 70(11):712-714.
Guccione, A. A., Meenan, R. F., & Anderson, J. J. (1989). Arthritis in nursing home residents. A validation of its prevalence and examination of its impact on institutionalization and functional status. Arthritis & Rheumatism, 32(12), 1546–1553.
Guccione, A. A., & Jette, A. M. (1988). Assessing limitations in physical function in patients with arthritis. Arthritis Care and Research, 1(3), 170–176.
Guccione, A. A. (1988a). Compliance and patient autonomy: Ethical and legal limits to professional dominance. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 3(3), 62–73.
Guccione, A. A. (1988b). Needs of the elderly and the politics of health care. The social context of changes in the delivery system. Physical Therapy, 68(9), 1386–1390.
Guccione, A. A., & DeMont, M. E. (1987). Interpersonal skills education in entry-level physical therapy programs. Physical Therapy, 67(3), 388–393.
Guccione, A. A., & Jette, A. M. (1984). Regional differences in physical therapists’ incomes. Physical Therapy, 64(8), 1209–1213.
Guccione, A. A. (1980). Ethical issues in physical therapy practice. A survey of physical therapists in New England. Physical Therapy, 60(10), 1264–1272.
Guccione, A. A., & Peteet, J. O. (1979). Standing wedge for increasing ankle dorsiflexion. Physical Therapy, 59(6), 766–767.
"Effects of Intensive Task-Specific Training in Patients with SCI," Provost Multidisciplinary Research Initiative, George Mason University. 2015-2016. Role: Principal Investigator. $50,000.
"Provost PhD Award to Support Doctoral Education," Provost Office, George Mason University. 2013-2016. Role: Principal Investigator. $343,000.
"Development of a Comorbidity Index for Arthritis Research," Special Emphasis Research Career Award (Rehabilitation and Aging) National Institutes of Health (NIA) K01AG00567. 1991-1996. Role: Principal Investigator.
"The Structure of Health Perceptions in Rheumatoid Arthritis," Arthritis Foundation. 1989-91. Role: Principal Investigator
"Osteoarthritis and Physical Disability in the Elderly," National Institutes of Health (NIA) RO1AG07861. 1988-1992. Role: Co-Investigator.
"Graduate Traineeship for Dissertation Research," Foundation for Physical Therapy. 1987-88. Role: Principal Investigator.
"Arthritis Health Professional Fellowship," Arthritis Foundation. 1984-86. Role: Principal Investigator
"The Nursing Home Arthritis Project," National Institutes of Health (NIAMDKD), P60AR20613. 1981-87. Role: Co-Investigator.
Honors & Awards
Prestige Lecture, Physical Therapy Program, School of Health Science, 2017, Cleveland State University
41st Mary McMillan Lecture, 2010, APTA
Jules M. Rothstein Golden Pen Award for Scientific Writing, 2010, APTA
Kendall Symposium Lecture, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, 2003, University of Maryland
Marilyn J. Anderson Distinguished Lecture, Physical Therapy Program, 2002, US Army-Baylor University
Catherine Worthingham Fellow, 1998, APTA
Co-author, Jack Walker Award for Best Clinical Article Published in Physical Therapy, 1997, APTA
Hy Dervitz Lecture, Department of Physical Therapy, 1997, Temple University
Visiting Professor, Programa de Terapia Fisica, 1996, Universidad de Puerto Rico
Eleanor F. Branch Lecture, Graduate Program in Physical Therapy, 1995, Duke University
Margaret L. Moore Lecture, Division of Physical Therapy, 1994, University of North Carolina
Chapter Research Award, 1993, APTA Massachusetts
Distinguished Scholar Award, 1993, ARHP
Mary MacDonald Service Award, 1993, APTA Massachusetts Chapter
Lucy Blair Service Award, 1989, APTA
- Member, Board Workgroup on the Movement System, 2014-16
- Speaker of the House, 1993-1997
- Chair, Judicial Committee, 1987-88
- Judicial Committee Consultant, APTA House of Delegates 1987
- Member, Judicial Committee, 1984-88
- Consultant, Judicial Committee, 1980-82
- Member, 1977-Present
District of Columbia Chapter, APTA
- Chief Delegate, APTA House of Delegates, 2008-10; 2016
- Delegate, APTA House of Delegates, 2016
- Member, 2007-Present
Massachusetts Chapter, APTA
- Chief Delegate, APTA House of Delegates, 1989-92
- Delegate, APTA House of Delegates 1980-83, 1985-86, 1988, 1993
- Chief District Delegate, Eastern District, 1985-86, 1988
- Member, Task Force on Professional Relationships, 1985-86
- Chair, Eastern District Nominating Committee, 1985-86
- Member, Eastern District Nominating Committee, 1984-85
- Chair, Eastern District, 1982-84
- Chair, Task Force on Socioeconomic Status, 1981-82
- Chapter Newsletter Editor, 1979-81
- Member, 1977-1997
- Chair, Geriatric Specialty Council, 1989-1993
- Chair, Task Force on ACR Blue Ribbon Panel on Academic Rheumatology Recommendations 2013-15
- Member-at-large, Executive Committee, 2012-2013
- Member, Practice Committee, 2010-2012
- Chair, 1991 Annual Conference Program Committee
- Member, 1989 Annual Conference Program Committee
- Member, Core Curriculum Task Force, 1987-1989
- Member, Delphi Panel on a Core Curriculum, 1986-87
- Member, National Review Course Task Force, 1984-85
- Member, Glossary Committee, 1987-1989
- Member, Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee, 1995-1997
- Member, Chapter Bylaws Revision Task Force, 1987-88
- Member, Arthritis Health Professions Section Rules of Procedure Task Force, 1984
- Member, Arthritis Health Professions Section Nominating Committee, 1984
- Member, Chapter Professional Services Committee, 1981-82