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Amy McDevitt

Dr Amy McDevitt

Associate Professor, University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program

As an accomplished Associate Professor, she brings a wealth of experience in higher education, specializing in Spinal Manipulation, Outpatient Orthopedics, Education, and Clinical Research. Her strong foundation, backed by a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, coupled with a Ph.D. from the University of Newcastle, Australia, fuels her commitment to advancing the field. Throughout her career, she has contributed to numerous impactful research projects, and she is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of physical therapy professionals. Her approach emphasizes promoting learner curiosity while emphasizing the importance of clinical reasoning and patient-centeredness in the context of patient care. She is always eager to collaborate with like-minded professionals and contribute to the continued growth and success of the field of physical therapy.


Peer-Reviewed Publications: 


  1.     Cleland JA, Mintken PE, McDevitt A, Bieniek M, Carpenter K, Kulp K, Whitman JW. Manual physical therapy and exercise versus supervised home exercise in the management of patients status post inversion ankle sprain: a multi-center randomized clinical trial.  J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2013;43(7):443-455.  Winner of the Rose Excellence in Research Award for the best research article in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy 2013. 

  1.   McDevitt AM, Young J, Mintken PE, Cleland JA.  Regional interdependence and manual therapy directed at the thoracic spine.  Invited commentary.  J Man Manip Ther. 2015;23(3):139-46.

  1.   Mintken PE, McDevitt AW, Cleland JA, Boyles RE, Beardslee, AR, Burns SA, Haberl MD, Binder LA, Michener LA.  Cervicothoracic manual therapy plus exercise therapy versus exercise therapy alone in the management of individuals with shoulder pain: A multi-center randomized controlled trial.  J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2016;46(8):617-628.

  1.     Mintken PE, McDevitt AW, Michener LA, Boyles RE, Beardslee, AR, Burns SA, Haberl MD, Binder LA, Cleland JA.  Examination of the validity of a clinical prediction rule to identify patients with shoulder pain likely to benefit from cervicothoracic manual therapy. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2017;47:252-260.

  2. Sawyer EE, McDevitt AW, Louw A, Puentedura EJ, Mintken PE. Use of pain neuroscience education, tactile discrimination, and graded motor imagery in an individual with frozen shoulder. J Ortho Sports Phys Ther. 2017;1-29. doi:10.2519/jospt.2018.7716

  3. McDevitt AW, Mintken PE, Cleland JA, Bishop MD. Impact of expectations on functional recovery in individuals with chronic shoulder pain. J Man Manip Ther. 2018;26(3):136-146 doi: 10.1080/10669817.2018.1432541

  4. McDevitt A, Snodgrass S, Cleland C, Leibold M, Kraus L, Mintken P.  Treatment of individuals with bicipital tendinopathy using dry needling and eccentric exercise; A case series. Physiother Theory and Pract. 2018; DOI: 10.1080/09593985.2018.1488023

  5.     Cuka C, McDevitt A, Porter Hoke A, Karas S. Spinal manipulation after multiple fusions in an adult with scoliosis: A case report; J Man Manip Ther. 2019;115-124. DOI: 10.1080/10669817.2018.1560523.

  6. McDevitt A, Rapport MJ, Jensen G, Furze J. Utilization of the clinical reasoning assessment tool across a physical therapy curriculum: Application for teaching, learning and assessment. J Phys Ther Educ. 2019. doi: 10.1097/JTE.0000000000000110

  7. Kolb W, McDevitt A, Young J, Shamus E. The evolution of manual therapy education: What are we waiting for? J Man Manip Ther. 2020.

  8. McDevitt A, Cleland J, Strickland C, Leibold M, Borg M, Mintken P, Kretschmer R, Snodgrass S. Accuracy of long head of the biceps tendon palpation by physical therapists; J Phys Ther Sci. 2020;32(11):760-767.

  9. Shephard M, Young J, McDevitt A. A little love for case reports? Tips to enhance acceptance to publication. J Man Manip Ther. 29 (3), 133-135. doi:10.1080/10669817.2021.1918955

  10. McDevitt, AW, Cleland, JA, Rhon, DI, Altic, RAK, Courtney, DJ, Glynn, PE, & Mintken, PE. Thoracic spine thrust manipulation for individuals with cervicogenic headache: a crossover randomized clinical trial. J Man Manip Ther, 2021;1-18.

  11. McDevitt A, Rapport MJ, Rodriguez J, Miller, M. Faculty perceptions on use of the clinical reasoning assessment tool to support learning in physical therapist students: A qualitative study. J Phys Ther Educ. 2022. doi: 10.1097/JTE.0000000000000207

  12. McDevitt A, Cleland J, Addison S, Calderon L, Snodgrass S. Physical therapy interventions for the management of biceps tendinopathy: An international delphi study. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2022;17(4):677.

  13. Furze J, Black L, McDevitt A, Kobal K, Durning S, Jensen G. Clinical reasoning: A critical core competency in physical therapist education and practice. J Phys Ther. 2022.

  14. Falia M, Mintken P, McDevitt A, Michener L. Trajectory of recovery and predictors of patient acceptable symptom state (PASS) satisfactory outcome in patients with shoulder pain. J Man Manip Ther. 2022;Oct 27:1-8.

  15. McDevitt, A, O’Halloran, B, Cook, C. Cracking the code: unveiling the specific and shared mechanisms behind musculoskeletal interventions. Archives of Physiotherapy. 2023:13(1), 1-4.

  16. McDevitt A, Cooper C, Friedrich J, Anderson D, Arnold E, Clewley D.  Effect of physical therapy timing for individuals with acute low back pain on patient reported outcomes: A Systematic Review with Meta Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. PM&R. 2023 Apr 11.

  17. Cook C, Rhon D, Bialosky J, Donaldson M, George S, Hall T, Kawchuk G, Lane E, Lavassa C, Llunhc E, Louw A, Mazzieri A, McDevitt A, Reed W, Schmid A, Silva A, Smart K, Puentedura E. The Development of Manual Therapy Frameworks for Dedicated Pain Mechanisms. JOSPT Open. 2023 July 12.

  18. Bilyeu C, McDevitt A, Judd D. A blended approach to developing psychomotor skills in novice learners in a doctor of physical therapy curriculum. Medical Teacher. 2023 July 28.

  19. Cook C, O’Halloran B; McDevitt A, Keefe F. Specific and Shared Mechanisms Associated with Treatment for Chronic Neck Pain: Study Protocol for the SS-MECH Trial. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy.2023 Oct 11.

  20. McDevitt A, Cleland J, Young J, Hiefield P, Snodgrass S. Physical therapy interventions used to treat individuals with biceps tendinopathy: A scoping review. (Accepted: Brazilian Journal of Physiotherapy December 17, 2023)

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