Jessica Johnson

Assistant Professor


Awards & Recognition

  • University of Delaware Graduate and Professional Education 2019 Summer Doctoral Fellowship Award
  • Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) Academy of Advanced Item Writers, inducted 2019
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, inducted 2018
  • University of Delaware Graduate and Professional Education 2018 Professional Development Travel Award
  • Center for Biomedical Engineering Research Symposium Best Poster Award, 2017
  • University of Puget Sound Trustee Scholarship winner (highest award) 2001-2005


Professional Associations

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery, and Arthroscopy

Research Summary

Research Summary/Interests

My research focuses on lower extremity injuries: prevention, rehabilitation, and return to sport. My current research projects include a longitudinal survey of high school coaches, injury prevention programs, and team performance as well as work with the University of Minnesota athletic teams. I also have interdisciplinary collaborations involving wearable technologies and orthopedic assessment mannequin simulators.

Research Funding Grants

Grant Title: Soft wearable systems to prevent and rehabilitate musculoskeletal injuries. PI: Lucy Dunne. Granting Agency: CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

Grant Title: Simulation and Education Tool for Physical Examinations of Orthopedic Pathologies. PI: John Condon. Granting Agency: NIH SBIR/INNOVATIVE DESIGN LABS INC.


  • Johnson JL, Capin JJ, Arundale AJH, Zarzycki R, Smith AH, Snyder-Mackler L. Perturbation Training and Second ACL Injury Prevention in Female Athletes: 2-year Injury Rates in the ACL- SPORTS Randomized Control Trial. In Review at JOSPT.
  • Johnson JL, Irrgang J, Risberg MA, Snyder-Mackler L. Can We Stop Asking So Many Questions? Evaluating Responsiveness in Selected Patient Reports Outcome Measures: A Delaware-Oslo Cohort Study. In Review at AJSM.
  • Pederson, M. Johnson JL, Grindem H, Magnusson K, Snyder-Mackler L, Risberg, MA. Prognostic factors for knee function and physical activity two to ten years after anterior cruciate ligament injury or reconstruction - a systematic review. In review at JOSPT.
  • Capin JJ, Failla M, Smith AH, Zarzycki R, Dix C, Johnson JL, Risberg MA, Huston LJ, Spindler KP, Snyder-Mackler L. Superior 2-Year Functional Outcomes Among Young Female Athletes After ACL Reconstruction in Just 10 Post-Operative Return-to-Sport Training Sessions. Orthop J Sports Med. 2019 Aug; 7(8).

Peer Reviewed Oral Presentations

  • "Creating A Crosswalk For Knee Outcomes After ACLR From The KOOS(5) To The IKDC-SKF" 2021 International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.
  • “Higher rates of return to sport and competitive level when a specialized intervention is post-ACLR compared to pre-ACLR” 2021 European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee surgery, and Arthroscopy (ESSKA)
  • Perturbation Training and Second ACL Injury Prevention: An ACL-Sports Study” 2020 APTA CSM, Denver, Colorado.
  • Can We Stop Asking So Many Questions? Evaluating Responsiveness in Selected Patient Reported Outcome Measures: A Delaware-Oslo Cohort Study” 2019 International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS), Cancun, Mexico
  • Second injuries after ACL reconstruction: hop performance versus non-modifiable factors” 2019 APTA CSM, Washington DC

Teaching Summary

  • DPT: Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation; Clinical Integration
  • MS/PhD: Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature

Clinical Summary

Board Certifications

  • Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, American Physical Therapy Association, 2011, recertified through 2031
  • APTA-Credentialed Clinical Instructor since 2014