James R. Brennan PT, Ph.D.


Doctor of Physical Therapy


Associate Professor

Contact info: 

Email: [email protected]                              
: 518-244-2058
Office: Ricketts Hall

Degree Information:

PhD University of Massachusetts 2006
Dissertation Title “Chronic Pain and Working Women in Berkshire County”
Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Physical Therapy. The Ohio State University 1977
MA in Adaptive Physical Education. The Ohio State University 197
BS in Physical Education. Springfield College 1975

Clinical Practice:

Outpatient Orthopedics, Men’s Health

Courses Taught:

Biomechanics, Medical Imaging, Health, Culture and Society, Medical Anthropology


Disability Studies

Recent Publications:

Brennan, J. (2013) Attitudes of Able-Bodied People Toward Clergy with Impairments: A Photo Elicitation. Journal of Religion, Disability & Health Volume 17, Issue 2

Brennan, J. Platform paper submitted entitled The Academy and the Role of Biomedical Sciences ". The International Conference on Disability, Culture, and Education September 2013. Centre for Culture and Disability Studies Liverpool Hope University, United Kingdom.

Brennan, J. Platform Paper entitled, “Disease chronicity and the construction of time” presented at the 43 Annual Popular Culture Association-American Culture Association Meeting. March 2013.                            

Brennan, J. Diversity in Physical therapy Practice: Including Persons with Disabilities as Colleagues” 2012. International conference—Diversity conference 2012

Brennan, J. “The Development of Critical Physical Therapy” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference 2012

Seminar for Seminary and Religious Studies Faculty at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 010: Rescuers and Bystanders during the Holocaust: The Historical Significance of Morality and Complicity

Key Note Address at Phi Theta Kappa, NYS Regional Honors Institute Jan. 2003, “Complementary Health Care” RPI, Troy, N.Y.

Hudson-Mohawk Consortium Fellowship

Professional Organizations:

American Physical Therapy Association, American Anthropological Association, Society for Disability Studies


Sage Graduate Schools Curriculum Committee


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