Associate Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Program Chair


Scrimshaw Health Sciences Hall, Troy Campus
[email protected]


Ph.D., 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

M.A. in Adaptive Physical Education, The Ohio State University 1976

B.S. 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


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


Handball, kayaking, reading