Jan Perkins

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Department: Physical Therapy Department
  • Campus Address: Health Professions Building 2202
  • Office Hours: By appointment
  • Phone: 989-774-1297
  • Email: jan.perkins@cmich.edu


  • PTH 623: Clinical Pathophysiology III
  • PTH 624: Clinical Pathophysiology IV
  • PTH 666: PT Seminar II
  • PTH 732: Clinical Education III
  • PTH 746: Patient Care IV
  • PTH 765: PT Seminar III
  • PTH 850: Evidence-Based Practice Physical Therapy

Degrees and Universities:

Ph.D., Applied Experimental Psychology, Central Michigan University
M.S., Applied Experimental Psychology, Central Michigan University
M.Sc., Dalhousie University
B.Sc., Dalhousie University 
Dip. Phys. Bradford, UK

Professional Organizations:

Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (Division of the American College of Rheumatology)
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Michigan Physical Therapy Association (MPTA)


Boyer AJ, McLeish AM, Grossnickle, KEH, Perkins J. (2012). Idiopathic scoliosis and pelvic floor dysfunction. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation.19(2).

Perkins J, Johnson CM. (2012). Vaginal Weights for Pelvic Floor Training: A Multiple Participants Case Report. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice.

Ustinova KI, Perkins J. (2011). Gaze and viewing angle influence visual stabilization of upright posture. Brain and Behavior. 1(1):19-25. DOI: 10.1002/brb3.10

Engler SA, Lilly KA, Perkins J, Ustinova KI. (2011). A pointing task to improve reaching performance in older adults. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 90(3):217-225.

Black LL, Jensen GM, Mostrom E, Perkins J, Ritzline PD, Hayward L, Blackmer B. (2010). The first year of practice: an investigation of the professional learning and development of promising novice physical therapists. Physical Therapy, 90(12):1758-1773.

Ustinova KI, Perkins J, Szostakowski L, Tamkei LS, Leonard WA. (2010). Effect of viewing angle on arm reaching while standing in a virtual environment: potential for virtual rehabilitation. Acta Psychologica. 133(2):180-190.

Perkins, J., & Zipple, J. T. (2009). Nonspecific low back pain. In J. K. Ehrman, P. M, Gorden, P. S. Visich, & S. J. Keteyian (Eds.), Clinical exercise physiology (2nd ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Hammer, R. L., Perkins, J., &. Grossnickle, K. E. H. (2008). Exercise in Pregnancy. In N. Gleicher, U. Elkayam, M. I. Evans, R. M. Galbraith, S. A. Gall, & B. M. Sibai, (Eds), Principles and practice of medical therapy in pregnancy. Chicago: TM-Publishing.

Perkins, J., & Wang, X. (2004) A comparison of Bayesian and Frequentist statistics as applied in a simple repeated measures example. Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods, 3(1):227-233.

Lile, J., Perkins, J., Hammer, R., & Loubert, P. (2003). Diagnostic and management strategies for pregnant women with back pain. Journal of the American Association of Physician Assistants, 16(12):31-32;34-36, 38-39, 44. (Selected as a CME article).

Perkins, J., & Zipple, J. T. (2003). Nonspecific low back pain. In J. K. Ehrman, P. M, Gorden, P. S. Visich, & S. J. Keteyian (Eds.), Clinical exercise physiology (pp. 483-502). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Tryssenaar, J., & Perkins, J. (2000). From student to therapist: exploring the first year of practice. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 55(1):19-27.

Hammer, R.L., Perkins, J., & Parr, R. (2000). Exercise during the child-bearing year. The Journal of Perinatal Education9(1):1-14.

Research Areas:

Physical Activity Measurement and Promotion
Qualitative Research
Professional Learning and Development
Women's Health Care
Virtual Reality in Rehabilitation