Dr. John Kiesel

Dr. John Kiesel
Assc Prof & Dir of Curr DOPT
Applied Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of
Health and Human Services, College of
567 N 5th St.
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  • D.P.T. - Physical Therapy, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis - 2007
  • B.S. - Kinesiology, Indiana University - 2004

Licensures and Certifications

  • Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist - American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties - 2009
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist - National Strength & Conditioning Association - 2006
  • Therapeutic Pain Specialist - International Spine and Pain Institute - 2017
  • Addiction/Substance Use Disorder with an Opioid Specialization - Overdose Lifeline / Purdue University - 2021

Teaching Interests

  • Interprofessional practice, pain education, orthopedic physical therapy, exercise physiology, education/counseling as interventions, psychologically informed practice, and evidence-based practice.

Intellectual Contributions

  • Improving Care for Individuals in Pain Through a Biopsychosocial View - Clinical Practice in Athletic Training - 2021
  • The annual checkup by a physical therapist: Opportunities for service-learning in physical therapy education. - Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education, Terre Haute, IN - 2021
  • Utilization of Safe Fall Landing Strategies in Geriatric Physical Therapy Management: A Case Report. - Physical Therapy Journal - 2021
  • Service Learning in Physical Therapy Professional Education: Student Reflections of the Special Olympics FUNfitness Program - Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education, Terre Haute - 2019


  • Impact of biopsychosocial pain education module on physician assistant students' pain knowledge, pain attitudes, and recommendations for low back pain.. World Congress of Pain, 2022.
  • Physical Therapy Professionals Opioid Knowledge and Attitudes Toward Opioid Use: a Pilot Study. AAOMPT Annual Conference, 2021.

Contract, Fellowship, Grant or Sponsored Research

  • Grant: HRSA GRANT - HRSA 2021 Funded - $1,500,000
  • Grant: The Effect of Pain Neuroscience Education on High School Adolescents - Experiential Learning and Community Engagement Grant 2020 - 2020. Funded - $932
  • Grant: DPT Grand Rounds Presentations - Career Center 2020 - 2020. Funded - $750

Research Interests

  • 1. The role of curriculum and instruction in preparing healthcare professionals to treat individuals in pain & individuals with substance use disorder.<br>2. Understanding the impact of healthcare professionals’ attitudes and beliefs on their actions.<br>3. Use of novel teaching & learning strategies for healthcare professionals.

Professional Service

  • Role: Committee Chair - Indiana Chapter- American Physical Therapy Association - Public Relations Committee 2016 - 2023
  • Role: Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer - Pain Special Interest Group - Orthopaedic Section - American Physical Therapy Association 2019 - 2021
  • Role: Committee Chair - Indiana Chapter Pain SIG - American Physical Therapy Association 2020 - 2023

Dr. Kiesel completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Indiana University in 2007. After graduation he completed an Orthopedic Manual Therapy Residency with Brooks Institute of Higher Learning in Florida.  Prior to moving into academics, Dr. Kiesel practiced primarily in outpatient orthopedics and he is an Orthopedic Certified Specialist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  He recently completed a Therapeutic Pain Specialist Certification with a focus on treating individuals with persistent pain and educating the public on the complexities of pain.  He has been involved in clinical research for subacromial impingment, exercise interventions for cervical dysfunction, and blood flow restriction training post-femur fracture.

Dr. Kiesel's clinical & research focus is on active interventions and education to improve treatment for people in pain.  He has a particular passion for translating the current evidence on our understanding of pain and helping others use this to optimize how they move & live.  He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association's Pain special interest group, and he serves on the INAPTA's Public Relations task force.  Dr. Kiesel is a strong advocate for physical therapy as entry point  into the healthcare system to reduce health care cost and limit the use of unnecessary opioid medications & imaging.


PHTH 602 - PT Examination
PE 680 - Advanced Physiology of Exercise
PHTH 624 - Musculoskeletal I
ATTR 691 - Research Methodls in AMR
PHTH 801 - Cardiopulmonary Rehab

2004 - BS Kinesiology, Indiana University

2007 - DPT, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis