• Education:Doctor of Physical Therapy, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA, 2005- 2007
    Master of Science in Physical Therapy, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1986- 1988
    Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Assumption College, Worcester, MA, 1982- 1986
  • Website or Lab: Boston University Physical Therapy Center
  • Phone:617-353-7505

Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests

  • Out-patient orthopaedic physical therapy, manual therapy, implementation of treatment based classification systems for spinal disorders, evidence based practice, bridging academic teaching and clinical practice.

Courses Taught

Fall Year 3

    Spring Year 2

      Selected Publications


      • Ellis T, Rork T, Dalton, D. Be Active: An Exercise Program for People with Parkinson’s disease. American Parkinson’s disease Association, March 2008.

      Textbook Chapters

      • Dalton D. The Vertebral Column. In: Levangie PK and Norkin C. Joint Structure and Function; A Comprehensive Analysis, ed.5 139-191. FA Davis, Philadelphia. 2011.
      • Starr J, Dalton D. The Thorax and Chest Wall. In: Levangie PK and Norkin C. Joint Structure and Function; A Comprehensive Analysis, ed. 5, 192-211. FA Davis, Philadelphia. 2011.

      Journal Article

      • Marinko L, Chacko J, Dalton D, Chacko C. The effectiveness of therapeutic exercise for painful shoulder conditions: a meta analysis. J Shoulder Elbow Surg: In press.

      Selected Presentations

      • Marinko L, Dalton D. Regional Interdependence: Integrating the cervical and thoracic spine into management of shoulder disorders. APTA of Massachusetts Conference and Exposition, November 2010.
      • Dalton D, Marinko L, Maxwell J. Clinical Lumbar Instability: Understanding the pathology and implications for practice. APTA of Massachusetts Conference and Exposition, November 2009
      • Dalton D, Marinko L, Maxwell J. Implementing the Low Back Pain Treatment Based Classification System into the Clinic: A Hands-On Course. APTA of Massachusetts Conference and Exposition, November 2008
      • Dalton D, Low Back Pain: Evidence-Based Physical Therapy Management, Tufts University Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program, December 2007
      • Dalton D, Rehabilitation After Cervical Spine Injury, 2006 Sports Related Conference on Concussion and Spine Injury: Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital Neurological Sports Injury Center, May 2006
      • Fetters L, Dalton D, Ellis T, Slavin M, Starr J, Wagenaar, R, Teaching Evidence-Based Practice in Physical Therapy Curricula, Physical Therapy 2003: Meeting & Exposition of the APTA, June 2003

      Consulting and Professional Activities

      • Boston University Physical Therapy Center Physical Therapist


      • Bethal B, Sears T, Dalton D. Implementation of Three Outcome Measures For Patients With Low Back Pain to Improve Evidence-Based Practice at One Physical Therapy Clinic; Research Practicum, Fall 2007
      • Czulada D, Dalton D. Prevalence of Neck and LBP in College Students Enrolled in Allied Health Programs and Potential Risk Factors; Research Practicum, Fall 2005
      • Porterfield L, Dalton D. Examination of the Incidence of Low Back Injury in Female Collegiate Varsity Rowers and Its Relationship to Training Programs,¬†Research Practicum, Fall 2004
      • Martin S, Dalton D, Spak S, Fetters L. Examination of an Association Between Forefoot Varus and Non-contact Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in Female Collegiate Athletes,¬†Research Practicum, Fall 2003

      Awards and Honors

      • Honorary Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy, 2023
      • Whitney R. Powers Award for Teaching Excellence, Sargent College, 2009

      Licensing and Certification

      • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Division of Registration in Allied Health Professions¬†Physical Therapy License (August 1988 – present)
      • Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist 1997- present.
      • Certified Manual Therapist

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