John Woolf, PT, ATC, PhD

Assistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

John Woolf, PT, ATC, COMT, PhD is a physical therapist and athletic trainer.  He studied physical therapy at Northern Arizona University and soon after completed a Masters degree in exercise and sports science with an emphasis in biomechanics and motor control at the University of Arizona.  He recently completed a PhD in performance psychology at Grand Canyon University. He was the Head Athletic Trainer and Director of Sports Medicine for the University of Arizona and then entered private practice at ProActive Physical Therapy in Tucson, AZ where he was the CEO of a 9-clinic organization.    

His content expertise is focused on the application of a biopsychosocial approach to healthcare.  With courses that integrate rehabilitation science with psychology and neuroscience, he provides healthcare providers with a deep and broad understanding of how patients and healthcare providers create a therapeutic alliance for better outcomes.   

He has explored these topics with clients as a coach and consultant, providing health care providers and organizations with systems and specific training to improve outcomes through patient-provider relationship training, change language and relationship-centered care.   

He has lectured as clinical faculty at the University of Arizona’s Surgical and Non-surgical Sports Medicine Fellowship Programs, in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Integrative Medicine Program and served as clinical faculty in the AT Still University Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program.