Adrienne McAuley

J. Adrienne McAuley, PT, D.P.T., M.Ed, OCS, FAAOMPT

Clinical Professor


Proctor Hall 209
Portland Campus

Dr. McAuley is originally from Massachusetts and returned to New England in 2012 after nearly 20-years spent in Washington DC and New York City. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Vermont in 1994, a Masters of Education from George Washington University in 2005, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Touro College in 2010.  She has been a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy since 2001, as well as a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists since 2007 under the mentorship of Dave Ziegler, PT, MS, FAAOMPT.  Dr. McAuley has been involved in entry-level and post-graduate education since 1997 and continues to have passion for teaching and learning.  Current teaching responsibilities include PTH 510 PT Management MSK System, PTH 701 Pathophysiology of Integumentary System, and PTH 703 PT Management Integumentary System, and PTH 610/711 Comprehensive Exam I and II.  Clinical questions about the relationship of the hip to pelvic floor muscles and best practices in higher education inform her research agenda. Adrienne joined the ABPTS Orthopaedic Specialty Council in January 2022. 



Doctor of Physical Therapy
Touro College
Master of Arts
George Washington University
Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy
University of Vermont

Clinical Affiliations

Board Certifications and Licenses

• Physical Therapy - State of Maine #3989 2012 – present
• Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification 2022 - 2032
• APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor 2008
• American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists 2007, 2015
Fellow (FAAOMPT)
• The Manual Therapy Institute 2005
• The McKenzie Institute 2002
• American Board of Physical Therapy Examiners 2001, 2011, 2019
Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS)


Selected publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Dupre AM, McAuley JA, Wetherbee E. Objectives to assess student readiness for first, full-time clinical education experiences in physical therapist education. J Phys Ther Educ. 2020; 34(4):242-251.
  • Hartigan EH, McAuley JA, Lawrence M. Women with and without self-reported stress urinary incontinence walk differently before and after 16-ounce water consumption J Women’s Health Phys Ther. 2020; 44(4):182-192. 
  • Hartigan EH, McAuley JA, Lawrence M, et al. Hip angles, joint moments, and muscle activity during gait in women with and without self-reported SUI. J Women’s Health Phys Ther. 2020; 44(3):107-116.
  • Swanson BT, McAuley JA, Lawrence M.  Changes in glenohumeral translation, electromyographic activity, and pressure-pain thresholds following sustained or oscillatory mobilizations in stiff and healthy shoulders: Results of a randomized, controlled laboratory trial. Musculoskel Science & Practice, 2020; 50:1-8.
  • Hartigan EH, McAuley JA, Lawrence M, et al. Pelvic floor muscle performance, hip mobility, and hip strength in women with and without self-reported SUI. J Women’s Health Phys Ther. 2019; 43(4):160-170.
  • Chiarello C, McAuley JA, Hartigan EH. Immediate effect of active abdominal contraction on inter-recti distance. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2016;46(3):177-183.
  • Walrath J, Litterini A, McAuley JA. Axillary Web Syndrome: A review of the literature and implications for orthopaedic manual physical therapists. Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice. 2015; 27(2): 94-103.
  • Chiarello C, McAuley JA. Concurrent validity of caliper and ultrasound imaging to measure inter-recti distance. JOSPT. 2013; 43(7):495 - 503.
  • McAuley JA & Reicherter, EA. Attitudes and perspectives of physical therapy students toward problem-based learning: A grounded theory study. Creative College Teaching Journal. 2006; 3(1): 67-81.


Research interests

Evaluation of teaching and learning methods in physical therapy and patient education.
Reliability and validity of examination tools used by musculoskeletal physical therapists.
Interventions related to lumbopelvic-hip and pelvic floor muscle dysfunction.