Matt Somma

Matthew Somma, PT, DPT

Assistant Clinical Professor


Proctor Hall 212

Matt Somma, PT, DPT, MTC, CSCS, is a licensed physical therapist with a clinical doctoral degree in physical therapy, and a certified strength and conditioning specialist.  He attended the University of New England for his undergraduate and graduate studies.  He has served on faculty with UNE since 2018.  Prior to joining the University of New England, Matthew worked for a large orthopaedic practice where he was the Director of Rehabilitation Services.  He is currently involved in the pathology courses, musculoskeletal content, practice management and scholarship.  His clinical interests include surgical and non-surgical treatment of patients orthopaedic conditions, rehabilitation of the shoulder and the overhead athlete, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.



B.S Medical Biology
University of New England
Doctor of Physical Therapy
University of New England


Injury prevention
Physical therapy

Board Certifications and Licenses

Physical Therapist


Selected publications

Lawrence, Michael A., Somma, MJ., & Swanson. Brian T.. (2022). Effect of Load on Muscle Activity, Kinematics, and Force Production During the Reverse Hyperextension Exercise. Journal of Applied Biomechanics. Advance online publication.

Riley S, Shaeffer S, Swanson B, Flowers D, Somma M. Is the quality of systematic reviews influenced by prospective registration: A methods review of systematic musculoskeletal physical therapy reviews. J Man & Manip Ther. 2022.  DOI: 10.1080/10669817.2022.2110419.

Patel PR, Somma MJ. A 6-week balance and training program using the Alter-G for a patient with cervical myelopathy after spinal decompression surgery: a case report. Ortho Phys Ther Pract. 2022; 34(2):99-107.

Somma MJ, Orth T.  Plyometric supraspinatus strengthening in high school baseball players. IJATT.  2011;16(6): 21-25.

Somma MJ, Brown R.  Enhancing outcomes in low back pain.  PT Advance. 2015. Online Publication


Other scholarly activity

CoHSTAR Summer Institute on Health Services Research meeting
2017 Hartigan E, Solomons N, Somma M, Murray T. An Approach to Improve Utility of an  Electronic Health Record