Janet A. Kneiss, PhD, DPT, MS

Janet Kneiss
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy
(617) 643-9343
Office Location: 
Shouse - 409

Janet Kneiss, PhD, PT, MS, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at MGH Institute of Health Professions. Her clinical and research background is in the areas of biomechanics, orthopedics and geriatrics.

Prior to joining the Institute faculty she was a lecturer and research associate at Ithaca College in New York.

Dr. Kneiss teaches in the areas of biomechanics and therapeutic exercise.

Research Interests

  • Hip fracture
  • Geriatrics
  • Cancer Related Fatigue


Zablotney C, Hilton T, Riek L, Kneiss J, Tome J & Houck J. (May 2018).  "Validity of Visual Assessment of Sit To Stand after Hip Fracture." Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. DOI: 10.1519/JPT.0000000000000197

Kneiss, J., Hilton, T., Tome, J., Houck, J. "Weight-bearing asymmetry in individuals post-hip fracture during the sit to stand task." Clinical Biomechanics, 2015, Jan: 30(1):14-21.

Elsea CR, Kneiss JA, Wood LJ. "Induction of IL-6 cytotoxic chemotherapy is associated with loss of lean body mass in tumor-free female mice." Biological Research for Nursing, 2015, Oct: 17(5): 549-557. DOI:10.1177/1099800414558087

Kneiss, J., Houck, J., Bukata, S., Puzas, E. “Influence of Upper Extremity Assistance on Lower Extremity Force Application Symmetry in Individuals Post- Hip Fracture During the Sit to Stand Task.” JOSPT (2012), 5(42) 474-481.

Houck, J., Kneiss, J., Bukata, S., Puzas, E. “Analysis of Vertical Ground Reaction Force Variables During a Sit to Stand Task in Subjects Recovering from a Hip Fracture.” Clinical Biomechanics, 2011;26(5):464-9.

Olsan, T.H., Kneiss, J.A. “Collaborative Care.” The Journal of New York State Nurses Association. 2008.

See Curriculum Vitae for complete list.


BBA, Marketing, Kent State University, Kent, OH
BS, Physical Therapy, Nazareth College, Rochester, NY
MS, Physical Therapy, Nazareth College, Rochester, NY
PhD, Health Practice Research-Biomechanics, University of Rochester, NY
DPT, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Physical Therapy, Boston, MA

Curriculum Vitae