Greg Thielman PT, MSPT, ATC, EdD

Greg Thielman PT, MSPT, EdD, ATC, CSRS

Greg Thielman PT, MSPT, ATC, EdD

Director of Patricia Leahy Research Lab

Professor of Physical Therapy and Neuroscience


BS (Springfield College)

MSPT (Springfield College)

EdD Movement Sciences (Motor Learning) Teachers College (Columbia University)

Research Interests


  • Kinematic Analysis of trunk/upper extremity
  • Consequences of stroke on reaching and the rehabilitative strategies to facilitate recovery
  • Movement and Clinical measure analysis of Therapeutic Interventions to assist individuals Post-Stroke


  • Geriatric and Neurological Practice


Dr. Thielman received his BS and MS in physical therapy from Springfield College and his doctorate in education with a movement sciences focus at Columbia University. He is a certified stroke rehabilitation specialist with interests in both geriatrics and neurology. Dr. Thielman is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the National Athletic Trainers Association, and has presented and been published nationally. Dr. Thielman leads the International Medical Mission Trip for Samson College programs.

Selected Scholarly Activity

(Liew et al., 2020) Liew, S.-L., Zavaliangos-Petropulu, A., Jahanshad, N., Lang, C. E., Hayward, K. S., Lohse, K., Juliano, J. M., Assogna, F., Baugh, L. A., Bhattacharya, A. K., Borich, M. R., Boyd, L. A., Brodtmann, A., Buetefisch, C. M., Byblow, W. D., Cassidy, J. M., Conforto, A. B., Craddock, R. C., Dimyan, M. A., Dula, A. N., Ermer, E., Etherton, M. R., Fercho, K. A., Gregory, C. M., Hadidchi, S., Holguin, J. A., Hwang, D. H., Jung, S., Kautz, S. A., Khlif, M. S., Khoshab, N., Kim, B., Kim, H., Kuceyeski, A., Lotze, M., MacIntosh, B. J., Margetis, J. L., Mohamed, F. B., Piras, F., Ramos-Murguialday, A., Richard, G., Roberts, P., Robertson, A. D., Rondina, J. M., Rost, N. S., Sanossian, N., Schweighofer, N., Shiroishi, M. S., Soekadar, S. R., Spalletta, G., Stinear, C. M., Suri, A., Tang, W. K. W., Thielman, G. T., Vecchio, D., Villringer, A., Ward, N. S., Werden, E., Westlye, L. T., Winstein, C., Wittenberg, G. F., Wong, K. A., Yu, C., Cramer, S. C., & Thompson, P. M. (2020). The ENIGMA Stroke Recovery Working Group: Big data neuroimaging to study brain-behavior relationships after stroke. Hum Brain Mapp. PsyArXiv. doi:10.31234/

RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRAINING INVESTIGATION: COMPARISON OF TASK RELATED TRAINING VS. ROBOTIC THERAPY TRAINING FOR THE UPPER LIMB IN POST STROKE INDIVIDUALS. Thielman GT1; Conklin C2; Bhattacharya, AK; Shahrampour S2, Bonsall PB4 Mohamed F2, University of The Sciences,1 Thomas Jefferson University,2 Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Philadelphia4, Journal of Neurological Physical Therapy, In Press 2019.

Thielman G and Yourney L. Evaluating Utility of Muscle Architectural Parameters with Real-Time Ultrasound Imaging of Spastic Musculature in Individuals Post Stroke. Neurorehabilitation. September 2019.

Duszak McArdle, K, Hyon A, Thielman, G. Development of a BPPV Algorithm for Earlier Physical Therapy Consultation in the Acute Care Setting: A Case Report Journal of Acute Care PT DOI: 10.1097/JAT.0000000000000036. 2016

Thielman G, Folkins E. Exercise Prescription and Dosing for Individuals with Neurological Disease. In Evidence-Based Therapeutic Exercise Prescription for the Rehabilitation Specialist. Editor Jason Brumitt PhD; F.A. Davis, 2016.

Peer Reviewed Presentations:

Invited Guest Speaker Universidsd de Ciencias Medicas March 2020, Adding Cognitive Training to Improve Motor Learning in Stroke

Randomized Controlled Training: Comparing Task Related to Robotic Therapy Training for UPPER LIMB Post Stroke ID: 24776: Gregory Thielman, Anup Bhattacharya, Chris Conklin, Shiva Shahrampour, Feroze Mohamed SECTION/SUB CATEGORY: Neurology/Stroke SIG. CSM 2020

Increased Resting State Connectivity within the Motor Cortex following Post-Stroke Rehabilitation: Authors: Anup K. Bhattacharya, Greg Thielman, Chris Conklin, Scott Faro, Feroze Mohamed, Radiology Society North America. 2019

Guest Research presenter: Teachers College Movement Science Program, April 2019.

Arm and Hand Rehabilitation after Stroke: From Physiology to Participation. Academy of Hand and Upper Extremity Physical Therapy Plenary Session CSM 2019

Plenary session Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Annual Conference- Maximizing Functional Mobility through Cognitive Rehabilitation in people with Neurological Injury, Fall 2018

Ipsilesional Hippocampal Volume is Directly Associated with Motor Performance in Chronic Stroke Patients: An ENIGMA Stroke Recovery Analysis: Artemis Zavaliangos-Petropulu1,2, Anup K Bhattacharya3, Bavrina Bigjahan4, Michael R Borich5, Truman R Brown6, Cathrin M Buetefisch7, Winston D Byblow8, Adriana B Conforto9, Richard C Craddock10, Steven C Cramer11, Adrienne N Dula12, Kirt Gill4, Anil Goud13, Shahram Hadidchi4, Jess A Holguin14, Darryl H Hwang4,Nima Khoshab15, Hosung Kim16, Amy Kuceyeski17, Catherine E. Lang18, Martin Lotze19, Bradley J MacIntosh20, Michael Manzano4, John L Margetis14, Ander Ramos-Murguialday21, Pamela Roberts22, Andrew D Robertson23 Jane M Rondina24, Kai-Yin See4, Mark S Shiroishi4, Cathy M Stinear25, Gregory Thielman26, Nick S. Ward27, Carolee Winstein28, George F Wittenberg29, Kristin A. Wong30, Neda Jahanshad1, Paul M Thompson1, Sook-Lei Liew1,2 Society for Neuroscience 2019

Priming with transcranial Direct current stimulation (tDCS) prior to circuit training for the upper extremity Post Stroke: a crossover design. Jennifer Lee DPT, Melissa Lloyd DPT, Jaclyn Jardel DPT, Jason Talley DPT, Stuart Helster DPT, Paul Pierson DPT, Parth Patel, DPT Gregory Thielman MSPT, EdD, ATC, CSRS. CSM Poster 2019

Subcortical Volumes Associated with Post-Stroke Motor Performance Vary Across Impairment Severity, Time Since Stroke, and Lesion Laterality:An ENIGMA Stroke Recovery Analysis. Artemis Zavaliangos-Petropulu, Neda Jahanshad, Christopher R.K. Ching, Dmitry Isaev, Anjanibhargavi Ragothaman, Boris Gutman, Bokkyu Kim, Andrew D. Robertson, Jane Maryam Rondina, Lisa Aziz-Zadeh, Winston D. Byblow, Steven C. Cramer, Martin Domin, Steven A. Kautz, Amy Kuceyeski, Catherine E. Lang, Jingchun Liu, Martin Lotze, Bradley J. MacIntosh, Ander RamosMurguialday, Pamela Roberts, Cathy M. Stinear, Gregory Thielman, Junping Wang, Carolee Winstein, George Wittenberg, Chunshui Yu, Paul M Thompson, Sook-Lei Liew. International Stroke Conference 2018.

Ligotski, B, Moelter, S, Roos, M, Thielman G. University of the Sciences. Cognitive Reserve and Clinical Implications for Physical Therapy: A Pilot Study. Subcortical Brain Shape Differences Relate to Post-Stroke Motor Behavior. CSM Poster 2018 New Orleans.

Funded Projects

Milton Lev Memorial Faculty Research Fund, USciences internal funds grant Spring 2019- 2020: High Intensity Circuit Training in People with Stroke (5K). Co-investigator

Dolfinger-McMahon Greater Philadelphia Seed Grant: Low Intensity exercise with Cognitive Retraining in Individuals with Stroke and Healthy Adults. (24K) Co-investigator 2019-2020

REACT Pilot grant sub award: The effect of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on upper extremity use following a Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA). National Resource Center for High-Impact Clinical Trials in Medical Rehabilitation: Pilot Projects Component 2018-2020, Primary Investigator (2 years 57K)

The Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) 2016, 2017, 2019- USciences Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (USURF) awarded 1 student for mentorship by PT faculty with BDNF and Stroke, co-investigator

Temple University sub-award of NIH R24 –NHLBI (Dr. Mickey Selzer) Center for Experimental Neurorehabilitation Training 2011-2014 $49K for 2-year period, with subaward to Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. “Auditory Feedback Trunk Control for Rehabilitation of The Upper Limb Post- Stroke: Comparing Robot-Assisted Arm Training to Acitive Arm Training”. Primary Investigator

Professional Information

  • Ageless Grace Brain Health Fitness Educator
  • Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist
  • APTA (Neurology and Research sections)
  • NATA

Contact Information

Office location: Glasser Hall Room 403
Mailing address: Box 39
University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215.596.8680

g [dot] thielm [at] usciences [dot] edu