Laurie Devaney

Instructor, KINS/CAHNR (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My primary research interests are in spine related musculoskeletal conditions and the factors related to the spine that contribute to sports injury. Within that framework, I also have an interest in developing measurement tools that are clinically applicable to field research. Two current projects are 1) continued development of a simple, valid and reliable clinical tool for postural and thoracic mobility assessment (the Inclinometric Kyphosis Measure or IKM) for field research, and 2) investigation of the relationship of physical measures of the cervicothoracic spine and development of throwing related arm pain and disability. I plan to continue both research threads in addition to pursuing research utilizing measurement tools at the BIRC. Past projects have included Clinical Practice Guideline development: Neck Pain Update, validation of mobility measures in patients with Parkinson’s Disease, and exploration of the correlation between trunk endurance measures and throwing-related arm injury. My 27 years as a physical therapist and athletic training clinician bring clinical expertise to the research agenda.


BS in Physical Therapy, 1989, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
MSc in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (minor Education Theory), 2000, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Ph.D. UCONN, Exercise Science, 2018. Dissertation Topic: The Relationship Between Spinal Mobility Measures and Shoulder and Elbow Injury in College Baseball Pitchers

Featured Publications

Devaney LL, Bohannon R, Rizzo J, Capetta MC, Vigneault J, Van Deveire K. Reliability and Minimal Detectable Change of a Novel Measure of Kyphosis: The Inclinometer Kyphosis Measurement. Accepted Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 10/03/2016.

Nair P, Bohannon RW, Devaney L, Maloney C, Romano A. Reliability and Validity of Nonradiologic Measures of Forward Flexed Posture in Parkinson Disease. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Mar;98(3):508-516. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.06.008.

Nair P, Bohannon R, Devaney LL. Measurement of anteriorly flexed trunk posture in Parkinson’s disease: A systematic review. Phys Ther Rev, 2015; 20(4): 225 – 232.

Lang J, Hassan T, Devaney LL, Colon-Semenza C, Joseph MF. Reliability and Minimal Detectable Change of the 10 Meter Walk Test in Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. JGPT, Sept 2015, published ahead of print. DOI: 10.1519/JPT.0000000000000068.

Blanpied P, Gross A, Elliott J, Devaney LL, Clewley D, Walton D, Sparks C, Robertson E. Neck Pain: Revision 2017 of Clinical Practice Guidelines. JOSPT, 2017; 47(7):A1-A83.doi: 10.2519/jospt.2017.0302.

Contact Information
Mailing Address3107 Horsebarn Hill Rd
Storrs, CT 06269