Kevin Farrell, PT, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Dr. Farrell is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.


  • PhD, University of Iowa, Exercise Science
  • MA, University of Iowa, Physical Therapy
  • Certificate in Physical Therapy, University of Iowa
  • Teaching/Coaching Certification, St. Ambrose University, Natural Science/Mathematics

Certifications and Licensure

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, Fellow
  • APTA Credentialed Advanced Clinical Instructor
  • APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor
  • ABPTS Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, APTA
  • Licensed in Iowa and Illinois


Louw A, Schmieder A, Peppin E, Farrell K, Zimney K5 and Maiers N. Can a Pain Neuroscience Education Lecture Alter Treatment Choices for Chronic Pain in Physician Assistant Students? Psychological Disorders and Research. 3(2): 2-5, 2020. Doi;10.31487/j.PDR.2020.03.02

Louw, A, Puentedura L, Farrell K, Choffin B, Foster B, Lunde G, Snodgrass M, Sweet R, Weitzel M, Wilder R. Immediate Effect of Pain Neuroscience Education for recent onset Low Back Pain: An Exploratory Single Arm Trial. Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy. Published on-line June 4 2019

Louw A, Puentedura L, Farrell K, Choffin B, Foster B, Lunde G, Snodgrass M, Sweet R, Weitzel M, Wilder R. Pain Neuroscience Education for Acute and Sub-Acute Low Back Pain: An Exploratory Case Series. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice. Submitted Nov 2018.

Farrell KP and Lampe KE. Patient Outcomes With and Without Implementation of a Neck Pain Classification System: A Preliminary Analysis. Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice. 2018. 30(20). 82-90.

Zimney K, Louw A, Johnson J, Peppers S, Farrell K, Effects of Pain Neuroscience Education on Physician Assistant Students Understanding Pain and Attitudes and Beliefs About Pain. South Dakota Medicine. Nov 2018. 506-511

Louw A, Farrell K, Zimney K, Feller K, Jones C, Martin B, Rettenmeier M, Theisen, M, Wedeking D. Pain and Decreased Range of Motion in Knees and Shoulders: A Brief Sensory Remapping Intervention. Pain and Rehabilitation - The Journal of the Physiotherapy Pain Association. 2017 (43), Summer 2017, 20-30(11).

Farrell KP and Lampe KE. Adhesive Capsulitis and Neural Irritation from Electrical Shock: A Case Report. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. 25(1) Feb, 2017; 47-56.

Louw A, Farrell K, Landers M, Barclay M, Goodman E, Gillund J, McCafferey S, Timmerman L. The effect of manual therapy and neuroplasticity education on chronic low back pain: a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. Published on-line Sept 22, 2016. DOI: 10.1080/10669817.2016.1231860.

Louw A, Farrell K, Wettach L, Uhl J, Majkowski K, Welding M. Reorganization of lumbar Cortical Maps with Pre-habilitation: A Case Series. New Zeland Physiotherapy Journal. 2015. 43(2)

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