Dr. Janelle O'Connell
Janelle O’Connell holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan
University in physical education with a concentration in athletic training, a
Master of Arts degree in exercise physiology from Kent State University and her
Ph.D. in health promotion and disease prevention from the University of Toledo.
She received her MPT and transitional DPT from Hardin-Simmons University.
serves as a journal reviewer for Physical
Therapy and an accreditation site reviewer for the Commission on
Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and the Southern
Accreditation of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Her research has focused on
health behavior, spirituality, and adherence to physical therapy/exercise
programs, trust, health promotion and disease prevention. Selected publications
can be found in: Diabetes Educator, Health Education Quarterly, and Journal of School Health, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Patient Education and Counseling, Perceptual and Motor Skills and
is a member of the APTA, TPTA, and the National Athletic Trainers Association.
In 2001, she received the Arete Award given by the Abilene Education Council
for “civic and moral excellence.” In 2009, she received the William R. Gould
Memorial Outstanding Physical Therapy Faculty Member Award from the Texas
Physical Therapy Association. She has been a certified Athletic Trainer since
1978 and is licensed to practice Athletic Training in the State of Texas. She
is certified as an Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA).
J” is actively involved in the HSU PT Ministries program that she co-founded
with Dr. Dennis O’Connell in 2000. Since its inception, more than 300 students
have participated in mission trips and community service in Mexico, Guatemala, South Texas, and the Abilene
community. Along with Dr. Marsha Rutland, they coordinate numerous
continuing education workshops for physical therapists, occupational therapists
and athletic trainers. O’Connell holds an adjunct teaching appointment with
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.
PHYT 7101 Orientation to the
Physical Therapy Profession
PHYT 7281 Critical Inquiry I
PHYT 7229 Clinical Diagnosis and
Management VI: Integumentary
PHYT 7185 Professional Projects
PHYT 7186 Professional Projects
PHYT 7283 Critical Inquiry III
PHYT 7102 Professional