Jason Grimes, PT, MPT, OCS, ATC


Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinical Assistant Professor

Professional Interest
Orthopedic physical therapy

Jay has been employed full-time with Sacred Heart University since 2008, first as a Clinical Physical Therapist and then accepting an appointment to Clinical Assistant Professor in August, 2010. His teaching responsibilities have been focused in the area of Musculoskeletal Examination and Intervention in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Professor Grimes also serves as a Mentor in the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program.

Jay remains active in clinical practice, focusing on orthopedic pathology with a particular interest in the shoulder. He has completed additional training in multiple areas including manual therapy through the University of St. Augustine, Functional Capacity Evaluations, and golf performance enhancement. He obtained board certification as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2007.

Professor Grimes has been an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Connecticut Physical Therapy Association since 2000. In 2003, he received APTA’s Mary McMillan Award.

Degrees and Certifications

    • BS, Physical Therapy, Quinnipiac University
    • MPT, Physical Therapy, Quinnipiac University
    • Candidate for Ph.D. in Physical Therapy, Nova Southeastern University

    Specialty or Specialist Certification/Training
    Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties

Teaching Responsibilities

    • PT 621 – Examination and Documentation I, PT 724 – Examination and Documentation IV
    • Musculoskeletal Examination and Documentation (PT 621, PT 724)

Research Interests & Grants

    Research Interests

    • Scapular kinematics and shoulder function
    • Manual therapy
    • Orthopedic Clinical Prediction Rules
    • Video feedback to enhance student physical therapists’ patient interviewing skills



    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. 2014 OPTP grant
    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. 2013 OPTP grant 
    • Sacred Heart University ACT grant, Academic Year 2011-2012

Honors, Awards & Fellowships

    American Physical Therapy Association’s Mary McMillan Award, 2003

Publications and Presentations

    Peer-Reviewed Publications:
    Wormley, ME, Grimes, JK, Romney, W, Yen, SC, Chui, KK. Neurophysiological effects of manual therapy in aging and older adults. Topics in Geriatric Rehab. 2015;31(3):173-179.

    Laufer, R, Kim, S, Grimes, J, Vaughan, V, Yen, SC, Chui, K. Ankle and foot manual therapy for aging and older adults. Topics in Geriatric Rehab. 2015;31(3):211-216.

    Chui, KK, Yen, SC, Wormley, ME, Grimes, J. Shoulder manual therapy for aging and older adults-Part 1: Subacromial Impingement Syndrome. Topics in Geriatric Rehab. 2015;31(3):217-224.

    Chui, KK, Yen, SC, Wormley, ME, Grimes, J. Shoulder manual therapy for aging and older adults-Part 2: Adhesive Capsulitis. Topics in Geriatric Rehab. 2015;31(3):225-231.

    Tudini, F, Chui, K, Grimes, J, Laufer, R, Kim, S, Yen, SC, Vaughan, V. Cervical Spine Manual Therapy for Aging and Older Adults. Topics in Geriatric Rehab. 2015;31(3):E1-E18.


    Peer-Reviewed Presentations:

    “Manual Therapy Toolbox for the Cervical Spine: Optimizing Movement, Improving Outcomes.” Myerson, J, Grimes, J, Gans, M, Tudini, F. Connecticut Physical Therapy Association: 2015 Fall Conference, Farmington, CT.

    “The Learning Styles of Physical Therapy Students and Implications for Classroom and Clinical Education.” Matsuda, G, Shore, S, Grimes, J, Delmage, A, Hennings, N, Jones, J. California Physical Therapy Association, poster presentation, October 2014.

    “No Pain-No Gain or Know Pain-Know Brain? How to Educate and Why to Manipulate: Clinical Applications for the Management of Pain.” Grimes, J, Wormley, M. Connecticut Physical Therapy Association: 2014 Fall Conference, New Haven, CT.

    “Thoracic Manipulation for the Treatment of Upper Quarter Musculoskeletal Pain: Lab Intensive.” Myerson, J, Horney S, Grimes, J.  Quinnipiac University: 2014 Marquette Challenge, Hamden, CT.

    “Demystifying Cervico-Thoracic Shoulder Problems Using Regional Interdependence Concepts.” Yung, E, Grimes, J. Connecticut Physical Therapy Association: 2013 Fall Conference, New Haven, CT.

    “Recognition and Management of Acetabular Labral Tears in Athletes.” Scibek, E, Grimes, J, Chui, K. New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine: 2011 Annual Fall Conference, Providence, RI.

    “An Overview of the Current Collection of Musculoskeletal Clinical Practice Guidelines from the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA.” Grimes, J, Chui, K, Allen, J, Suermann, E. Connecticut Physical Therapy Association: 2011 Fall Conference, Waterbury, CT. 

    “Professional Development Through Specialty Certification.” Bowers, D, Chui, K, Grimes, J, Hatch, J, Vaughan, V, Watts, S, Wormley, M. Connecticut Physical Therapy Association: 2010 Fall Conference, Waterbury, CT.

    “Outcome Measures are Important yet Underutilized by Physical Therapists.” Chui, K, Grimes, J, Austin, G, Cameron, D. Connecticut Physical Therapy Association: 2009 Fall Conference, Waterbury, CT.

Contact Information

Office Location & Hours

  • Hours: Vary per semester
  • Location:
    Sacred Heart Univ Physical Therapy Specialists
    Wm. H. Pitt Ctr.

    Physical Therapy
    Cambridge 1-P-25
    College of Health Professions
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