Paul A. Ullucci, Jr, PT, PhD, DPT, ATC, SCS, CSCS, EMR

Paul A. Ullucci, Jr, PT, PhD, DPT, ATC, SCS, CSCS, EMR

Assistant Professor

Paul joined the faculty of Sacred Heart University as an assistant professor in the department of Physical Therapy in the Fall of 2016. Paul comes to SHU having worked for two years as an assistant professor and Director of their Musculoskeletal Care Clinic at California State University, Fresno. As director of the Musculoskeletal Care Clinic he was instrumental in developing an interdisciplinary Sports Medicine Clinic in which athletic training and physical therapy students worked side by side to evaluate and treat emergent sports injuries in non-varsity athletes on campus. Previously, Paul owned his one private practice in Rhode Island providing physical therapy, athletic training and massage therapy services in East Providence, RI. Paul and his staff have worked directly with the numerous professional athletes including the Providence Bruins hockey club, Providence Anchors ABA team as well as the student athletes of Brown University, Providence College and a number of local high schools, club sports teams and youth organizations.

Professional Interests 

  • Sports Medicine
  • Cervicogenic origins of headache and concussive like symptoms
  • Orthopedics
  • Manual Therapy

U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative 

  • Treasurer: 6/18/2016 – Present
  • Member Board of Directors: 6/10/2011 - Present
  • Organizational Structure Committee: 6/19/2014 - Present
  • Budget Committee: 6/13/2014 - Present
  • Research Committee: 12/15/2013 - Present
  • Chair Communications Committee: 2015 – Present

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) – membership # 0004117 

  • Sports Section of the APTA (1986 – present)
  • Education Section of the APTA (2015 – present)
  • Private Practice Section of the APTA (1998-2015)

San Joaquin Valley District: California Physical Therapy Association

  • Chair: 1/1/2016-8/11/16

National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) – membership # 931851

  • NATA Health Care Reform Workgroup: committee member: 2016-present
  • NATA Vision Quest Workgroup #4c co-chair – Research initiatives: 2013-2015
  • NATA Vision Quest Workgroup # 4a Chair – Advocacy Research: 2011-2015
  • NATA Secretary/Treasurer: 2012-2014
  • Liaison to Honors and Awards: 2010-2014
  • Finance Committee: 2011-2014
  • Liaison to BOC: 2010-2011
  • Liaison to NATAPAC: 2010-2011
  • NATA - Clinical, Industrial and Corporate Committee member: 1996-2001

Far West Athletic Trainers Association

  • Research and Grant Committee member: 2014 – 2016

Athletic Trainers’ Osteoarthritis Consortium 

  • Public Relations Committee Member: 2015-Present
  • Committee Member: 2013-Present

District 1 of the National Athletic Trainers Association 

  • NATA District 1 Director: 2010-2014
  • NATA District 1 Treasurer: 2008-2010

Eastern Athletic Trainers Association (EATA) 

  • Registration Committee: 2007-2014
  • EATA 60th Anniversary Meeting Planning Committee: 2007-2008
  • Eastern Athletic Trainers Association – Past President: 2005-2007
  • Eastern Athletic Trainers Association - President: 2003-2005
  • Eastern Athletic Trainers Association - President Elect: 2001-2003

Rhode Island Athletic Trainers Association (RIATA)

  • Hall of Fame Member: 2015
  • Governmental Affairs Chair: 1996 – 2013

Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts (ATOM

  • ATOM representative to the NATA Reimbursement Advisory Group: 1999-2002
  • Chairman ATOM Reimbursement Committee: 1996-2002
  • ATOM Clinical Representative: 1996-2002

National Athletic Trainers Association Political Action Committee

  • Member Board of Directors: 2007-2010

National Strength and Conditioning Association 
Consultative and Advisory Positions Held:   

  • Reviewer              Journal of Athletic Training 2015-present
  • Review                 Journal of Strength and Condition Research 2016-present
  • Reviewer              Chapter on Spine: Low back and neck pain 
                                http://www.boneandjointburden.org/2014-report/ii/spine-low-back-and-neck-pain
                               The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States, 3rd edition
                               US Bone and Joint Initiative. November 2014

Community Service:  

  • 2014-Present      Troop 45 Assistant Scout Master and Committee Member, Summer Scout Camp: 2014, 2015, 2016
  • 2014-Present      Merit Badge Counselor Anawon & Narragansett Council Boy Scouts of America: First Aid, Emergency Preparedness, Public Speaking, Chess        
  • 2014-6/1/16       Central Valley Concussion Consortium
  • 2014-6/1/16       Fresno State Sports Medicine Journal Club
  • 2010-2014         Assistant Cub Master - Pack 45
  • 2009-2014         Den Leader – Pack 45, Den #6
  • 2004-2014         Rhode Island Board of Health – Athletic Training Licensing Board appointed By Governor
  • 2007-8/1/14       Rhode Island Interscholastic League Wellness Committee Member – Athletic Trainer Appointed by Governor
  • 1984-Present      National Eagle Scout Association
  • 2005-2010         President Ullucci Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy AAU Club
  • 2005-2010         President Ullucci Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy Weightlifting Club (official USA Weightlifting club)

Degrees and Certifications

    • Ph.D. Orthopedics and Sports Science Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, Utah 2014
    • tDPT, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, Utah, 2009
    • B.S. Physical Therapy, Northeastern University, Boston-Bouve College of Human Development Professions, Boston, Massachusetts, 1991

Teaching Responsibilities

    • PT 611 Structure and Function: Tutorial
    • PT 621 Examination and Documentation I: Lab Assistant
    • PT 631 Evaluation – Intervention I: Lab Assistant

Research Interests and Grants

    • Ullucci P, Rivera M, White K : The Validation of a Tool to Measure Self-Confidence and Anxiety in Physical Therapy Students While Making Clinical Decisions. 
    • Ullucci P, Pomaville F. Proper hydration increases flexibility and decreases stiffness.
    • Ullucci P, Rivera M, White K : Measuring Competence, Anxiety and Confidence in First Year DPT Students During an Integrated Clinical Experience. 
    • Ullucci P, Pomaville F, Olson M. Proper hydration improves flexibility and stiffness in the posterior leg and vocal cords. 
    • Olson M, Pomaville F, Maul C, Ullucci P. Vocal Function Measures Before and After Hydration

Awards and Fellowships

    • 2016   Pinky Newell Address – Eastern Athletic Trainers Association
    • 2015   Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer – National Athletic Trainers Association
    • 2014   RIATA Hall of Fame – RI Athletic Trainers Association
    • 2010   Athletic Trainer Service Award – National Athletic Trainers Association
    • 2009   Cramer Award – Eastern Athletic Trainers Association
    • 2007   Blankenship Award -  Eastern Athletic Trainers Association
    • 1991   Mary McMillan Scholarship Award - American Physical Therapy Association 

Publications and Presentations

Contact Information

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