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Dr. Kline is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at HPU. He serves as course director for Movement Science I and Movement Science II in HPU’s DPT program. Dr. Kline earned a BS in Health & Exercise Science from Furman University in 2010, a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from East Carolina University in 2013, and a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Kentucky in 2017. He joined HPU in 2020 after serving as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Dr. Kline’s research agenda, previously supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research & Development Service, focuses on the evaluation of atypical movement patterns in patients with chronic musculoskeletal conditions and the identification of factors that contribute to these movement patterns. His professional service activities include serving as the Chair of Nominating Committee for the Biomechanics Special Interest Group of the American Physical Therapy Association, grant reviewer for the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy, and manuscript reviewer for multiple journals.

Dr. Kline is thrilled to be a member of the HPU family and welcomes the call to live the HPU motto by providing an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.


Peer-Reviewed Manuscripts (Select)

  1. Christiansen C.L., Miller M.J., Kline P.W., Sullivan W.J., Blatchford P.J., Fields T.T., Stevens-Lapsley J.E. Biobehavioral intervention targeting physical activity behavior change for older Veterans after non-traumatic amputation: a randomized controlled trial. PM R. 2020 Apr 5.
  2. Mañago M.M., Kline P.W., Alvarez E., Christiansen C.L. Trunk and pelvis movement compensation in people with multiple sclerosis: relationships to muscle function and gait performance outcomes. Gait Posture. 2020 Mar 12.
  3. Roe C., Jacobs C., Kline P., Lucas K.C., Ireland M.L., Lattermann C., Johnson D.L., Noehren B. Correlations of single leg performance tests to patient reported outcomes following primary ACL reconstruction. Clin J Sport Med.
  4. Kline P.W., Jacobs C., Duncan S.T., Noehren B. Step descent strategy is altered bilaterally despite unilateral muscle strength impairment after total knee arthroplasty. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2019 June 14.
  5. Kline P.W., Murray A.M., Miller M.J., Fields T.T., Christiansen C.L. Error-augmentation gait training to improve gait symmetry in patients with non-traumatic lower limb amputation: a proof-of-concept study. Prosthet Orthot Int. 2019 Aug;43(4):426-433.
  6. Miller M.J., Cook P.F., Kline P.W., Anderson C.B., Stevens-Lapsley J.E., Christiansen C.L. Physical function and pre-amputation characteristics explain daily step count after dysvascular amputation. PM R. 2019 Oct;11(10):1050-1058.
  7. Kline P.W., Jacobs C., Duncan S.T., Noehren B. Rate of torque development is the primary contributor to quadriceps avoidance gait following total knee arthroplasty. Gait Posture. 2019 Feb;68:397-402.
  8. Kline P.W., Melanson E.L., Sullivan W., Blatchford P.J., Miller M.J., Stevens-Lapsley J.E., Christiansen C.L. Improving physical activity through adjunct telerehabilitation following total knee arthroplasty: randomized controlled trial protocol. Phys Ther. 2019 Jan;99(1):37-45.
  9. Kline P.W., Burnham J., Yonz M.C., Johnson D.L., Ireland M.L., Noehren B. Hip external rotation strength predicts hop performance after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2018 Apr;26(4):1137-1144.
  10. Hickey Lucas K.C., Kline P.W., Ireland M.L., Noehren B. Hip and trunk muscle dysfunction: implications for anterior cruciate ligament injury prevention. Ann Joint. 2017 May;2:18.
  11. Kline P.W., Johnson D.L., Ireland M.L., Noehren B. Clinical predictors of knee mechanics at return to sport following ACL reconstruction. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2016 May;48(5):790-5.
  12. Kline P.W., Williams D.S. III. Effects of normal aging on lower extremity loading and coordination during running in males and females. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2015 Nov;10(6):901-9.
  13. Kline P.W., Morgan K.D., Johnson D.L., Ireland M.L., Noehren B. Impaired quadriceps rate of torque development and knee mechanics after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with patellar tendon autograft. Am J Sports Med. 2015 Oct;43(10):2553-8.