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Joshua Woolstenhulme Joshua Woolstenhulme
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences

Office Phone: 202-994-8177
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Department: Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences


  • Bachelor of Science, University of Montana, 2004
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Idaho State University, 2008
  • Doctor of Philosophy, George Mason University, 2015


Dr. Woolstenhulme’s area of interest and training is in exercise physiology with emphasis in applied cardiorespiratory physiology for rehabilitation applications. In addition to his D.P.T. and Ph.D. training, Dr. Woolstenhulme completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD, in the Clinical Center’s Rehabilitation Medicine Department. As a fellow, he received training in non-invasive applied physiology methods with cardiorespiratory systems applications in interventional research. He also participated in several research protocols where he gained additional experience in spirometry, accelerometry, and computerized dynamic posturography. While training as a fellow at NIH, Dr. Woolstenhulme was tasked with establishing NIH’s first pulmonary rehabilitation program where he provided rehabilitation services for a variety of patients with advanced lung diseases in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Woolstenhulme is experienced in working with rare disease populations and has participated in both interventional research and rehabilitative clinical care for individuals with pulmonary arterial hypertension, interstitial lung diseases, bronchiectasis, hyperimmunoglobulinemia E syndrome, spinal-bulbar muscular atrophy, Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome, and traumatic brain injuries. 


Dr. Woolstenhulme has published several peer-reviewed articles and has presented research findings at both national and international academic conferences. He was instrumental in establishing GW’s Clinical and Applied Human Physiology Laboratory within the Department of Physical Therapy and Health Care Sciences and currently serves as the Lab’s director. He is responsible for teaching the Department’s Applied Human Physiology for Rehabilitation Medicine course and provides subject matter expertise throughout the Physical Therapy curriculum. He is a member of the Cardiovascular & Pulmonary and Research sections of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as well as a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Dr. Woolstenhulme provides service as a manuscript reviewer for Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (ACSM) and Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine). 


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