Faculty and Staff

William J. Hanney is an associate professor of physical therapy at the University of Central Florida. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of West Florida for studies in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training and went on to complete his Master and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. He completed his PhD at Nova Southeastern University where he studied predictive variables for patients with neck pain likely to benefit from exercise. In addition to a licensed physical therapist, Hanney is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). His research seeks to investigate the implications of physical therapy treatment for those that suffer from neck and back pain. He has over 75 peer reviewed manuscripts in journals such as the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Physical Therapy, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. In addition, he speaks nationally and internationally on topics related to rehabilitation and sport medicine. He is the 2019 NSCA Sports Medicine Professional of the Year and the Florida Physical Therapy Association recognized his research contributions with the Award for Scholarly Impact on Practice.


  • BS, Bachelor of Science, Sports Medicine / Athletic Training, University of West Florida
  • MSPT, Master of Science in Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
  • PT, Licensed Physical Therapist
  • DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
  • ATC, Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Physical Therapy, Nova Southeastern University
  • CSCS, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Association
Areas of Specialty
  • Treatment Outcomes for patients with low back and neck pain
  • The influence of manual/manipulative therapy
  • Standardization of physical therapy interventions
  • Physical therapy practice patterns
Research Lab Affiliations

Research Grants

KinesiologyPhysical Therapy

Therapeutic Alliance: Enhancing the patient-practitioner relationship across disciplines

  • PI: William Hanney
  • Amount: $50,000 | Timeframe: 11/01/2021 - 07/31/2022
    Funding Type: Internal
    Funding Agency: Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation
    Physical Therapy

    A Study of Physical Therapist-Provided Medicare Services

  • PI: Xinliang Liu
  • Co-PI: Michael J. Rovito
  • Co-PI: William Hanney
  • Co-PI: Reid Oetjen
  • Amount: $7,983 | Timeframe: 04/01/2015 - 03/31/2016
    Funding Type: Extramural Research
    Funding Agency: Center for Innovative Healthcare, Inc.
    Physical Therapy

    Impact of the Timing and Sequencing of Physical Therapy on the Overall Healthcare Costs in New York State

  • PI: Xinliang Liu
  • Co-PI: William Hanney
  • Co-PI: Michael Masaracchio
  • Co-PI: Latarsha Chisholm
  • Amount: $280,808 | Timeframe: 04/21/2014 - 04/20/2016
    Funding Type: Foundation/Industry
    Funding Agency: New York Physical Therapy Association
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    Written By: David Janosik | April 9, 2024
    Three graduate programs in the College of Health Professions and Sciences rank in the top 25% of the nation according to the U.S. News & World Report rankings for 2024....
  • Succeeding Differently: Parents, Experts and a Celebrity Discuss Neurodiversity

    Written By: David Janosik | December 12, 2022
    Comedian Howie Mandel, who has ADHD and OCD, won’t forget the moment his diagnosis was publicly shared. “I was on the Howard Stern Show about 20 years ago,” Mandel recalls....
  • UCF Division of Physical Therapy Announces William Hanney as Chair

    Written By: David Janosik | September 14, 2022
    The UCF College of Health Professions and Sciences confirmed William Hanney as chair for the Division of Physical Therapy. Hanney previously served as interim chair. Hanney joined the Physical Therapy...
  • What are easy, at-home ways to keep an aging spine in better shape?

    Written By: William Hanney | May 2, 2022
    My mother always told me not to slouch as a kid, and I can’t help but notice that her posture weakens as she gets older and spends more time at...
  • Genius Foundation Awards $300,000 To UCF Interdisciplinary Health Research

    Written By: WENDY SARUBBI | October 7, 2021
    Eight interdisciplinary faculty research projects — on health topics including pain management, improving provider-patient communication, and intimate partner violence — have received about $300,000 in grant funding through a new...
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