Joe Derian, PT, DPT

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Faculty Profile

Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy


(323) 442-2900

Mailing Address

1540 E. Alcazar Street, CHP 155 Los Angeles CA 90033

Professional Interests

Joe Derian is an adjunct instructor of clinical physical therapy who teaches first-year doctoral students. Board certified in orthopedic physical therapy, he is also interested in education and how physical therapy students learn skills.


  • Orthopedic Residency, University of Southern California, 2017
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Southern California, 2016
  • Bachelor of Science, Health and Human Sciences, Minor in Business Administration, Loyola Marymount University, 2013

Selected Publications

  • Derian JM, Armour Smith J, O’Donnell M, Abzug A, Kulig K, (2016). “Expert and Novice Clinicians Performing Side-lying Lumbar Manipulation: what are the Differences in Movement Dynamics?” IFOMPT Conference, Glasgow, Scotland. Poster Presentation.
  • Derian JM, O’Donnell M, Armour Smith J, Abzug A, Kulig K, (2016). “Ground Reaction Force Profiles During Side-lying Lumbar Manipulation: A Comparison of Expert and Novice Manual Therapists.” APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Anaheim, CA.Poster Presentation.
  • O’Donnell M, Armour Smith J, Abzug A, Derian JM, Kulig K, (2016). “How Should We Teach Lumbar Manipulation? A Consensus Study.” Combined Sections Meeting of the APTA. Poster Presentation.
  • Shoepe, T.C., Cavedon, D.K., Derian, J.M., Levy, C.S., & Morales, A. (2015).  “The ATLAS Project:Student Preference for iPads and Digital Microscopy Integration in Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory,” Paper Presentation to the Conference Proceedings of the 13th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education.
  • Shoepe, T.C., Cavedon, D.K., Derian, J.M., Levy, C.S., & Morales, A. (2014, in print). “The ATLAS Project: The effects of a constructionist digital laboratory project on undergraduate laboratory performance.” Anatomical Sciences Education.