Jim Farris, PT, PhD

Jim Farris is the chair and professor of the physical therapy department which includes three accredited programs and a post-professional DPT program. Dr. Farris earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education (1987) and master’s degree in exercise science (1989) were received from California State University, Fresno; bachelor’s degree in physical therapy (1999) at Arkansas State University. His doctoral degree was conferred by The Ohio State University in 1995 where his studies focused on exercise physiology and nutrition. He completed the APTA’s Education Leadership Institute Fellowship in 2015 and is an ELI Fellow.

Dr. Farris joined ATSU’s faculty in 2009 and is now in his 24th year of physical therapy education. His current scholarship efforts are aimed at submaximal aerobic fitness testing in children, health professions education and admission issues, and the screening/management of DVTs/VTEs. He also has interests in nutrition for optimal health and performance and he has written a chapter on “meal timing” in a sports nutrition book.

He currently teaches special topics within courses in the DPT program (physiology, pharmacology, research) and teaches the therapeutic modalities course.   His home is in the west where outdoor activity and sunshine are abundant. His interest in cannabinoids began with observing the results obtained in children with seizures and from teaching about alternative and complementary substances in pharmacology courses.  In 2020, Dr. Farris earned a Professional Certification in Cannabis from Florida Gulf Coast University.