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Editors' Profiles

Editor-in-Chief: Marco Barbero

Marco Barbero received his Physical Therapy degree in 199New Content Item9 from the University of Milan, Italy. He obtained a master’s degree in musculoskeletal rehabilitation at University of Genoa in 2005, and in 2016 earned his PhD at the at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. Since 2012 he is Professor in Physiotherapy and Head of the Rehabilitation Research Laboratory 2rLab at the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland. His research involves the integration of neurophysiological and clinical research to improve the assessment and the treatment of musculoskeletal pain. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers in international journals. He is founder and member of the scientific committee of the Italian Society of Physiotherapy (SIF).

Section Editors

Willem De Hertogh

New Content ItemMusculoskeletal

Willem De Hertogh is an associate professor at the University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium. He graduated as a physical therapist in 1996 (MSc, Catholic University Leuven) and as a manual therapist in 1999 (MSc, Free University Brussels) and defended his PhD in 2008. His research interests are cervico-cephalic complaints such as headaches, tinnitus and dizziness. He published over 60 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, has written book chapters and presented at various (inter)national conferences. He is the academic coordinator of the postgraduate education in musculoskeletal physical therapy at the University of Antwerp. As a passionate clinician, he still combines his research and teaching activities with clinical work in a specialised physical therapy clinic.

Andrea Turolla

New Content ItemNeurology

Andrea Turolla received the BSc in Physiotherapy (2002) and the MSc inRehabilitation Sciences of Health Professions (2007) from the University of Padua (Italy), then the PhD in Neuroscience (2017) from the University of Sheffield (UK). Moreover, a master degree in rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders (OMPT – Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapist certification) at the University of Genoa (2005) and a master in development of EBM guidelines and systematic reviews (Cochrane methodology) at the University of Milan (2010). At San Camillo IRCCS (Venice, Italy), he leads the “Laboratory of Rehabilitation Technologies” since 2011 and the Movement Neuroscience Research Group. Andrea’s research interests are in the field of motor control and neuroplasticity, to improve the efficacy of neuro-rehabilitation therapies provided by innovative technologies.

Andrew Guccione

New Content ItemGeriatrics

Andrew A. Guccione is Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Science, College of Health and Human Services, George Mason University.   His research interests are in geriatrics and functional outcomes after rehabilitation.  In addition to authoring or co-authoring over 60 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, he has received grant funding from the Foundation for Physical Therapy and the Arthritis Foundation, and was the recipient of a Special Emphasis Research Career Award from the National Institute on Aging. His clinical practice has centered mainly on movement dysfunction in older adults and both physiological and functional outcomes associated with locomotion training. 

Anne Rutjes

New Content ItemResearch Methodology and Clinimetrics

Anne Rutjes is a part-time staff member of the University of Bern in Switzerland. She obtained a PhD in clinical epidemiology from the faculty of Medicine of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and studied both health sciences with specialization movement sciences (Maastricht University, the Netherlands) and physiotherapy (Hogeschool van Amsterdam, the Netherlands). She worked several years as physiotherapist in Germany, until she accepted her first research position at the University of Amsterdam. Anne is currently lecturing clinical epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Bern and is responsible for specialized courses on diagnostic studies and evidence synthesis reports. She is an active member of the European Network of Health Technology Assessments (EUNETHTA), where European HTA bodies jointly produce HTA reports and harmonize methods. From her office in Chieti in Italy, Anne also works as independent methodological consultant for various clients in Germany, United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Italy. She has extensive experience in conducting systematic reviews, methodological and meta-epidemiological studies. After having gained experience as editorial board member at the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group and the Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group, she joined the Archives of Physiotherapy as section editor in March 2020.

Roberto Gatti

New Content ItemBiomechanics and Movement Analysis

Roberto Gatti is a physiotherapist and he works in Humanitas Research Center. At Humanitas University he is Associate professor of Physiotherapy and Director of the Bachelor in Physiotherapy. At Humanitas Hospital he covers the role of head of the Physiotherapy Unit. Roberto Gatti is past-President of the Italian Society of Physiotherapy (SIF) and member of the editorial board of the journals Archives of physiotherapy and Scienza riabilitativa. He published several articles (H index: 20 – source Scopus) on journals indexed by Medline database. His research lines are mainly addressed on Biomechanics and Motor control impairment after orthopedic surgery. 

Lara Allet

Sport and Health ScieNew Content Itemnces

Lara Allet is the head of the School of Health at the HES-SO Valais – Wallis and adjunct professor at the Geneva University, Faculty of Medicine. She is a trained physiotherapist, and a board member of the Swiss Association of Sports Physiotherapy. She holds a doctorate from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands and a MAS in management in health institutions. She also completed a post-doctoral stay at the University of Michigan and thus combines experience in clinical care, physiotherapy research and in institutional management.

Associate Editors 


New Content ItemChad Cook, PT, PhD, MBA, FAPTA is professor at Duke University, the program director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy division with a category A appointment in the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He is a clinical researcher, physical therapist, and profession advocate with a long-term history of clinical care excellence and service and 20 years of academic experience. His passions include refining and improving the patient examination process and validating tools used in day-to-day physical therapist practice.

New Content ItemFrida Eek graduated as a physical therapist in 1997, MSc in Sports Psychology (1999) and as PhD in 2005. In 2010, she became Associate Professor in Epidemiology at Lund University, Sweden. Her research interest has been within public health, stress research and behavioral medicine but later with focus on sports medicine; injury epidemiology and rehabilitation. Her overarching interest and focus is research methodology, and she currently combines research work with a position as senior lecturer and teaching within research methods and statistics at several different programs within the Medical Faculty at Lund University.

New Content ItemLidiane Lima Florencio is a professor at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madri, Spain. She received her Physical Therapy degree in 2009, her master’s degree in health sciences in 2013, and  earned her Ph.D. in 2017 at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Her research interests are pain assessment; cervico-cephalic complaints such as headaches, temporomandibular disorders, and neck pain; electromyography, and the assessment of measurement properties. She authored or co-authored over 40 articles in indexed and international journals.

New Content ItemKaren McCreesh is an experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapy educator, researcher, clinician, and a qualified sonographer. Her research interests lie in the areas of shoulder dysfunction, musculoskeletal disorders, and ultrasound imaging. She is Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at the School of Allied Health at the University of Limerick. She has published over 45 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Karen is a founder member and currently Chair of the Irish Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation Society (

New Content ItemPaolo Pillastrini is Full Professor in Rehabilitative Sciences in the University of Bologna (Italy), President of the Bachelor in Physiotherapy and President of the Master of Science in Physiotherapy of the Musculoskeletal Disorders. He is also President of the Società Italiana Fisioterapia (S.I.F.), Vice-President of the Società Italiana della Medicina Traslazionale e le Professioni Sanitarie (S.I.R.T.E.P.S.), and President of the National Conference of the Italian Courses in Health Professions. To date, he is Author of 71 papers published on Journals indexed on Scopus, 69 papers on Journals indexed on Pubmed, and 61 papers on Journals indexed on Web of Science.


New Content ItemDr. Sandeep Subramanian is an Assistant Professor at the School of Physical Therapy, School of Health Professions, University of Texas Health Scieence Center San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Neurosciences in 2016, at the University of Montreal. His research interests include use of virtual reality for upper limb rehabilitation after stroke, motor control, motor learning, non-invasive brain stimulation and outcome measurement. He is a board member of the International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation. His current research focusses on i) understanding the reasons for non-optimal motor improvement in the upper extremity after traumatic and acquired (e.g. Stroke) brain injury and ii) use of interventions to optimize motor improvement in the upper extremity. He has published 18 papers, 2 text-book chapters and 6 IEEE proceedings as the primary, senior or co-author.

Marco Baccini is physiotherapist since 1978 and received the MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences of Health Professions in 2005 from the University of Florence. He currently works as self-employed professional in Florence and as adjunct professor at the University of Florence. He published several articles in peer-reviewed journals (H index: 16 – source Scopus). His research interests are in the fields of geriatrics, neurorehabilitation and outcome measures in rehabilitation.


New Content ItemIvan Bautmans is MSc Physiotherapy & PhD Medical Sciences, and an expert in biogerontological research: physical training of older persons, sarcopenia and inflammation. His work on muscle fatigue in frailty was awarded by 6 scientific prizes among which the 3 most prestigious Belgian gerontology awards. Ivan is full-time appointed as tenured professor (hoogleraar) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) where he is head of the Gerontology and Frailty in Ageing research departments. He coordinates an Interdisciplinary Research Program @VUB on Active and Healthy Ageing, and a Strategic Growth Research Program @VUB on the anti-inflammatory effects of exercise in the aged. He is also board member (President elect in 2013-2015) of the Belgian Society for Gerontology & Geriatrics and founding board member of the Belgian Ageing Muscle Society

New Content ItemMatteo Paci received the BSc in Physiotherapy in 1994 and the MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences of Health Professions in 2014. He also received the BSc in General and Experimental Psychology in 2007. He works as physiotherapist at Azienda USL Toscana Centro, Florence, Italy, and he is adjunct professor at Bachelor in Physiotherapy and MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences for Health Professions, University of Florence.
He is past-President of the Italian Society of Physiotherapy (SIF) and President of the Italian Federation of Scientific Associations of Physiotherapy (FIASF). His main research interests are neurological and geriatric rehabilitation. He published over 40 papers in international and indexed journals.

Research Methodology and Clinimetrics

New Content ItemDavide Corbetta received the BSc in Physiotherapy in 2003 and he worked several years as clinical physiotherapist. He conducted systematic reviews resulting in high-impact scientific publications, such as a Cochrane review about the efficacy of Constraint-induced movement therapy in people with stroke. Currently, he is a staff member of the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan (Italy) where he supports Physiotherapy students during their clinical practice and MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences for Healthcare Professionals’ students during research traineeship. Davide’s research interests are in the field of stroke motor rehabilitation and in how research can support better- and high-quality care. In March 2020, he joined the Archives of Physiotherapy as associate editor of the Research Methodology and Clinimetrics Section.

New Content ItemRoger Hilfiker is physiotherapist since 1994 and worked for 10 years as a clinical physiotherapist before changing more and more into research activities. His research activities are mainly in clinical epidemiology related to physiotherapy and rehabilitation. He published randomized controlled trials, studies on measurement properties and systematic review with meta-analyses. He teaches and does research at the University of Applied Sciences HES-SO Valais-Wallis in Switzerland and teaches methodological aspects at the University of Applied Sciences Bern.

New Content ItemStefano Vercelli is a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist who specializes in manual therapy and sports. He splits his time between clinical practice, research, and teaching. He defended his PhD in 2014 (Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy). Stefano currently works at ICS Maugeri, IRCCS (Veruno, Italy) and in private practice. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Insubria (Varese, Italy), University of Piemonte Orientale (Novara, Italy), and research fellow at the SUPSI University (Lugano, SUI). His research interests are musculoskeletal disorders and the development and refinement of outcome measures, wich served as a basis for patient evaluation. He published over 50 peer-reviewed papers in international journals. He is founder and vice president of the Italian Society of Physiotherapy.

Biomechanics and Movement Analysis

New Content ItemCorrado Cescon studied at the Polytechnic of Turin, graduating in 2000 in Electronic Engineering with orientation in Bioengineering. In 2005 he obtained his doctorate in Biomedical Engineering. From 2000 to 2006 he was fellow at LISiN (Polytechnic of Turin) with prof. Roberto Merletti, participating in several research projects. From 2007 to 2008 he held a one-year post-doc at the University of Aalborg (Denmark) with prof. Dario Farina. From 2008 to 2011 continued the collaboration with LISiN, coordinating a study (TASI-2) in collaboration with Italian and European gynecologists. In 2010 he won a scholarship for the realization of musical instruments based on bioelectric signals (AMUSE-ME). His main research interests are multichannel EMG, signal processing, and kinematics. Since 2011 is senior researcher at the 2rLab, department of Health and Economics at the University of Applied Science of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI).

New Content ItemCarlo Frigo is Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano, Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering, where is teaching two courses: Bioengineering of the Motor System, and Functional Evalutation and Motor Rehabilitation (Biomedical Engineering Master Degree). He has also some educational duties in the Doctoral School of Bioengineering and at the Università degli Studi of Milan (rehabilitation sciences). His main scientific interests are: movement analysis, biomechanics of movement, motor control, musculoskeletal modeling, motor rehabilitation, prosthetics, and orthotics. He has been co-founder and President of the Italian Society for Clinical Movement Analysis (SIAMOC) and member of the ESMAC and ISPO committees.

New Content ItemStefan Schmid is a Senior Lecturer at Bern University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland, where he serves as Deputy Head of Physiotherapy Research and Head of the Spinal Movement Biomechanics Group. He is also a lecturer (Privatdozent) at the University of Basel in Switzerland, where he teaches a few introductory courses in the field of movement biomechanics. Following his studies in Physiotherapy (2001-2005), he obtained an MA in Pathokinesiology from New York University (2009) and a PhD in Biomechanics from ETH Zurich (2016). After a postdoctoral research fellowship at Harvard Medical School & Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (2018-2019), he completed the habilitation process and was awarded the Venia Docendi for Experimental Medicine at the University of Basel (2021). His research interests include the biomechanics of the spine as well as neuromuscular aspects of compensatory mechanisms during gait.