Todd Watson

Department of Physical Therapy
Professor of Physical Therapy

Todd Watson

Phone: 828-227-2126
Office Address: HHSB 228


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, July 2001-June 2002
  • D.P.T., University of St. Augustine for Health Services, 2000
  • M.P.T., Idaho State University, 1991
  • B.S., Idaho State University, 1989

Specialty Credentialing:

  • Dry Needling Certification.  Dry Needling Institute, 2012.
  • Certificate of Clinical Research Conduct. Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, 2000; Western Carolina University, 2008
  • Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Diplomat, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, 1999, 2009. 
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, 1999.
  • Manual Therapy Certification through the University of St. Augustine, 1999

Recent Publications:

  • McPherson, S., Watson, T. Training of transverses abdominis activation in the supine position with ultrasound biofeedback translated to increased transverse abdominis activation during upright loaded functional tasks.  Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 2014; 6 (7): 612-623.doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2013.11.014. Epub 2013 Dec 4
  • McPherson, S., Watson, T. Reproducibility of Ultrasound Measurement of Transversus Abdominis During Loaded, Functional Tasks in Asymptomatic Young Adults.  Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 2012; 4 (6): 402-412.
  • Watson, T., McPherson, S., Fleeman, S. Ultraound Measurement of Transversus Abdominis During Loaded, Functional Tasks in Asymptomatic Individuals: Rater Reliability.  Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 2011; 3 (8): 697-705
  • Watson, T., McPherson, S. ADIM training for loaded functional tasks: healthy adults maintain similar levels of motor control and intrinsic motivation – a longitudinal study. In A. Vleeming (Ed), Proceedings of the 7th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Pain, 2010. La Jolla: The University of California at San Diego.
  • Myers, J., Shanks, G., Watson, T., Hudson, D. G. Single Inclinometer vs. Double Inclinometer Measures of Lumbar Spine Range of Motion:  A Validity Study. Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice. 2009; 21(4),146-148.
  • Watson, T., McPherson, S., Starr, K. The association of nutritional status and gender with cross-sectional area of the multifundus muscle in establishing normative data. Journal of Manual Manipulative Therapy. 2008; 16 (4): E93-98.
  • Irwin, R., Watson, T., Minick, R.P., Ambrosius, W. Age, body mass index and gender differences in sacroiliac joint pathology. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2007 Jan;86(1):37-44.

Recent Presentations:

  • Graning, J., Watson, T., Melcher, I., Carter, E., Edwards, J., Burgess, T., Allison, A. (June 2015). Do Collegiate Dancers Receiving Transversus Abdominis (TrA) Activation Training in Standing Immediately Improve in Single Leg Balance and Pirouette Ability? Baltimore, MD.  APTA NEXT Conference.
  • Graning, J., Watson, T., McPherson, S. (September 2014). Using ultrasound imaging to enhance physical performance in collegiate female dancers. Raleigh, NC. 2nd International Conference on Radiology and Imaging.
  • McPherson, S., Watson, T., Clark, A., Sannem, S., Clark, J. (February 2011). Does training of transversus abdominis activation in supine position transfer to functional tasks? New Orleans, LA. APTA Combined Sections Meeting.
  • Watson, T., McPherson, S.  (November 2010). ADIM training for loaded functional tasks: healthy adults maintain similar levels of motor control and intrinsic motivation – a longitudinal study. San Diego, CA: 7th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Pain
  • McPherson, S., Watson, T. (June 2010). Abdominal drawing in maneuver training in healthy young adults using ultrasound imaging: Does the ability to activate the transversus abdominus in a supine position transfer to standing positions involving lifting and reaching tasks? Tuscon, AZ: NASPSPA Annual Conference.
  • Watson, T., McPherson, S., Blankenship, J., Lenk, L. (October 2009). Transversus abdominis muscle activation during functional tasks:  Implications for the practitioner dealing with spinal stabilization.  Washington, DC: AAOMPT Annual Conference.
  • Watson, T., Deyle, G., Teyhen, D., (June 2007). Differential diagnosis and imaging for the physical therapist. Denver, Co: APTA Annual Conference.


Dr. Watson received his entry-level M.P.T. from Idaho State University. He was in private practice in southwest Florida prior to completing an orthopaedic manual therapy residency/fellowship in St. Augustine, FL.

Dr. Watson completed his post-professional doctorate from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, with emphasis on orthopaedic manual physical therapy, and studied the effect of exercise on cancer-related fatigue while doing his post-doctoral research fellowship with Johns Hopkins University.

He is board certified as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapists. Currently, he teaches entry-level physical therapy students, focusing on examination and intervention of musculoskeletal conditions. Additionally, he teaches an advanced manual therapy elective, an evidence-based approach to joint manipulation.

Dr. Watson also serves as physical therapist consultant to a number of regional agencies, including Crossfire Ministries.  He has served with the Crossfire / ACC Challenge All-Star Basketball game, working with standout Division I basketball players, including Christian Moody (Kansas), Trent Strickland (Wake Forest), Quentin Thomas (UNC), Luke Zeller (Notre Dame), Chad Williams (NC State), Greg Paulus & David McClure (Duke), Tyler Hansbrough & Danny Green (UNC).

He is an avid runner who enjoys racing, from distances of 5k to the marathon.  He has completed a number of marathons, including the 2011 and 2012 Boston Marathon races, and is the 2012, and 2013 Master's Division winner of WCU's Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon.



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