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Mark Jones

BSc (Psych), PT, Grad Dip Advan Manip Ther, MAppSc


Mark graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Psychology and then completed his Physical Therapy studies at the University of Iowa. Having developed an interest in manual therapy Mark traveled to Australia to study Manipulative Physiotherapy. After completing his Graduate Diploma in 1985 under Geoff Maitland he completed his Masters by Research in 1989. The title of his thesis was “Facilitating Students’ Clinical Reasoning in Physiotherapy Education”. Mark worked clinically, taught and published with Geoff Maitland and continues to promote integration of contemporary physiotherapy research and theory into the “Maitland Concept”. Mark has a special interest in biopsychosocial health care and the teaching and assessment of clinical reasoning in physiotherapy. His special interests in musculoskeletal physiotherapy include the shoulder complex and spine. Mark is currently Senior Lecturer and Program Director, Master of Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia. He has conducted and supervised research in the areas of clinical reasoning and musculoskeletal physiotherapy with over 75 publications including the text “Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions” and the text “Clinical Reasoning for Manual Therapists”. Two recent publications include the chapter “Clinical Reasoning: From the Maitland Concept and Beyond” in the latest edition of Maitland’s Vertebral Manipulation due out this year, and the editorial “Movement in our Thinking and our Practice” Manual Therapy 18: 2013, pp 93-95. Mark lectures and runs continuing education courses in clinical reasoning and musculoskeletal physiotherapy regularly, both nationally and internationally.