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Adrienne Simonds, PHD, PT

Department : Rehabilitation And Movement Sciences
Program/Division : Physical Therapy - D.P.T.(South Jersey)
Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Joint Appointment Title : Assistant Professor  
Department : Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences  
School: Robert Wood Johnson Medical School  
Campus: Pisc/NB  

Office Address:
200 College Drive 
2nd Floor, Room 224
Blackwood, NJ 08012
Phone: (856) 566-7190


Degree Degree Source Year Awarded
BS University of Scranton 2002
MPT University of Scranton 2003
PHD, PT Nova Southeastern University 2014
Title Authors Where and When
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation to reduce pain and opioid use after cesarean: A pilot study. Duzyj CM, Simonds AH, Jones I, Hill JM, Khan S, Parrott JS. Am J Obstet Gynecol. Volume 222, Issue 1, Supplement, January 2020, Page S190.
Disability, pelvic girdle pain and depressive symptoms in the first twelve weeks after delivery Simonds AH, Abraham KA, Hill C, Spitznagle T, Cheng MS, Parrot JS J Womens Health Phys Therapy. 2018;42(3):139-147. doi: 10.1097/JWH.0000000000000105
The synergistic effect of concussions and aging women? Disparities and perspectives on moving forward Esopenko, Carrie; Simonds, Adrienne H; Anderson, Ellen Z. Concussion. 2018;3(2).
Award Year
Top Research Poster, APTA Section on Women’s Health, “Effectiveness of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation on Acute Pain and Opioid Consumption after Cesarean Section.” Awarded at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) 2019
Top Research Poster, APTA Section on Women’s Health, “Effectiveness of Physical Activity for Postpartum Depressive Symptoms: A Systematic Review." Awarded at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) 2018
SHP Excellence in Teaching Award 2017-2018
Nominee, SHP Excellence in Teaching Award 2016-2017
Gonfalon Bearer, Rutgers-Camden Commencement for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 2017
Honorable Mention for Research Poster, “Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis Dysfunction and Mood Disturbance Post-Concussion.” Awarded at PINK Concussions Symposium on Female Concussion and Brain Injury 2016
Research Interests
Dr. Simonds' research focus is to improve health care and recovery for women during the childbearing years, specifically the role of physical therapy interventions for the management of antepartum and postpartum pelvic girdle pain and Cesarean Section incision pain.
Current Projects: 1. Effectiveness of Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation (TENS) to reduce opioid intake after Cesarean Section delivery. 2. Clinical practice guidelines for pelvic girdle pain in the postpartum population 3. Scar and abdominal muscle characteristics after Cesarean Section delivery
Research Grants
Title Sponsor Effective Dates Role
“Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation to Reduce Pain and Maternal Opioid Consumption after Cesarean.” Identifier: NCT03843788. Department November 2018-present PI
“Clinical Practice Guidelines for Pelvic Girdle Pain in the Postpartum Population” APTA Foundation and APTA Women’s Health Section December, 2014-present PI
“Scar and Abdominal Muscle Characteristics after Cesarean Section Delivery” Rutgers-SHP Dean’s Intramural Research Grant June, 2016-2017 PI
Title Details
Adrienne Simonds, PT, PhD   2019 Adrienne Simonds, PT, PhD received a Bachelor in Health Sciences and Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Scranton. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Simonds is an Assistant Professor who teaches throughout the Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Therapy, Applied Research, Medical Considerations in Rehabilitation and Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy courses. Dr. Simonds academic and research interests involve the effectiveness of physical therapy interventions on pain and function after childbirth, with a focus on Cesarean Section, pelvic girdle pain and postpartum depression, as well as the relationship between pain and mood disorders in female populations. She has published articles and presented nationally on these topics. Dr. Simonds also holds a volunteer faculty appointment in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

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