Dr. Welch joined the faculty of PCOM Georgia in January 2019 as a professor. Dr. Welch has more than 10 years in academe teaching DPT and PTA students. She has been in PT practice for more than 22 years with experience in acute care, sub-acute rehabilitation, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient neurological rehabilitation settings. She also has worked in an interdisciplinary diabetic foot clinic and amputee clinic. Her research interests include women’s health and neurology.
Dr. Welch is recognized as a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurology by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
Dr. Welch is actively engaged in research in the area of women's health specifically looking at the effects of electrical stimulation on the reduction of diastasis recti in postpartum women and perceived change in functional level. Other research interests include improving the lives of individuals with a neurological deficits and decreasing spasticity.
Welch JP, Wiley JJ, Benfield JE, Brown AB, Dale AS, Harris LS, Matthews LS. The Effects of Electrical Stimulation on the Reduction of Diastasis Recti in Females Postpartum: A Case Series Poster Presentation at APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Antonio, TX; February, 2016
Palma SD, Millard T, Welch JP. The immediate effects of dry needling intervention on decorticate upper extremity posturing of two patients with traumatic brain injury. Poster Presentation at APTA Annual Conference, National Harbor, MD; June, 2015
Maher RM, Welch JP, Barron K, Crane K, Jernigan J, Sellors K, Williams J. What Happens to the Piriformis when the Hip goes Above 90? A Double Blinded Ultrasound study. Poster Presentation American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Orlando, FL; November 2013
Maher RM, Welch JP, Eggleston M, Gutzman J, Hartney M, Mack K, McDonald M. Poster 160 Does Dry Needling the Upper Trapezius Muscle Elicit a Sympathetic Response? A Pilot Study.Poster Presentation American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Orlando, FL; November 2013
Hayes DM, Welch JP, Hecht L, Merwin J, & Vinsant Z. The effect of Group Exercise on Anxiety when compared to Exercising Alone. Poster Presentation at APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, IL; February, 2012
Maher R, Welch JP, Cason C, Dunning L, Greene E, & White K. The Effect of Pelvic Inclination Angle on Pelvic Floor Muscle Activity-A Pilot Study using Ultrasound Imaging, Digital Inclinometry and Surface Electromyography. Poster Presentation at APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, IL; February, 2012
Maher RM, Giertz R, McClure W, Earle W, Morgan M, Welch JP. The Effect of heel Height on Pelvic Floor Muscle Activity: A Pilot study using 1 inch and 3 inch Heel Heights with Ultrasound imaging, Surface EMG and Inclinometry. Poster Presentation at APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, IL; February, 2012