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Dr. Joe Lucca

Associate Professor Emeritus
Department of Physical Therapy
University of Delaware



Licensure Research Interests Professional Organizations
Education Research Projects & Grants Service
Current Appointment Publications Students & Trainees
Professional History Presentations Teaching
Honors & Awards        


Delaware: J1-0000148

NDT Certified, University of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD (1975)
Board Certified in Geriatric Physical Therapy (2005)

West Chester State University BS 1968 Special Education
University of Pennsylvania Cert. 1969 Physical Therapy
Temple University MEd 1973 Educational Psychology
University of Delaware PhD 1990 Family Studies
Temple University DPT 2003 Doctor of Physical Therapy

2012-present University of North Florida
Associate Professor
Physical Therapy Program
University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Associate Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
Mar75-2012 Home Based Physical Therapy

Mar81-84 Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy, Wilmington, DE; Owner
July74-July79 University of Delaware, Physical Therapy Program, Assistant Professor
July72-July74 Delaware Curative Workshop, Wilmington, DE; Director of Pediatric Program
Sept69-July72 Delaware Curative workshop, Wilmington, DE; Staff Therapist


  • Lucy Blair Service Award; American Physical Therapy Association, 2008
  • Friends of Private Practice Award; Private Practice Section of the APTA, 2007
  • The First Joe Lucca Distinguished Service Award; Delaware Physical Therapy Association, 2005



Health Care Delivery to the Older Americans



  • Cystic Fibrosis Association "Parenting Inputs in the Management of Cystic Fibrosis" (7/78-7/80); with Barbara Settles
  • Office of Child Development, USDHEW "Parenting Inputs in Foster and Natural Families for Normal and Atypical Children" (7/76-7/78); with Barbara Settles
  • Delaware Institute for Medical Education and Research "Predictive Validity of the Neonatal Behavior Assessment Scale" (10/76-10/77)
  • "The Effects of Biofeedback on Isometric and Isokinetic Contractions." May 1978-February 1979.
  • "Long Term Effects of Biofeedback on Isometric Training." September 1979-January 1981.


Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  1. "The Home Health Care System in the United States: Analysis and Recommendations." TOPICS IN GERIATRIC REHABILITATION. July 1990.
  2. "Effects of Upper and Lower Limb Preference on Torque Productions." JOURNAL OF ORTHOPEDIC & SPORTS PHYSICAL THERAPY, November 1989.
  3. "Husband Abuse," with Susan Steinmetz. In THE HANDBOOK OF FAMILY VIOLENCE. Plenum Publishing, 1988.
  4. "The Effects of Biofeedback on Isometric Strengthening Program." PHYSICAL THERAPY, February 1983
  5. "Effects of Childrens' Disabilities on Certain Time Use Parameters." PHYSICAL THERAPY, February 1979

Book Reviews / Articles Abstracted

  1. Communication and Clinical Effectiveness in Rehabilitation. Reynolds, F. London. Elsevier, 2005, paperback, 264pp, ISBN 0-7506-5665-4. Reviewed in Physical Therapy.
  2. Psychology in the Physical and Manual Therapies. Kolt, GS & Andersen, MB, eds. Philadelphia, PA. Churchill Livingstone, 2004. Reviewed in Physical Therapy. June, 2005
  3. The Bedford Murder: An Evidence-Based Clinical Mystery. Godwin, M. and Hodgetts, G., Philadelphia, PA 19106. Hanley & Belfus, Inc, 2003, Reviewed in Physical Therapy. January 2005, p. 103.
  4. Evidence-Based Rehabilitation: A Guide to Practice. Law M, ed. Thorofare, NJ 08086. Slack Inc, 2002.Reviewed in Physical Therapy, 2003, 83 (8) : 754-756. Reviewed in Physical Therapy, August 2003, p. 754
  5. A Reevaluation of the Duration of Survival After the Onset of Dementia. Wolfson C, Wolfson DB, Asgharian, M, et al. Abstracted in Physical Therapy. 2001; 81 (10): 1734-1735
  6. Improving Mobility in Older Persons: A Manual for Geriatric Specialists, by Carole Lewis. In TOPICS IN GERIATRIC REHABILITATION, (1997)
  7. Aging: A Challenge to Health Care, by Carole Lewis. In PHYSICAL THERAPY Vol. 65(2), February 1985, p. 220.
  8. Handicaps in Childhood, by M. Manciaux. In PHYSICAL THERAPY VOL 63 (11), November 1983.
  9. Parents on the Team, by S. L. Brown. In PHYSICAL THERAPY Vol. 60(6), June 1980, P. 830.
  10. Program Guide for Infants and Toddlers with Neuromotor and other Disabilities, by F. P.Conner, & C. G. Williamson. In PHYSICAL THERAPY, Vol. 59(5), May 1979, p. 678.


  1. Predicting Utilization and Outcomes of Home-Based Physical Therapy” presented at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, February, 2001.
  2. "Physical Therapy Legislation - The Delaware Experience," presented at the Mid Year Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Orlando, February 1985.
  3. Chairman of Research Session at 1984 Annual Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Las Vegas, 1984.
  4. "Effect of Superficial Heat, Deep Heat, and Cold on Quadriceps Muscle Performance," presented at the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Kansas City, June 1983.
  5. "Effects of EMG Biofeedback on an Isometric Strengthening Program," presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Anaheim, June 1982.
  6. "Fathers' Roles and Needs in Relation to Children with Special Needs," Presented at Groves Conference in Marriage and the Family, Ocean City, Maryland, June 4, 1982.
  7. Chairman of Research Session at 1981 Annual Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in Washington.
  8. "Isokinetic Rehabilitation Following Meniscus Surgery," presented at Fall Seminar, Alfred I. duPont Institute, October 24, 1981.
  9. "Marketing Cybex," presented at Cybex Seminar, Washington, DC, August 1981.
  10. "A Model to Foster Research at the Undergraduate Level," presented at the 56th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Atlanta, June 1980.
  11. "Functional Ability of Children and Parental Time Use," presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Atlanta, June 1979.
  12. "The Decrement of Equilibrium and Balance Occurring with Age," presented at the Mid Year Meeting of the Research Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, San Francisco, February 1979.
  13. "How Much Should We Expect of the Exceptional Parent," presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Las Vegas, June 1978
  1. Annual & Combined Sections Meetings of American Physical Therapy Association, Annually from 1978
  2. APTA State Government Affairs Workshop, Annually from 2000
  3. APTA Federal Government Affairs Workshop, Annually from 2000
  4. DPTA Annual Meeting, Annually from 2000
  5. Medicare - Part B Coding Workshop, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 2000
  6. Dale Carnegie Course, Wilmington, DE, Feb-May 1986
  7. Orthopedic Mobilization, Annual Meeting of Delaware Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, Wilmington, DE, Feb 1985
  8. Professional Issues Workshop, American Physical Therapy Association, Alexandria, VA, Sept 1984
  9. White House Symposium on Physical Fitness and Sports Medicine, Washington, DC, Nov 1983
  10. Sports Medicine Seminar, Alfred I. duPont Institute, Wilmington, DE, Apr 1981
  11. Fall Orthopedic Seminar, Alfred I. duPont Institute, Wilmington, DE, Oct 1981
  12. Isokinetics Seminar, sponsored by Lumex Corporation. (2 day course on the theory and function of isokinetic exercise), June 1980
  13. Electromyography Course. (Three 3-day seminars to introduce the professional to electromyographic instrumentation), 1978, 1979
  14. Problem Solving Approach to Teaching, University of Baltimore, Sept 1978
  15. Fall Orthopedic Seminar, Alfred I. duPont Institute, Wilmington, DE, Sept 1978
  16. Neurodevelopmental Treatment Association Workshop, New York City, Nov 1977
  17. Grantsmanship Workshop, American Physical Therapy Association, Phoenix, AZ, Feb 1977
  18. Neurodevelopmental Treatment Association Workshop, Blythsdale, NY, Nov 1976
  19. Fall Orthopedic Seminar, Alfred I. duPont Institute, Wilmington, DE, Sept 1976
  20. Certification Course in Neurodevelopmental Treatment Approach, Neurodevelopmental Treatment Association, Baltimore, MD, July-Aug 1975


  • University of Delaware Department of Physical Therapy
    • Chair, Curriculum Committee, 2006-2007
    • Coordinated Program Assessment Activities for the Department, 2000-present
    • Member of Departmental Web Site team, 2000-present
    • Chair of the Public Committee, 1999-present
    • Chair of the Alumni Committee, 1999-present
    • Chair, Safety Committee, 1997-present
    • Chair, Minority Recruitment Committee, 1996-present
    • Physical Therapy Admissions, 1980-present
    • Coordinated employment and admissions surveys, 2000
    • Chaired, Search Committee for Clinic Director, 1999
  • Board of Directors Member, Wilmington Senior Center, 2005-present
  • Medical Advisory Committee Member, Geriatric Services of Delaware, and Bayada Nurses, 1988-present
  • Medicare Chart Reviewer, Bayada Nurses of Delaware, 1988-present
  • University of Delaware's Faculty Senate, 2007
  • Developed and maintained Delaware Physical Therapy Association website, 2000-2003
  • College of Arts and Sciences Senator, 1998-2004
  • University Presidential Awards Committee, 1998-2000
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Delaware; State Farm Insurance; Nationwide Insurance, 1984-2000
  • Honors Committee, School of Life and Health Sciences, 1981-1985
  • University Promotion and Tenure Committee, 1984
  • Department of Public Instruction Project CADETS (Assessing degree of disability in handicapped children) 1977-1979
  • University Faculty Welfare and Privileges Committee, 1976
  • Courses and Curriculum Committee, School of Life and Health Sciences
  • Various Physical Therapy Search Committees


Undergraduate with Distinction Theses
1988 Mary Jane Isaacs   Ankle Range of Motion, Strength and Endurance Characteristics of a Selected Group of Pre-Elite and Elite Female Ballet Dancers
1985 Robert Murphy   Electrical Stimulation of the Quadriceps Femoris Muscles Combined with Isokinetic Exercise in Healthy Individuals
1985 Theresa Schneider   Eccentric and Concentric Contractions: The Effect of Velocity of Contraction on the Force Capabilities of the Quadriceps Femoris
1985 Kathleen Kline   The Existence of Foot Preference and Its Relationship with Hand Preference and Strength
1984 Sharise Savelli   Descriptive Analysis of Isokinetic Performance of the Knee Musculature
1984 Suzanne Northup   Comparison of Strength Gains Following Concentric and Eccentric Training
1982 Cynthia Neff   Muscle Strength and Endurance Gains in Isotonic Vs. Isokinetic Exercise Training Protocols
1982 Susan Perkuckin   Effects of Superficial Heat, Deep Heat, and Cold on Isokinetic Performance of the Quadriceps Femoris Muscle
1980 Susan Recchuitti   The Effect of EMG Biofeedback on an Isometric Strengthening Program
1980 Nancy Liggett   Public Survey Research Concerning the Physical Therapy Profession
Committee Member
2003 Stephanie Peterson PhD Biomechanics and Movement Sciences, University of Delaware
(Advisor Lynn Snyder-Mackler)
1987 Rita F. Reisig   "Gait Analysis of Normal Young Children"
1985 Jay Billy   "The Effects of Rapid Weight Loss on Strength in Wrestlers"
1979 Donna Tomasette   "Parental Style and Social Maturity in Families of Children with Cystic Fibrosis"


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