Dr. Bruce Greenfield is a Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy and the School of Medicine and Senior Fellow in the Center for Ethics at Emory University. Dr. Greenfield is a well-known physical therapy educator and qualitative researcher. He serves on the APTA Ethics and Judicial Committee, and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Physical Therapy Education and the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. At Emory, Dr. Greenfield is a member of the Emory University Hospital Ethics Committee. For many years, Dr. Greenfield was an orthopedic clinical specialist and edited two text books on the rehabilitation of the knee and shoulder published by F.A. Davis. His current areas of research are exploring the use of narrative and reflection in clinical practice, and exploring ethical reasoning and ethical issues in clinical practice.
2012 M.A. Bioethics Loyola University, Chicago, IL
2004 Ph.D. Educational Policy Studies, Georgia State University , Atlanta, GA.
1985 M.M.SC. Emory University , Atlanta GA.
1981 Certificate, Physical Therapy, Emory University , Atlanta, GA.
1976, B.A. Oglethorpe Universithy, Atlanta, GA.
Greenfield BH, Bridges PH, Phillips T, Carter V, Barefoot T, Dobson A, Eldridge A, Ng N, Nicoletti L. Reflective narratives by student physical therapist on early clinical experiences: an inductive and deductive analysis: The use of a reflective framework. J Phys Ther Ed. 2017:31(4): 49-58.
Bridges PH, Carter VM, Phillips T, Conwell R, Hensley B, Kimbrell A, Sigle M, Greenfield B, Johanson M. An assessment of the validity and reliability of a clinical evaluation instrument: an example from a private physical therapy program. J Phys Ther Ed. In Press.
Furze JA, Greenfield BH, Barr JH, Gale JR, Geist K, Jensen G. Clinical narratives in residency education: exploration of the learning process. Physiotherapy. Theory and Practice. In Press.
Jensen GM, Nordstrom T, Segal RL, McCallum C, Graham C., Greenfield B. Education research in physical therapy: visions of the possible. Physical Therapy. In Press.
Greenfield B. Invited column: ethical challenges of healthcare professionals caring for athletes in team sports. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2015, In Press
Greenfield B, Jensen G, Delaney C, Mostrom E, Knab M, Jampel A. Perspective: Power and promise of narrative for advancing physical therapist education and practice. Physical Therapy. 2015: 95(2): 924- 933.
Greenfield B, Bridges PH, Phillips TA , Adams E, Bullock D, Davis K, Nelson C, Wood B. Reflective narratives by physical therapist students on their early clinical experiences: a deductive and inductive approach. J Phys Ther Ed. 2015; 29(2): 21 – 31.
Greenfield B. A revisit to the ongoing philosophic debate about mixing methods: challenges and tensions. Invited commentary. Physical Therapy Reviews. 2013: 18(2): 138-139.
Greenfield B, Bridges PH, Phillips TA, Drill AN, Gaydosik CD, Krishnan A, Yanziak A. Exploring the experiences of novice clinical instructors in physical therapy clinical education: a phenomenological study. Physiotherapy. 2014: 100(4): 349-355.
Greenfield B, Jensen GM. Phenomenology: a powerful took for patient-centered rehabilitation. Physical Therapy Reviews. 2012: 17(6): 417-428.
Greenfield BH, West CR. Ethical issues in sports medicine: a review and justification for ethical decision-making and reasoning. Sports Health. 2012: 4: 476-479.
Greenfield B, Bridges B, Hoy S, Metzger R, Obuaya G, Resutek L. Exploring experience clinical instructors’ experiences in physical therapist clinical education: a phenomenological study. J Phys Ther Ed. 2012: 26(3): 40-47.
Greenfield B, Mussolino G. Technology in rehabilitation: ethical and curricular implications for physical therapist education. J Phys Ther Ed. 2012: 26(2): 81-90.
Jensen G, Greenfield B. Ethic’s education: developing habits of mind through the use of pedagogical content knowledge. Physical Therapy Review. 2012: 17(3): 149 -156.
Greenfield B. Invited Commentary. Phenomenology in rehabilitation. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. Topics on Stroke Rehabilitation. 2011: 18(1): 35-39.
Greenfield B, Jensen G. Understanding the lived experiences of patients: Application of phenomenological approach to ethics. Phys Ther. 2010: 10(8): 1185-1197.
Greenfield B, Jensen G. Beyond the code of ethics: application of phenomenology for ethical decision making. Physiotherapy Research Int. 2010: 15(2): 88-95.
Greenfield B, Keough E, Linn S, Little D, Portela, C. Perspectives of caring from patients undergoing physical therapy. J Allied Health. 2010: 39(2): e-43 – e-47.
Greenfield B. Phenomenology: An alternative ethics in rehabilitation. Commentary. American J Phys Med Rehabil. 2009: 88: 955-958.
Greenfield B, Banja J. The role of ethical theory in physical therapist education. J Phys Therapy Ed. 2009: 23(2): 24-28.
Johanson M, Greenfield B, Greene B, Abelew T. An impairment-based intervention for a patient with non-specific bilateral hip pain: clinical and biomechanical outcomes. Journal of Musculoskeletal Research. 2009: 12(2): 113-125.
Rauscher L, Greenfield B. Advancements in contemporary physical therapy research: The use of mixed methods designs. Phys Ther. 2008: 89(1): 91-100.
Greenfield B, Anderson A, Cox B, Tanner M. The meaning of caring in novice physical therapists. Phys Ther. 2008: 88(10): 1-13.
Greenfield B. Guest editorial: Opening up the possibilities with genetics. J Physical Therapy Ed. 2008: 22(1): 3.
Greenfield B, Goldberg A, Wolf S, Curtis K. The ethical, social, legal implications associated with genetics: implications for physical therapy education. J Physical Therapy Ed. 2008: 22(1): 4-1
Greenfield B, Greene B, Johanson M. The use of qualitative techniques in orthopedics and sports physical therapy. Moving toward postpositivism. Phys Ther Sports. 2007: 8: 44-54.
Greenfield B. The role of emotions in ethical decision-making: implications for physical therapy education. J Phys Ther Ed. 2007: 21(1): 14-21.
Greenfield B. The meaning of caring in five, experienced physical therapists. Physiother Theory Pract. 2006: 22: 175-187.
Awards and Honors
05/2018 Outstanding Educator, Faculty Appreciation Day, Emory University School of Medicine
01/2008 Stanford Award APTA Section on Education
12/2007 Stanford Award APTA Section on Education
01/1992 Co-Winner Breg Award, Sports Section American Physical Therapy Association
01/1976 Academic Historical Honor Society Phi Alpha Theta