Patricia Jean Nichols

Patricia Jean Nichols, BSc

Assistant Professor
Division of Physical Therapy
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine

Office: 1462 Clifton Road, Room 312
Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: (404) 712-5711 (Office)


The primary focus of my professional career has been the education of pre-clinical and clinical students in systems physiology, with a view to promoting an integrative and holistic understanding of the pathophysiology of disease. This has involved the development of problem-solving tools for the classroom and for evaluation of student performance.

My research interests include the measurement of the intrinsic mechanical properties of active single skinned skeletal muscle fibers in reponse to perturbations, either stretches or releases. We have studied the history dependence of these changes and their dependence on fiber type, biochemical environment and prior interventions. I serve as a mentor for student research projects in this field.

My responsibilities at Emory include teaching in the DPT program, teaching in the first year medical curriculum, and teaching students in the Department of Biomedical engineering (Joint Emory/Georgia Tech program). I serve on University, Departmental and Divisional committees, considering issues pertaining to student awards, curriculum development and student performance.


1965 B.Sc. Physiology University college London, England


  1. Segal, R.L. and Nichols, P.J.. Teaching Basic Science in Physical Therapy Programs Emphasizing Movement Control. (1993). J. Phys. Ther. Ed. 7 vol. 14, 21
  2. Malamud, J.G., Lee, R.R., Nichols, P.J., and Nichols, T.R.. Force Yield in Active Soleus Muscles and Skinned Soleus Fibers and Papillary Muscles in the Cat and Rat. (1991). Biophys. J. vol. 509, 420