Benjamin Boyd

Adjunct Associate Professor PT, DPTSc

Programs and Courses Taught

Doctor of Physical Therapy

PT 711: Patient/Client Management I
PT 712: Patient/Client Management II
PT 716: Patient/Client Management III

About Me

I am a clinician, educator, researcher, and writer.  I have worked in numerous clinical practice settings.  Currently, I see clients with persistent pain conditions at Stanford Tri-Valley in Northern California.  Here I have developed and lead a group class for people with persistent pain, called ARISE, where participants explore how to safely become more Active, enhance Resilience, gain Insight and build Self-Efficacy, even in the face of ongoing pain.  I also act as a resource and mentor to an interprofessional team (PT, OT, Speech) within the department.  I am passionate about helping those suffering from persistent pain and embrace a holistic, humanistic approach to rehabilitation.  

I live with my wife in the Bay Area in California, where I grew up.  I am an avid hiker, enjoy the outdoors, good food, and having a good conversation with my wife/friends/family/colleagues, even more so when able to simultaneously combine these interests.


I have been a Physical Therapist since 2002, with a Master of Science and Doctorate in Science (2008) from the University of California, San Francisco / San Francisco State University.

Teaching Interests

I spent over 12 years as core faculty in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California, where I currently continues to teach part-time as an Adjunct Associate Professor.  

I have taught continuing education courses through the Noigroup to an international audience of healthcare providers on pain and peripheral nerve assessment and treatment since 2013.

Scholarly Interests

I have been involved in multiple research projects leading to numerous publications on the topics of neurodynamics, mechanosensitivity of the nervous system, and nerve related pain conditions.


1.    Boyd BS, Nee RJ, Smoot B. Safety of lower extremity neurodynamic exercises in adults with Diabetes Mellitus: a feasibility study.  J Man Manip Ther. 2017;25(1):30-38.  
2.    Christensen N, Boyd B, Tonley J.  Clinical Reasoning and Evidence-Based Practice.  Current Concepts of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy.  4th ed.  Orthopaedic Section, APTA; 2016.
3.    Broberg MA, Boyd BS, Backer T.  Reflections on early attempts to provide pain neuroscience education in conjunction with biopsychosocial care from the patient and interprofessional team perspective.  J Humanities Rehab.  2019;May:1-19.
4.    Mallari B, Spaeth EK, Goh H, Boyd BS.  Virtual reality as an analgesic for acute and chronic pain in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis.  J Pain Res.  2019;12:2053-2085.
5.    Coppieters MW, Andrade RJ, Nee RJ, Boyd BS.  Neurodynamics: movement for neuropathic pain states.  Book chapter in Fascia: The Tensional Network of the Human Body, 2nd edition. Elsevier Limited.  London, England.  2022.
6.    Nee RJ, Coppieters MW, Boyd BS.  Reliability of the straight leg raise test for suspected lumbar radicular pain: a systematic review with meta-analysis.  Musculoskelet Sci Pract.  2022;59:102529.
7.    Nee RJ, Boyd BS, Coppieters MW.  Neurodynamic testing and treatment for the spine and extremities.  Book chapter. In press.  2022.
8.    Boyd BS, Smoot BS, Nee RJ.  Left/right judgement task for the chest region, Part 1: performance outcomes in healthy women compared to women post breast cancer treatment.  Rehab Onc.  2022;40(2):60-70.
9.    Boyd BS, Smoot BS, Nee RJ.  Left/right judgement task for the chest region, Part 2: evidence for mental maneuvering in performance during chest versus shoulder regions.  Rehab Onc.  2022;40(2):71-81.
10.    Nee RJ, Coppieters MW, Boyd BS.  Reliability of the straight leg raise test for suspected lumbar radicular pain: a systematic review with meta-analysis.  Musculoskelet Sci Pract.  2022;59:102529

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Physical Therapy Association, Section membership: Orthopaedics, 2000 to present

Honors & Awards

  • 2005 – 2006    Kean Graduate Fellowship Award, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2005 – 2006    Mary McMillan Doctoral Scholarship Award, Foundation for Physical Therapy
  • 2007 – 2008     Graduate Student Research Award, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2008    Graduate Student Distinguished Achievement Award, San Francisco State University (DPTSc)
  • 2012    First Time Writer's Award, The American Society of Hand Therapists, for paper entitled, “Common interlimb asymmetries and neurogenic responses during upper limb neurodynamic testing: implications for test interpretation”