Journal of Women’s & Pelvic Health Physical Therapy

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Call for Papers in Special Topic Issue: Overactive Bladder & Beyond Unraveling Bladder Pain & Dysfunction

Have you conducted original research, systematic reviews,  meta-analyses, case reports, or clinical commentary on topics related to bladder health? The JWPHPT invites you to submit a manuscript by March 15, 2025, for possible inclusion in this special issue.

Topics for Inclusion:

🔍OAB Syndrome and it's components
🔍Relationships between bladder dysfunction and other systems
🔍Voiding dysfunction

For inquiries and potential submissions, please do not hesitate to contact JWPHPT's Special Issue Guest Editor, Becca Reisch,PT, DPT, PhD

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About the Journal

The Journal of Women's & Pelvic Health Physical Therapy (JWPHPT) is the official quarterly publication of the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy. Free for APTA Pelvic Health members but available for purchase for non-members, the journal is digitally accessible allowing members to read issues from anywhere. Whether you are writing your CAPP Case Reflection, completing coursework in a DPT program, or want to advance your knowledge on the latest evidence available in the women’s health discipline, you will find peer-reviewed articles and new research in women’s health physical therapy in our journal. JWHPT (ISSN 1556-6803) is indexed in Cumulative Index to Nursing Administration and Health Literature (CINAHL), EBSCO A-Z, Ex Libris, HINARI, JournalGuide, ProQuest,TDNet and EMCARE. 

The journal is an enthusiastic proponent of advancing the science of women’s and men’s health, and we encourage authors to submit their research to the journal in accordance with this mission. Despite the fact that it has been 20 years since research funding by the National Institutes of Health was required to include women, there is still a large gender gap in biomedical research. Women remain underrepresented in all domains of health-related research impacting societal concerns and healthcare policy. Viewing physical therapy research in this larger context, it is vital to maintain high standards of quality research regarding the healthcare needs of women. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Menopause
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pediatric Pelvic Health
  • Bowel/Bladder Dysfunction
  • Post-Cancer Rehab/Breast Health
  • Chronic Pain
  • Women’s Musculoskeletal Concerns
  • Pre/post-partum
  • Women’s sports and health promotion
  • Manual Therapy
  • Pelvic Pain

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Instructions for Authors

Our editorial team invites you to submit manuscripts on all aspects of women’s health as it pertains to physical therapy. The team is also looking for case studies or series that provide information on changes in treating women with COVID who are pregnant or post-partum that loop in the best available science of what is happening. 


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The Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy is seeking to expand its team of manuscript reviewers. Applicants must be able to:

  • Receive and review 1‐3 manuscripts per year for blinded peer review
  • Demonstrate that they have a good knowledge base of several clinical content areas in Women’s Health Physical Therapy with at least 2 years in specialty practice
  • Understand the basic statistics required to evaluate the strength of the research for at least two of the following types of research.
  • Evaluate the quality of the research and provide constructive criticism and suggestions to authors
  • Commitment to developing reviewer skills

Unique Features Distinguishing JWPHPT

JWPHPT exists to disseminate the science and clinical practice to advance the domain of knowledge particular to pelvic health and women’s health physical therapy. This specialized area of physical therapy practice requires extensive post-graduate education and training. Translating scientific theory into practice and education, JWPHPT provides the global community of physical therapists with the foundation for evidence-based practice for the provision of physical therapy to address the unique needs of women and pelvic health for all. The core journal articles include original research as well as integration and interpretation from the diverse areas of study that contribute to the science underlying the physical therapy management of persons with functional deficits due to the interrelationship of the genitourinary, neuromusculoskeletal, and cardiorespiratory systems. The reviewer pool draws heavily from specialists in this community with demonstrated content expertise, and for that reason, the reviewers have a strong dedication to the quality of journal content. This dedication manifests as outstanding reviews and guidance intended to maximize the impact of the journal content. To augment the core article content, JWPHPT offers digital media in the form of online videos and social media to further the integration of scientific information into clinical practice. Digital materials are formatted for use on personal digital devices, allowing clinicians to access research information in daily practice.

JWPHPT Editorial Board

The editorial board oversees the peer review process, selects reviewers, manages reviews, and makes decisions on manuscript acceptance. They evaluate manuscript quality, originality, and scientific rigor to ensure it meets the journal's standards. Additionally, they provide strategic guidance, shaping the journal's content to reflect emerging trends and advance knowledge in the field.
  • Cynthia Michelle Chiarello

    Cynthia Michelle Chiarello



  • Patricia R. Nelson

    Patricia R. Nelson

    PT, ScD

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    Senior Editor

  • Rebecca A. Reisch

    Rebecca A. Reisch

    PT, DPT, PhD


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    Associate Editor

  • Jennifer Joy Bagwell

    Jennifer Joy Bagwell

    PT, DPT, PhD

    JWPHPT Associate Editor

    Associate Editor

  • Tamara Roehling

    Tamara Roehling

    PT, DPT, PhD

    Associate Professor and Program Director

    Associate Editor

  • Jessica McNally (P)

    Jessica McNally (P)

    PT, DPT, 200 RYT

    Digital Media Editor