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Research Interests:

  • Implementation Science
  • Health Services Research

Ongoing Projects:

  • Project title:  Targeted Interventions to Prevent Chronic Low Back Pain in High Risk Patients:  A Multi-Center Pragmatic RCT
  • Project title:  Clinical Coordinating Center for Spinal Manipulation and Patient Self-Management for Preventing Acute to Chronic Back Pain (PACBACK)

Peer-Reviewed Publications


Joel Stevans is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. He is also a senior implementation scientist at the University of Pittsburgh Health Policy Institute.
Prior to coming to the University of Pittsburgh, Stevans served as the vice president and chief clinical officer at Landmark Healthcare, Inc., a managed care organization specializing in the oversight of provider networks for group health insurers in 14 states. In this role, he was the senior leader responsible for Clinical Management, Quality Improvement, Informatics, and Provider Credentialing functions. Working on behalf of many of the largest insurers in the country, Landmark implemented clinical management and quality improvement programs throughout a network of 6,500 rehabilitation providers covering a population of 7 million health plan enrollees. These experiences afforded him keen insight into the many challenges inherent in the implementation of evidence-based clinical innovations in large provider and patient populations. Before transitioning to Landmark, Stevans was an early adopter of interprofessional care models. While in full-time clinical practice he provided care with a team of physicians and rehabilitation specialists to improve the outcomes through better care coordination.


Department of Physical Therapy


Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Doctor of Physical Therapy/Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering