News and Events

Jul 25 2014

NSF Awards Grant to NYIT Professor for Workshop on Gaming and Therapy

Jul 25 2014

Arkansas Higher Education Board Certifies New NYIT Medical School Site in Jonesboro

Jul 17 2014

Medical Students Transition from Classroom to Clinic

Jul 15 2014

NYIT Awards Research Grants

Jul 15 2014

NYIT’s M.S. in Instructional Technology Approved in Abu Dhabi

John Handrakis, PT, DPT, Ed.D.

Associate Professor



  • B.S. General Science, Fordham University
  • Certificate in Physical Therapy, Columbia University
  • M.S. Exercise Physiology, Long Island University
  • Ed.D. Applied Physiology, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • DPT, New York Institute of Technology


Academic Appointments

  • 2011-present: Associate Professor, NYIT
  • 2005-2011: Assistant Professor, NYIT
  • 1999-2004: Adjunct Professor, NYIT


Clinical Experiences

  • Clinical experience in acute care, rehab, home care, and private practice.

Research focus

  • Secondary effects of spinal cord injury. Currently investigating thermoregulatory dysfunction after spinal cord injury


  • Handrakis JP, Friel K, Hoeffner F, Akinkunle O, Genova V, Isakov E, Matthew J, Vitulli F. Key Characteristics of Low Back Pain and Disability in College-Aged Adults: a Pilot Study. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2012;93(7):1217-24.
  • Rosado-Rivera  D, Radulovic M, Handrakis JP, Cirnigliaro CM, Jensen AM,  Kirshblum SC, Bauman WA and Wecht JM.  Comparison of 24-hour cardiovascular and autonomic function in paraplegia, tetraplegia, and control groups: implications for cardiovascular risk. J Spinal Cord Med 2011;34(4):395-403.
  • Douris PC, Handrakis JP,  Gendy J, Salama M, Kwon D, Brooks R, Salama N, Southard VN, Fatiguing Upper Body Aerobic Exercise Impairs Balance. Accepted for publication by J Strength Cond Res 2011;25(12):3299-305. 
  • Wecht JM, Rosado-Rivera D, Handrakis JP, Radulovic M, Bauman WA. Effects of midodrine hydrochloride on blood pressure and cerebral blood flow during orthostasis in persons with chronic tetraplegia. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2010;91(9):1429-35.
  • Wecht JM, Weir JP, DeMeersman RE, Schilero GJ, Handrakis JP, LaFountaine MF, Cirnigliaro CM, Kirshblum SC, and Bauman WA. Cold face test in persons with spinal cord injury: age versus inactivity. Clin Auton Res. 2009;19(4):221-9.
  • Handrakis JP, Southard VN, Abreu JM, Aloisa M, Doyen MR, Echevarria LM, Hwang H, Samuels C, Venegas SA, and Douris PC. Static Stretching Does Not Impair Performance in Active Middle-Aged Adults. J Strength Cond Res. 2009;24(3):825-30.
  • Handrakis JP, DeMeersman RE, Rosado-Rivera D, LaFountaine MF, Spungen AM, Bauman WA, and Wecht JM. Effect of hypotensive challenge on systemic hemodynamics and cerebral blood flow in persons with tetraplegia. Clin Auton Res. 2009;19(1):39-45.
  • Douris PC, Elokda AS, Handrakis JP, Principal S, Rondo E, Bovell J, Coughlin WP, Mastroianni CN, Wong MJ, and Zimmerman T. Martial art training enhances the glutathione antioxidant system in middle-aged adults. J Strength Cond Res. 2009;23(5):1518-23.