James S. Thomas
Dr. Thomas is a Professor in the Departments of Physical Therapy and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Virginia Commonwealth University.
After practicing as an orthopedic therapist for more than 15 years he moved into research, earning his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago, studying the neural control of trunk motion.
Dr. Thomas’ motor control lab studies the influence of fear avoidance behavior on motor behavior in participants with low back pain as well as the role of novel immersive virtual reality interventions for treating chronic low back pain. His work has been published in prestigious journals, such as Spine, the Journal of Neurophysiology, and Pain, and he regularly serves as a grant reviewer for a number of NIH study section panels.
He is Principal Investigator on an ongoing Phase II randomized clinical trial (i.e., VIGOR study- Virtual Immersive Gaming to Optimize Recovery in Low Back Pain) that examines the efficacy of an immersive gaming intervention to reduce kinesiophobia and improve motion in participants with chronic low back pain.