Abebaw Yohannes, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Physical Therapy

Phone: (626) 815-6000
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Abebaw Yohannes, Ph.D., taught in the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral physical therapy programs at Manchester Metropolitan University from 1993 to 2017. His major areas of research include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, asthma, and depression and anxiety in older patients with chronic diseases. Yohannes designed the Manchester Respiratory Activities of Daily Living scale to quantify disability in COPD patients, and the Anxiety Inventory for Respiratory Disease (AIR) to measure anxiety in COPD patients, and has been involved in pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation programs in the United Kingdom. He has published more than 90 original, peer-reviewed articles, presented more than 100 research papers at national and international conferences, and presented his work in New Zealand, Canada, the Netherlands, Italy, Singapore, and the United States. Yohannes is an associate editor for BioMed Central’s Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, and an editorial board member for the journal Chest. In his leisure time, he likes spending time with his young daughter, Elizabeth, and his wife, Martha. He is a keen tennis player and loves gardening and hiking to test his stamina and socialize with other people. Learn more about Yohannes’ scholarly activities.

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Physical Therapy