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Cindy Tanis, Ph.D.

Program Director and Associate Professor, Graduate Physical Education
Phone: 626-969-3434 Ext. 5230
Cindy Tanis has been affiliated with Azusa Pacific University since 1986. She was the first to graduate from the newly-developed athletic training program, and remained as a graduate assistant to further develop the program. Tanis served as head athletic trainer for 11 years, as well as program director and instructor/academic advisor. She has taught in the Graduate Physical Education Program since 1988, returning full-time to the program in 2001. She is currently the program director for the MS in Physical Education, and the Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization. She is committed to teaching adult learners relevant information in the field of physical education, athletic training, coaching, and exercise science through a Christian perspective. Her research interests include psychophysiological treatment methods for performance enhancement and pain management.


  • Ph.D. - Sport Psychology, Capella University, 2008
  • M.Ed. - Education, emphasis in Physical Education, Azusa Pacific University
  • B.S. - Physical Education and Athletic Training, Azusa Pacific University


  • Certified Athletic Trainer
  • National Athletic Trainers Association


School of Education

  • Teacher Education


  • Adult Learning
  • Athletic Training
  • Physical Education
  • Psychophysiological treatment methods used in mental skills training and treatment management
  • Sport Psychology
  • Sports Medicine for high school and college athletes

Courses Taught

  • PE 560 – Sports Medicine
  • PE 575 – Advanced Principles of Physical Conditioning
  • PE 578 – Sport Psychology
  • PE 580 – Wellness and Fitness for Life
  • PE 582 – Seminar in Professional Literature in Physical Education and Sport