Cynthia McKnight, Ph.D., ATC

Professor, Department of Kinesiology

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5186
Fax: (626) 815-5084
Office Location: Building Two, 810E
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Cynthia McKnight, Ph.D., has been involved in athletic training for more than 25 years, and in athletic training education for more than 20. In that time, she has taught in colleges and universities ranging in size from 800 to 30,000 students, and has worked in sports medicine clinics and high schools. Her personal love of learning motivates her to help students learn and grow academically and as individuals. McKnight dynamically develops athletic training education curricula for undergraduate programs and is active as a consultant and site visitor for programs moving toward national accreditation. She is also a reviewer for the Journal of Athletic Training and the Athletic Training Education Journal.


  • Ph.D., Exercise Science (Emphasis in Biomechanics), University of Toledo
  • M.S., Community Health Education, University of Cincinnati
  • B.S., Physical Education (Emphasis in Athletic Training), Ball State University


  • Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Kinesiology


  • Athletic training
  • Sports Medicine (Prevention, Care, Treatment of Injuries)

Courses Taught

  • AES 490 – Research Methods
  • AT 511 – Foundations of Athletic Training
  • AT 515 – Lab Anatomical Basis of Athletic Training
  • AT 525 – Research Methods I
  • AT 549 – Applied Research I
  • AT 551 – Medical Conditions and Pharmacology
  • AT 553 – Psychological and Spiritual Aspects of Injury and Illness
  • AT 559 – Applied Research II
  • AT 564 – Seminar in Athletic Training
  • AT 569 – Research Capstone