Cynthia McKnight, PhD, ATC

Professor, Department of Kinesiology

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5186
Fax: (626) 815-5084
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Cynthia McKnight, PhD, ATC, joined the APU faculty in August 1998. She has served as the program director for the undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program and the department chair or the Department of Physical Education, now the Department of Kinesiology. She has been involved in athletic training for over 40 years, and in athletic training education for more than 30. She worked as a certified athletic trainer and taught in colleges and universities from NCAA Division I to Division III in Indiana, Ohio, and New Hampshire, and has also worked in sports medicine clinics and high schools. Working at many national and international athletic competitions are highlights of her clinical experiences. Her research interests center on spiritual care of the injured athlete, and her love of learning motivates her to help students learn and grow academically and as individuals. Cindy and her cat Teddy reside in Azusa.


  • PhD, Exercise Science (Emphasis in Biomechanics), University of Toledo
  • MS, Community Health Education, University of Cincinnati
  • BS, 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

  • AT 501 Foundations of Athletic Training
  • AT 554 Holistic Aspects of Athletic Training
  • AT 564 Seminar in Athletic Training