Autonomic Nervous System Physiology & Function; Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation; Assessment of Dynamic Balance Ability & Functional Movement Quality; Human & Sport Performance Enhancement; Electro-Mechanical Muscle Function
David J. Cornell’s community-engaged research agenda is concentrated on the optimization of health and human performance across various populations of interest, including: tactical operators (e.g., firefighters, police officers, etc.); elite athletes (e.g., professional athletes, collegiate student-athletes, etc.); occupational laborers (e.g., public works employees, etc.); and clinical populations. To accomplish this agenda, Dr. Cornell leverages both laboratory and applied/clinical techniques to facilitate the investigation of musculoskeletal injury prevention programming, the non-invasive assessment of autonomic nervous system and electro-mechanical muscle function, and the enhancement of human health, fitness, and performance within these populations of interest. As a clinician-scientist, he is a licensed physical therapist (PT) and holds credentials as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and as a Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C). He is currently the Chair of the Student Affairs Committee of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and is active within the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) organizations.