Autonomic Nervous System Function; Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention; Health, Fitness, & Performance Enhancement
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, PT, DPT, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Kinesiology, and core faculty in the Health Assessment Laboratory, at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. 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 various clinical populations. To accomplish this agenda, 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 Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP), a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and as a certified Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F). He is currently the Chair of the Education Committee of the Tactical Athlete Special Interest Group for the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy (AASPT), and is active within the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) organizations.