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Benjamin Cornell - PT, MPT, PhD, OCS

Associate Professor, Musculoskeletal Curriculum Coordinator, Physical Therapy

PhD, Grand Canyon University, General Psychology (Performance Psychology emphasis)
MPT, Mount St. Mary’s College, Physical Therapy
BS, University of California, Davis, Psychology and Physical Education


Professor Cornell became full-time faculty at Mount St. Mary’s in 2018.  He serves as the Musculoskeletal Clinical Coordinator in the program. He was an adjunct faculty member at MSMU since 2003. He oversees the student-run, pro bono physical therapy clinic at the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles which provides physical therapy care to the homeless population.

Professor Cornell spent 17 years in clinical practice.  He is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist through the APTA. He is a member of the clinical faculty of the HealthCare Partners Medical Group Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program where he teaches in the clinical, research, and didactic portions.  His clinical interest is in the areas of movement science for the orthopedic patient and physical therapy in the primary care environment.

Research interests:

The role of positive psychology in the performance of student and patient populations.

Courses taught in the program:

PT 463A Therapeutic Interactions I
PT 463B Therapeutic Interactions II
PT 463C Therapeutic Interactions III
PT 465 Therapeutic Modalities
PT 471C Patient/Client Management: Musculoskeletal (Advanced)
PT495A Research V – Research Development
PT 498 Advanced Clinical Experience


American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) – Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (OCS)


Burton T, Arora D, Cornell B, Maxey L, Ferkel RD.  Ankle Arthroscopy.  In: Maxey L, Magnusson J.  Rehabilitation for the Postsurgical Orthopedic Patient, 3rd Edition.  Maryland Heights MO: Mosby:  2012
Cornell B, Tonley J, Yun SM, Grannis S.  Ankle/Shin.  In: Sueki D, Brechter J, eds. Orthopedic Rehabilitation Clinical Advisor. Maryland Heights MO: Mosby:  2009

Professional Presentation:

Manual Therapy Techniques for Overhead Athlete.  California Physical Therapy Association Student Conclave, Los Angeles, CA, March 17, 2018.