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Cindy Tanis, Ph.D.

Program Director and Associate Professor, Graduate Physical Education
Phone: 626-969-3434 Ext. 5230
Cindy Tanis has been affiliated with Azusa Pacific University since 1986. She was the first to graduate from the newly-developed athletic training program, and remained as a graduate assistant to further develop the program. Tanis served as head athletic trainer for 11 years, as well as program director and instructor/academic advisor. She has taught in the Graduate Physical Education Program since 1988, returning full-time to the program in 2001. She is currently the program director for the MS in Physical Education, and the Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization. She is committed to teaching adult learners relevant information in the field of physical education, athletic training, coaching, and exercise science through a Christian perspective. Her research interests include psychophysiological treatment methods for performance enhancement and pain management.


Ph.D. - Sport Psychology, Capella University, 2008
M.Ed. - Education, emphasis in Physical Education, Azusa Pacific University
B.S. - Physical Education and Athletic Training, Azusa Pacific University

Certified Athletic Trainer
National Athletic Trainers Association


  • School of Education
    • Teacher Education


  • Adult Learning
  • Athletic Training
  • Physical Education
  • Psychophysiological treatment methods used in mental skills training and treatment management
  • Sport Psychology
  • Sports Medicine for high school and college athletes

Courses Taught

PE 560 – Sports Medicine
PE 575 – Advanced Principles of Physical Conditioning
PE 578 – Sport Psychology
PE 580 – Wellness and Fitness for Life
PE 582 – Seminar in Professional Literature in Physical Education and Sport

Office Location

Building One, Suite 127, West Campus

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