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Allen Cornelius, PhD - Fielding Graduate University. Colorado Springs, CO, US

Allen Cornelius, PhD Allen Cornelius, PhD

Faculty Research Specialist - Clinical Psychology | Fielding Graduate University

Colorado Springs, CO, UNITED STATES

Using humor to teach research and counseling skills



Allen Cornelius has a broad background in teaching and research. He obtained his BA in Chemistry and Philosophy from Franklin & Marshall College and an MFS in Forensic Science from George Washington University. He later received an MA in sport psychology and a PhD in counseling psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He has worked as a counselor in a college counseling center and done grant-funded research on psychological factors related to adherence to rehabilitation after ACL knee surgery. He served as Commissioner of Research for the NFF Center for Youth Development through Sport at Springfield College, where he was responsible for the evaluation of a nationwide, multi-site youth development program, and other youth development initiatives.

Cornelius has authored or co-authored over 100 presentations or publications, and has served as a research and statistical consultant for grants totaling over $2.5 million.

Industry Expertise (2)



Areas of Expertise (8)

Research Methods


Sport Psychology and Performance Enhancement

Youth Development and Performance Enhancement

Youth Development Through Sport


Humor and Psychotherapy

Teaching Statistics

Accomplishments (2)

Faculty of the Year Award (professional)

(October, 2011/2014) Awarded by the University of the Rockies.

The President's Own (professional)

(August, 2010) Inaugural inductee, an honor of the University of the Rockies.

Affiliations (1)

  • American Psychological Association : Member

Event Appearances (6)

Treadmill Time - A sensitive indicator of improved functional capacity on CKD

(May, 2015) American Academy of Sports Medicine  Washington, DC

Mental health referral for student-athletes: Web-based education and training

(2015) Annual Convention of the National Collegiate Athletic Association  Washington, DC

Short-term aerobic training reduces endothelin-1 but not arterial stiffness in stage 3 CKD

(November, 2013) Annual ASN Conference  Atlanta, GA

Personality predictors of adherence to clinic based rehabilitation following ACL reconstruction

(October, 2013) Annual Meeting of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology  New Orleans, LA

Improv your Counseling Skills

Annual RMPA Conference  Denver, CO


Sport Psychology and Executive Coaching: Let’s Beg, Borrow, and Steal! What can we learn from each other?

APA Annual Convention  Honolulu, HI


Articles (5)

Short-term Aerobic Exercise and Vascular Function in CKD Stage 3: A Randomized Controlled Trial American Journal of Kidney Diseases

(2014) The present study was designed to determine the effect of short-term moderate-intensity exercise training on arterial stiffness in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage 3...

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Say what? An analysis of spontaneous self-talk categorization. Sport Psychologist

(2014) Research exploring spontaneously generated self-talk has involved recording performers' self-talk categorized by researchers. The actor-observer bias, suggests that actors (performers) and observers (researchers) may perceive the same situation (eg, self- ...

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Big Five Personality Characteristics and Adherence to Clinic-Based Rehabilitation Activities After ACL Surgery: A Prospective Analysis The Open Rehabilitation Journal

(2014) A prospective, longitudinal study was conducted to examine Big Five personality characteristics as predictors of adherence to clinic-based rehabilitation activities following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery. Method Participants (72 men, 36 ...

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Predictors of adherence to home rehabilitation exercises following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction Rehabilitation Psychology

(2013) Although home exercises are commonly prescribed following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction and are considered important in obtaining successful rehabilitation outcomes, little is known about factors associated with the completion of ...

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Exercise training improves HR responses and V˙ O2peak in predialysis kidney patients. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise

(2012) The current pilot and feasibility study was designed to examine the effect of 48 wk of moderate-intensity exercise training and dietary modification on kidney function and vascular parameters in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients...

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