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Department of Physical Therapy
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Jody Cormack, PT, DPT, MS Ed, NCS

Department Chair and Professor, Physical Therapy


  • MS in Medical Education, University of Southern California, 2001
  • Post-professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy, University of Southern California, 1996
  • MS in Biokinesiology, University of Sourthern California, 1996
  • BS in Physical Therapy, California State University, Long Beach, 1985


  • Fellow of Educational Leadership Institute (ELI), American Physical Therapy Association
  • Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy (APTA), 1997, recertified in 2008
  • Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor (APTA), 2008
  • Credentialed Clinical Instructor (APTA)m 1999
  • Certified in NDT, Adult Hemiplegia (NDTA), 1989

Awards and Honors

  • 2011 Woman of Distinction for Education: Soroptomist International of Long Beach; Long Beach, CA
  • 2009 College of Health and Human Services Service Award; CSULB, Long Beach, CA 

Selected Publications

  • Sullivan, KA, Wallace, JG, O’Neil, ME, Musolino, GM, Mandich, M, Studer, MT, Bottomly, JM, Cormack, JC, Nicholson, SK, and Jensen, GM. A vision for society: Physical Therapy as partners in the National health agenda. Phys Ther, 91;1-9:2011
  • Cormack J, Gobert D, Hardage J, Hayes H, Malanzo C, Parlman K, Pinto Zipp G. Perspective from the practice committee: Is autonomous practice in neurologic physical therapy defined differently based on the type of practice setting? JNPT 34;175-6:2010
  • Entry level educational guidelines for neurologic physical therapy (2011). Co-chaired consensus process and co-wrote document. Published on as a benefit for neurology section members.


Jody Cormack

Contact Information

Phone: 562-985-8225
Office Location: ET Building
Department of Physical Therapy
California State University, Long Beach,
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90840

Professional Interests/Activities

  • Practice

    • Neurology, specifically patients with Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis
  • Service

    • University: Member of the Academic Senate; Faculty Personnel Policy Council; Panel on Professional Responsibility
    • College: Previous Faculty Council Chair and Professional Leave Committee Chair
    • Department: Developed pro bono clinic for patients with Neurologic Disorders
    • Professional: Active in APTA Neurology Section, Education Section Clinical Education SIG, and ACAPT.
    • Community: Member of the CAMEO philanthropy of Assistance League of Long Beach, which focuses on mentoring High School and Community College students for success in college.
  • Interests

    • Outcome measures for patients with Neurologic disorders
    • Critical thinking and decision making
    • Educational Administration

CSULB Assignment  

  • Department Chair
  • DPT Program Director