Stephania Bell of ESPN to Speak at Division Commencement

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The USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy is pleased to have Stephania Bell, physical therapist, injury analyst and senior writer for ESPN as the 2013 Commencement speaker. The Division’s Commencement Ceremony will be held in Bovard Auditorium on the USC University Park Campus at 11:00 a.m. Ms. Bell’s Commencement Address is titled “Life Unscripted”. 

Stephania Bell, PT, OCS, CSCS
Stephania Bell is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist and a certified strength and conditioning specialist who now works full time as an injury analyst and senior writer for ESPN. After earning her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, Bell went on to receive her Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami, followed by a certification in orthopedic manual therapy from the Ola Grimsby Institute. 

Prior to joining ESPN, she worked for Kaiser Permanente in San Jose, California, and taught at the Kaiser Hayward Physical Therapy Fellowship in Advanced Orthopedic Manual Therapy. She has held teaching positions in the physical therapy programs at Samuel Merritt College and the University of Kansas and has lectured nationally on various topics. Her primary patient population has included complex orthopedic cases involving athletes and performing artists of all ages and she continues to provide consultation in this practice area. 

Bell has held elected positions in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) and was heavily involved in the early stages of developing standards for credentialing of post-professional residency and fellowship programs. She remains active in both the AAOMPT and the APTA and is the recipient of several honors and awards, including the University of Miami Alumni Fellowship Award and the AAOMPT John McM. Mennell Service award.