Our faculty are committed to:

  • Cura personalis; care of the whole person;
  • Academic excellence in teaching, research and service in an environment where all individuals have an equal opportunity to thrive and feel a sense of belonging;
  • Embracing and celebrating diversity as the key to academic excellence.

Department Chair

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Karen L. Francis, PhD, is a Professor and Co-chair in the Kinesiology Department at the University of San Francisco. She teaches courses in Motor Control and Motor Learning and Neuroscience. Dr. Francis's research interests are focused on how we control and coordinate movement and how aging and disease affects our ability to control movements. Dr. Francis is currently the President of the American Kinesiology Association. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Big City Mountaineers; a...

Education:
  • The University of Texas, PhD, Kinesiology: Motor Control and Learning, 2000
  • The University of Texas, MA, Kinesiology and Health Education, 1996
  • The Ohio State University, Health Education, 1992
Expertise:
  • Motor Control and Learning
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Shannon Siegel teaches courses in the areas of growth, maturation, motor development, and measurement. She researches methods to get and keep youth physically active; much of her current research involves teaching inactive and/or overweight youth to rock climb. Professor Siegel is an active member of both ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) and NASPEM (North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine). In addition, she is a section editor for the International Journal of Exercise...

Education:
  • Michigan State University, PhD, 1999
  • The University of Texas, Austin, MA, 1995
  • UC Santa Cruz, BA, 1989
Expertise:
  • Kinesiology
  • Growth, maturation, and motor development

Full-Time Faculty

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Sarah Camhi’s educational and research training as a clinical exercise physiologist and physical activity epidemiologist has given her a unique perspective on examining the associations between lifestyle behaviors, obesity, and cardiometabolic risk.

More specifically, her research has examined the role of physical activity, sedentary behavior, and/or diet in modifying cardiometabolic risk within obese individuals across the lifespan. Professor Camhi’s current research explores barriers and...

Education:
  • University of Maryland, PhD in Kinesiology (Physical Activity Epidemiology)
  • University of Queensland, MS in Exercise Management (Clinical Exercise Physiology)
  • University of Michigan, BS in...
Expertise:
  • Fitness and health assessment
  • Physical activity programming for children in community-based and school settings
  • Community engaged research
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Stephanie Cooper, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology. She has taught a variety of courses within the field, including Exercise & Sport Psychology, Lifetime Fitness & Wellness, and Measurement & Statistics. Her research examines the acute effects of exercise on mental health. Specifically, she is interested in determining the optimal exercise dose and mode for eliciting the greatest improvements in anxiety, mood, and cognition. Professor Cooper aims to continue her...

Education:
  • University of Georgia, PhD in Kinesiology, 2014
Expertise:
  • The acute and chronic effects of exercise on mental health

Gerwyn Hughes, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Kinesiology Department at the University of San Francisco. He teaches courses in Biomechanics and Anatomical Kinesiology. Prof. Hughes’s main area of research is gender differences in landing and/or cutting biomechanics associated with non-contact anterior cruciate ligament injury. He has also published research in the areas of golf ball kinematics during putting, the biomechanics of simulated ankle sprains and the use of mobile technology for...

Education:
  • Swansea University, PhD in Sports Science (Biomechanics), 2007
  • Swansea University, BS in Sports Science, 2004
Expertise:
  • Sport and exercise biomechanics
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Diana Lattimore, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Kinesiology Department at the University of San Francisco. The main courses she teaches include Sport & Exercise Psychology, Exercise and Healthy Kids, Exercise and Health Promotion, and Introduction to Kinesiology. Dr. Lattimore's research interests focus on examining the psychological aspects of sport, and specifically the psychological impact of injury on athletes. Currently she is examining the impact of communication between athletes...

Education:
  • University of South Carolina, PhD in Exercise Science (Health Aspects of Physical Activity), 2006
  • University of Memphis, MS in Exercise & Sport Science, (Sport Psychology), 2000
  • Southeast Missouri...
Expertise:
  • Psychology of sport
  • Impact of physical activity on mental health
  • Mental health in children & adolescents
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Julia Orri, PhD, is a Professor in the Kinesiology Department at the University of San Francisco. She teaches Exercise Physiology, Exercise and Disease Prevention, Anatomical Kinesiology, and Statistics. Dr. Orri's research interests focus on chronic disease prevention in postmenopausal women. Currently, she is conducting a study on sleep quality, dietary patterns, and injury prevalence in postmenopausal runners. Past research has included the influence of exercise intensity on cardiovascular...

Education:
  • Ph.D., Exercise Science, The University of New Mexico
  • MS, Exercise Science, California State University, Hayward
  • BA, Physical Education, California State University, Chico
  • California Teaching...
Expertise:
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Nutrition
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Christian J. Thompson, PhD is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology, a research affiliate at UCSF Medical Center, and the owner of Thompson Fitness Solutions, LLC. Professor Thompson has published scientific publications on exercise programming for older adults in peer-reviewed journals such as Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, and Journal of Applied Research.

Professor Thompson is engaged in numerous research and community...

Education:
  • University of Kansas, PhD in Exercise Science, 2001
  • University of Oklahoma, MS in Health and Sport Science, 1997
  • Cornell University, BS in Atmospheric Science, 1993

Faculty Emeritus

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Neil Laughlin is professor emeritus in the Kinesiology Department. He taught at USF from 1971 to 2017. His research interests are character development in judo and gender-based differences in sport. He served on the university's Promotion and Tenure and Disabilities Committees and was on the advisory board of New Life, a San Francisco-based residential drug treatment program.

Education:
  • EdD, Stanford 1971

Geraldine Lauro, EdD, University of San Francisco (1992) is an emeritus professor in the Kinesiology Department who began teaching in the department in 1970. She taught Foundations of Exercise and Sport Science, Motor Development Across the Lifespan, Elementary School Physical Education Curriculum and Instruction, and other courses that prepared students for a physical education teaching credential program. She was the Coordinator for the Kinesiology Department's physical activity program...