Faculty

Full-Time Faculty


Karen Francis

Department Chair
(415) 422-6265

Karen Francis, PhD, is a professor and co-chair in the Kinesiology Department at the University of San Francisco. She teaches courses in the areas of movement science: Motor Learning, Measurement and Statistics, Neuroscience, Professional Practicum and serves on committees for both the Gerontology and Neuroscience Minors. 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. In one line of...

Education:

PhD, The University of Texas

Shannon Siegel

Department Chair

Shannon Siegel, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of San Francisco. She teaches courses in the areas of growth, maturation, motor development and measurement. Professor Siegel’s research interests are in the area of cross-cultural components of physical activity, particularly in youth. She also researches methods to get and keep youth physically active; much of her current research involves teaching inactive and/or overweight youth to rock...

Education:

PhD, Michigan State University

Stephanie Cooper

Assistant Professor

Stephanie Cooper, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of San Francisco. She has taught a variety of courses within the field and currently teaches Introduction to Kinesiology and Measurement and 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. Her research findings...

Education:

PhD, University of Georgia

Expertise:

The acute and chronic effects of exercise on mental health

Gerwyn Hughes

Associate Professor

Gerwyn Hughes, PhD, is an Assistant 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...

Education:

PhD, Swansea University

Diana Lattimore

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2141

Diana Lattimore, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Kinesiology Department at the University of San Francisco. She teaches Exercise Psychology, Exercise and Healthy Kids, Exercise and Health Promotion and Introduction to Kinesiology. Prof. Lattimore's research interests are focused around examining the psychological aspects of sport, and specifically the psychological impact of injury. Additionally, she is interested in examining athletes "choking" under pressure during competition....

Education:

PhD, The University of South Carolina

Julia Orri

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2331

Julia Orri, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Kinesiology Department at the University of San Francisco. She teaches Exercise and Disease Prevention, Clinical Exercise Testing, Kinesiology, and Statistics. Dr. Orri's research interests focus on chronic disease prevention in postmenopausal women. Currently she is investigating the effects of exercise intensity on menopausal symptoms. Another current project involves the effects of vigorous exercise on endothelial function in postmenopausal...

Education:

PhD, The University of New Mexico

Christian Thompson

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5270

Christian J. Thompson, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of San Francisco and the owner of Thompson Fitness Solutions, LLC. Christian 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 projects...

Education:

PhD, University of Kansas

Emeriti Faculty


Neil Laughlin

Professor
(415) 422-2682

Neil Laughlin, EdD, Stanford, 1971, is a Professor in the Kinesiology Department and has taught at USF since 1971. He currently teaches two classes in Area E (Social Sciences) of the University's Core Curriculum: Personal and Community Health and Substance Abuse. His current research interests are character development in judo and gender-based differences in sport. He serves on the University's Promotion and Tenure and Disabilities Committees and is on the Advisory Board of New Life, a San...

Geraldine Lauro

Professor Emerita
(415) 422-6508

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....