Karen Francis

Karen Francis


Department Chair • Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-6265 Harney Science Center 116


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 research, she is examining the extent to which pathological tremor interferes with force control abnormalities and hence mechanisms responsible for control and coordination. In another line of research, she is examining neural and behavioral mechanisms that underlie skill acquisition and hence our knowledge regarding force control changes associated with aging and disease processes. Dr. Francis currently serves as a Board Member for the American Kinesiology Association and is a member of NASPSPA and SFN. She is also a mentor and fundraiser for Big City Mountaineer (BCM), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of under-resourced teens through transformative outdoor experiences. She mentors teens on day and weeklong backpacking expeditions. She recently climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro through BCM's Summit for Someone program to raise funds to increase the number of youth served in the summer programs.

Co-Chair, Kinesiology Department
PhD, The University of Texas
controlling and coordinating movement; how aging and disease affects our ability to control movements