Karen Francis

Karen L. Francis

Professor

Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-6265 Harney Science Center 116

Biography

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 nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of under-resourced teens through transformative backcountry experiences. She is also a member of the Society for Neuroscience and the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity.

Appointments
Co-Chair, Kinesiology Department
President, American Kinesiology Association
National Board Member, Big City Mountaineers
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
Research
The effects of aging and disease on movement control and coordination
Selected Publications

Francis, K.L., MacRae, P.G., Spirduso, W.W., & Eakin, T. (2016). Age and practice effects on manual asymmetry. In Bryden, P., Mason, A.H., & Gonzalez, C.L.R (Eds.), Manual asymmetry, handedness and motor performance (pp. 45-54). Lausanne: Frontiers Media.

Schott, N., Frankel, M., Korbus, H. & Francis, K.L. (2013). Mental Practice in Orthopedic Rehabilitation: A case report. Movement & Sport Sciences, 82, 93-103.

Eakin, T., Spirduso, W. W., & Francis, K.L. (2012). Dynamic Variability of Isometric Action Tremor in Precision Pinching. Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine, vol. 2012,vol. 2012, Article ID 975735, 9 pages, 2012.