Karen  Francis

Karen Francis

Associate Professor

Karen Francis, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Chair in the Exercise & Sport Science Department at the University of San Francisco. She teaches courses in the areas of movement science: Neuroscience, Motor Learning, and Statistics. 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. She is a member of the Neuroscience Minor Committee, Interdisciplinary Committee on Aging and the Active Living Across the Lifespan research group. Dr. Francis is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, Gerontological Society of America, and the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity.
Dr. Francis is 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 and in February 2013 she will climb Mt. Kilimanjaro through BCM's Summit for Someone program. The funds raised through the Summit for Someone program will directly increase the number of youth served in our summer programs.