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Kevin Keenan, PhD

Associate Professor


Postdoctoral Research Fellow Sibley School of Mechanical and Aeropsace Engineering Cornell University 2008
Ph D Integrative Physiology University of Colorado 2005
MS Kinesiology University of Michigan 1998
BS Kinesiology University of Michigan 1992

Speaker Topics

  • Motor Control
  • Neurophysiology

Interests & Expertise

Kevin Keenan’s work is dedicated to understanding the interplay between motor function, physical activity and health. Experimental procedures used in the laboratory include high-density surface EMG arrays (up to 256 EMG recordings), long-term (>6 hrs) EMG recordings, indwelling EMG recordings, force sensors, motion capture and computational modeling.

Current collaborative projects being pursued in the lab include the role of physical activity on motor function in older adults; assessment of muscle coordination during finger pressing tasks in young and older adults; the role of EMG biofeedback to improve chronic neck pain; the change in neuromuscular control in stroke survivors; and the noninvasive assessment of neuromuscular properties using high-density EMG arrays.

Selected Publications

Dondzila, C. J., Swartz, A. M., Keenan, K., Harley, A., Azen, R., & Strath, S. J. (2016, December). Translating exercise interventions to an in-home setting for seniors: preliminary impact on physical activity and function. Aging clinical and experimental research, 28(6), 1227-1235.
Lerma, N. L., Keenan, K., Strath, S. J., Forseth, B., Cho, C., & Swartz, A. M. (2016, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Muscle activation and energy expenditure of sedentary behavior alternatives in young and old adults. Physiological Measurement, 37(10), 1686-1700.
Hunter, S. K., Pereira, H. M., & Keenan, K. (2016, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). The aging neuromuscular system and motor performance. Journal of Applied Physiology, 121(4), 982-995.
Strath, S. J., Kate, R. J., Keenan, K., Welch, W. A., & Swartz, A. M. (2015). Ngram Time Series Model to Predict Activity Type and Energy Cost from Wrist, Hip and Ankle Accelerometers: Implications of Age. Physiological Measurement, 36(11), 2335-2351.
Huddleston, W. E., Ernest, B. E., & Keenan, K. (2014). Selective age effects on attentional components of a cued saccade task. Journal of Ophthalmology, 2014, 1-11.
Dondzila, C. J., Swartz, A. M., Keenan, K., Harley, A., Azen, R., & Strath, S. J. (2014). Geospatial relationships between awareness and utilization of community exercise resources and physical activity levels in older adults. J Aging Research, 2014.
Walters, T. J., Kaschinske, K. A., Strath, S. J., Swartz, A. M., & Keenan, K. (2013). Validation of a portable EMG device to assess muscle activity during free-living situations. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 23(5), 1012-1019.
Huddleston, W. E., Keenan, K., & Ernest, B. E. (2013). Relations among visual strategies, force fluctuations, and attention during a pinch grip task. Perceptual & Motor Skills, 117(3), 775-800.
Keenan, K., Massey, W. V., Collins, J. D., & Walters, T. (2012). Sensitivity of EMG-EMG coherence to detect the common oscillatory drive to hand muscles in young and older adults. J Neurophysiol, 107(10), 2866-2875.
Keenan, K., & Enoka, R. M. (2012). Electromyography. Mooren, F. C. (Ed.). , 276-279. Berlin, Heidelberg/Springer: Encyclopedia of Exercise Medicine in Health and Disease.
Jesunathadas, M., Aidoor, S. S., Keenan, K., Farina, D., & Enoka, R. M. (2012). Influence of amplitude cancellation on the accuracy of determining the onset of muscle activity from the surface electromyogram. J Electromyogr Kinesio, 22(3), 494-500.
Laughlin, W. A., Weinhandl, J. T., Kernozek, T. W., Cobb, S. C., Keenan, K., & O’Connor, K. M. (2011). The effects of single-leg landing technique on ACL loading. J Biomech, 44(10), 1845-1851.
Keenan, K., Collins, J. D., Massey, W. V., Walters, T., & Gruzska, H. (2011). Coherence between surface EMGs is influenced by electrode placement in hand muscles. J Neurosci Methods, 195(1), 10-4.
Keenan, K., Santos, V. J., Venkadesan, M., & Valero-Cuevas, F. J. (2009). Maximal voluntary force production is not limited by voluntary movement speed in combined motion and force tasks. J Neurosci, 29(27), 8784-8789.

Honors & Awards

Research Fellows Program (2010) University of Wisconsin Libraries.
Visits to Sponsors or Collaborators Travel Awards (VISTA) (2010) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.