Kevin Keenan, Ph.D.

Center Scientist

Associate Professor
College of Health Sciences- Department of Kinesiology

Interests & Expertise:
Dr. 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. To see Dr. Keenan’s full profile, click here. Click here to view Dr. Keenan’s vitae.

Current Projects:
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.

Most Recent Publications:

Benson, L. C., Cobb, S. C., Hyngstrom, A. S., Keenan, K., Luo, J., & O'Connor, K. M. (2018, December). Identifying trippers and non-trippers based on knee kinematics during obstacle-free walking. Human Movement Science62, 58-66.

Benson, L. C., Cobb, S. C., Hyngstrom, A. S., Keenan, K., Luo, J., & O’Connor, K. M. (2018, November). A PCA Approach to Quantifying Foot Clearance and Foot Clearance Variability. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 1-24.

Gerstle, E. E., Keenan, K., O'Connor, K., & Cobb, S. C. (2018, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Lower extremity muscle activity during descent from varying step heights. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology42, 57-65.

Keenan, K., Senefeld, J. W., & Hunter, S. K. (2018, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). Girls in the boat: Sex differences in rowing performance and participation. Sandbakk, Øyvind (Ed.). PLOS ONE13(1), e0191504.

Lerma, N. L., Cho, C., Swartz, A. M., Miller, N. E., Keenan, K., & Strath, S. J. (2018, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). Isotemporal Substitution of Sedentary Behavior and Physical Activity on Function.Medicine and science in sports and exercise50(4), 792-800.

Gerstle, E.E., O'Connor K., Keenan, K.G., & Cobb, S.C. (2017). Foot and Ankle Kinematics during Descent from Varying Step Heights. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 33(6), 453-459. doi:10.1123/jab.2016-0301

Keenan, K.G., Huddleston, W.E., & Ernest, B.E. (2017). Altered Visual Strategies and Attention are Related to Increased Force Fluctuations during a Pinch Grip Task in Older Adults. Journal of Neurophysiology 118(5), 2537-2548. doi:10.1152/jn.00928.2016