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
- Motor Control
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.
Gerstle, E., O'Connor, K. M., Keenan, K., Slavens, B. A., & Cobb, S. C. (2022, September). The Effect of Age and Fall History on Lower Extremity Neuromuscular Function During Descent of a Single Transition Step. Journal of aging and physical activity
Heintz Walters, B., Huddleston, W. E., O'Connor, K. M., Wang, J., Hoeger Bement, M., & Keenan, K. (2021, November). The role of eye movements, attention, and hand movements on age-related differences in pegboard tests. Journal of Neurophysiology
Gerstle, E., O'Connor, K. M., Keenan, K., Slavens, B. A., & Cobb, S. C. (2021, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). The influence of age and fall history on single transition step kinematics. Clinical biomechanics (Bristol, Avon)
Gerstle, E. E., O’Connor, K., Keenan, K., & Cobb, S. C. (2017, December). Foot and Ankle Kinematics During Descent From Varying Step Heights. Journal of Applied Biomechanics
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
Lerma, N. L., Keenan, K., Strath, S. J., Forseth, B. M., Cho, C. 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
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
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
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.
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
Honors & Awards
Research Fellows Program (2010) University of Wisconsin Libraries.
Visits to Sponsors or Collaborators Travel Awards (VISTA) (2010) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.