Assistant Professor, Joint Appointment in: The Department of Kinesiology and The Department of Biology
Education & Training:
B.S. Exercise Science/Athletic Therapy, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
M.H.K. Human Kinetics/Biomechanics, University of Windsor, Windsor, Canada.
Ph.D. Human & Health Performance/Biomechanics, University of Florida.
Post-Doc. Postural Control in Autism Spectrum Disordesr, University of Florida.
KIN370 - Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement
BIO121 - Human Anatomy
Dr. Fournier's research focuses on the interactions between musculoskeletal biomechanics and sensorimotor control of lower extremity function with particular emphasis on the coordination of balance and locomotion. More specifically, her research involves the application of biomechanical and neurophysiologic principles to gain insight into motor impairments observed in neurodevelopmental disorders (Autism Spectrum Disorders for example) with the intent of contributing to the knowledge base regarding the etiology and rehabilitation of these disorders. Dr. Fournier's work crosses multiple disciplines, including biomechanics, motor control and neurophysiology, and has the common goal of identifying general principles of neuromechanical control.
Levy CE, Buman MP, Chow JW, Tillman MD, Fournier KA, Giacobbi P Jr. Use of power assist wheels results in increased distance traveled compared with conventional manual wheeling. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2010 Aug;89(8):625-34.
Wikstrom EA, Fournier KA, McKeon PO. Postural control differs between those with and without chronic ankle instability. Gait Posture. 2010 May;32(1):82-6.
Fournier KA, Kimberg CI, Radonovich KJ, Tillman MD, Chow JW, Lewis MH, Bodfish JW, Hass CJ. Decreased static and dynamic postural control in children with autism spectrum disorders. Gait Posture. 2010 May;32(1):6-9.
Fournier KA, Hass CJ, Naik SK, Lodha N, Cauraugh JH. Motor Coordination in Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Synthesis and Meta-Analysis. J Autism Dev Disord.
2010 Mar 2.
Deane, R.S., Chow, J.W., Tillman, M.D. & Fournier, K.A (2005). Effects of Hip Flexor Training on Sprint, Shuttle Run, and Vertical Jump Performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 19(3), 615-621.
Most Recent Grant Funded Projects:
Fournier, K. Acquisition of a Motion Analysis System (MaxPRO 3D-Innovision Systems). Funding Source: Higher Education Assistance Funds (HEAF). $25,710.00; Role: PI. Submitted 2009. Funded.
Hass, C & Radonovich, K. Motor Control in Young Children with Autism. Funding Agency: Autism Speaks. $117,747.00; Role: Post Doctoral Fellow. Submitted 2007. Funded.
Fournier, K, Hass, C. & Radonovich, K. Static and Dynamic Balance Control in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Funding Agency: Organization for Autism Research (OAR). Graduate Student Grant, $2000.00; Role: Principal Investigator. Submitted 2006. Funded.
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Rhode Island State Clinic
April 13, 2013 CLICK HERE to learn more
2013 Kinesiology Internship Meeting
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2013 KIN585 Summer Course
Come join KIN585 Disability Sport this summer, session I May 20-June 21 CLICK HERE to learn more
Strength & Conditioning Program
For successfully meeting establised criteria, the National Strength and Conditioning Association officially recognizes University of Rhode Islandís Program in Strength and Conditioning.
Kinesiology Graduate Research Night
Every year, the Department of Kinesiology hosts a graduate research night CLICK HERE to learn more
Kinesiology in the News
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HSS Living and Learning Community
HSS Living and Learning Community
in Butterfield Hall is a great opportunity for Kinesiology students to network with each other during their first year on campus.