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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Internship in Australia Information Session
Date: Tuesday, October 15; Session 1: 1:00-1:45; Session 2: 2:00-2:45; Where: Independence Square 203
Kinesiology Walking Program
The Kinesiology Department is seeking students to serve as walking coaches for the new “Rhode To Health” program on Wednesdays from 12-1. Highly interested students can also serve on the planning committee. The program will begin Wednesday, October 2 with a big kick-off ceremony up on campus. This is a great way for students to gain experience working in a “real world” setting.
Scholarships For Study Abroad
The URI Office of International Education will be offering information sessions for those interested in applying for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Thursday, September 19th 7PM-8PM Memorial Union, Room 318, Tuesday, September 24th 1 PM-2PM. For more information on the Gilman Scholarship(DEADLINE 10/1/2013), CLICK HERE
For additional information on education abroad scholarship opportunities CLICK HERE
The Study Abroad Fair
It will be held Wednesday, September 18th from 11:00 to 12:00 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Information on study abroad and the Kinesiology Australia Internship Program will be available.
URI Physical Therapy Open House
The annual URI PT open house will be held on September 26, 2013 from 4:30 to 6:00 in Independence Square.
Kinesiology in the News
Kinesiology is a broad field encompassing all facets of human movement. CLICK HERE to learn more
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.