Kirsten Tulchin-Francis, PhD is an assistant professor for the Prosthetics-Orthotics Program in the Department of Health Care Sciences.  She is also the Division Director of Movement Science at Scottish Rite for Children.  Dr Tulchin-Francis' research focuses on the assessment of functional outcomes in pediatric orthopedics, neurology and sports medicine using clinical biomechanics and advanced motion capture and wearable sensor technology.  She obtained a BS in Engineering (biomedical and mechanical concentrations) from Trinity College (Hartford, CT) and a MS in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI) before moving to Texas in 2000.  She went on to receive a PhD in Kinesiology-Biomechanics from Texas Woman's University in 2012.  



Graduate School
Marquette University (2001), Biomedical Engineering
Graduate School
Texas Woman's University (2012), Biomedical Engineering

Research Interest

  • Biomechanical and functional evaluation in pediatric patients with hip pathology
  • Community ambulation using wearable sensors
  • Dynamic spinal mobility in adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis
  • Evaluation of human performance in healthy children and adults
  • Foot and ankle biomechanics and the relationship between foot structure, motion and plantar pressures
  • Functional outcomes and performance in children with lower limb deficiency


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Clinically derived biomechanical criteria for the Trendelenburg test.
Stevens WR, Jo CH, Tulchin-Francis K, Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon) 2020 Aug 78 105066
Rectus-sparing approach to the periacetabular osteotomy in adolescents preserves hip flexion strength.
Podeszwa DA, Tulchin-Francis K, De La Rocha A, Collins D, Sucato DJ, J Child Orthop 2020 Jun 14 3 208-212
Compensatory sagittal plane ankle gait mechanics: Are they present in patients with a weak or stiff hip?
Stevens WR, Podeszwa DA, Tulchin-Francis K, Gait Posture 2019 10 74 250-254
A little bit faster: Lower extremity joint kinematics and kinetics as recreational runners achieve faster speeds.
Orendurff MS, Kobayashi T, Tulchin-Francis K, Tullock AMH, Villarosa C, Chan C, Strike S J Biomech 2018 Apr 71 167-175
Automated event detection algorithm for two squatting protocols.
Stevens WR, Kokoszka AY, Anderson AM, Tulchin-Francis K, Gait Posture 2018 01 59 253-257
Functional Outcomes Following Operative Treatment of Tibial Tubercle Fractures.
Riccio AI, Tulchin-Francis K, Hogue GD, Wimberly RL, Gill CS, Collins D, Karol LA J Pediatr Orthop 2017 Oct
Evaluation of cortical plasticity in children with cerebral palsy undergoing constraint-induced movement therapy based on functional near-infrared spectroscopy.
Cao J, Khan B, Hervey N, Tian F, Delgado MR, Clegg NJ, Smith L, Roberts H, Tulchin-Francis K, Shierk A, Shagman L, MacFarlane D, Liu H, Alexandrakis G J Biomed Opt 2015 Apr 20 4 46009
Plantar Pressures Following Anterior Tibialis Tendon Transfers in Children With Clubfoot.
Jeans KA, Tulchin-Francis K, Crawford L, Karol LA J Pediatr Orthop 2014 Jan

Honors & Awards

  • AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador
  • TWU Outstanding Graduate Student Award
  • TWU Chancellor's Student Research Scholar
  • POSNA Best Clinical Paper
  • GCMAS Best Poster Award

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North AmericaC (2014)
  • International Society of Biomechanics (2011)
  • American Society of Biomechancis (2010)
  • Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society (1998)