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
- 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
- A combined method for binning coupling angles to define coordination patterns.
- Beitter J, Kwon YH, Tulchin-Francis K, J Biomech 2020 Apr 103 109598
- Amputation Versus Staged Reconstruction for Severe Fibular Hemimelia: Assessment of Psychosocial and Quality-of-Life Status and Physical Functioning in Childhood.
- Birch JG, Paley D, Herzenberg JE, Morton A, Ward S, Riddle R, Specht S, Cummings D, Tulchin-Francis K, JB JS Open Access 2019 Apr-Jun 4 2 e0053
- 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
- Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North AmericaC (2014)
- International Society of Biomechanics (2011)
- American Society of Biomechancis (2010)
- Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society (1998)