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

Intensity and duration of intermittent exercise and recovery during a soccer match.
Orendurff MS, Walker JD, Jovanovic M, Tulchin KL, Levy M, Hoffmann DK J Strength Cond Res 2010 Oct 24 10 2683-92
The effects of surface slope on multi-segment foot kinematics in healthy adults.
Tulchin K, Orendurff M, Karol L Gait Posture 2010 Oct 32 4 446-50
Gait, hip strength and functional outcomes after a Ganz periacetabular osteotomy for adolescent hip dysplasia.
Sucato DJ, Tulchin K, Shrader MW, DeLaRocha A, Gist T, Sheu G J Pediatr Orthop 2010 Jun 30 4 344-50
A comparison of multi-segment foot kinematics during level overground and treadmill walking.
Tulchin K, Orendurff M, Karol L Gait Posture 2010 Jan 31 1 104-8
Multi-Dimensional Motion of the TALUX Foot System in a Bilateral Below-Knee Amputee
Tulchin K, Cummings D Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics 2010 1 22 53-55
The effects of walking speed on multisegment foot kinematics in adults.
Tulchin K, Orendurff M, Adolfsen S, Karol L J Appl Biomech 2009 Nov 25 4 377-86
Effect of sample size and reduced number of principle components on the Gillette Gait Index.
Tulchin K, Campbell S, Browne R, Orendurff M Gait Posture 2009 Jun 29 4 526-9

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)