department of kinesiology

25 Independence Way, Kingston, RI 02881


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Kim Fournier

Kim Fournier
  • Assistant Professor
  • Exercise Science
  • Phone: 401.874.5438
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  • Office Location: Independence Square, Suite P, RM 211


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.

Dr. Fournier’s secondary area of interest focuses on teaching science at the college level.  She is committed to transforming her classroom through the integration of research and education.  Dr. Fournier endeavors to introduce innovative pedagogical approaches to learning science, seeks to promote a desire for lifelong learning in her students and strives to help prepare her students for their chosen allied health and STEM-related fields.


  • 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 Disorders, University of Florida


Fournier, KA, Couret, J, Ramsay, JB, & Caulkins, JL. Using Collaborative Two-Stage Exams to Address Test Anxiety in a Large Enrollment, Gateway Course: An Action Research Approach. Anatomical Sciences Education, 2017; doi: 10.1002/ase.1677. [Epub ahead of print].

Fournier, KA, Amanao, S, Radonovich, KJ, Bleser, TM & Hass CJ. Decreased dynamical complexity during quiet stance in children with autism spectrum disorders. Gait Posture, 2014;39 (1):420-423.

Radonovich, KJ, Fournier, KA, & Hass CJ. Relationship between postural control and restricted, repetitive behaviors in autism spectrum disorders. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience. 2013 May; 7 (Article 28):1-7.

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 Oct;40(10):1227-40.

Deane, RS, Chow, JW, Tillman, MD, Fournier, KA. Effects of Hip Flexor Training on Sprint, Shuttle Run, and Vertical Jump Performance.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2005; 19(3): 615-621.

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