Kevin Keenan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

[Image] Kevin Keenan

Enderis Hall, Room 421
Phone: (414) 229-2336
Fax: (414) 229-2619




  • Post-Doctoral Scholar, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, 2008
  • Ph.D., Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado, 2005
  • M.S., Kinesiology, University of Michigan, 1998
  • B.S., Kinesiology, University of Michigan, 1990

Speaker Topics

  • Motor Control
  • Neurophysiology

Interests & Expertise

Dr. Keenan’s work is dedicated to understanding the interplay between motor function, physical activity, and health. Experimental procedures used in the laboratory include high-density surface EMG arrays (up to 256 EMG recordings), long-term (>6 hrs) EMG recordings, indwelling EMG recordings, force sensors, motion capture, and computational modeling.

Current collaborative projects being pursued in the lab include: the role of physical activity on motor function in older adults; assessment of muscle coordination during finger pressing tasks in young and older adults; the role of EMG biofeedback to improve chronic neck pain; the change in neuromuscular control in stroke survivors, and the noninvasive assessment of neuromuscular properties using high-density EMG arrays.

Recent Publications

Keenan, K. G., & Massey, W. V. (2012). Control of Fingertip Forces in Young and Older Adults Pressing against Fixed Low- and High-Friction Surfaces. PLoS One, 7(10), e48193.

Keenan, K. G., Massey, W. V., Walters, T. J., & Collins, J. D. (2012). Sensitivity of EMG-EMG coherence to detect the common oscillatory drive to hand muscles in young and older adults. Journal of Neurophysiology, 107(10), 2866-2875.

Jesunathadas, M., Aidoor, S. S., Keenan, K. G., Farina, D., & Enoka, R. M. (2012). Influence of amplitude cancellation on the accuracy of determining the onset of muscle activity from the surface electromyogram. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 22(3), 494-500.

Keenan, K. G., Collins, J. D., Massey, W. V., Walters, T., & Gruzska, H. (2011). Coherence between surface EMGs is influenced by electrode placement in hand muscles. J Neurosci Methods, 195(1), 10-14.

Laughlin, W. A., Weinhandl, J. T., Kernozek, T. W., Cobb, S. C., Keenan, K. G., & O’Connor, K. M. (2011). The effects of single-leg landing technique on ACL loading. J Biomech, 44, 1845-51.

Keenan, K. G. (2009). Computational modeling as support for the interpolated twitch technique. J Appl Physiol, 107, 364-5.

Keenan, K. G., Santos, V. J., Venkadesan, M., & Valero-Cuevas, F. J. (2009). Maximal voluntary force production is not limited by voluntary movement speed in combined motion and force tasks. J Neurosci, 29(27), 8784–8789.

Keenan, K. G., & Valero-Cuevas, F. J. (2008). Epoch length to accurately estimate the amplitude of interference EMG is likely the result of unavoidable amplitude cancellation. Biomed Signal Process Control, 3, 154-162.

Shinohara, M., Keenan, K. G., & Enoka, R. M. (2008). Fluctuations in motor output of a hand muscle can be altered by the mechanical properties of the position sensor. J Neurosci Methods, 2(168), 164-73.

Keenan, K. G., & Valero-Cuevas, F. J. (2007). Experimentally valid predictions of muscle force and EMG in models of motor unit function are most sensitive to neural properties. J Neurophysiol, 98, 1581-1590.

Keenan, K. G., Farina, D., Meyer, F., Merletti, R., & Enoka, R. M. (2007). Sensitivity of the cross-correlation between simulated surface EMGs for two muscles to detect motor unit synchronization. J Appl Physiol 102(3), 1193-201.