Kevin E. Finn ’02

Academic Title

  • Professor and Associate Dean, Health Sciences

Administrative Support

  • Injury Prevention
  • Pedagogy in Higher Education
  • Physical Education

My primary research interest focuses on physical activity promotion and STEM learning in children. I work closely with school and after-school programs to implement effective strategies to increase physical activity and improve academic performance. I am currently a co-investigator on the initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop a national program called Active Science, which integrates physical activity, technology and academic achievement in school-age children. Other areas of research focus on the effects of pedagogical tools utilized in the college classroom to promote student learning and perceptions in science. In particular, I have implemented personal response systems (clickers), peer-led team learning, integrated lecture and laboratory experiences in science courses to improve student knowledge and perceptions. I also conduct clinical research examining the effects of biomechanical factors on runners. Specifically, I assess gait, muscular strength and other factors to determine associations with injury.

  • Ed.D. Physical Education Boston University
  • M.A. Curriculum and Instruction Fairfield University
  • B.S. Sports Medicine Merrimack College
  • Biomechanics of Running
  • Physical Activity Promotion in Children
  • Teaching and Learning in Science Education

Finn K, Yan Z, and McInnis K (2017). “Promoting Physical Activity and Science Learning in an Outdoor Education Program.” Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Finn K, FitzPatrick, K and Yan Z (2017). “Integrating Lecture and Laboratory in Health Science Courses Improves Student Satisfaction and Performance.” Journal of College Science Teaching, 47(1): 66-75.

Finn, K. (2017). “Teaching Research Methods Through an Outdoor Education Program.” International Journal of Science Education and Civic Engagement, 9(2): 27-31.

Finn K, Yan Z, Martin E, and McInnis K (2017). “Active Science Pilot Study: A Multisite, Controlled Trial to Promote Physical Activity and Science Learning Among Children.” Journal of Behavioral Health, 6 (1): 47-51.

Dunn-Lewis C, Finn K, and FitzPatrick K (2016). “Student Achievement in Anatomy and Physiology Associated With Use and Reported Helpfulness of Learning and Studying Strategies.” Journal of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society, 20 (4):37-47.

Sparrow S, Finn K, Sullivan E and Yan Z. (2016). “Teachers’ Perceptions of Utilizing Movement in the Classroom.” Physical Educator Journal. 73 (1): 110-135.

Yan, Z, Finn, K, and Corcoran, M. (2015). “Using Peer Education to Promote Balance, Fitness and Physical Activity Among Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities.” American Journal of Health Studies, 30 (4): 180-186.

Finn, K, Yan, Z and McInnis, K (2015). “Active Science: Integrating Physical Activity and Science Learning Into the After-School Environment.” American Journal of Health Education, 46 (6): 323-328.

Finn, K and Campisi, J (2015). “Implementing and Evaluating a Peer-Led Team Learning Approach in Undergraduate Anatomy and Physiology.” Journal of College Science Teaching, 44 (6): 323-328.

  • Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine, 2017
  • Fellow, Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibility, 2012