Chair and Associate Professor of Health Sciences
Dr. Kevin Finn is an Associate Professor of Health Sciences and he also serves as the Internship Coordinator for the Department. He teaches Anatomy and Physiology I lecture and laboratory, Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries, Introduction to Physical Activity, Fitness, and Wellness, and Directed Research. Dr. Finn received his Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine with a concentration in Athletic Training from Merrimack College; Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Fairfield University and a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Teaching with a concentration in Physical Education from Boston University.
Dr. Finn’s primary research interest focuses on physical activity promotion and STEM learning in children. He works closely with school and after school programs to implement effective strategies to increase physical activity and improve academic performance. He is currently the Co-Investigator on the initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop a national program called Active Science that integrates physical activity, technology, and academic achievement in school-age children.
His 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, Dr. Finn has implemented personal response systems (clickers) and peer led team learning in science courses to improve student knowledge and attitudes.
Dr. Finn is a licensed athletic trainer in Massachusetts, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, and a fellow of the National Science Foundation’s Initiative SENCER (Science Educations for New Civic Engagement and Responsibility). He is an active member in his professional organizations: National Athletic Training Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and American College of Sports Medicine.
- Finn, K. (2012). Integration of Physical Activity and Technology Motion Devices Within a Combined 5th and 6th Grade Science Curriculum. Dissertation, Boston University School of Education. ProQuest Digital Dissertations.
- Finn, K. (2011). Preventing Injuries in Physical Education and Physical Activity Programs: A Research Review of Pertinent Literature. Selected Chapter in Sullivan, E. & Lori, Ciccomascolo (Eds). The Dimensions of Physical Education and Health Education: An Introduction to the Discipline. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.
- Campisi, J. and Finn, K. (2011). Does Active Learning Improve Students’ Knowledge and Attitudes of Research Methods? Journal of College Science Teaching. Vol. 40 (4).
- FitzPatrick K.A, Finn K, and Campisi, J. (2011). Effect of Personal Response Systems on Student Perception and Academic Performance in Courses in a Health Sciences Curriculum. Advances in Physiology Education. 35:280-289
- Finn, K. and McInnis, K (2010). Highly Complimentary Benefits of Regular Physical Activity to Reduce Obesity and Improve Academic Achievement in Children and Adolescents. Wellness Management: National Wellness Institute Journal.