Dr. Crystal Kean completed a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Honours) degree and a Master of Science in Kinesiology from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. She obtained a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Western Ontario, Canada under the supervision of Dr. Trevor Birmingham in 2010. Her PhD work evaluated the effects of high tibial osteotomy surgery and resistance training on changes in biomechanical and neuromuscular factors as well as patient-reported outcomes in patients with knee osteoarthritis. Following completion of her PhD, Dr. Kean completed a post-doctoral fellowship at The University of Melbourne, with Prof. Kim Bennell and A/Prof Rana Hinman. The primary focus of her post-doctoral fellowship was to evaluate the biomechanical effects of a novel shoe design on knee joint loading in individuals with and without knee osteoarthritis.
Dr Kean's primary research interest combines aspects of biomechanics, neuromuscular physiology, and clinical sciences to investigate biomechanical and neuromuscular mechanisms that underlie musculoskeletal injuries and conditions such that improved strategies for treatment of disease can be developed. In addition, her research interest spans to understand biomechanical and physiological factors that contribute to performance and injury in athletes.
Dr Kean also has a keen interest in increasing the participation of youth in STEM, particularly young girls, through biomechanics and sport. She regularly hosts events for National Biomechanics Day and is a founding member of the Biomechanics Research and Innovation Challenge (BRInC), a hands-on program that exposes girls to the creative, applied field of biomechanics and aims to inspire and raise participation of high school girls in STEM.
Doctor of Philosophy (Rehabilitation Science) - The University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada
Masters of Science (Kinesiology) - Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, Canada
Bachelor of Kinesiology, Co-operative Honours - Memorial University of Newfoundland
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
CIHR Graduate Fellow in Musculoskeletal Health Research (2009 – 2010)
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2007 – 2010)
University of Western Ontario Graduate Research Scholarship (2005 – 2009)
Memorial University of Newfoundland Departmental Graduate Scholarship (2003 – 2005)
School of Human Kinetics and Recreation Director’s List, Memorial University of Newfoundland (2001 – 2003)
Research, Teaching and Relevant Work Experience
International Society of Biomechanics
International Society of Biomechanics in Sport
Australia New Zealand Society of Biomechanics
Sports Medicine Australia
Broad research interest:
I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:
At the level of Principal Supervisor
Clinical Sciences - Orthopaedics
Clinical Sciences - Physiotherapy
Human Movement and Sports Science - Biomechanics
Human Movement and Sports Science - Sports Medicine