Kevin Ball became an associate dean in ENHP in 2010. He began his academic training at the University of Toronto (UofT), Canada's preeminent academic institution, where he earned a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education in 1985, a Master of Science in Exercise Sciences in 1988, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Community Health in 1998. Ball served as the biomechanics instructor and laboratory director in the School of Physical and Health Education at UofT from 1992 to 1997. Prior to pursuing his doctorate, he spent a fulfilling year as the laboratory manager and research analyst of a children's clinical gait laboratory in Philadelphia, Pa., a site created as a joint project between the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In 1998, Ball drew upon these experiences to create a biomechanics research facility at the New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, N.Y. While in central New York, he taught research design, conducted biomechanics research, and was an adjunct professor in the physical therapy department at Ithaca College and a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Sciences at the University of Buffalo.
In 2005, Ball moved to the University of Hartford. Joining the Department of Physical Therapy in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, he again created a biomechanics research facility, the Human Performance Research Laboratory. Serving as the laboratory's director, he has instructed graduate-level kinesiology, biomechanics, and scientific inquiry courses to students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. He served as the academic director of the new Bachelor/Master's of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics program from January 2010 to January 2013.
Ball's research interest lies in developing innovative 3D movement analysis techniques and modeling software to provide detailed analysis, thereby enhancing the understanding of the structure and function of the foot and ankle. He enjoys building collaborations aimed at advancing the health professions through the benefits of computing, modeling, and technology. With colleagues in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, Ball advises senior undergraduate and graduate engineering research. With medical colleagues in Hartford-area hospitals, he has written grants and developed several research projects related to gait, balance, and clinical assessment. Ball is eager to work with faculty and community partners to develop innovative research and graduate programs.