Kati Pasanen, PhD, Faculty of Kinesiology

Dr. Kati Pasanen


Associate Professor

Faculty of Kinesiology

Full Member

McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

Contact information

Web presence

Phone number

Office: 403.220.5674


Office: KNB240


Educational Background

PhD. Injury Prevention, University of Tampere, 2009

MSc. Physiotherapy/Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, 2005

BSc, PT Physiotherapy, Karelia University of Applied Sciences, 1999

High Performance Coach Certification Eerikkila Sport Institute & SSBL, 2008

Teacher of Health Sciences University of Jyväskylä, 2005

Sport Massage Therapist Sport Institute of Eastern Finland, 1996

Physical Education Instructor Varala Sport Insitute, 1994

Adapted Physical Education Instructor Sport Institute of Eastern Finland, 1992


Dr. Kati Pasanen is originally from Finland. She completed her BSc Physiotherapy degree at the Karelia University in 1999, MSc in Health Sciences at the University of Jyvaskyla in 2005, and PhD in injury prevention at the University of Tampere in 2009. Before moving to Calgary, she worked as a Research and Development Manager in the Tampere Research Center of Sports Medicine at the UKK Institute for Health Promotion Research, Finland. Since early 1990s to 2017, she also worked as a high-performance coach for hundreds of elite team sport athletes. In May 2017, she accepted her current position at the University of Calgary. 


Areas of Research

Prevention of Sport Injuries

Dr. Kati Pasanen is the Director of the Clinical Biomechanics Lab, and Co-Lead of the Integrative Neuromuscular Sport Performance Laboratory (INSPL). Her scientific work is focused on prevention of sport injuries in team sports, and she has a special interest in prevention of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in female athletes. Her ongoing projects include epidemiological, clinical, biomechanical, and experimental studies investigating: (1) athletes’ running, cutting, and landing biomechanics, (2) mechanisms and risk factors of lower extremity injuries, and (3) effects of different fitness training programs on running, cutting, and landing biomechanics and on the risk of lower extremity injuries. 

Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
KNES 372 Foundations of Sport Medicine
KNES 377 Sport Injury Prevention
KNES 503.55 Special Topics in Kinesiology (Sport Injury Prevention) Winter 2018
KNES 504.07 Directed Studies (Wearable Technology) Fall 2019
KNES 504.06 Directed Studies (3D Motion Capture) Fall 2019


  • Physiotherapist of the Year, Finnish Association of Physiotherapists (FAP). 2017
  • The Sports Medicine Research Award of Finland 2008, Finnish Society of Sport Sciences. 2008