Kevin Flaherty, PhD


Kevin Flaherty received a PhD at Penn State University and worked in the Richtsmeier Lab examining the relationship between genotype and phenotype during craniofacial development. Research was conducted on mouse models with multiple craniosynostosis disorders including Apert and Crouzon syndromes. Dr. Flaherty’s research focused on developing a method of estimating a mouse embryo’s individual level of development in hours using the morphology of the developing hindlimb.

Since completing his PhD, Dr. Flaherty has focused on researching pedagogical technology for instruction in anatomy and related sciences, including the effectiveness of virtual reality and other anatomical computer software. He is also working on the development and application of low-cost physiology sensors that lab students can use to collect their own physiological data. These include home-build ECGs, digital stethoscopes and EMGs, among others.

Academic Information

Assistant Teaching Professor


1 Hospital Dr
Columbia, MO 65201
United States

P. 573-884-1742

Research Interests

  • Craniofacial development
  • 3D visualization in anatomy
  • Anatomical pedagogy


Areas of Expertise

  • Craniofacial development
  • Anatomical pedagogy


Education & Training


2018 Doctor of Philosophy Institution, Pennsylvania State University
2013 Master of the Arts Institution, Pennsylvania State University
2009 Bachelor of the Arts Institution, University of Iowa

Awards & Honors

  • 2018 Pedagogy and Technology Grant, Augustana College
  • 2017 National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant recipient in Biological Anthropology. Award number: NSF BCS-1650824
  • 2017 William T. Sanders Graduate Award, Department of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University


  • Flaherty, K. and Alloway, K.
    Evolution of the encephalized human brain: How did we become exceptional?.
    Book chapter in Evolutionary Cell Processes in Primates. CRC Press (pp 133-158). ISBN: 9781003206231