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People in the Lab

Lab Director

David BoltonDr. David A. E. Bolton
HPER 142

After receiving my BSc in Human Kinetics (University of Guelph, Canada) I obtained my Master’s degree in Exercise and Sports Sciences (University of Florida, USA) where I studied upper limb motor recovery in stroke patients. I then completed my PhD degree in Neuroscience (University of Alberta, Canada) using both animal and human models to study balance regulation during walking. Following the PhD, I completed over three years of postdoctoral training at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Canada) where I helped develop a model to study cortical contributions to human balance. During this time, I also studied how the prefrontal cortex (an area critical for executive function) modifies sensory transmission according to task demands. Notably, my research into balance control has encompassed wide-ranging perspectives in an attempt to understand this complex and distributed form of sensorimotor control. Prior to starting my faculty position at Utah State University, I was a research fellow at Queens University Belfast (Belfast, United Kingdom) where I investigated neural adaptations that underlie motor learning, specifically addressing how these adaptations change with an aging nervous system. My research over the past 15 years has provided insight into the neural control of balance and offered a greater understanding of how the nervous system is transformed by purposeful motor practice.

Current Students

Anne Beethe

Anne Beethe, Postdoctoral Researcher

David Cole

David Cole, PhD Student

Derek England

Derek England, MS Student

Mahmoud Mansour

Mahmoud Mansour, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jayme Warner

Jayme Warner, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Completed Students

Caleigh Goode

Caleigh Goode, MS Student

Doug McDannald

Doug McDannald, MS Student

Casey McPherson

Casey McPherson, MS Student

Hunter Bell

Hunter Bell, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Garrett Rydalch

Garrett Rydalch, Undergraduate Research Assistant

group photo

Left: Blake Butler, Undergraduate Research Assistant
Center: Haley Hayes, MS Student
Right: Ellie Edwards, MS Student


Dr. Kathy Ruddy

Dr. Kathy Ruddy, Collaborator (Trinity College Dublin)