As an assistant professor in KHS I currently run my own 'Perception-Action' Laboratory where I supervise a postdoctoral researcher and several graduate and undergraduate students on research projects.
I completed my Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics at the University of Guelph, Canada in 1996. After several years away from school, I returned to complete my Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences at the University of Florida in 2003, where I studied upper limb motor recovery in stroke patients. Finally, I completed my Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience at the University of Alberta in 2009 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 (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. Most recently, I was a research fellow at Queens University Belfast (United Kingdom) where I investigated neural adaptations that underlie motor learning, specifically addressing how these adaptations change with an aging nervous system. Collectively, 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. I belong to the Society for Neuroscience.
Neural Control of Balance