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Breanna Studenka

Breanna Studenka

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Office Location:

HPER 157


IconPhone: 435-797-0109
IconEmail: breanna.studenka@usu.edu

Biography

I am currently the director of the Sensory Motor Behavior Laboratory. My national organization is NASPSPA (the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity).

BACKGROUND

Ph.D. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (2008)

Concentration: Motor Control and Learning
Dissertation: Error correction timing behavior in tapping and circle drawing
Advisor: Howard N. Zelaznik, Ph.D.

M.S. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (2004)

Concentration: Motor Control and Learning
Thesis: Effects of synchronization on tapping and circle drawing variability over a range of interval durations
Advisor: Howard N. Zelaznik, Ph.D.

B.A. University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado (2001)

Major: Health and Kinesiology (Biomechanics emphasis)
Minor: Biology
Suma Cum Laude, GPA: 4.0
Honors Thesis: Effects of biomechanical and anthropometric measures on collegiate female 800 meter run success

I grew up in Arvada, Colorado, surrounded by teachers.  My mother was an English teacher, my dad an Art and PE teacher, and my step mom a Special Education Teacher/Counselor/Public School Administrator.  I could see the impact they had on the kids they taught and decided I wanted to be a teacher.  Everyone thought I would grow up to be an elementary school teacher, but I loved learning so much, I just couldn’t leave academia.

I completed my BA in Kinesiology at the University of Northern Colorado in 2001 where I also competed in Cross-Country and Track and Field.  While at Northern Colorado I was able to complete an undergraduate thesis project on the effects of biomechanical and anthropometric measures on collegiate female 800 meter run success.  Following this, I decided to keep learning about motor control (my favorite class from my undergraduate degree).  I went to Purdue University with the goal of attaining a Masters degree, and I loved the academic environment so much (most of the time) that I continued on to get my Ph.D. After finishing my Ph.D. in 2008, I went on to do research at the University of Bielefeld (Bielefeld, Germany), McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario Canada), and Pennsylvania State University (State College, Pennsylvania).

Associate Professor Utah State University, Logan, Utah (July 2019-present)

Department of Kinesiology and Health Science

Assistant Professor Utah State University, Logan, Utah (August 2012-July 2019)

Department of Kinesiology and Health Science

Post-Doctoral The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania (January 2011 – May 2012)

Department of Kinesiology
Supervisor: Karl Newell, Ph.D. 

McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (September 2009 - September 2010)

Department of Kinesiology
Supervisor: Ramesh Balasubramaniam, Ph.D.

Universität Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany (July 2008 - August 2009)

Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics, Neurocognition and Action Group

TEACHING INTERESTS

Motor Control, Connections

RESEARCH INTERESTS

The general research of the Sensory Motor Behavior Laboratory concerns how we plan for and control movements that occur in sequence. We use kinematic analysis of table tapping and circle drawing as windows into the control of rhythmic movement. We are interested in understanding how far in advance movements are planned, and which constraints are used to determine which postures are adopted for sequential movements. Furthermore, the purpose of our research in motor variability is to determine changes that occur in the structure of movements due to different experimental and environmental manipulations. Additionally, we aim to determine if this structure changes with age, injury and/or disease.

LAB
Sensory Motor Behavior Laboratory