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Wendy E. Huddleston, PT, PhD

Associate Professor

Education

Post-doctoral Fellowship Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics 2006
Ph D Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy Medical College of Wisconsin 2005
MS Human Kinetics University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1997
BS Physical Therapy University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 1990

Speaker Topics

  • Visual Attention
  • Motor Attention
  • Orthopedics
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Interests & Expertise

Wendy Huddleston studies various aspects of how humans select and process sensory information for movement preparation.

A common scenario such as crossing a busy intersection vividly illustrates the complex series of events involved in successfully negotiating one’s environment. One must encode and perceive sensory information from multiple modalities, attend to the most valid stimulus based on task demands, select the correct sensorimotor association, prepare the motor response and finally – act.

In her research, Huddleston uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and psychophysical testing to address questions regarding the cortical mechanisms involved in motor selection during visually-guided goal-directed behavior. Specifically, she is currently developing protocols to measure both eye and hand movements within the MRI environment to correlate movement accuracy with variations in cortical activity.

Selected Publications

, Bazett-Jones, D. M., Cobb, S. C., Huddleston, W. E., O’Connor, K. M., & Earl-Boehm, J. E. (In Press). Increasing and decreasing pain causes acute responses of strength and running mechanics in patellofemoral pain. Journal of Athletic Training.
Amateis, A., Boesel, C., Ehnert, B., Evans, A., Hurst, K., Marek, K., Sullivan, A., Zalewski, K. R., & Huddleston, W. E. (In Press). The role of personal goals on exercise dosage in community based exercise programs for people with Parkinson’s Disease. Disability and Rehabilitation.
Walia, N., Srite, M., & Huddleston, W. E. (2016). Eyeing the web interface: the influence of price, product, and personal involvement. Electronic Commerce Research, 16(3), 97-333.
Weinhandl, J. T., Earl-Boehm, J. E., Ebersole, K., Huddleston, W. E., Armstrong, B. S., & O’Connor, K. M. (2014). Reduced hamstrings strength increases anterior cruciate ligament loading during anticipated sidestep cutting. Clinical Biomechanics.
Huddleston, W. E., Ernest, B. E., & Keenan, K. (2014). Selective age effects on attentional components of a cued saccade task. Journal of Ophthalmology, 2014, 1-11.
Huddleston, W. E., Keenan, K., & Ernest, B. E. (2013). Relations among visual strategies, force fluctuations, and attention during a pinch grip task. Perceptual & Motor Skills, 117(3), 775-800.
Bazett-Jones, D. M., Cobb, S. C., O’Connor, K. M., Huddleston, W. E., Armstrong, B. S., & Earl-Boehm, J. E. (2013). Effect of patellofemoral pain on strength and mechanics after an exhaustive run. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 45(7), 1331-1339.
Walia, N., Srite, M., & Huddleston, W. E. (2013). Eyeing the web interface: The moderating effect of the three P’s. Submission.
Weinhandl, J. T., Earl-Boehm, J. E., O’Connor, K. M., Ebersole, K., Huddleston, W. E., & Armstrong, B. S. (2013). Anticipatory effects on anterior cruciate ligament loading during sidestep cutting. Clinical Biomechanics, 28(6), 655-663.
Huddleston, W. E., Aleksandrowicz, M. S., Yufa, A., Knurr, C. R., Lytle, J. R., & Puissant, M. M. (2013). Attentional resource allocation during a cued saccade task. Acta Psychologica, 144, 112-120.
Huddleston, W. E. (2013). Components of a visuospatial attention signal respond differently to task difficulty in human visual cortex. Submission.
Bazett-Jones, D. M., Cobb, S. C., Huddleston, W. E., O’Connor, K. M., Armstrong, B. S., & Earl-Boehm, J. E. (2013, July (3rd Quarter/Summer)). Effect of patellofemoral pain on strength and mechanics after an exhaustive run. Medicine and science in sports and exercise, 45(7), 1331-9.
Weinhandl, J. T., Earl-Boehm, J. E., Ebersole, K., Huddleston, W. E., Armstrong, B. S., & O’Connor, K. M. (2013, July (3rd Quarter/Summer)). Anticipatory effects on anterior cruciate ligament loading during sidestep cutting. Clinical biomechanics (Bristol, Avon), 28(6), 655-63.
Huddleston, W. E. (2012). Ways that UW-Milwaukee’s 12 didactic curriculum provides students with hands-on patient examination skills. , 42(4), 13.
Huddleston, W. E., Lytle, J. R., Puissant, M. M., & Yufa, A. (2010). Attentional resource allocation among key components of a perceptual decision making task. Society for Neuroscience, 144(1), 112-120.

Recent Funded Grants

Clinical & Translational Science Institute of Southeastern Wisconsin

PIs: Wendy Huddleston, Na Jin Seo, Michelle Johnson and Brian Schmit 7/1/12 – 6/30/13 Title: “Role of tactile sensation on hand motor control and functional recovery after stroke – an fMRI study”

UW – Milwaukee Office of 21st Century Studies

PIs: Wendy Huddleston and Luc Vanier 7/1/12 – 6/30/14 Title: “Intention and attention: Transmodernism and integration in human movement studies”

Clinical & Translational Science Institute of Southeastern Wisconsin

PI: Wendy Huddleston 12/08 – 12/10 Title: “Cortical Contributions to Attention-mediated Visually Guided Behavior”

Honors & Awards

Student Organization Advisor of the Year (2014) University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
Tied for first place as advisor of George, KR for his paper “The effect of Aerobic fatigue on cognitive function.” (2012, April) Research Symposium, College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Graduate School Research Fellow (2009) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Organization for Brain Mapping Student Travel Award (2004, June) Organization for Human Brain Mapping.
Student Travel Award (2004, June) Medical College of Wisconsin.
Women in Neuroscience Eli Lilly/ Pfizer Student Travel Award (2002, November) .

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association/Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association (1990 – 2004, 2006 – present)
  • Society for Neuroscience (2000 – present)
  • Center for Imaging Research, Medical College of Wisconsin (2006 – present)
  • Evidence-Based Practice Institute (2010 – present)