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Wendy E. Huddleston, PT, PhD

Associate Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Interim Program Director


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

Fueger, C., & Huddleston, W. E. (2018, December). Effects of concussions on visually guided motor actions: A literature review. Journal of clinical and experimental neuropsychology, 40(10), 1074-1080.
Amateis, A. L., Boesel, C. L., Ehnert, B. P., Evans, A. S., Hurst, K. E., Marek, K. L., Sullivan, A. C., Zalewski, K. R., & Huddleston, W. E. (2018, May). The need for mapping personal goals to exercise dosage in community-based exercise programs for people with Parkinson’s disease. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 1-9.
Almonroeder, T. G., Kernozek, T., Cobb, S., Slavens, B., Wang, J., & Huddleston, W. E. (2018, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). Cognitive Demands Influence Lower Extremity Mechanics During a Drop Vertical Jump Task in Female Athletes. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 1-22.
Keenan, K. G., Huddleston, W. E., & Ernest, B. E. (2017, November). Altered visual strategies and attention are related to increased force fluctuations during a pinch grip task in older adults. Journal of Neurophysiology, 118(5), 2537-2548.
Almonroeder, T. G., Kernozek, T., Cobb, S., Slavens, B., Wang, J., & Huddleston, W. E. (2017, November). Divided attention during cutting influences lower extremity mechanics in female athletes. Sports Biomechanics, 1-13.
Bazett-Jones, D. M., Huddleston, W. E., Cobb, S., O’Connor, K., & Earl-Boehm, J. E. (2017, May). Acute Responses of Strength and Running Mechanics to Increasing and Decreasing Pain in Patients With Patellofemoral Pain. Journal of Athletic Training, 52(5), 411-421.
Walia, N., Srite, M., & Huddleston, W. E. (2016, September). Eyeing the web interface: the influence of price, product, and personal involvement. Electronic Commerce Research, 16(3), 297-333.
Huddleston, W. E., Corbin, E. W., Recka, N. M., & Smith, B. E. (2016). Cognitive Contributions to Gait Characteristics in Older Adults. , 97(10), e102.
Fueger, C. J., Petrovska, L., & Huddleston, W. E. (2016). The effects of varying cognitive and motor demand on an attention-mediated reaching task.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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

Best Professional Student Submission (mentor) (2016) Neurology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Advisor of the Year (2014) UWM Center for Student Involvement.
Student Organization Advisor of the Year (2014) University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
Tied for first place as advisor of George, KR for her 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)