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Wendy E. Huddleston, PT, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Physical Therapy
  • Director, Physical Therapy

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.

Recent Funded Grants

Title: “Individual differences in voxel-wise modeling of attention fields in the human motor system”
PIs: Wendy Huddleston (submitting PI), Adam Greenberg (Co-I), and Edgar DeYoe (Co-I)
Nature of Project: Leveraging individual differences in saccade accuracy and timing to identify cortical correlates to this variance in behavior.
Dates of award: July 1, 2019 – December 30, 2020
Granting agency: UW-Milwaukee Graduate School, Research Growth Initiative
Amount of funding requested: $177,091

Title: “The universal nature of topographic mays as a structural foundation of attention.”
PIs: Adam Greenberg (submitting PI), Wendy Huddleston, and Edgar DeYoe
Nature of Project: Examining the structure and function of the auditory system to compare with the visual attention system to elucidate the structure of attention systems
Dates of award: July 1, 2016 – December 30, 2018
Granting agency: UW-Milwaukee Graduate School, Research Growth Initiative
Amount of funding requested: $177,528

Title: "Leveraging Big Data to Unmask the Functional Connectome of Attention”
PIs: Wendy Huddleston, Adam Greenberg, Edgar DeYoe
Nature of project: Facilitate team building among key stakeholders
Dates of award: 7/1/2017 – 6/30/2018
Amount of funding: $15,000

Title: “Cortical structure and function as possible mediators of performance on an attention task: A pilot study”
PIs: Wendy Huddleston, Ted DeYoe, Adam Greenberg (co-I)
Nature of project: Identify the relation among structural connectivity, functional activation and connectivity with performance on an an attention-mediated task
Dates of award: 4/1/16 – 3/30/18
Granting agency: CTSI / AHW
Amount of funding: $50,000

Title: “Cortical correlates to lower limb movement variability”
PI: Wendy Huddleston; co-I Thomas Almonroeder
Nature of project: Identify any correlation between movement variables and brain activity
Dates of award: 8/16 – 8/18
Granting agency: Center for Imaging Research, Medical College of Wisconsin
Amount of funding: $10,000

Title: “Interaction of Attention-Mediated Visual and Motor Processes within the Dorsal Attention Pathway”
PIs: Wendy Huddleston, D. Sabsevitz, MCW, Department of Neuropsychology
Nature of project: Timing and mechanisms of spatial information transfer between visual and motor systems during attention-mediated tasks using MEG
Granting Agency: Medical College of Wisconsin MEG Research Development Program / AHW 12/1/15 – 2/28/17
Amount of funding: $25,000

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)