Wendy Huddleston 2021 Headshot

Wendy E. Huddleston, PT, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Physical Therapy Program Director, Physical Therapy


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

Niemeyer, M., Probasco, M. O., Worby, T. N., Loertscher, D., Huddleston, W. E., & Soderbeck, L. K. (2022, August). Lower kinetic chain, meet the thinking brain: A scoping review of cognitive function and lower extremity injury risk. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, 17(5), 787-815.
Abdollahi, S., Sheikhhoseini, R., Roostayi, M. M., & Huddleston, W. E. (2022). The effect of fatigue on electromechanical response times in Basketball players with and without persistent low back pain. Scientific Reports, 12, 17849.
Heintz Walters, B., Huddleston, W. E., O'Connor, K. M., Wang, J., Hoeger Bement, M., & Keenan, K. (2021, November). The role of eye movements, attention, and hand movements on age-related differences in pegboard tests. Journal of Neurophysiology, 126(5), 1710-1722.
Fesharaki, N. J., Mathew, A. B., Mathis, J. R., Huddleston, W. E., Reuss, J. L., Pillai, J. J., & DeYoe, E. A. (2021). Effects of Thresholding on Voxel-Wise Correspondence of Breath-Hold and Resting-State Maps of Cerebrovascular Reactivity. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 15.
Huddleston, W. E., Swanson, A. N., Lytle, J. R., & Aleksandrowicz, M. S. (2021, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). Distinct saccade planning and endogenous visuospatial attention maps in parietal cortex: A basis for functional differences in sensory and motor attention. Cortex, 137, 292-304.
Mazurek, R., Arvinen-Barrow, M., Huddleston, W. E., & Reckelberg, R. (2021, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Beyond traditional peer-to-peer teaching evaluation: Using pedagogical theory in conceptualizing a collaborative teaching development program. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 18(6), 101-118.
Gopalakrishnan, S., Mehrvar, S., Maleki, S., Schmitt, H., Summerfelt, P., Dubis, A. M., Abroe, B., Connor, T. B., Carroll, J., Huddleston, W. E., Ranji, M., & Eells, J. T. (2020, December). Photobiomodulation preserves mitochondrial redox state and is retinoprotective in a rodent model of retinitis pigmentosa. Scientific Reports, 10(1).
Fueger, C., Sergio, L. E., Heuer, S., Petrovska, L., & Huddleston, W. E. (2019, November). Remote concussion history does not affect visually-guided reaching in young adult females. Concussion, 4(3), CNC64.
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.

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

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)