Faculty Associates

Shirley Rietdyk

Contact Information
Email: srietdyk |at| purdue.edu
Office: LAMB 201 C Map
Phone: (765) 496-6703
Fax: (765) 496-1239
Homepage: Homepage
Professor of Health and Kinesiology

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B.S. University of Waterloo Kinesiology 1992
M.S. University of Waterloo Kinesiology 1994
Ph.D. University of Waterloo Kinesiology 1999

Research Interests

Age and mobility: to understand how disease or aging may lead to degeneration in the balance control system. The interaction of the neural and mechanical systems is considered.

Teaching Interests

Pathological and Aging Considerations for Gait, Posture, and Balance; Biomechanics of Human Motion; Biomechanical Foundations of Motor Skills; Analysis of Human Motion, Control of balance and adaptive locomotion


National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
School of Liberal Arts Research and Discovery Support Program
Dean's Incentive Grant Award, SLA
Purdue Research Foundation Summer Faculty Grant
Interdisciplinary Innovation Initiative, School of Technology
Center on Aging and the Life Course
Research and Discovery Support Program, College of Liberal Arts
FAA/NASA Transport Canada


Rhea CK, Rietdyk S, and Haddad JM. (2010) Locomotor adaptation versus perceptual adaptation when stepping over an obstacle with a height illusion. PLoS ONE 5(7): e11544. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0011544.

Rietdyk S and Drifmeyer JE. (2010). The rough terrain problem: Accurate foot targeting as a function of visual information regarding target location. Journal of Motor Behavior 42(1): 37-48.

Chagdes JR, Rietdyk S, Haddad JM, Zelaznik HN, Raman A, Rhea C, and Silver T. (2009). Multiple timescales in postural dynamics associated with vision and a secondary task are revealed by wavelet analysis. Experimental Brain Research 197(3): 297-310.

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