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


Heijnen MJH, Romine NL, Stumpf DM, Rietdyk S. (2014). Memory guided obstacle crossing: more failures were observed for the trail limb versus lead limb. Accepted by Experimental Brain Research. doi: 10.1007/s00221-014-3903-3.

Muir BC, Rietdyk S, Haddad JM. (2014). Gait initiation: the first four steps in young adults, adults aged 65-79 years, and adults aged 80-91 years. Gait and Posture, 39(1): 490-494. doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2013.08.037

Chagdes JC, Rietdyk S, Haddad JM, Zelaznik HN, Raman A. (2013). Nonlinear dynamics of human postural stability on balance boards. Journal of Biomechanics, 46(15): 2593-2602. doi:10.1016/j.jbiomech.2013.08.012

Haddad JM, Rietdyk S, Claxton LJ, Huber J. (2013). Task-dependent postural control throughout the life-span. Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, 41(2):123-132. Doi: 10.1097/JES.0b013e3182877cc8

Heijnen MJH, Muir BC, Rietdyk S. (2012). Factors leading to obstacle contact during adaptive locomotion. Experimental Brain Research, 223(2): 219-231. doi: 10.1007/s00221-012-3253-y

Haddad JM, Rietdyk S, Claxton LJ. (2012). Exercise training to improve independence and quality of life in impaired individuals: A commentary on Li and Hondzinski's "Select exercise modalities may reverse movement dysfunction because of peripheral neuropathy" [Peer commentary by JM Haddad, S Rietdyk and LJ Claxton]. Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, 40(3): 117. doi: 10.1097/JES.0b013e31825572f4

Heijnen M, Muir B, Rietdyk S. (2012). Interpolation techniques to reduce error in measurement of toe clearance during obstacle avoidance. Journal of Biomechanics, 45(1): 196-198.

Rhea CK, Rietdyk S. (2011). Influence of an unexpected perturbation on adaptive gait behavior. Gait and Posture, 34: 439-441. doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2011.06.011.

Haddad JM, Rietdyk S, Ryu JH, Seaman JM, Silver TA, Kalish JA, & Hughes C. (2011). Postural asymmetries in response to holding evenly- and unevenly-distributed loads during self-selected stance. Journal of Motor Behavior, 43(4): 345-355.

Rietdyk S & Rhea C K. (2011). The effect of the visual characteristics of obstacles on risk of tripping and gait parameters during locomotion. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, Feature Issue on Vision in Everyday Life. 31, 302-310. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-1313.2011.00837.x.

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