Faculty Associates

Shirley Rietdyk

Contact Information
Email: srietdyk@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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Pillars of Interdisciplinary Research Excellence

Enhancing Biological and Physical Function in Later Life


PhD 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; Balance Rehabilitation in Older Adults


2023 - Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences
2022 - Purdue Clifford B. Kinley Trust Award
2021 - Purdue Libraries Open Access Publishing Fund
2021 - Universidad del Valle, Columbia
2021 - National Institutes of Health
2020 - Purdue CEREBBRAL Pilot Grant
2019 - Indiana State Department of Health, Community Health's Partnership's Trailblazer Award

Selected Publications

Cho H, Cui C, Yang Z, Arnold AJ, Becker T, Kulkarni A, Naik A, Rietdyk S. (2023) Risky behaviors observed during stair descent for young adults: Differences in men versus women. PlosOne, 18(7): e0288438. Impact factor 3.7, peer reviewed.

Kulkarni A, Cui C, Rietdyk S, Ambike S. (2023) Humans exploit passive anterior-posterior motion to improve either walking efficiency or walking stability based on environmental risk. Plos One, 18(4): e0284278. Impact factor 3.7, peer reviewed.

Faria M, Simieli L, Rietdyk S, Penedo T, Santinelli F, Barbieri F. (2023) (A)symmetry during gait initiation in people with Parkinson's disease: a motor and cortical activity exploratory study. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 15: 1142540. Impact factor 4.8, peer reviewed.

Richard EA, Christ SL, Rietdyk S, Teas E, Franks MM. (2023). Association of Physical Activity and Gait Speed: Does Context Matter? American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine: 15598276231157311. Impact factor 1.853, peer reviewed.

Becker T, Rietdyk S. (2022). Inadvertent obstacle contacts when older adults step over obstacles: Effect of sex, self-reported fatigue, gait parameters, and prescription medications. Brazilian Journal of Motor Behavior, 16(5), 385-399. New journal - no impact factor yet, peer reviewed. Invited.

Rietdyk S, Ambike S, Amireault S, Haddad, JM, Lin G, Newton D, Richards EA. (2022). Co-occurrences of fall-related factors in adults aged 60 to 85 years in the United States National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. PLoS ONE. 17(11), e0277406. Impact factor: 3.752, peer reviewed.

Cui C, Kulkarni A, Rietdyk S, Ambike S. (2022). Locomotion control during curb descent: Bilateral ground reaction variables covary consistently during the double support phase regardless of future foot placement constraints. PLoS One. 17(10), e0268090. Impact factor: 3.752, peer reviewed.

Kulkarni A, Cui C, Rietdyk S, Ambike S. (2022). Between a walk and a hard place: How stepping patterns change while navigating environmental obstacles. Motor Control. 1(aop): 1-15. Impact factor: 1.422, peer reviewed.

Cho H, Heijnen MJH, Craig BA, Rietdyk S. (2021). Falls in young adults: The effect of sex, physical activity, and prescription medications. PLoS ONE, 16(4): e0250360. Impact factor: 2.74, peer reviewed.

Gomez D, Rietdyk S, Dyke SJ. (2021). Spatio-temporal assessment of gait kinematics in pedestrian-structure interaction. In Structures. (Vol. 31, pp. 1199-1206). Elsevier. Impact Factor 1.839, peer reviewed.

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