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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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; Analysis of Human Motion, Control of balance and adaptive locomotion


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
2020 - Purdue Center for Research on Brain, Behavior, and Neurorehabilitation
2019 - Indiana State Department of Health, Community Health's Partnership's Trailblazer Award
2018 - Purdue Engineering Faculty Conversation on Human in the Loop Engineering
2018 - Purdue Center for Families Hancook Fellowship
2017 - American Nurses Foundation
2017 - National Science Foundation, Small Business Innovation Research
2017 - Elevate Ventures Indiana SBIR/STTR

Selected Publications

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.

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.

Cui C, Muir B, Rietdyk S, Haddad JM, Van Emmerik R, Ambike S. (2021). Sensitivity Of The Toe Height To Multi-joint Angular Changes In The Lower Limbs During Unobstructed And Obstructed Gait. Journal Of Applied Biomechanics. 37(3): 224-232.

Cho H, Forster A, Christ SL, Franks M, Richards EA, Rietdyk S. (2021). Changes To Gait Speed When Romantic Partners Walk Together: Effect Of Age And Obstructed Pathway. Gait And Posture. 85: 285-289.

Kulkarni A, Cho H, Rietdyk S, Ambike S. (2021) The Synergy Stabilizing Step Length While Crossing An Obstacle Is Weaker In Older Adults. Journal Of Biomechanics. 118: 110311.

Cui C, Kulkarni A, Rietdyk S, Barbieri F, Ambike, S. (2020). Synergies In The Ground Reaction Forces And Moments During Double Support In Curb Negotiation In Young And Older Adults. Journal Of Biomechanics, 106: 109837.

Gomez D, Dyke SJ, Rietdyk S. (2020). Structured Uncertainty For A Pedestrian-structure Interaction Model. Journal Of Sound And Vibration, 474: 115237.

Muir BC, Bodratti L, Morris C, Haddad JM, Van Emmerik REA, Rietdyk S. (2020). Gait Characteristics During Inadvertent Obstacle Contacts In Young, Middle-aged And Older Adults. Gait And Posture, 77: 100-104.

Cho H, Romine N, Barbieri, FA, Rietdyk S. (2019). Gaze Diversion Affects Cognitive And Motor Performance In Young Adults When Stepping Over Obstacles. Gait And Posture, 73: 273-278.

Pereira VIA, Polastri PF, Simieli L, Rietdyk S, Imaizumi LFI, Moretto GF, Penedo T, Rodrigues ST, Barbieri FA. (2019). People With Parkinsons Disease Perform Late Fixation To The Obstacle During Walking With Obstacle Circumvention And Cognitive Dual-tasking. Gait And Posture, 73: 291-298.

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