Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.
I received my PhD in Kinesiology with a specialization in Behavioural and Cognitive Neural Science from the University of Waterloo in August 2006 and my MSc in Kinesiology with a specialization in Biomechanics from the University of Waterloo in June 2001.
Prior to joining Wilfrid Laurier University, I was a post doctoral fellow in the Department of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences at Brown, University (Providence, RI) from 2006-2008.
I am primarily interested in the perceptual and cognitive factors that affect the control of locomotion as well as measuring and understanding the changes in the dynamic control of locomotion in cluttered environments over a life span. My research provides insights into how the brain processes sensory information (inputs) and executes skilled behaviours (motor outputs) in every day situations during the middle developmental stages as well as during later stages of life. My research interests have also been directed towards understanding perception-action integration dysfunctions in concussed individuals.
Awards and Achievements
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grant (2014).
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Summer Experience Program (2014).
Laurier Graduate Enhancement Fee Program (2014).
Laurier Undergraduate Research Assistantship (2014).
Laurier Research Equipment Grant (2014).
University of Waterloo Chronic Disease Prevention Initiative at the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact (2013-2014).
Hackney, A.L., Cinelli, M.E., & Frank, J.S. (2014). “Is the safety margin for aperture crossing adapted to the person-plus-object system?” Journal of Motor Behavior 23:319-327.
Denomme, L.T., Mandelfino, P., and Cinelli, M.E. (2014). “Understanding balance differences in individuals with multiple sclerosis with mild disability: An investigation of differences in sensory feedback on postural control during a Romberg task”. Exp Brain Res. 232(6):1833-42.
Denomme, L.T. Mandelfino, P., and Cinelli, M.E. (2014). “Strategies used by individuals with multiple sclerosis with mild disability to maintain dynamic stability during a steering task”. Exp Brain Res. 232(6):1811-22.
Powers, K.C., Cinelli, M.E., and Kalmar, J.M. (2014). “Cortical hypoexcitability persists beyond the symptomatic phase of a concussion”. Brain Injury 28(4):465-71.
Hackney, A.L., van Ruymbeke, N., Bryden, P., and Cinelli, M.E. (2014). “Direction of single obstacle circumvention in middle-aged children”. Gait and Posture 40(1):113-7.
Powers, K.C., Kalmar, J.M., and Cinelli, M.E. (2014). “Dynamic Stability and steering control following a Concussion”. Gait and Posture, 39(2): 728-32.
Powers, K.C., Kalmar, J.M., & Cinelli, M.E. (2014). “Recovery of static stability following a concussion”. Gait & Posture, 39(1): 611–614.
Hackney, A.L. and Cinelli, M.E. (2013). “Action strategies used by children to avoid two vertical obstacles in non-confined space”. Exp. Brain Res., 229(1): 13-22.
Hackney, A.L. and Cinelli, M.E. (2013). “Young and older adults use body-scaled information during a non-confined aperture crossing task”. Exp Brain Res., 225(3): 419-429.
Hackney, A.L., Vallis, L.A., and Cinelli, M.E. (2013). “Action strategies of individuals during aperture crossing in unconfined space”. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66(6):1104 -1112.
Hackney, A.L. and Cinelli, M.E. (2013). “Older adults are guided by their dynamic perceptions during aperture crossing”. Gait and Posture. 37(1): 93-7.
Cinelli, M.E. and Warren, W.H. (2012). “Do walkers follow their heads? Investigating the role of head rotation in locomotor control”. Experimental Brain Research, 219(2): 175-90.
Hackney, A.L. & Cinelli, M.E. (2011). “Action strategies of older adults walking through apertures”. Gait & Posture, 33(4): 733-36.
Higuchi, T., Cinelli, M.E., and Patla, A.E. (2010). “Gaze behavior during locomotion through apertures with extensions to the body”. Human Movement Science, 28: 760–771.
Cinelli, M.E., Patla, A.E., Allard, F. (2009). “Behaviour and Gaze Analyses During a Goal-Directed Locomotor Task”. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62(3): 483-99.