Citlali López-Ortiz

221 Freer Hall
906 South Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Office: 217-300-1022

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Curriculum Vita

Citlali López-Ortiz

Assistant Professor
Kinesiology and Community Health
Ph.D., Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Biomechanics, 2001

M.A., Dance Biomechanics, State University of New York at Brockport, 1994

B.S. (Licentiate) Physics. National Autonomous University of Mexico, 1991

Neuroscience of dance in health and disability

Dr. Lopez-Ortiz's research focuses on how the human brain generates dexterity in motor coordination using the language of dance movement to inform the design of dance/movement training protocols in health, disease, and disability through the life span. Her research is intrinsically interdisciplinary. It includes the areas of dance, biomechanics, mathematical modeling, motor control, motor learning, physics, body-environment interfaces, mixed media, computational neuroscience, neurophysiology, and rehabilitation.

Representative Publications

López-Ortiz, C., Eagan, T., Gaebler-Spira, D. (2016) Pilot study of a targeted dance class for physical rehabilitation in children with cerebral palsy. Sage Open Medicine, 4:1-5.

Scheidler, A. M., Tisha, A. L., Kinnett-Hopkins, D. L., Learmonth, Y. C. , Motl, R., López-Ortiz, C. (2016) Targeted Dance Program for Improved Mobility in Multiple Sclerosis. Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation II, Biosystems and Robotics 15: 1073-1078.

López-Ortiz, C., O’Shea, Rachoy T., Mussa-Ivaldi F., Gaebler-Spira, D. Differential effects of rhythmic auditory stimulation on movement in normally developing children and children with spastic or spastic-dystonic cerebral palsy (submitted.)

López-Ortiz, C. (2012) Sound and Rehabilitation Robotics for Pediatric Cerebral Palsy. Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation, Biosystems and Robotics 2:31-315.

López-Ortiz, C., Simkowski J., Gomez, W, Stoykov, N., Gaebler-Spira, D. (2012) Motor Learning in Children with Cerebral Palsy with Feedback of Principal Component Space of Reduced Dimension. Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation, Biosystems and Robotics 1: 311-315.

López-Ortiz C, Warnick, J, Gomez W, Doshi K, Simkowsky J, Reese M, Gaebler-Spira D. 2012 A pilot study using virtual reality and statistics of dance postures to enhance balance and dissociation of movements in children with cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology: 54 S6: 41-42

López-Ortiz, C., Gladden, K., Deon, L., Schmidt, J., Girolami, G. and Gaebler-Spira, D. (2012). Dance program for physical rehabilitation and participation in children with cerebral palsy, Arts & Health 4(1,): 39-54. First published on: 13 June 2011 (iFirst).

Alibigalou, L., López-Ortiz, C., Brown D. A., (2009). Phase dependence of lower limb muscle activity in locomotion after stroke Journal of Neurophysiology Nov; 102(5): 2856-65. Epub 2009 Sep 9.

Gruben K. G., López-Ortiz, C., and Schmidt, M. W. (2003). The control of foot force during pushing efforts against a moving pedal. Experimental Brain Research, 148:50-61.

Gruben, K.G., López-Ortiz, C., and C. Giachetti, R. S. (2003). Muscular and postural components of lower limb forces during quasi-static extension efforts. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 19:239-245

Schmidt, M.W., López-Ortiz, C., Barrett, P. S., Rogers. L. M., Gruben, K. G. (2003). Foot force direction in an isometric moving task. Experimental Brain Research, 150:245-254.

Gruben, K. and López-Ortiz, C. (2000) Characteristics of the force applied to a pedal during human pushing efforts. Journal of Motor Behavior, 32:151-162.