Ann Van de Winckel, PhD, MSPT, PT
Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy
Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy
Assistant Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Science
Director, Brain Body Mind Lab, Brain Body Mind Lab
Graduate Faculty, Center for Clinical Movement Science, Biomechanical Engineering
Founding Member, NeuroRobotics Consortium
Post-Doctoral Assignment, Pediatric Research Unit, Neuromotor Rehabilitation Research Group, 2006-2012
PhD, University of Leuven (KU Leuven) (Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy), Belgium, 2006
MS, University of Leuven (KU Leuven) (Motor Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy, Maxima cum laude), Belgium, 1998
BS, University of Leuven (KU Leuven) (Motor Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy, Magna cum laude), Belgium, 1996
Awards & Recognition
The main research focus of my lab is to investigate the brain mechanisms of body awareness in physical therapy as well as mind and body approaches (such as Qigong) to improve health and daily life function in people with chronic neurological conditions and/or chronic pain. This focus has led me to investigate a physical therapy approach (cognitive multisensory rehabilitation or CMR), which neuroscientific basis is the restoration of the sensorimotor feedback loop through retraining body awareness in space for sensorimotor recovery.
My lab made a crucial discovery that focus on body awareness using CMR led to restoration of the disrupted parietal operculum network in adults with chronic stroke, in parallel with long-lasting improved upper limb sensorimotor function. We currently investigate the effects of CMR on reducing neuropathic pain and improving sensorimotor function in other neurological conditions such as adults with spinal cord injury.
Since mind and body approaches have been shown to improve body awareness and reduce pain, I currently also investigate the effect of Qigong on body awareness-related brain functions in adults with chronic low back pain and adults with neurological conditions such as adults with spinal cord injury with and without neuropathic pain.
The results from these studies that investigate the interactions between body awareness, physical impairments, and psychological factors (brain-body-mind interactions) will facilitate implementation of new rehabilitation strategies that attend to these factors to provide pain relief and increased health and functional recovery in adults with chronic neurological conditions and/or chronic pain.
Research Funding Grants
A Clinical Trial of Cognitive Multisensory Rehabilitation for Sensory and Motor Recovery in Adults with Spinal Cord Injury
Funding: Paralyzed Veterans of America
Role: Principal Investigator
Minnesota Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System
Funding: NIDILRR Department of Health and Human Services
Identifying brain mechanisms of cognitive multisensory rehabilitation for neuropathic pain relief in adults with spinal cord injury
Funding: Academic Investment Research Program (AIRP)
Knowledge Translation to Promote Patient-Centered Care through Use of Standardized Assessments
Funding: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
Timeline: 10/1/2020-9/30/2025Role: Advisory Committee
A Randomized Pilot Study Assessing Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) During Rehabilitation for Improved Upper Limb Motor Function after Stroke (MicroTransponder's Vivistim System)
Funding: Microtransponder Inc. (Study MT-St-02 Stroke)
Role: Principal Investigator (8/18/2017-present); Co-PI (7/7/2017-8/17/2017)
Feasibility of identifying brain mechanisms of Qigong and behavioral outcomes after Qigong practice in people with chronic low back pain
Funding: 2019 Clinical Translational Research Services (CTRS) Pilot Funding Program
Timeline: September 2019 - February 2022
Role: Principal Investigator
- Hartman J, Sharp A, Van de Winckel A, Pechak C. Exploring the Characteristics of Doctor of Physical Therapy Students Intending to Work in Medically Underserved Areas. JHCPU 2022 (in press).
- Kim S, Van de Winckel A, Thompson KL, Heyn P. Book Chapter 78 Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Brain Injury Medicine, Principles and Practice, Third Edition, editors: Nathan D. Zasler MD; Douglas I. Katz MD; Ross D. Zafonte DO
- Van de Winckel A, Nawshin T, Byron C. Exploratory Study for Using the mobile Hudl App with Telehealth: A Randomized Controlled Trial Shows Positive Impact on Home Exercise Program Adherence in People with Chronic Diseases and in Financial Distress. JMIR Formative Research 2021;5(3):e22659. doi: 10.2196/22659
- Sharp A, Schmidt A, Casto C, Van de Winckel A. Lapses in Professional Behavior Identified by Students of Physical Therapy. JAH. 2021. J Allied Health 2021;50(2):e53-e57.
- Van de Winckel A, De Patre D, Rigoni M, Fiecas M, Hendrickson TJ, Larson M, Jagadeesan BD, Mueller BA, Elvendahl W, Streib C, Ikramuddin F, Lim KO. Exploratory study of how Cognitive Multisensory Rehabilitation restores parietal operculum connectivity and improves upper limb movements in chronic stroke. Sci Rep. 2020 Nov 20;10(1):20278. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-77272-y. PMID: 33219267.
- Larson M, Chantigian DP, Asirvatham-Jeyaraj N, Van de Winckel A, Keller-Ross ML. Slow-Paced Breathing and Autonomic Function in People Post-stroke. Front Physiol. 2020 Oct 30;11:573325. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2020.573325. eCollection 2020. PMID: 33192570.
- Dawson J, MD; Engineer ND, Prudente CN, Pierce D, Francisco G, Yozbatiran N, PhD3; Tarver B, Casavant R, Kline D, Cramer SC, Van de Winckel A, Kimberley TJ. Vagus Nerve Stimulation Paired with Upper Limb Rehabilitation after Stroke: One-year Follow-up. Neurorehab Neural Repair. 2020 Jul;34(7):609-615. DOI: 10.1177/1545968320924361.
- Van de Winckel A, Gauthier L. A revised Motor Activity Log following Rasch validation (Rasch-based MAL-18) and consensus methods in chronic stroke and multiple sclerosis. Neurorehabil Neural Repair 2019, 33(10):787–791.
- Grampurohit N, Van de Winckel A, Ehrlich-Jones L. Measurement Characteristics and Clinical Utility of the ABILHAND-KIDS for children with neuromuscular conditions. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2019, 100(9):1795–1796.
- Van de Winckel A, Ottiger B, Bohlhalter S, Nyffeler T, Vanbellingen T. Comprehensive ADL outcome measurement after stroke: Rasch validation of the Lucerne ICF-based Multidisciplinary Observation Scale (LIMOS). Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2019, 100(12):2314-2323.
- Van de Winckel A, Carey JR, Bisson TA, Hauschildt E, Streib C, Durfee W. Safety and Feasibility of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation via Telerehabilitation in People with Stroke. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2018, 99(10):e74.
- Van de Winckel A, Carey JR, Bisson TA, Hauschildt EC, Durfee WK. Home-Based Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation plus Tracking Training Therapy in People with Stroke: An Open-Label Feasibility Study. J NeuroEng Rehab. 2018, 15:83. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12984-018-0427-2
- Van de Winckel A, Ehrlich-Jones L. Measurement Characteristics and Clinical Utility of the Motor Evaluation Scale for Upper Extremity in Stroke Patients. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2018, 99(12):2657-2658. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2018.08.176.
- Van de Winckel A, Jarrar M, Grampurohit N, Ehrlich-Jones L. Measurement Characteristics and Clinical Utility of the ABILHAND Among People With Rheumatoid Arthritis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2018, 99(8):1693–1694. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2018.04.006.
- Frost KL, Chen M, Cassidy JM, Snow L, Hodges JS, Van de Winckel A, Kimberley TJK, Carey JR. Paired Associative Stimulation to Suppress Contralesional Corticospinal Excitability in Three People with Stroke Using N-of-1 Crossover Design. J Neurol Transl Neurosci. 2017, 5(2): 1084.
- Van de Winckel A, Tseng YT, Chantigian D, Lorant K, Zarandi Z, Buchannan J, Zeffiro TA, Larson M, Olson-Kellogg B, Konczak J, Keller-Ross M. Age-Related Decline of Wrist Position Sense and its Relationship to Specific Physical Training. Frontiers Hum Neurosci. 2017, 11:570. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00570.
- Van de Winckel A, Tseng Y.T., Chantigian D,Lorant K, Zarandi Z, Buchanan J, Konczak J, Zeffiro T, Olson-Kellogg B, Larson M, Keller-Ross M. Mapping Age-Related Changes in Wrist Proprioception. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2017, 98(10):e80-e81.
- De Patre D, Van de Winckel A*, Panté F, Rizzello C, Zernitz M, Mansour M, Zordan L, Zeffiro T, O’Connor EE, Bisson T, Lupi A, Perfetti C. A case report of visual and motor recovery after 8 months of "cognitive therapeutic exercises" in cortical blindness. JNPT. 2017, 41(3):164-172. doi: 10.1097/NPT.0000000000000189. *shared first author
- De Patre D, Van de Winckel A. Strategies for Scientific Research in Neurocognitive Rehabilitation Riabilitazione Neurocognitiva. 2016, (3):216-229.
- Krewer K, Van de Winckel A, Elangovan N, Aman JE, Konczak J. Commentary on: "Assessing proprioception: A critical review of methods" by Han et al. (2015). JSHS. 2016, 5(1):91-92.
- Van de Winckel A, Verheyden G, Wenderoth N, Peeters R, Sunaert S, Van Hecke W, Perfetti C, De Cock P, Desloovere K, Eyssen M, Feys H. Does somatosensory discrimination activate different brain areas in children with unilateral cerebral palsy compared to typically developing children? An fMRI study. Res Dev Dis. 2013, 34(5):1710-1720. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2013.02.017.
- Van de Winckel A, Klingels K, Bruyninckx F, Wenderoth N, Peeters R, Sunaert S, Van Hecke W, De Cock P, Eyssen M, De Weerdt W, Feys H. How does brain activation differ in children with unilateral cerebral palsy compared to typically developing children during active and passive movements, and tactile stimulation? An fMRI study. Res Dev Dis. 2013, 34(1):183–197. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2012.07.030.
- Van de Winckel A, Wenderoth N, Feys H, Sunaert S, Peeters R, Thijs V, Swinnen S, Perfetti C, De Weerdt W. Frontoparietal involvement in passively guided shape and length discrimination: A comparison between subcortical stroke patients and healthy controls. Exp Brain Res. 2012, 220(2):179-189. doi: 10.1007/s00221-012-3128-2.
- Klingels K, Feys H, De Wit L, Jaspers E, Van de Winckel A, Verbeke G, De Cock P, Molenaers G. Arm and hand function in children with unilateral cerebral palsy: A one-year follow-up study. Eur J Paediatr Neurol. 2012, 16(3):257-265. doi: 10.1016/j.ejpn.2011.08.001.
- Verhoeven J, Rommel N, Prodi E, Leemans A, Zink I, Vandewalle E, Noens I, Wagemans J, Steyaert J, Boets B, Van de Winckel A, Decock P, Sunaert S. Is there a common neuro-anatomical substrate of language deficit between Autism Spectrum Disorder and Specific Language Impairment? Cereb Cortex. 2012, 22(10):2263-2271. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhr292.
- Vanbellingen T, Kersten B, Van de Winckel A, Bellion M, Baronti F, Müri R, Bohlhalter S. A new bedside test of gestures in stroke: The apraxia screen of TULIA (AST). J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2011, 82(4):389-392. doi: 10.1136/jnnp.2010.213371.
- Klingels K, Jaspers E, Van de Winckel A, Huysmans A, Feys H. A systematic review of arm activity measures for children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Clin Rehabil. 2010, 24(10):887-900. doi: 10.1177/0269215510367994.
- Vanbellingen T, Kersten B, Van Hemelrijk B, Van de Winckel A, Bertschi M, Müri R, De Weerdt W, Bohlhalter S. Comprehensive assessment of gesture production: a new test of upper limb apraxia (TULIA). Eur J Neurol. 2010, 17(1):59-66. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-1331.2009.02741.x.
- Van de Winckel A, Feys H, Lincoln N, De Weerdt W. Assessment of arm function in stroke patients: Rivermead Motor Assessment arm section revised with Rasch analysis. Clin Rehabil. 2007, 21(5):471-479.
- Verheyden G, Nieuwboer A, Van de Winckel A, De Weerdt W. Clinical tools to measure trunk performance after stroke: a systematic review of the literature. Clin Rehabil. 2007, 21(5):387-394.
- Van de Winckel A, Feys H, van der Knaap S, Messerli R, Baronti F, Lehmann R, Van Hemelrijk B, Pante F, Perfetti C, De Weerdt W. Can quality of movement be measured? Rasch analysis and inter-rater reliability of the Motor Evaluation Scale for Upper Extremity in Stroke Patients (MESUPES). Clin Rehabil. 2006, 20(10):871-884.
- Van de Winckel A. Commentary on "Physiotherapy assessment of knee proprioception following stroke" by Piriyaprasarth et al (2006). IJTR. 2006, 13(10):456.
- Van de Winckel A, Sunaert S, Wenderoth N, Peeters R, Van Hecke P, Feys H, Horemans E, Marchal G, Swinnen S, Perfetti C, De Weerdt W. Passive Somatosensory Discrimination Tasks in Healthy Volunteers: differential networks involved in familiar versus unfamiliar shape and length discrimination. NeuroImage. 2005, 26(2):441-453.
- Van de Winckel A, Feys H, De Weerdt W, Dom R. Cognitive and behavioral effects of music-based exercises in patients with dementia. Clin Rehabil. 2004, 18(3):253-260.
- De Weerdt W, Nuyens G, Feys H, Van Gronsveld P, Van de Winckel A, Nieuwboer A, Osaer J, Kiekens C. Group Physiotherapy improves time use by patients with stroke in rehabilitation. Aust J Physiother. 2001, 47(1):53-61.
- De Weerdt W, Selz B, Nuyens G, Staes F, Swinnen D, Van de Winckel A, Nieuwboer A, Lysens R, Feys H. Time use of stroke patients in an intensive rehabilitation unit: A comparison between a Belgian and a Swiss setting. Disabil Rehabil. 2000, 22(4):181-186.
- Feys H, De Weerdt W, Nuyens G, Selz B, Van de Winckel A, Kiekens C. Predicting motor recovery of the upper limb following stroke rehabilitation: value of a clinical examination. Physiother Res Int. 2000, 5(1):1-18.
- CGSC 8410 Perspectives in Learning, Perception and Cognition (guest lecture)
- CPMS 5101 Clinical Physiology and Movement Science (guest lecture)
- OT 6301 Neuroscience (guest lecture)
- PT 6282 Scientific Foundations II (guest lecture)
- PT 6287 Neurorehabilitation (guest lecture)
- PT 6293 Essentials of Rehabilitation Research
- PT 8132 Research Seminar I
- PT 8193 Research Problems
- RSC 5106 Introduction to Rehabilitation Science
- RSC 8130 Current literature in Rehabilitation Science
- RSC 5294 Independent study in Rehabilitation Science
- RSC 8192 Research Design in Rehabilitation Science
- Certified for AHA assessment for children with cerebral palsy (rater n° 579), 2009-present
- US Licensure Physical Therapy - Minnesota (license n° 9611), 2014-present
- Certification of Cranio-sacral Therapist Belgian Cranio-Sacral & Meditation Society, Belgium, 2005-present
- Certification Adult Practitioner Level 2 in "Cognitive Therapeutic Exercises" (aka "Cognitive Multisensory Rehabilitation") 2001-present