Ann Van de Winckel, PhD, MSPT, PT

Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy

Ann Van de Winckel

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-1191

Office Address:
Division of Physical Therapy
311 Children's Rehab Ctr
426 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Mailing Address:
Division of Physical Therapy
MMC 388
420 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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

Faculty, PhD Program in Rehabilitation Science

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

  • Elite Reviewer for 2019 for the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Training in Grantsmanship for Rehabilitation Research (TIGRR) Fellowship, 2019-2020 (Sponsored by NIH/NICHD)
  • APTA Early Career Award, 2016
  • Training in Grantsmanship for Rehabilitation Research (TIGRR) Fellowship, 2014

Professional Associations

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
    • Research
    • Neurology
  • American Heart Association (AHA)
  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
    • Task Force: Movement, Stroke-Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (ISIG), Measurement Networking Group, Terminology, Complimentary Integrative Rehab Med
    • Section Member: Measurements, Geriatric Rehab, Neuroplasticity, Complementary Integrative Rehab Med, Stroke ISIG


Research Summary/Interests

The primary goal of my research agenda is to understand the neural mechanisms of neuroplasticity and recovery after stroke through the use of fMRI, structural and functional connectivity, to determine its impact on clinical sensorimotor outcomes. Further, to translate these findings to therapeutic interventions aimed at sensorimotor recovery.

Specifically, current interests are to elucidate the impact of stroke on specific brain areas (insula and cerebellum) and its connections, with relation to body awareness and motor imagery, and how rehabilitation treatments can trigger neuroplasticity in these brain areas and associated brain connections. Additionally, to investigate the interactions between the psychological factors and physical impairments (mind-brain-body interactions), and implement rehabilitation strategies that attend to these factors to increase recovery after brain injury.

Research Funding Grants

  • Identifying brain mechanisms of cognitive multisensory rehabilitation for neuropathic pain relief in adults with spinal cord injury
    Funding: 2020 Academic Investment Research Program (AIRP)
    Role: Co-PI (with Dr Leslie Morse)
  • 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 - August 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • 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)
    Timeline: April 2015 – December 2018 (projected towards 2020)
    Role: Principal Investigator (8/18/2017-present); Co-PI (7/7/2017-8/17/2017)

Previous Funding

  • Correlational Analysis and Functional Connectivity between Brain Lesions and Sensorimotor Impairments in Stroke
    Funding: Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship (GIA)
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Integrated Motion Analysis & Biofeedback System for Upper Extremity Performance
    Funding: Medical School/UMF Faculty Equipment Award
    Role: Principal Investigator



  • Sharp A, Schmidt A, Casto C, Van de Winckel A. Lapses in Professional Behavior Identified by Students of Physical Therapy. JAH. 2021. In press.
  • 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 (in press) DOI: 10.2196/22659.
  • Kim S, Van de Winckel A, Shan P, Thompson K. Book Chapter Complementary Integrative Therapies. In: Textbook of Traumatic Brain Injury. Eds, Zasler ND, Katz D, Zafonte R. Accepted - to be published Jan 2021.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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


Board Certifications

  • 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