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Jan  Hondzinski 
Associate Professor
Bachelor's Degree(s): Physical Education and Mathematics (minor), University of Utah, 1986.
Master's Degree: Health Education, University of Utah, 1990.
PhD: Exercise Science, University of Iowa, 1998.
Other Degrees: Level IV Teaching Endorsement in Mathematics, University of Utah, 1991.
Phone: 225-578-9144
Fax: 225-578-3680
Office: 131 Huey P. Long Field House

Biography

Dr. Hondzinski's research interests involve the study of motor control and sensorimotor integration in tasks requiring whole body movements. She explores the control mechanisms during movements involving the entire body. Studies involve the effects of gaze direction, sensory alterations or neurodegeneration on movement of the body or body segments. The results of the experiments identify coordination strategies of "normal" subjects and contribute to the basic understanding of sensory use and movement variations effects for movement control. Such information may also be used to improve training regimes or expand rehabilitation strategies for individuals with deficits due to normal aging or pathology, such as vestibular loss, peripheral neuropathy, or Parkinson’s disease.

 

Dr. Hondzinski came to LSU after receiving her Ph.D. in Exercise Science with specialization in Motor Control and Biomechanics and completing 2 years post-doctoral training in Motor Control. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2007 and is currently the Motor Behavior Area Coordinator for the Department of Kinesiology. During her tenure at LSU, Dr. Hondzinski has received the TIAA-CREF Service-learning Faculty Award, was on sabbatical Spring of 2010, was recipient of a Flagship Faculty Award, and most recently received the Helen "Bessie" Pliner Endowed Professorship.
 

Awards & Honors

Helen "Bessie" Pliner Endowed Professorship, Louisiana State University, 2013-2014.

Selected Publications

Hondzinski, J. M., Kadivar, Z., & Hegwood, M. F. B. (2014). Gait in Parkinson’s Disease. In Li, L., Holmes, M. (eds) Gait Biometrics: Basic Patterns, Role of Neurological Disorders and Effects of Physical Activity. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., New York, pp. 65-102.


Li, L., Hondzinski, J.M. (2012) Select exercise modalities may reverse movement dysfunction because of peripheral neuropathy. Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 40(3):133-7.

 

Hondzinski, J.M. (2012) Specificity of training, not the only therapy option for Parkinson’s patients. J Nov Physiolther, 2(6):1000e119. doi:10.4172/2165- 7025.1000e119

 

Kwon, T.Y., Hondzinski, J.M. (2011) Stimulus eccentricity and stimulus-response compatibility during quick yaw head rotations: a test-retest reliability study. Eur J Sci Res. 62(4):518-527.

 

Kadivar, Z., Corcos, D.M., Foto, J., Hondzinski, J.M. (2011) The effect of step training and rhythmic auditory stimulation on functional performance in Parkinson’s patients. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 25(7):626-635.

 

Hondzinski, J.M., Li, L., Welsch, M. (2010) Age-related and sensory declines offer insight to whole body control during a goal-directed movement. Motor Control. 14(2):176-94.

 

Hondzinski JM, Kwon, T.Y. (2009) Pointing control using a moving base of support. Experimental Brain Research. 197(1):81-90.

Other

Selected Presentations

 

Soebbing, C.M., French, A.E., Hondzinski, J.M. (November 2013) Acceleration time differs when pointing to remembered targets in darkness. Presentation at the 42nd Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, California.


Hondzinski, J. M. (July 2013) “Moving it” to improve physical function in Parkinson’s Disease. Presentation at the 2nd Annual Parkinson’s Conference-Research in Parkinson’s Disease: Moving Forward, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA. 


French, A.E., Soebbing, C.M. Hondzinski, J.M. (June 2013) Movement excursions fall short when pointing in complete darkness despite body orientation. Presentation at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Annual Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana.


Soebbing, C., Crutchfield, L., French, A., Hondzinski, J.M. (October, 2012) Interactions among reaching precision, body orientation, and vision. Presentation at the 42nd Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

Hondzinski, J.M., Li, L., Pan, Z., Prejean, P., Van Gemmert, A.W.A. (June 2012) Movement excursion explains associations between gross and fine motor functions in older adults with and without Parkinson’s disease. Presentation at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Annual Conference. Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

Van Gemmert, A.W.A., Li, L., Prejean, P., Pan, Z., Hondzinski, J.M. (June 2012) Long-term Tai Chi participation benefits fine motor skill function of Parkinson’s disease patients. Presentation at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Annual Conference. Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

Kyle M. Rose, Arend W. A. Van Gemmert, Jan M. Hondzinski, Li Li (May-June 2012) Asymmetry in Parkinson’s Disease is reflected in the Timed Up and Go Test. Presentation at the 59th American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference. San Francisco, California.

 

Hondzinski, J.M., Fischer, M., Samanie, T. (November, 2011) Lower limb sensory deficits and upper limb accuracy during a standing reach task. Presentation at the 41st Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Washington D.C.

 

Prejean, P., Pan, Z., Harrison, J., van Gemmert, A.W.A., Li, L., Hondzinski, J.M. (June 2011). Potential benefits of long-term limited Tai Chi training for Parkinson’s patients. Presentation at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Annual Conference, Birmingham, Vermont.

 

Hondzinski, J.M., Farley, B.G., Kadivar, Z., Fisher, B.E. and Van Gemmert, A.W.A. (June 2010). Focused training techniques in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Symposium presentation at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Annual Conference, Tucson, Arizona.

 

Kwon, T.Y., Hondzinski, J.M. (2010 November). The influence of target eccentricity on ipsilateral and contralateral responses. Presentation at the 40th Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, California.

 

Kadivar, Z., Foto, J., Hondzinski, J.M. (2009, October). Auditory stimulation enhances retention abilities in Parkinson’s patients. Program No. 429.23. 2009 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. Chicago, IL: Society for Neuroscience, 2009. Online. Presentation at the 39th Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois.

 

Hondzinski, J.M., Kadivar, Z. (2009, June). How older adults coordinate their upper and lower limbs during goal-directed whole body movement. Presentation at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Annual Conference, Austin, Texas.


 

Research projects

 

  •  Effects of gaze direction and visual inputs on goal-directed movements
  • Coordination and endpoint accuracy in subjects with peripheral neuropathy
  • Physical training and control strategies in subjects with and without neurological disorders
  • Quantifying whole-body coordination strategies of the vestibular patient pre- and post-rehabilitation
  • Effects of Tai Chi on physical function of people with and without Parkinson's disease
  • Ekso skeleton use and training in people with and without spinal cord injuries

 

 

Selected Links

 

Curriculum Vitae

 

North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity 

Society of Neuroscience 

International Society of Biomechanics