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Ann Smiley-Oyen

Title: Professor
Department: Kinesiology

Office: 0103p Forker 534 Wallace Rd, Ames, IA 50011
Phone number: +1 515 294 8261
Email: asmiley@iastate.edu

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Research interests

  • Planning and control of movement sequencing in people with Parkinson's disease, children with developmental dyslexia, and children with developmental coordination disorder
  • Motor learning in people with Parkinson's disease
  • Effect of exercise in cognitive processing in children and older adults
  • Assessment of gait in people with Parkinson's disease


I study how the brain contributes to effective movement, with the long-range goal to impact remediation, rehabilitation, and therapeutic practice. My primary focus is the planning and control of movement sequencing, especially how the basal ganglia and supplementary motor area contribute to the planning and control of motor sequences. I am also engaged in collaborative work in which we are studying the role of physical activity in cognition (especially, executive processing) and studing gait in people with Parkinson's disease.


I teach motor control and learning to undergraduates (Kin 372) using team-based learning, which is a "flipped" classroom, and the neural basis of human movement (Kin 472). I also teach graduate motor control and learning (Kin 560), graduate motor development (Kin 561), a graduate seminar on aging, and a graduate seminar on scientific writing (these are offered in a rotating sequence). I supervise undergraduate honors research projects and mentor MS and PhD students.

Service/Outreach/Professional Activity

I am an Associate Editor for the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. I am also the chair of the University Faculty Senate committe of Student Affairs. I am a member of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) and the Society for Neuroscience.