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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
  • Effect of exercise in cognitive processing in children and older adults


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 across the Lifespan (Kin 372, fall term) using team-based learning, which is a "flipped" classroom, and the Neural Basis of Human Movement (Kin 472. spring term). I also teach graduate motor control and learning (Kin 560), a graduate seminar on aging (Kin 573x), and a graduate seminar on scientific writing. (The graduate courses are offered in a rotating sequence). I supervise undergraduate honors research projects and mentor MS and PhD students.

Service/Outreach/Professional Activity

 I am 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.