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Jan Hondzinski

Jan Hondzinski

Associate Professor
Department of Kinesiology
LSU College of Education

What was your previous position and where?

I was previously at the University of Minnesota from 1999-2001. My postdoctoral training offered invaluable experience not only in studying movement control, but also in advising and grant writing.

What brought you to LSU?

The Department of Kinesiology had an ideal opening for a person with my expertise in motor control. The enthusiastic faculty offered an inviting atmosphere with the potential for collaborative research.

What is your research interest?

My general research interest involves developing a clearer understanding of how the nervous system controls body motion — motor control. Studies in motor control and sensorimotor integration are necessary to better understand human movement in healthy, diseased and injured states. I work and/or have worked with several populations, including young and older adults and older adults with Parkinsonís disease, peripheral neuropathy and vestibular disorders.

What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?

The movement control strategies identified from my research can be employed when designing therapeutic or training sessions for rehabilitation, disease and injury prevention, and/or general health maintenance. I hope to share the understanding of such control with my students. In addition, I would like to not only establish effective evidence-based training protocols for people with different functional needs, but to observe that people in our community reap the intended benefits of appropriate training procedures.

What do you enjoy most about LSU?

I enjoy my work because of many positive interactions with the people at LSU. Good interactions with colleagues not only in my own department but others across campus associated with the Life Course and Aging Center, graduate and undergraduate students, program participants and staff enable me to achieve numerous professional and personal accomplishments.

What are your major accomplishments?

My major accomplishments include: 1) establishing myself as a motor control expert able to devise and convey successful training protocols to improve functional deficits, like those observed in Parkinsonís disease; 2) success in advising graduate students to graduation and beyond; and 3) the acknowledgements from former students who found my teaching helpful to their careers, as well as the acknowledgements from service-learning community partners who found our interactions helpful in enhancing their learning goals.


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