Andrew Huntley B.Sc., Ph.D.

Associate, Biomechanics & Personal Injury
Direct: (416) 368-1700

Our Associates perform on-site investigations to determine origin and cause of complex losses. Their process: examine and collect evidence, take on-site photos, interview witnesses, conduct testing in our lab and analyze data to produce technical reports that are clear and concise.

 

EXPERT SUMMARY

Dr. Andrew Huntley is a Slips, Trips and Falls specialist at 30 Forensic Engineering, within the Biomechanics and Personal Injury Assessment group. He has published in some of the top biomechanics and human movement science journals and has taught courses in biomechanics and the neurophysiological control of movement at the University of Guelph and University of Toronto. He remains active in the research and teaching community, participating in ongoing projects at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute examining the effectiveness of rehabilitative balance programs, and exploring handrail dimension impacts on graspability and effectiveness in preventing falls.

SPECIALIZED PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES

  • Slips, Trips and Falls
  • Posture and Gait Analysis
  • Biomechanical Modelling of Human Movement
  • Neural Control of Movement

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Doctor of Philosophy (Biomechanics and Neuroscience), University of Guelph, Ontario, 2016

  • Dissertation: Characterizing change in postural stability and variability during complex, whole-body movements due to ageing and following an unexpected loss of balance.

Bachelor of Science, Honours (Human Kinetics, minor in Geography), University of Guelph, Ontario, 2011

Employment Background

30 Forensic Engineering  
AssociateBiomechanics and Personal Injury Assessment
February 2020 - Present, Toronto, ON

  • Conducting technical investigations involving human movement and environmental factors involved in slips, trips and falls, personal injury, and occupational injury

KITE Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network
Postdoctoral Fellow
September 2016 – January 2020

  • Conduct balance and mobility research in stroke and older adult populations, including exploring improvements to clinical assessments and rehabilitative programs
  • Investigate handrail dimension types and the role they play on the relationship between grasping ability, force generation, and stability to prevent a fall

University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy
Lecturer
2019

  • Lecturer for the neurophysiology topics in a M.Sc.PT course of 102 students
  • Topics included motor control, motor learning, brain structures involved with movement (motor cortex, basal ganglia, cerebellum, etc.) and neural control of locomotion

University of Guelph, Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences
Graduate Teaching & Research Assistant in Biomechanics
September 2011 – August 2016

  • Relevant courses include:
    • Clinical Biomechanics (HK4070)
    • Biomechanics (SCMA3100)
    • Applied Human Kinetics I (HK3600)
    • Applied Human Kinetics II (HK 4600)
  • Conducted extensive research in the biomechanics and neuromechanics of human movement control involving assessment of dynamic movement declines in ageing populations, and how control is changed during destabilizing events

Lecturer
2013

  • Co-lectured a fourth-year undergraduate lab-based course of 195 students
  • Course explored the concepts of EMG-fatigue, clinical gait and balance, and inverse dynamics. Developed and delivered material and evaluations related to course concepts, writing, and verbal communication

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation Internship
May 2011 – Aug 2011

  • Conducted background literature searches on dynamic movements in older adults with and without history of falls. Developed, wrote and obtained research ethics approval, assist in ongoing research projects

Undergraduate Work-Study and Research Assistant in Biomechanics
May 2009 – April 2011

  • Conducted two published human movement control research projects involving healthy adults. Assisted with ongoing research projects

Professional Affiliations

Associations

  • International Society of Posture & Gait Research Member | 2013 – Present
  • Canadian Society of Biomechanics Member | 2012 – Present
  • Heart & Stroke CPSR Trainee Member | 2016 – 20
  • Society for Neuroscience Member | 2015
  • American Society of Biomechanics Member | 2015

Services

  • Reviewer for the Journal of Biomechanics
  • Reviewer for Gait & Posture
  • Reviewer for Experimental Brain Research
  • Reviewer for Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
  • Reviewer for the European Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Reviewer for Heliyon
  • Reviewer for The Gerontologist
  • Reviewer for Journal of Engineering in Medicine
  • Standards Operating Committee, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute | 2018-20
  • Session Chair, Canadian Society of Biomechanics Conference | 2016

Volunteer/Committee Participation

  • KITE Young Innovators Program, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute | 2016 – 20
  • Intramural Advisory Council, University of Guelph | 2012-16
  • Athletics Advisory Committee, University of Guelph | 2013-16
  • WF Mitchell Centre Steering Committee, University of Guelph | 2014
  • Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life, City of Guelph | 2012-14

Awards & Achievements

  • Heart & Stroke – Collaborate Catalyst Grants, Co-Investigator | $199,959 CAD | 2019-22
  • Heart & Stroke – Grants-In-Aid, Co-Investigator | $280,898 CAD | 2018-21
  • Heart & Stroke CPSR Fellowship Trainee Award | $20,000 CAD | 2018-19
  • PDF Top Poster Award, CPSR Annual Scientific Meeting | 2018
  • UHN Travel Award | $500 | 2017
  • Heart & Stroke CPSR Fellowship Trainee Award | $25,000 CAD | 2016-17
  • Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship in Science & Technology | $10,000 CAD | 2015-16
  • University of Guelph – College of Biological Sciences PhD Scholarship | $64,000 CAD | 2012-16
  • Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship in Science & Technology | $5,000 CAD | 2014
  • University of Guelph – College of Biological Sciences MSc Scholarship | $26,000 CAD | 2011-12
  • Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation’s Internship | $7,000 CAD | 2011-12

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Peer-Reviewed Research Publications

  • Prout EC, Huntley AH, Zettel JL. (2020). Altered arm-body coordination with triggered pointing in responses as influenced by task predictability. J Motor Behav, 52(2): 131-44.
  • Huntley AH, Rajachandrakumar R, Schinkel-Ivy A, Mansfield A. (2019). Characterizing slips during gait using an entire support surface perturbation: Comparisons to previously established slip methods. Gait Posture, 69: 130-35.
  • Schinkel-Ivy A, Huntley AH, Danells CJ, Inness EL, Mansfield A (2019). Improvements in balance reaction impairments following reactive balance training in individuals with sub-acute stroke: A prospective cohort study with historical control. Top Stroke Rehabil. Accepted.
  • Gill L, Huntley AH, Mansfield A. (2019). Does the margin of stability measure predict medio-lateral stability of gait with a constrained-width base of support? J Biomech, 95: 109317.
  • Schinkel-Ivy A, Huntley AH, Aqui A, Mansfield A. (2019). Does perturbation-based balance training improve control of reactive stepping in individuals with chronic stroke? A randomized control trial. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis, 28(4), 935-43.
  • Inkol KA, Huntley AH, Vallis LA. (2019) Repeated exposure to forward support-surface perturbations during over ground walking alters upper-body kinematics and step parameters. J Motor Behav, 51(3): 318-30
  • Huntley AH, Inkol KA, Vallis LA. (2018). Slip and trip perturbations during an object transport task requiring a lateral change in support. J Motor Behav, 50(4): 364-72.
  • Inkol KA, Huntley AH, Vallis LA. (2018). Do perturbation-evoked responses result in higher reaction time costs depending on the direction and magnitude of perturbation? Exp Brain Res, 236: 1689-98.
  • Inkol KA, Huntley AH, Vallis LA. (2018). Modeling margin of stability with feet in place following a postural perturbation: Effect of altered anthropometric models for estimated extrapolated centre of mass. Gait Posture, 62: 434-39.
  • Huntley AH, Schinkel-Ivy A, Aqui A, Mansfield A. (2017). Validation of simplified center of mass models during gait in individuals with chronic stroke. Clin Biomech, 48: 97-102.
  • Huntley AH, Zettel JL, Vallis LA. (2017). Simultaneous turn and step task for investigating control strategies in healthy young and community dwelling older adults. Motor Control, 21(3): 265-83.
  • Huntley AH, Zettel JL, Vallis LA. (2017). Older adults exhibit altered motor coordination during an upper limb object transport task requiring a lateral change in support. Hum Mov Sci, 52: 133-42.
  • Huntley AH, Zettel JL, Vallis LA. (2016). Effect of aging on dynamic postural stability and variability during a multi-directional lean and reach object transportation task. Arch Gerontol Geriatr, 66: 154-60.
  • Schinkel-Ivy A, Huntley AH, Inness EL, Mansfield A. (2016). Timing of reactive stepping among individuals with sub-acute stroke: effects of ‘single-task’ and ‘dual-task’ conditions. Heliyon, 10(2): Article e00186.
  • Huntley AH, Srbely JZ, Zettel JL. (2015). Experimentally induced central sensitization in the cervical spine evokes postural stiffening strategies in healthy young adults. Gait Posture, 41(2): 652-57.
  • Huntley AH, Zettel JL. (2015). Effects of temporal and spatial cueing on anticipatory control in a rapid interceptive task. Neurosci Lett, 592: 82-87.

Peer-Reviewed Research Publications – Submitted/Under Review

  • Rozanski GM, Huntley, AH, Crosby LD, Schinkel-Ivy A., Mansfield A., Patterson KK. Lower limb muscle activity underlying temporal gait asymmetry post-stroke. Clinical Neurophysiology. Manuscript ID: CLINPH-S-18-00983-R1.
  • Boroomand-Tehrani A, Huntley AH, Jagroop D., Campos JL, Patterson KK, Tremblay L, Mansfield A. The effects of postural threat induced by a virtual environment on performance of a walking balance task. Human Movement Science. Manuscript ID: HMS_2019_585.
  • Barzideh A, Marzolini S, Danells CJ, Jagroop D, Huntley AH, Inness EL, Mathur S, Mochizuki G, Oh P, Mansfield A. The effect of reactive balance training on physical fitness post-stroke: study protocol for a randomized non-inferiority trial. British Medical Journal Open. Manuscript ID: bmjopen-2019-035740-R1

Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

  • Huntley AH., Schinkel-Ivy A., Aqui A, Mansfield A. (2019). Influence of reactive balance training on responses to an unexpected slip in individuals with chronic stroke: A randomized controlled trial. International Society of Posture & Gait Research (ISPGR) World Congress, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.
  • Huntley AH., Belhacel E., Aryan R., Schinkel-Ivy A., Aqui A., Mansfield A. (2019). Test-retest reliability of force plate balance measures in individuals with chronic stroke. International Society of Posture & Gait Research (ISPGR) World Congress, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.
  • Boroomand-Tehrani A., Huntley AH., Jagroop D., Campos J., Patterson K., Tremblay L., Mansfield A. (2019). The effects of virtual reality-inducted postural threat on performance of a walking balance task. International Society of Posture & Gait Research (ISPGR) World Congress, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.
  • Aryan R., Huntley AH., Inness EL., Patterson KK., Mansfield A. (2019). Test-retest reliability of frequency-domain measures of balance among people with sub-acute stroke. International Society of Posture & Gait Research (ISPGR) World Congress, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.
  • McCrum C., Huntley AH., Schinkel-Ivy A., Mansfield A. (2019). Lateral stability during anterior and posterior support surface perturbations in people with stroke. International Society of Posture & Gait Research (ISPGR) World Congress, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.
  • Huntley AH, Rajachandrakumar R, Rozanski GM, Schinkel-Ivy A, Mansfield A. (2017). Characterizing slips during gait using an entire support surface perturbation: Comparisons to previously established slip methods. International Society of Posture & Gait Research (ISPGR) World Congress, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
  • Huntley AH, Innes EL, Aqui A, Mochizuki G, Mansfield A. (2017). Brake and loading impulse characteristics when responding to a forward loss of balance in people with stroke. 2017 International Society of Posture & Gait Research (ISPGR) World Congress, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
  • Rozanski GM, Huntley AH, Crosby LD, Wong JS, Schinkel-Ivy A, Mansfield A, Patterson KK. (2017). Lower limb muscle activity underlying temporal gait asymmetry post-stroke. International Society of Posture & Gait Research (ISPGR) World Congress, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
  • Inkol KA, Huntley AH, Worden TA, Vallis LA. (2017). Simplification of a whole-body anthropometric model to quantify postural stability in response to a surface perturbation. International Society of Posture & Gait Research (ISPGR) World Congress, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
  • Aryan R, Huntley AH, Inness EL, Patterson KK, Mochizuki G, Mansfield A. (2017). Test-retest reliability of force plate balance measures in people with sub-acute stroke. 2nd Congress on Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, Maastricht, Netherlands.
  • Huntley AH, Zettel JL, Vallis LA. (2016). A lean and reach object transport task to elucidate dynamic postural stability differences due to aging. Canadian Society of Biomechanics (CSB) 19th Biennial Meeting, Hamilton, Ontario.
  • Huntley AH, Zettel JL, Vallis LA. (2015). Simultaneous turn and step task for investigating control strategies in healthy young and community dwelling older adults. American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
  • Huntley AH, Inkol K, Vallis LA. (2015). Execution of reactionary control of posture during an ongoing volitional upper and lower limb task. Society for Neuroscience (SFN), Chicago, Illinois, USA.
  • Huntley AH, Vallis LA, Zettel JL. (2014). Dynamic postural stability in whole-body movements: changes in aging and history of falls. International Society of Posture & Gait Research (ISPGR) World Congress, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Huntley AH, Zettel JL. (2012). Temporal and Spatial Cueing Effects on Anticipatory Control in an Externally-Triggered Catching Task. Canadian Society of Biomechanics (CSB) 17th Biennial Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Zettel JL, Huntley AH. (2012). Anticipatory postural control under external task time constraints. International Society of Posture & Gait Research (ISPGR) World Congress, Trondheim, Norway.

Other Conference Proceedings

  • Boroomand-Tehrani A, Huntley AH, Jagroop D, Campos J, Patterson K, Tremblay L, Mansfield A. (2019). The effects of virtual reality-induced postural threat on performance of a walking balance task. Southern Ontario Motor Behavior Symposium & Centre of Motor Control, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Huntley AH, Schinkel-Ivy A, Aqui A, Mansfield A. (2018). Feasibility of a support surface perturbation to induce unexpected slips in individuals with chronic stroke. Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery (CPSR) Annual Scientific Meeting, Ottawa, Ontario.
  • Inkol KA, Huntley AH, Vallis LA. (2017). Challenging postural stability during dual tasking: Does perturbation direction and/or magnitude influence postural and cognitive responses? Southern Ontario Motor Behavior Symposium & Centre of Motor Control, Guelph, Ontario.
  • Rozanski GM, Huntley AH, Crosby LD, Wong JS, Schinkel-Ivy A, Mansfield A, Patterson KK. (2017). Lower limb muscle activity underlying temporal gait asymmetry post-stroke. Southern Ontario Motor Behavior Symposium & Centre of Motor Control, Guelph, Ontario.
  • Gill L, Huntley AH, Mansfield A. (2017). Does margin of stability predict errors during beam walking? Ontario Biomechanics Conference (OBC) 14th Annual Meeting, Barrie, Ontario.
  • Aryan R, Huntley AH, Innes EL, Patterson KK. Mochizuki G, Mansfield A. (2017). Test-retest reliability of centre of pressure balance measures in people with sub-acute stroke. Ontario Biomechanics Conference (OBC) 14th Annual Meeting, Barrie, ON.
  • Inkol KA, Huntley AH, Worden TA, Malcolm R, Vallis LA. (2017). How are postural and cognitive responses altered in a dual-task paradigm involving a challenge to postural stability? Ontario Biomechanics Conference (OBC) 14th Annual Meeting, Barrie, Ontario.
  • Rozanski GM, Huntley AH, Crosby LD, Wong JS, Schinkel-Ivy A, Mansfield A, Patterson KK. (2017). Lower limb muscle activity underlying temporal gait asymmetry post-stroke. Ontario Biomechanics Conference (OBC) 14th Annual Meeting, Barrie, ON.
  • Huntley AH, Zettel JL, Vallis LA. (2016). Postural control changes due to ageing during an upper limb object transport task requiring a lateral change in support. Falls & Mobility Network Meeting, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Huntley AH, Zettel JL, Vallis LA. (2015). Investigating control strategy changes with aging through a novel, whole-body dynamic task. Southern Ontario Motor Behavior Symposium & Centre of Motor Control, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Huntley AH, Zettel JL. (2013). Dynamic Postural Stability in Whole-Body Movements: Changes in Aging and History of Falls. Ontario Biomechanics Conference (OBC) 10th Annual Meeting, Barrie, Ontario.
  • Huntley AH, Zettel JL. (2012). Temporal and Spatial Cueing Effects on Anticipatory Control in an Externally Triggered Catching Task. Ontario Biomechanics Conference (OBC) 9th Annual Meeting, Barrie, Ontario.
  • Huntley AH, Srbely JZ, Zettel JL. (2011). Noxious Stimuli induces a stiff postural strategy. Ontario Biomechanics Conference (OBC) 8th Annual Meeting, Barrie, Ontario.

Speaking Engagements

  • University of Nipissing Graduate Studies Seminar Series | 2019
  • International Society of Posture & Gait Research | 2014, 2017, 2019
  • Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Research Rounds | 2018
  • Heart & Stroke CPSR Annual Scientific Meeting | 2018
  • Heart & Stroke CPSR National Trainee Webinar | 2017
  • Canadian Society of Biomechanics | 2012, 2016
  • Society for Neuroscience | 2015
  • American Society of Biomechanics | 2015
  • Given 9 guest lectures in undergraduate and graduate level university courses

Contributions to Highly Qualified Personnel

  • Keaton A. Inkol, Undergraduate Thesis (2016). Thesis title – Repeated exposure to forward support-surface perturbations during over ground walking alters upper-boy kinematics and step parameters
  • Mentored 13 undergraduate research assistants at both the University of Guelph and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
 

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