Ann Van de Winckel, PhD, MSPT, PT

Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy

Ann Van de Winckel

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-1191

Office Address:
Division of Physical Therapy
311 Children's Rehab Ctr
426 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Mailing Address:
Division of Physical Therapy
MMC 388
420 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy

Assistant Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Science

Director, Brain Body Mind Lab, Brain Body Mind Lab

Graduate Faculty, Center for Clinical Movement Science, Biomechanical Engineering

Post-Doctoral Assignment, Pediatric Research Unit, Neuromotor Rehabilitation Research Group, 2006-2012

PhD, University of Leuven (KU Leuven) (Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy), Belgium, 2006

MS, University of Leuven (KU Leuven) (Motor Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy, Maxima cum laude), Belgium, 1998

BS, University of Leuven (KU Leuven) (Motor Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy, Magna cum laude), Belgium, 1996


Awards & Recognition

  • APTA Early Career Award, 2016
  • Training in Grantsmanship for Rehabilitation Research (TIGRR) Fellowship, 2014

Professional Associations

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Member, 2014-present
    • Section member: Research, Neurology
  • American Heart Association (AHA) Member, 2015-present
  • American Society for Neurorehabilitation (ASNR), Member, 2015-2016
  • Society for Neuroscience, Member, 2016
  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Member, 2016-present
    • Task Force: Movement, Stroke-Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (ISIG), Measurement Networking Group, Terminology, Complimentary Integrative Rehab Med
    • Section Member: Measurements, Geriatric Rehab, Neuroplasticity, Complementary Integrative Rehab Med, Stroke ISIG


Research Summary/Interests

  • Brain Imaging 
  • Body awareness
  • Mechanisms of Body-Mind approaches 
  • Stroke
  • Upper limb recovery
  • Neurorehabilitation (cognitive multisensory rehabilitation) 
  • Evaluation scale development and analysis
  • Telerehabilitation
  • Health and Wellness 
  • Non-invasive brain stimulation (neuromodulation)

Research Funding Grants

  • Microtransponder Inc. - Study MT-St-02 Stroke
    A Randomized Pilot Study Assessing Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) During Rehabilitation for Improved Upper Limb Motor Function after Stroke (MicroTransponder’s Vivistim System)
    PI: Ann Van de Winckel
  • Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship (GIA)
    "Correlational Analysis and Functional Connectivity between Brain Lesions and Sensorimotor Impairments in Stroke"
    PI: Ann Van de Winckel
  • Medical School/UMF Faculty Equipment Award
    "Integrated Motion Analysis & Biofeedback System for Upper Extremity Performance"
    PI: Ann Van de Winckel



  • Van de Winckel A, Carey JR, Bisson TA, Hauschildt EC, Durfee WK. Home-Based Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation plus Tracking Training Therapy in People with Stroke: An Open-Label Feasibility Study. J NeuroEng Rehab 2018, 15:83.
  • Van de Winckel A, Ehrlich-Jones L. Measurement Characteristics and Clinical Utility of MESUPES for people with stroke. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2018. Accepted.
  • Van de Winckel A, Jarrar M, Grampurohit N, Ehrlich-Jones L. Measurement Characteristics and Clinical Utility of the ABILHAND Among People With Rheumatoid Arthritis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil., 99(8):1693–1694.


  • Frost KL, Chen M, Cassidy JM, Snow L, Hodges JS, Van de Winckel A, Kimberley TJK, Carey JR. Paired Associative Stimulation to Suppress Contralesional Corticospinal Excitability in Three People with Stroke Using N-of-1 Crossover Design. J Neurol Transl Neurosci 2017, 5(2): 1084.
  • Van de Winckel A, Tseng YT, Chantigian D, Lorant K, Zarandi Z, Buchannan J, Zeffiro TA, Larson M, Olson-Kellogg B, Konczak J, Keller-Ross M. Age-Related Decline of Wrist Position Sense and its Relationship to Specific Physical Training. Frontiers Hum Neurosci 2017, 11:570. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00570
  • Van de Winckel A, Tseng Y.T., Chantigian D,Lorant K, Zarandi Z, Buchanan J, Konczak J, Zeffiro T, Olson-Kellogg B, Larson M, Keller-Ross M. Mapping Age-Related Changes in Wrist Proprioception. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2017, 98(10):e80-e81.
  • De Patre D, Van de Winckel A*, Panté F, Rizzello C, Zernitz M, Mansour M, Zordan L, Zeffiro T, O’Connor EE, Bisson T, Lupi A, Perfetti C. A case report of visual and motor recovery after 8 months of "cognitive therapeutic exercises" in cortical blindness. JNPT 2017, 41(3):164-172. doi: 10.1097/NPT.0000000000000189. * shared first author


  • De Patre D, Van de Winckel A. Strategies for Scientific Research in Neurocognitive Rehabilitation Riabilitazione Neurocognitiva. 2016 (3):216-229 (Italian version) and 229-242 (English version)


  • Van de Winckel A, Verheyden G, Wenderoth N, Peeters R, Sunaert S, Van Hecke W, Perfetti C, De Cock P, Desloovere K, Eyssen M, Feys H. Does somatosensory discrimination activate different brain areas in children with unilateral cerebral palsy compared to typically developing children? An fMRI study. Res Dev Dis 2013 34(5):1710-1720. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2013.02.017.
  • Van de Winckel A, Klingels K, Bruyninckx F, Wenderoth N, Peeters R, Sunaert S, Van Hecke W, De Cock P, Eyssen M, De Weerdt W, Feys H. How does brain activation differ in children with unilateral cerebral palsy compared to typically developing children during active and passive movements, and tactile stimulation? An fMRI study. Res Dev Dis 2013, 34(1):183–197. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2012.07.030.


  • Van de Winckel A, Wenderoth N, Feys H, Sunaert S, Peeters R, Thijs V, Swinnen S, Perfetti C, De Weerdt W. Frontoparietal involvement in passively guided shape and length discrimination: A comparison between subcortical stroke patients and healthy controls. Exp Brain Res 2012, 220(2):179-189. doi: 10.1007/s00221-012-3128-2.
  • Klingels K, Feys H, De Wit L, Jaspers E, Van de Winckel A, Verbeke G, De Cock P, Molenaers G. Arm and hand function in children with unilateral cerebral palsy: A one-year follow-up study. Eur J Paediatr Neurol. 2012, 16(3):257-265. doi: 10.1016/j.ejpn.2011.08.001.
  • Verhoeven J, Rommel N, Prodi E, Leemans A, Zink I, Vandewalle E, Noens I, Wagemans J, Steyaert J, Boets B, Van de Winckel A, Decock P, Sunaert S. Is there a common neuro-anatomical substrate of language deficit between Autism Spectrum Disorder and Specific Language Impairment? Cereb Cortex 2012 22(10):2263-2271. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhr292.


  • Vanbellingen T, Kersten B, Van de Winckel A, Bellion M, Baronti F, Müri R, Bohlhalter S. A new bedside test of gestures in stroke: The apraxia screen of TULIA (AST). J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2011, 82(4):389-392. doi: 10.1136/jnnp.2010.213371.


  • Klingels K, Jaspers E, Van de Winckel A, Huysmans A, Feys H. A systematic review of arm activity measures for children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Clin Rehabil 2010, 24(10):887-900. doi: 10.1177/0269215510367994.
  • Vanbellingen T, Kersten B, Van Hemelrijk B, Van de Winckel A, Bertschi M, Müri R, De Weerdt W, Bohlhalter S. Comprehensive assessment of gesture production: a new test of upper limb apraxia (TULIA). Eur J Neurol 2010, 17(1):59-66. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-1331.2009.02741.x.


  • Van de Winckel A, Feys H, Lincoln N, De Weerdt W. Assessment of arm function in stroke patients: Rivermead Motor Assessment arm section revised with Rasch analysis. Clin Rehabil 2007, 21(5):471-479.
  • Verheyden G, Nieuwboer A, Van de Winckel A, De Weerdt W. Clinical tools to measure trunk performance after stroke: a systematic review of the literature. Clin Rehabil 2007, 21(5):387-394.


  • Van de Winckel A, Feys H, van der Knaap S, Messerli R, Baronti F, Lehmann R, Van Hemelrijk B, Pante F, Perfetti C, De Weerdt W. Can quality of movement be measured? Rasch analysis and inter-rater reliability of the Motor Evaluation Scale for Upper Extremity in Stroke Patients (MESUPES). Clin Rehabil 2006, 20(10):871-884.


  • Van de Winckel A, Sunaert S, Wenderoth N, Peeters R, Van Hecke P, Feys H, Horemans E, Marchal G, Swinnen S, Perfetti C, De Weerdt W. Passive Somatosensory Discrimination Tasks in Healthy Volunteers: differential networks involved in familiar versus unfamiliar shape and length discrimination. NeuroImage 2005, 26(2):441-453.


  • Van de Winckel A, Feys H, De Weerdt W, Dom R. Cognitive and behavioural effects of music-based exercises in patients with dementia. Clin Rehabil 2004, 18(3):253-260.


  • De Weerdt W, Nuyens G, Feys H, Van Gronsveld P, Van de Winckel A, Nieuwboer A, Osaer J, Kiekens C. Group Physiotherapy improves time use by patients with stroke in rehabilitation. Aust J Physiother 2001, 47(1):53-61.


  • De Weerdt W, Selz B, Nuyens G, Staes F, Swinnen D, Van de Winckel A, Nieuwboer A, Lysens R, Feys H. Time use of stroke patients in an intensive rehabilitation unit: A comparison between a Belgian and a Swiss setting. Disabil Rehabil 2000, 22(4):181-186.
  • Feys H, De Weerdt W, Nuyens G, Selz B, Van de Winckel A, Kiekens C. Predicting motor recovery of the upper limb following stroke rehabilitation: value of a clinical examination. Physiother Res Int 2000, 5(1):1-18.



CPMS 5101 Clinical Physiology and Movement Science (guest lecture)
OT 6301 Neuroscience (guest lecture)
PT 6282 Scientific Foundations II (guest lecture)
PT 6287 Neurorehabilitation (guest lecture)
PT 6293 Essentials of Rehabilitation Research
PT 8132 Research Seminar I
PT 8193 Research Problems
RSC 5106 Introduction to Rehabilitation Science
RSC 8130 Current literature in Rehabilitation Science
RSC 5294 Independent study in Rehabilitation Science
RSC 8192 Research Design in Rehabilitation Science


Board Certifications

  • Certified for AHA assessment for children with cerebral palsy (rater n° 579), 2009-present
  • US Licensure Physical Therapy - Minnesota (license n° 9611), 2014-present
  • Certification of Cranio-sacral Therapist Belgian Cranio-Sacral & Meditation Society, Belgium, 2005-present
  • Certification Adult Practitioner Level 2 in "Cognitive Therapeutic Exercises" (aka "Cognitive Multisensory Rehabilitation") 2001-present