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Welcome to the Wadden Lab

Katie P. Wadden is an Assistant Professor in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador (MUN). Katie obtained her Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences under the supervision of Dr. Lara Boyd. Her thesis work focused on developing novel neuroimaging measures to determine biomarkers associated with motor recovery and re-learning in a chronic stroke population. During her Ph.D., Katie was awarded PhD-MITACS funding to study the impact of yoga on the mind-body connection for the company lululemon athletica.  


Dr. Wadden did her postdoctoral fellowship at the Recovery and Performance Lab in the L.A. Miller Centre in the Faculty of Medicine at MUN under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Ploughman. Her work focused on studying the effects of exercise-based interventions on clinical outcomes for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Wadden also investigated a novel neuroimaging tool to measure sensorimotor integration in people with MS who experience motor dysfunction in their upper extremities. 


During her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Wadden helped create an interdisciplinary research team at MUN to study reproductive health. Her team is investigating the cardiometabolic profile of people with infertility and the impact of exercise-based interventions on outcomes related to fertility. Katie is working to combine her expertise in neuroimaging and neurorehabilitation to study maternal brain plasticity. 

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