Anastasia . Kyvelidou, PhD, MS
Anastasia Kyvelidou, PhD, MS

Anastasia Kyvelidou, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Physical Therapy

Position

  • Assistant Professor

Teaching Activity

  • PTD 504 Evidence based practice I
  • PTD 533 Motor control and motor learning

Biography

Anastasia Kyvelidou, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Department.  Dr. Kyvelidou graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with her doctorate from the Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area (MSIA). She has completed two post-doctoral fellowships at Northeastern University in Boston and in the Biomechanics Department at the University of Nebraska Omaha, where she was also an assistant professor.  Dr. Kyvelidou‘s research focuses on neuro-developmental disabilities during infancy.  Her most recently funded projects aim to discover motor and perceptual signatures of autism in the first year of life.

Publications and Presentations

Articles

  • Kyvelidou A., Stergiou N. Visual and somatosensory contributions to infant sitting postural control, Somatosensory and motor research, 1-17, 2018
  • Kokkoni, E., Haworth, J.L., Harbourne, R., Stergiou, N., Kyvelidou, A. Infant sitting postural control appears robust across changes in surface context, Somatosensory and motor research, 34, 4, 265-272, 2017
  • Smith BA, Vanderbilt D, Applequist B, Kyvelidou A. Sample entropy identifies differences in spontaneous leg movement behavior between infants with typical development and infants at risk for developmental delay, Technologies, 5, 55, 2017
  • Wickstrom J, Stergiou N, Kyvelidou A. Reliability of center of pressure measures for assessing the development of sitting postural control through the stages of sitting, Gait & Posture, 56, 8-13, 2017
  • Dinkel D, Snyder K, Kyvelidou A, Molfese V. He's just content to sit: a qualitative study of mothers' perceptions of infant obesity and physical activity, BMC Public Health, 17(1), 585, 2017
  • Dinkel D, Snyder K, Molfese V, Kyvelidou A. Postural control strategies differ in normal weight and overweight infants., Gait & Posture, 55, 167-171, 2017
  • Kyvelidou A, Harbourne RT, Haworth J, Schmid KK, Stergiou N. Children with moderate to severe cerebral palsy may not benefit from stochastic vibration when developing independent sitting, Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 9, 1-9, 2017
  • Ryalls, B., Vance, L.K., Harbourne, R.T., Wickstrom, J., Stergiou, N. Kyvelidou, A. A perceptual motor intervention improves play behavior in children with moderate to severe cerebral palsy., Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 643, 2016
  • Sotirakis, A., Kyvelidou, A., Mademli, L., Stergiou, N., Hatzitaki, V. Aging affects postural tracking of complex visual motion cues.
     , Experimental Brain Research, 234(9), 2529-40, 2016
  • Spyropoulos, E., Kyvelidou, A.,  Stergiou, N., Athanassiou, G. Quantifying Muscle Fatigue of the Low Back during Repetitive Load Lifting Using Lyapunov Analysis., Journal of Ergonomics, 6, 180, 2016
  • Hatzitaki, V., Stergiou, N., Sofianidis, G., Kyvelidou, A. Postural sway and gaze can track the complex motion of a visual target., PLoS One, 10(3), e0119828, 2015
  • Haworth, J.L., Kyvelidou, A., Fisher, W., Stergiou N. Children’s looking preference for biological motion may be related to an affinity for mathematical chaos.
     , Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 281, 2015
  • Rand, T., Myers, S., Kyvelidou, A., Mukherjee, M. Temporal Structure of Support Surface Translations Drive the Temporal Structure of Postural Control During Standing.
     , Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 43(11), 2699-707., 2015
  • Kyvelidou, A., Harbourne, R.T., Willet, S.L., Stergiou, N. Sitting postural control in infants with typical development, motor delay, or cerebral palsy., Pediatric Physical Therapy, 25(1), 46-51, 2013
  • Stergiou, N., Yu, Y., Kyvelidou, A. A perspective on human movement variability with applications in infancy motor development., Kinesiology Review, 2, 93-102, 2013
  • Plummer-D’Amato, P., Kyvelidou, A., Sternad, D., Najafi, B., Villalobos, R.M., Zurakowski, D. Training dual-task walking in community-dwelling adults within 1 year of stroke: a protocol for a single-blind randomized controlled trial., BMC Neurology, 12, 129, 2012
  • Cignetti F., Kyvelidou, A., Harbourne R.T., Stergiou, N. Anterior-posterior and medial-lateral control of sway in infants during sitting acquisition does not become adult-like., Gait & Posture, 33(1), 88-92, 2011
  • Harbourne R.T., Willett S., Kyvelidou, A., Deffeyes J., Nicholas Stergiou. A comparison of interventions for children with cerebral palsy to improve sitting postural control: A clinical trial., Physical Therapy, 90(12), 1881-1898, 2010
  • Kyvelidou, A., Harbourne, R.T., Stergiou, N. Severity and characteristics of infant developmental delay can be assessed using variability measures of sitting posture., Pediatric Physical Therapy, 22(3), 259-266, 2010
  • Dusing, S.C., Stergiou, N., Kyvelidou, A., Mercer V.C. Infants born preterm exhibit different patterns of center-of-pressure movement than infants born at full term., Physical Therapy, 89(12), 1354-62, 2009
  • Deffeyes, J.E., Harbourne, R.T., DeJong, S.L., Kyvelidou, A., Stuberg, W.A., Stergiou, N. Nonlinear analysis of sitting postural sway indicates developmental delay in infants., Clinical Biomechanics, 24(7), 564-70, 2009
  • Kyvelidou, A., Stuberg, W.A., Harbourne, R.T., Deffeyes, J.E., Blanke, D., Stergiou, N. Development of upper body coordination during sitting in typically developing infants., Pediatric Research, 65(5), 553-8, 2009
  • Kyvelidou, A., Kurz M.A., Ehlers J.L., Stergiou N. Age and partial body weight support affect kinematic variability during treadmill walking, Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, 19, 5-22, 2008

General

  • DeVeney, S. and Kyvelidou, A. Early diagnostic signs of autism: Preliminary findings for infant vocalizations. Chapter in: “On Under-reported Monolingual Child Phonology”., 2020
  • Bressel E, Louder TJ, Raikes AC, Alphonsa S, Kyvelidou A. Water Immersion Affects Episodic Memory and Postural Control in Healthy Older Adults., J Geriatr Phys Ther, 2018
  • Dinkel D, Hanson C, Koehler K, Berry AA, Kyvelidou A, Bice M, Wallen J, Bagenda D, Jana L, Pressler J. An overview of assessment methodology for obesity-related variables in infants at risk., Nutrition and Health, 24(1), 47-59, 2018
  • Sotirakis H, Kyvelidou A, Stergiou N, Hatzitaki V. Posture and gaze tracking of a vertically moving target reveals age-related constraints in visuo-motor coupling, Neuroscience Letters, 654, 12-16, 2017
  • Haworth, J.L., Kyvelidou, A., Fisher, W., Stergiou N. Indifference in looking at chaotic motion may relate to social disinterest in children with autism, Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 4(2), 219-235, 2016
  • Kyvelidou, A., Decker, L. Chapter 9 - Case Studies in: Nonlinear Analysis of Human Movement, Ed: Nicholas Stergiou, CRC Press, 2015
  • Kyvelidou, A., Stuberg, W.A., Harbourne, R.T., Stergiou, N. Reliability of center of pressure measures for assessing the development of sitting postural control in infants with or at risk of cerebral palsy., Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 91(10), 1593-601, 2010
  • Deffeyes, J.E., Harbourne, R.T., DeJong, S.L., Kyvelidou, A., Stuberg, W.A., Stergiou, N. Use of information entropy measures of sitting postural sway to identify developmental delay in infants., Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, 6(1), 34, 2009
  • Deffeyes, J.E., Kochi, N., Harbourne, R.T., Kyvelidou, A., Stuberg, W.A., Stergiou, N. Nonlinear detrended fluctuation analysis of sitting center-of-pressure data as an early measure of motor development pathology in infants., Nonlinear dynamics, psychology, and life sciences, 13(4), 351-68, 2009
  • Kyvelidou, A., Stuberg, W.A., Harbourne, R.T., Deffeyes, J.E. Sun J., Stergiou, N.A. Reliability of center of pressure measures of sitting posture in typically developing infants., Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 90(7), 1176-84, 2009
  • Harbourne, R.T., Deffeyes, J.E., Kyvelidou, A., Stergiou, N. Complexity of postural control in infants: linear and nonlinear features developed by principal component analysis., Nonlinear dynamics, psychology, and life sciences, 13, 123-144, 2009

Presentations

  • Mather, P., DeVeney, S., & Kyvelidou, A. Infant vocalizations and early signs of autism risk. Presentation accepted at the 2020 American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA. (Convention canceled)
     , 2020
  • Mather, P., DeVeney, S., & Kyvelidou, A. Infant vocalizations and early signs of autism risk. Poster presentation at the 2020 Nebraska-Speech-Language-Hearing-Association Annual Conference, online format.
     
     , 2020
  • Kyvelidou A. Early characteristics of infants at high-risk for autism. Poster presentation at the 2018 International Conference of Infant Studies, Philadelphia, PA.
     , 2020

  • Kyvelidou, A., Mather, P., Kneifl, S., Katsavelis, D., DeVeney, S. Qualitative and quantitative assessment of gross motor development in infants at high risk for ASD. Virtual presentation at the 2020 North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Vancouver, Canada.
     , 2020

  • Kyvelidou, A., Mather, P., Kneifl, S., DeVeney, S. Motor, perceptual and language differences in infants at high- and low- risk for ASD. Virtual presentation at the 2020 North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Vancouver, Canada.
     , 2020

  • Dempsey, M., Christensen, K., Angell, C., Neal, A., Kneifl, S., Mather, P., DeVeney, S., Katsavelis, D., Kyvelidou, A. Postural control in infants at risk for autism spectrum disorders.  2020 St. Albert’s day Student Research Forum, Omaha, NE. https://www.creighton.edu/research/st-alberts-day (conference canceled)
     , 2020

  • Travis, E., Merriman, C., Adamiec, M. Frerichs, C., Menk, C., Hofstra, T., Peck, K., Godden, E., Smith, K., Katsavelis, D., Kyvelidou, A. A new method to assess effectiveness of hippotherapy in children with autism spectrum disorder. 2020 St. Albert’s day Student Research Forum, Omaha, NE. https://www.creighton.edu/research/st-alberts-day (conference canceled)
     , 2020

  • Vierow, E., Dionisio, P., Garcia, N., Humprey, H., Meyer, M., Torbet, P., Katsavelis, D., Kyvelidou, A. Sensory integration and postural control in childhood. 2020 St. Albert’s day Student Research Forum, Omaha, NE. https://www.creighton.edu/research/st-alberts-day (conference canceled)
     , 2020

  • Bagwell, J., Reynolds, N., Lam, K., Runez, H., Walaszek, M., Katsavelis, D. Kyvelidou, A. Center of pressure characteristics differ between pregnant and nulliparous females. Oral presentation at the 2020 American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, Denver, CO. 
     , 2020

  • Koss, K., Wright, E., Figueroa, R., Katsavelis, D., DeVeney, S., Kyvelidou, A. Postural control drives the development of other domains in infancy. Poster presentation at the 2020 American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, Denver, CO. 
     , 2020

  • Borcyk, A., Schmidt, S., Lopez, H., Kyvelidou, A., DeVeney, S. Comparison of eye gaze behaviors across samples of 8- and 9-month old infants at risk for autism. Poster presentation at the 2019 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Orlando, FL.
     , 2019
  • Invited presentation at the University of South Dakota Interprofessional Learning Conference, 2019
  • DeVeney, S., Kyvelidou, A. Early Diagnostic Signs of Autism: Preliminary Results for Prelinguistic Vocalizations at Six- and 12-months of Age. Presentation at the 2019 International Child Phonology Conference, 2019

  • Kyvelidou, A., Schmidt, S., Koss, K., Fisher, W., Needelman, H., DeVeney, S. Posture, language and social behavior in infants at low- and high- risk for autism spectrum disorders: differences and relationships. Poster presentation at the 2019 North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Baltimore, MA.
     , 2019

  • Koss, K., Wright, E., Figueroa, R., Kyvelidou, A., Schmidt, S., Lopez, H., Fisher, W., Needelman, H., DeVeney, S. Posture, language and social behavior in infants at low- and high-risk for autism spectrum disorders: differences and relationships. Oral presentation at the 2019 St. Albert’s day Student Research Forum, Omaha, NE.
     , 2019

  • Figueroa, R., Wright, E., Koss, K., Schmidt, S., Lopez, H., Fisher, W., Needelman, H., DeVeney, S., Kyvelidou, A. Eye gaze behavior in infants at low- and high-risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Poster presentation at the 2019 St. Albert’s day Student Research Forum, Omaha, NE.
     , 2019

  • Wright, E., Figueroa, R., Koss, K., Schmidt, S., Lopez, H., Fisher, W., Needelman, H., DeVeney, S., Kyvelidou, A. Motor, perceptual and language differences in infants at high- and low-risk for autism spectrum disorders. Poster presentation at the 2019 St. Albert’s day Student Research Forum, Omaha, NE.
     , 2019

  • Pope, K., Snyder, S., Penner, E., Doll, J., Nelson, K., Kyvelidou, A., Stessman, H. Clinician, caregiver and patient perspectives of the continuum of care for autism: a focus group study. Poster presentation at the 2019 St. Albert’s day Student Research Forum, Omaha, NE.
     
     , 2019

  • Lawrence, M., Menk, C., Damewood, M., Ecklud, L., Katsavelis, D., Bagwell, J.J., Kyvelidou, A. The effect of different types of high heel shoes on joint loading and kinematics during walking. Poster presentation at the 2019 St. Albert’s day Student Research Forum, Omaha, NE.
     , 2019

  • Lopez, H., DeVeney, S., Kyvelidou, A. Early Communicative Characteristics Across Samples From Two Infant Populations At-Risk for Autism. Poster presentation at the 2019 Research and Creative Activity Fair, Omaha, NE.
     , 2019
  • Pope, K., Stessman, H., Kyvelidou, A., Doll, J., Jordan, L., Nelson, K. Lessons Learned from Autism Focus Groups​. PT Peds Nebraska Special Interest Group presentation., 2019

  • Katsavelis, D., Bagwell, J.J., Durand, L., Clysdale, A., Kyvelidou, A. The effect of different types of high heel shoes on joint loading and kinematics during walking. Poster presentation at the 2019 American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, Washington, DC
     , 2019

  • Lopez, H., DeVeney, S., Kyvelidou, A. Early Communicative Characteristics Across Samples From Two Infant Populations At-Risk for Autism. Poster presentation at the 2018 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Boston, MA.
     , 2018
  • Kyvelidou A. Autism in infant siblings: a case study. Oral presentation at the 2018 North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Denver, CO.
     , 2018
  • DeVeney, S.L., Kyvelidou, A. Early diagnostic signs of autism: preliminary findings for infant vocalizations. Oral presentation at the 2018 International Child Phonology Conference, Chania, Greece., 2018
  • Kyvelidou A. Unlocking the potential of infant motor and perceptual behavior: data collections at home. Poster presentation at the 2018 North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Denver, CO.
     , 2018
  • Snyder, K., Kyvelidou, A., Dinkel, D. Postural Control is Different in Infants Based on Maternal Physical Activity Frequency and Intensity. Poster session submitted to the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA, 2018
     
     , 2018
  • Wehrle, L., Wickstrom, J., Averhoff, A., Kyvelidou, A. Relationship between the Mullen Scales of Early Learning and posture control measures. Poster presentation at the 2018 Research and Creative Activity Fair, Omaha, NE.
     , 2018
  • Averhoff, A., Wickstrom, J., Wehrle, L., Kyvelidou, A. Analysis of postural control variability of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Oral presentation at the 2018 Research and Creative Activity Fair, Omaha, NE.
     , 2018
  • Kyvelidou, A. Autism as a global health issue: What you need to know about early diagnosis and treatment. Global Health Conference Midwest., 2018
  • Kyvelidou, A. Early diagnostic features of autism: What occupational therapists need to know. Occupational Therapy Annual Homecoming Weekend Continuing Education, 2017
  • Dinkel, D., Snyder, K., Molfese, V., Kyvelidou, A. Postural control differs between normal weight and overweight infants. Poster presentation at the 2017 North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, San Diego, CA.
     , 2017
  • Kyvelidou, A., Motz, Z., Wickstrom, J. Postural sway is repetitive in 6 month old infants at high-risk for ASD. Poster presentation at the 2017 North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, San Diego, CA.
     , 2017
  • Motz, Z., Hatzitaki, V., Mukherjee, M., Siu, KC, Kyvelidou, A. Healthy young children can intentionally couple postural sway with stimuli of differing complexity. Poster presentation at the 2017 North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, San Diego, CA.
     , 2017
  • Applequist, B., Motz, Z., Kyvelidou, A. Recurrence quantification analysis of gait coordination in children: with and without footwear. Poster presentation at the 2017 North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, San Diego, CA.
     , 2017
  • Wickstrom, J., Averhoff, A., Wehrle, L., Kyvelidou, A. 6-8 year-old children’s posture is similar while viewing social and non-social stimuli. Poster presentation at the 2017 North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, San Diego, CA.
     
     , 2017

Research and Scholarship

Grant Funding Received

  • Early Diagnostic Signs of Autism
  • Capturing the Gaps in Patients with Autism Through Collaborative Care
  • Development of postural control variability and preferential looking behavior in autism
  • Similarities and Differences in Infant Feeding Practices and Weight of Infants during the First 24 Months
  • Infant Physical Activity and Postural Control Variability in Relation to Obesity
  • The effect of a 6-week hippotherapy program for children with autism spectrum disorders
  •  Postural control and sensory integration in autism spectrum disorder, Health Science Strategic Investment Fund Faculty Development Grants, Creighton University

Awards and Honors

  • Scholarly Achievement Award, Creighton School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, 2019
  • Excellence in research award, Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 2017