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Anastasia Kyvelidou, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor

Anastasia Kyvelidou

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School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy Faculty
Faculty - Pharmacy, OT, PT
Rehabilitation Science Research Laboratory
BOYN - Boyne

Anastasia Kyvelidou, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor

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.

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Physical Therapy

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Assistant Professor

Articles

  • Autism & Developmental Language Impairments
    A home-based longitudinal study of vocalization behaviors across infants at low and elevated risk of autism.
    6, p. 1-18 2021
  • Clinical Biomechanics
    Kyvelidou, A., Koss, K., Wickstrom, J., Needelman, H., Fisher, W.W., DeVeney, S. Postural control may drive the development of other domains in infancy.
    81, p. 105273 2021
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics

    41, p. 620-636 2021
  • Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice
    Pope, K., Doll, J., Kyvelidou, A, Stessman, H., Nelson, K., Jordan, L. Clinician, caregiver and patient perspectives of the continuum of care for autism: A focus group study.
    19, p. 100335 2020
  • DeVeney, S. and Kyvelidou, A. Early diagnostic signs of autism: Preliminary findings for infant vocalizations. Chapter in: “On Under-reported Monolingual Child Phonology”. 2020
  • Somatosensory and motor research
    Kyvelidou A., Stergiou N. Visual and somatosensory contributions to infant sitting postural control, p. 1-17 2018
  • J Geriatr Phys Ther
    Bressel E, Louder TJ, Raikes AC, Alphonsa S, Kyvelidou A. Water Immersion Affects Episodic Memory and Postural Control in Healthy Older Adults. 2018
  • Nutrition and Health
    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.
    24(1), p. 47-59 2018
  • Somatosensory and motor research
    Kokkoni, E., Haworth, J.L., Harbourne, R., Stergiou, N., Kyvelidou, A. Infant sitting postural control appears robust across changes in surface context
    34, 4, p. 265-272 2017
  • Technologies
    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
    5, p. 55 2017
  • Gait & Posture
    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
    56, p. 8-13 2017
  • BMC Public Health
    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
    17(1), p. 585 2017
  • Neuroscience Letters
    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
    654, p. 12-16 2017
  • Gait & Posture
    Dinkel D, Snyder K, Molfese V, Kyvelidou A. Postural control strategies differ in normal weight and overweight infants.
    55, p. 167-171 2017
  • Developmental Neurorehabilitation
    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
    9, p. 1-9 2017
  • Frontiers in Psychology
    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.
    7, p. 643 2016
  • Experimental Brain Research
    Sotirakis, A., Kyvelidou, A., Mademli, L., Stergiou, N., Hatzitaki, V. Aging affects postural tracking of complex visual motion cues. 
    234(9), p. 2529-40 2016
  • Journal of Motor Learning and Development
    Haworth, J.L., Kyvelidou, A., Fisher, W., Stergiou N. Indifference in looking at chaotic motion may relate to social disinterest in children with autism
    4(2), p. 219-235 2016
  • Journal of Ergonomics
    Spyropoulos, E., Kyvelidou, A.,  Stergiou, N., Athanassiou, G. Quantifying Muscle Fatigue of the Low Back during Repetitive Load Lifting Using Lyapunov Analysis.
    6, p. 180 2016
  • PLoS One
    Hatzitaki, V., Stergiou, N., Sofianidis, G., Kyvelidou, A. Postural sway and gaze can track the complex motion of a visual target.
    10(3), p. e0119828 2015
  • CRC Press
    Kyvelidou, A., Decker, L. Chapter 9 - Case Studies in: Nonlinear Analysis of Human Movement, Ed: Nicholas Stergiou 2015
  • Frontiers in Psychology
    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. 
    6, p. 281 2015
  • Annals of Biomedical Engineering
    Rand, T., Myers, S., Kyvelidou, A., Mukherjee, M. Temporal Structure of Support Surface Translations Drive the Temporal Structure of Postural Control During Standing. 
    43(11), p. 2699-707. 2015
  • Pediatric Physical Therapy
    Kyvelidou, A., Harbourne, R.T., Willet, S.L., Stergiou, N. Sitting postural control in infants with typical development, motor delay, or cerebral palsy.
    25(1), p. 46-51 2013
  • Kinesiology Review
    Stergiou, N., Yu, Y., Kyvelidou, A. A perspective on human movement variability with applications in infancy motor development.
    2, p. 93-102 2013
  • BMC Neurology
    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.
    12, p. 129 2012
  • Gait & Posture
    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.
    33(1), p. 88-92 2011
  • Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    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.
    91(10), p. 1593-601 2010
  • Physical Therapy
    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.
    90(12), p. 1881-1898 2010
  • Pediatric Physical Therapy
    Kyvelidou, A., Harbourne, R.T., Stergiou, N. Severity and characteristics of infant developmental delay can be assessed using variability measures of sitting posture.
    22(3), p. 259-266 2010
  • Physical Therapy
    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.
    89(12), p. 1354-62 2009
  • Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
    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.
    6(1), p. 34 2009
  • Clinical Biomechanics
    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.
    24(7), p. 564-70 2009
  • Nonlinear dynamics, psychology, and life sciences
    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.
    13(4), p. 351-68 2009
  • Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    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.
    90(7), p. 1176-84 2009
  • Pediatric Research
    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.
    65(5), p. 553-8 2009
  • Nonlinear dynamics, psychology, and life sciences
    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.
    13, p. 123-144 2009
  • Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
    Kyvelidou, A., Kurz M.A., Ehlers J.L., Stergiou N. Age and partial body weight support affect kinematic variability during treadmill walking
    19, p. 5-22 2008

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

Federal

  • Infant Physical Activity and Postural Control Variability in Relation to Obesity

Other

  • Similarities and Differences in Infant Feeding Practices and Weight of Infants during the First 24 Months

Awards

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