Rachel Ryder

Coordinator of Health Fitness Specialist Undergraduate

(812) 856-1990
PH 296D

  • Indiana University, Ph.D., 2013
  • Indiana University, M.S., 2005
  • Indiana University, B.G.S., 2001
  • K150 Introduction to Kinesiology and Public Health
  • K541 Nature and Basis of Motor Skill
  • K218 Methods of Personal Fitness Instruction
  • K283 Group Fitness Practicum
  • I119 Personal Fitness
2013-2014:  Postdoctoral Fellowship in Motor Control, Indiana University School of Public Health
Research Interests

My research and creative interests focus on the aging process and spinal cord neuronal mechanisms involved in coordinating complex muscle actions required for human movement.  In particular, I am interested in the effects of physical activity and exercise on neural circuits in the human spinal cord and potential role that exercise and physical activity play in maintaining or restoring spinal cord reflex functions and bilateral lower limb coordination during the aging process.  It is well-known fact that motor performance and coordination deteriorate with age and can dramatically impact quality of life.  The aim of my research is to examine physical activity and exercise as a potentional tool for increasing motor performance in the elderly and ultimately increase quality of life during the aging process.

Selected Publications


Ryder, R., Kitano, K., Koceja, D.M. (2010). Spinal reflex adaptation in dancers: Changes with body orientation and role of pre-synaptic inhibition. J Dance Med Sci. 14(4): 155-162

Conference Presentations

Ryder, R., Kitano, K., Koceja, DM.  Crossed-spinal Modulation of the Soleus H-reflex:  The Effects of Age and Physical Activity.  (2012).  Society of Neuroscience Annual Meeting.

Koichi, K., Ryder, R., Tahayori, B., Koceja, DM.  Crossed-spinal influence on the human soleus H-reflex and efficiency of postural recovery from perturbation in young and elderly subjects.  (2012).  Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting

Ryder, R., Kitano, K., Hong, S., Riley Z., Koceja, DM.  (2011).  Crossed-spinal reflexes and postural recovery in seniors:  Preliminary findings.  Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.

Ryder, R., Koceja, DM.  Spinal Cord Adaptations involved in Dance Skill Acquisition and Maintenance.  (2008).  International Association Dance Medicine and Science Annual Meeting.