Cheryl M. Glazebrook, PhD
Cheryl Glazebrook photo 

Associate Professor
Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management
115 Frank Kennedy Centre
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2N2

  • Motor control and learning
  • Motor skill assessment and movement performance in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Relationships between perception and action in typical and clinical populations
  • Influence of multisensory stimuli on movement performance
  • Eye-hand coordination

Research Goals

Dr. Glazebrook’s research program seeks to understand how the nervous system integrates information from different senses (e.g., sight, sound) to perform precise movements. She manipulates the accuracy and availability of visual, auditory, and somatosensory information in order to develop principles for using multisensory information to improve motor skill learning and performance. She is particularly interested in understanding the processes of multisensory-motor integration to develop an understanding of perceptual-motor performance in individuals with developmental disorders as well as neurological disorders and injuries.

What the answers tell us

The ultimate goal of Dr. Glazebrook’s program of research is to translate new findings from the Perceptual Motor Integration Lab into novel protocols for the assessment and treatment of movement disorders. Her goal is to improve the efficiency and efficacy of motor (re)learning protocols that will result in less time for individuals in rehabilitation, fewer supports, and greater participation in family and community life. Her approach is to develop principles that are grounded in theory and therefore will enable practitioners to use the theoretical principles and apply the findings directly to individuals they work with.


Post Doctoral Fellow, Action & Attention Lab (Dr. Timothy Welsh), Faculty of Physical Education and Health, University of Toronto (2009-2010)

M.Sc. (Physical Therapy), Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto (2009)

PhD (Kinesiology), Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University (2007)

Hon. B.Kin., Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University (2003)


  • Motor control and learning of goal directed movements
  • Motor skill assessment and movement performance in individuals with developmental disorders such as: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome
  • Multisensory and motor integration
  • Eye-hand coordination

Research Funding

Glazebrook, C.M. Multisensory and motor integration: how to maximize movement performance. Canadian Foundation for Innovation (Leaders Opportunity Fund-New). 2013. $219,841.00

Passmore, S.R. and Glazebrook, C.M. The 43rd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Meetings, Planning & Dissemination). June 1, 2011-December 31, 2011. $5,000.00.

Passmore, S.R., Johnson, M., Weber, S., & Glazebrook, C.M. Level of activity in lumbar spinal stenosis patients pre- and post-surgery: a non-randomized controlled before-after trial. Alexander Gibson Fund Grant. 2014. $10,000.00

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grant – Individual (Glazebrook): Multisensory-motor integration: the impact of sight and sound on reaching movements. 2012-2017 ($145000)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Operating Grant (PIs Wright & Gibson): The Challenge Module for evaluating advanced motor skills of children with cerebral palsy: From measurement to child-centered goal setting. 2012-2015 ($339435)

Manitoba Health Research Council (MHRC) Establishment Grant (Glazebrook): Two are better than one: multisensory-motor integration. 2011-2014 ($99997)

Manitoba Medical Service Foundation (MMSF-Glazebrook & Passmore): Optimizing movement performance with altered sensation: an examination of multisensory inputs. 2012-2013 ($20000)

Manitoba Medical Service Foundation (MMSF-Passmore & Glazebrook): Lumbar Spinal Stenosis and lower limb motor control: the impact of treadmill walking on a novel functional mobility outcome measure. 2012-2013 ($20000)

University of Manitoba – University Research Grants Program (URGP-Glazebrook): Can sounds benefit movement performance? 2012 ($6150)

Professional Memberships

International Society for Autism Research

College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba

Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS)

North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA)

Canadian Physiotherapy Association

Manitoba Physiotherapy Association

Selected Publications

Passmore, S.R., Johnson, M., Pelleck, V., Ramos, E., Amad, Y., Glazebrook, C.M. (in press). Lumbar spinal stenosis and lower limb motor control: the impact of walking induced strain on a performance-based outcome measure. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.

Glazebrook, C.M, & Wright, F.V. (2014). Measuring advanced motor skills in children with cerebral palsy: Further development of the Challenge Module. Pediatric Physical Therapy 26, 201-213.

Gonzalez, D.A., Glazebrook, C.M., Studenka, B.E., & Lyons, J.L. (2013). Motor interactions with another person: do individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder plan ahead? Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2013.00023 (Invited).

Michalski, A., Glazebrook, C.M., Martin, A.J., Wong, W.W.N., Kim, A.J.W., Salbach, N.M., Torres-Moreno, R., Moody, K. & Zabjek, K.F. (in press). Assessment of the postural control strategies used to play two Wii FitTM videogames. Gait & Posture. 36(3), 449-453.

Gonzalez, D.A., Studenka, B.E., Glazebrook, C.M. & Lyons, J.L. (2011). Extending end-state comfort effect: Do we consider the beginning state comfort of another? Acta Psychologica, 136(3),347-353.

Glazebrook, C.M., Gonzalez, C., Lyons, J., & Elliott, D. (2010). Temporal judgments of immediate and delayed consequences of self-initiated movements. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64, 102-106.

Nazarali, N., Glazebrook, C.M., & Elliott, D. (2009). The challenges of re-programming manual aiming movements for young adults with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 39, 1401-1411.

Glazebrook, C.M., Gonzalez, D., Hansen, S., & Elliott, D. (2009). The role of vision for online control of manual aiming movements in persons with autism spectrum disorders. Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice, 13, 411-433.

Glazebrook, C.M., Elliott, D., & Lyons, J. (2008). Temporal judgements of internal and external events in persons with and without autism. Consciousness and Cognition, 17, 203-209.

Glazebrook, C.M., Elliott, D., & Szatmari, P. (2008). How do individuals with autism plan their movements? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38, 114-126.

Keetch, K.M., Glazebrook, C.M., Lyons, J., Lam, M.Y., Weeks, D.J., & Elliott, D. (2006). The effect of response uncertainty on illusory biases of perception and action. Neuroscience Letters, 406, 117-121.

Glazebrook, C.M., Elliott, D., & Lyons, J.L. (2006). A kinematic analysis of how young adults with and without autism plan and control goal-directed movements. Motor Control, 10, 244-264.

Glazebrook, C.M., Dhillon, V.P., Keetch, K.M., Lyons, J., Amazeen, E., Weeks, D.J., Elliott, D. (2005). Perception-action and the Muller-Lyer illusion: amplitude or endpoint bias? Experimental Brain Research, 160: 71-78.

Current Students

PhD in Applied Health Sciences

Jacqueline Ladwig +

Niyousha Mortaza +

Andrew Robson +

Master’s of Science in Kinesiology and Recreation Management

Byron Bahniuk +

Carrie Peters +

Stephanie Tomy +

Undergraduate Students and Research Assistants

McKenna Brown +

Jessica Sutton +