Veronica Silva PHD

veronica silva

Assistant Professor

Research Areas

My research program is dedicated to understanding the determinants of successful mobility in naturally challenging conditions with a focus on the visual perception and executive mechanisms underlying the control of posture and locomotion. This research is valuable as it reveals factors linked to safe and independent mobility, and it relates to the problem of falls that is a leading cause of injuries, disability and economic burden.

  • Gait and Posture
  • Mobility
  • Visual attention
  • Aging
  • Falls


  • Academic Skills in Kinesiology and Recreation Management (KPER 2120 A01)
  • Academic Skills in Kinesiology  & Recreation Management (KPER 2120)
  • Biomechanics (KPER 2330)


  • PhD Kinesiology, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • M.Sc. Human Movement Sciences, University of São Paulo State, Rio Claro, Brazil
  • B.Ph.Ed., University of São Paulo State, Rio Claro, Brazil

Selected Publications

See PubMed for publications

Miyasike-daSilva V,
Singer JC, McIlroy WE (2018) A role for the lower visual field information in stair climbing. Gait & Posture (submitted).

Miyasike-daSilva V,
McIlroy WE (2016) Gaze shifts during dual-tasking stair descent Experimental Brain Research 234(11): 3233–43.

Akram SB, Miyasike-daSilva V, Van Ooteghem K, McIlroy WE (2013) Role of peripheral vision in rapid perturbation-evoked reach-to-grasp reactions. Experimental Brain Research 229(4):609-19.

Van Ooteghem, K, Lakhani B, Akram S, Miyasike-daSilva, V, McIlroy WE (2013) Time to disengage: Holding an object influences the execution of rapid compensatory reach-to-grasp reactions for recovery from whole-body instability. Experimental Brain Research 231(2):191-199

Miyasike-daSilva V,
McIlroy WE (2012) Does it really matter where you look when walking on stairs? Insights from a dual-task study.PLoS ONE 7(9): e44722. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0044722.

Miyasike-daSilva V,
Tung JY, Zabukovec JR, McIlroy, WE (2012) Use of mobility aids reduces attentional demand in challenging walking conditions. Gait & Posture, 37(2):287-9.




(on leave until April 2021)
179D Extended Education
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2N2
Dr. Silva's Office: 204-474-8719