Stephen D. Prentice

Associate Professor
Stephen Prentice


Dr. Prentice is on leave. Going forward he will not be accepting new graduate students in a supervisory capacity.



BSc, University of Waterloo

PhD, University of Waterloo

Post Doctoral Fellowship, Université de Montréal

Fellow of the Canadian Society for Biomechanics (FCSB) Awarded 2008

Selected publications

Gait adaptations

Patla, A.E., Prentice, S.D., Robinson, C. & Neufeld, J. (1991) Visual control of locomotion: strategies for changing direction and for going over obstacles.  Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Human Perception and Performance 17:603-634

Prentice, S.D., Hasler, E.N., Groves, J.J. & Frank, J.S. (2004) Locomotor Adaptations for Changes in the Slope of the Walking Surface. Gait and Posture 20: 255-265.

Noble, J.W., & Prentice, S.D. (2008) Intersegmental coordination while walking up inclined surfaces: age and ramp angle effects. Experimental Brain Research 189: 249-255

Singer, J.C., McIlroy, W.E. & Prentice, S.D. (2014) Kinetic measures of restabilisation during volitional stepping reveal age-related alterations in the control of mediolateral dynamic stability. Journal of Biomechanics 47:3539-45.

Limb mechanics

Patla, A.E. and Prentice, S.D. (1995) Role of active force and intersegmental dynamics in the control of limb trajectories over obstacles in humans.  Experimental Brain Research 106:  499-504.

Noble, J.W. & Prentice, S.D.  (2006)   Adaptation to Unilateral Change in Lower Limb Mechanical Properties during Human Walking Experimental Brain Research 169: 482-495.

Singer, J.C., Noble, J.W., & Prentice, S.D. (2011) Locomotor strategies in response to altered lower limb segmental mechanical properties Human Movement Science 30: 1199-1209.

Noble, J.W., Singer, J.C. & Prentice, S.D. (2016) Control of standing balance while using constructions stilts: Comparison of expert and novice users. Ergonomics. 59(2):265-75.

Neural aspects

Prentice, S.D. & Drew, T. (2001) Contributions of the reticulospinal system to the postural adjustments during voluntary gait modifications. J. Neurophysiology 85: 679-698

Prentice, S.D., Patla, A.E. & Stacey, D.A. (2001) Artificial neural network model for the generation of muscle activation patterns for human locomotion. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. 11: 19-30

Drew, T., Prentice, S. & Schepens, B. (2004) Cortical and brainstem control of locomotion.  Progress in Brain Research 143: 251-261