Taryn Klarner Read

Assistant Professor

Phone Number: 
+1 (807) 343-8010ext. 8752
Office Location: 
SB 1019
Office Hours: 
Please email for appointment
Academic Qualifications: 

BSc - University of Guelph

MSc - University of British Columbia

PhD - University of Victoria

Date joined Lakehead: 
August 2018
Previous Teaching/Work: 

KINE 1035 - Physical Growth and Motor Development

KINE 1711 - Movement Observation and Assessment

KINE 3070 - Adapted Physical Activity

Research Interests: 

It was Dr. Taryn Klarner’s involvement in competitive figure skating that first sparked Dr. Taryn Klarner Read’s interest in how the body moves and its ability to rehabilitate. Understanding the neural control mechanisms behind human movement serves as the foundation of her research aims. Dr. Klarner is interested in expanding on the concepts that sensory systems within the body are capable of undergoing plastic changes. These changes are in response to alterations in task or individual constraints during movement and can be quantified by examining muscle activity and joint kinematics and kinetics. Building up our understanding of nervous system plasticity in movement can help us devise rehabilitation protocols for whose who have experienced neurological trauma.


•Acute and chronic nervous system plasticity

•Muscle activity, kinetics and kinematics during human locomotion

•Nervous system adaptions during strength, skill, or locomotor training

•Rehabilitation interventions for those with neurological damage


Select Publications:


•Klarner, T., and Zehr, E. P. (2018) Human locomotor central pattern generators: from Sherrington to Sherlock Holmes. Journal of Neurophysiology, 120(1):53-77.

•Klarner, T., Sun, Y., Pearcey, G., Barss, T., Kaupp, C., Frank, N., Munro, B. and Zehr, E.P. (2017) Beyond the bottom of the foot: topographic sensory organization of the foot dorsum in walking. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 49(12):2439-2450.

•Klarner, T., Barss, T. S., Sun, Y., Kaupp, C., Loadman, P and Zehr, E. P. (2016). Long-term plasticity in reflex excitability after 5-weeks of A&L cycling training in stroke. Brain Science, 6(4): 54-75.