Walker McKinney

BS (2017) Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
MA (2019) University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Primary office:
Dole Human Development Center


Summary

My primary research interest is the identification of neurobiological mechanisms contributing to neurodevelopmental disorders including autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and associated intellectual/development disabilities (IDD) as well as neurodegenerative disorders such as fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome. More specifically, I am interested in using precise metrics of sensory and motor functioning in combination with neuroimaging techniques to characterize biological substrates, develop and hone therapeutic treatments, and improve adaptive functioning.

Selected Publications

McKinney, W. S., Bartolotti, J., Khemani, P., Wang, J. Y., Hagerman, R. J., Mosconi, M. W. (2020). Cerebellar-cortical function and connectivity during sensorimotor behavior in aging FMR1 gene premutation carriers. NeuroImage: Clinical, 27(102332). doi: 10.1016/j.nicl.2020.102332

McKinney, W. S., Wang, Z., Kelly, S., Khemani, P., Lui, S., White, S. P., & Mosconi, M. W. (2019). Precision sensorimotor control in aging FMR1 gene premutation carriers. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 13(56). doi: 10.3389/fnint.2019.00056

Nayar K, McKinney W. S., Hogan A. L., Martin G. E., La Valle C., Sharp K., Berry-Kravis, E., Norton, E. S., Gordon, P. C., Losh, M.(2019). Language processing skills linked to FMR1 variation: A study of gaze-language coordination during rapid automatized naming among women with the FMR1 premutation. PLoS ONE, 14(7): e0219924. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0219924

Park, S. H., Wang, Z., McKinney, W. S., Khemani, P., Lui, S., Christou, E. A., & Mosconi, M. W. (2019). Functional motor control deficits in older FMR1 premutation carriers. Experimental Brain Research, 237(9). doi: 10.1007/s00221-019-05566-3

Nayar, K., Gordon, P. C., Martin, G. E., Hogan, A., La Valle, C., McKinney, W. S., Lee, M., Norton, E. S., & Losh, M. (2018). Links between looking and speaking in autism and first-degree relatives: Insights into the expression of genetic liability to autism. Molecular Autism, 9(51). doi: 10.1186/s13229-018-0233-5

Selected Presentations

McKinney, W.S., Bartolotti, J., Unruh, K.E, Mosconi, M.W. “Lateralization of task-dependent corticocerebellar connectivity during sensorimotor action in ASD”, accepted and was to be presented at the Autism Across the Lifespan Conference, Overland Park, KS. 2020 – conference cancelled due to COVID-19

McKinney, W.S., Unruh, K.E, Mosconi, M.W. “Lateralization of precision motor behavior and physiology in ASD”, accepted and was to be presented at the International Society for Autism Research 2020 Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA. 2020 – conference moved online due to COVID-19

McKinney, W.S., Bartolotti, J., Khemani, P., Mosconi, M.W. “Neurophysiological processes of sensorimotor control in aging FMR1 gene premutation carriers", presented at the Midwest Fragile X Research Exchange. Madison, WI. 2020

Wang, Z., Chen, J., In, E., McKinney, W.S., Li, Z., Mosconi, M.W. “Differential utilization of visual and proprioceptive information for postural control stability in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)”, presented at Neuroscience 2019, Chicago, IL, 2019

McKinney, W.S., Unruh, K.E., Wang, Z., Mosconi, M.W. “Precision sensorimotor control and neurophysiology in aging FMR1 premutation carriers”, presented at the International Society for Autism Research 2019 Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada. 2019

Nayar, K., Winston, M., Hogan, A.L., McKinney, W.S., Martin, G.E., Barstein, J., La Valle, C., Losh, M. “Links between autism and the FMR1 premutation: Insights from studies of gaze, language, and cognition in carriers of the FMR1 premutation”, presented at the International Society for Autism Research 2019 Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada. 2019

McKinney, W.S., Wang, Z., Park, S.H., Christou, E.A. Mosconi, M.W. “Precision sensorimotor control in aging FMR1 premutation carriers", presented at the Midwest Fragile X Research Exchange. Madison, WI. 2019

McKinney, W.S., Unruh, K.E., Wang, Z., Schmitt, L.M., Bushong, M., Mosconi, M.W. “Neurophysiological processes of precision motor control in aging Fragile X premutation carriers”, presented at the National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Kansas City, KS. 2018


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