Ying-Chih Wang, OTR/L, PhDAssociate Professor
- Clinical Interpretation of Computerized Adaptive Test Generated Outcomes Measures Using Item Response Theory
- Development of a Quantitative Spasticity Measure for Routine Clinical Practice
- Barriers and Facilitators of Return-to-work for Individuals with Disabilities
- Stroke Rehabilitation
- Rehabilitation Outcomes Research
Interests & Expertise
Ying-Chih Wang’s current research interests are to develop quantitative functional outcome measures and to perform comparative effectiveness research with new rehabilitation technologies.
In the past few years, Wang has assisted Craig Velozo at the Medical School of South Carolina in several outcome research projects funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and VA Rehabilitation Research and Development (RR&D).
She also has assisted Zev Rymer, Vice President for Research at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), to execute projects funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH). The main purpose of the NIH-funded Toolbox project is to provide investigators with a brief, but comprehensive measurement tool for assessment of cognitive, emotional, sensory and motor function of participants in large cohort studies, such as epidemiological studies, clinical studies or clinical trials, as part of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience.
In 2009, Wang was funded by a five-year NIDRR training center grant as a principal investigator (PI) on a sub-project on enhancing the functional and employment outcomes in individuals who experience a stroke.
In addition, Wang has a strong collaboration with the Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes, Inc. (FOTO), one of the largest international medical rehabilitation outcomes database management companies providing patient evaluation tools and aggregating health care data that improve stakeholder value and standardize industry communication about effectiveness of care. Assessments developed by FOTO are in use in more than 40 states in the U.S. and many clinics in Israel.
Recent Funded Grants
UWM Graduate School-Research Growth Initiative
Title: Translating Modified Ashworth Scale into Neurophysiological, Quantitative Kinematic and Kinetic Values
Graduate School Research Committee Awards
Title: Remove Air Bubbles Generated in the IV Lines during the Intravenous Cancer Therapy
NIDRR – GRANT # ED-H133B080031
Elliot J. Roth – MD
10/01/2008 ~ 9/30/2013
Title: Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Enhancing the Functional and Employment Outcomes in Individuals who Experience a Stroke
Sub-Project: Development of a Return-to-Work Vocational Assessment Using Virtual Reality Technology and Navigation/Manipulation Interfaces
Boston ROC Network – Pilot Studies Award
Title: Development of a Quantitative Spasticity Measure for Routine Clinical Practice
UWM – Stimulus for Extramural Enhancement & Development (CHS SEED GRANT)
Title: Develop a Quantitative Spasticity Measure
NIH SUB-CONTRACT – CONTRACT NO.: HHS-N-260-2006-00007-C
William Z. Rymer
9/2006 ~ 8/2011
Title: NIH Toolbox for Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function.
UW-Madison/UW-Milwaukee Intercampus Research Incentive Grants
Title: An EEG Triggered Robotic Stroke Rehabilitation Device # MIL PRJ491D