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Ying-Chih Wang, OTR/L, PhD

Associate Professor
 Ying-Chih Wang
(414) 229-1138
(414) 229-5100
Enderis Hall 955


MS Biotechnology Johns Hopkins University 2011
Postdoc Sensory Motor Performance Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago 2010
Ph D Rehabilitation Science University of Florida 2007
BS Occupational Therapy National Taiwan University 1999

Speaker Topics

  • 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.

Selected Publications

Wang, Y., Deutscher, D., Werneke, M., Schmitt, J., Abbott, H., & Mioduski, J. E. (In Press). Baseline dependency of minimal clinically important Improvement derived using the global rating of change in patients with lumbar spine impairments.
Rodeghero, J., Wang, Y., Flynn, T., Cleland, J. A., Wainner, R., & Whitman, J. (2015). The impact of physical therapy residency or fellowship education on clinical outcomes for patients with common musculoskeletal impairments. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy.
Bohannon, R., Wang, Y., & Gershon, R. (2015). Two-Minute Walk Test (2MWT) performance by adults 18-85 years: normative values, reliability and responsiveness. Arch Phys Med Rehab, 96(3), 472-477.
Rodeghero, J., Wang, Y., Flynn, T., Cleland, J. A., Wainner, R., & Whitman, J. (2015). The impact of physical thearpy residency or fellowship education on clinical outcomes for patients with common musculoskeletal impairments. Jounral of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 45(2), 86-89.
Wang, Y., Deutscher, D., Werneke, M., Cook, K., Hayes, D., & Mioduski, J. E. (2015). The patient-report Neck Functional Status Questionnaire (NFSQ): Initial development and psychometric assessment using Item Response Theory. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 45(9), 683-692.
Wang, Y., Bohannon, R., Kapellusch, J. M., Garg, A., & Gershon, R. (2015). Dexterity as measured with the 9-Hole Peg Test (9-HPT) across the age span. Journal of Hand Therapy, 28(1), 53-59.
Bohannon, R. W., Bubela, D. J., Wang, Y., Magasi, S. R., & Gershon, R. C. (2015). Six-minute walk test versus three-minute step test for measuring functional endurance. J Strength Cond Res, 29(11), 3240-3244.
Yen, S. C., Chui, K. K., Wang, Y., & Corkery, M. (2015). Lumbar spine manual therapy for aging and older adults. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 31(3), 199-201.
Li, X., He, W., Li, C., Wang, Y., & Zhou, P. (2015). Motor unit number index examination in dominant and non-dominant hand muscles. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 20(6), 699-710.
Yen, S. C., Gutierrez, G. M., Wang, Y., & Murphy, P. (2015). Risk adjustment for lumbar dysfunction: a comparison of linear mixed models with and without inclusion of between-clinic variation as a random effect. Phys Ther, 95(12), 1692-1702.
Yen, S., Gutierrez, G., Wang, Y., & Murphy, P. (2015). Alteration of ankle kinematics and muscle activity during heel contact when walking with external loading. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 115(8), 1683-1692.
Garg, A., Kapellusch, J. M., Hegmann, K. T., Thiese, M. S., Merryweather, A. S., Wang, Y., & Malloy, E. J. (2014, March). The strain index and TLV for HAL: Risk of lateral epicondylitis in a prospective cohort. Amican Journal of Industrial Medicine, 57(3), 286-302.
Li, X., Liu, J., Li, S., Wang, Y., & Zhou, P. (2014). Examination of hand muscle activation and motor unit indices derived from surface EMG in chronic stroke. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng, 61(12), 2891-2898.
Wang, Y., Deutscher, D., Yen, S. C., & Mioduski, J. E. (2014). The self-report fecal incontinence and constipation questionnaire in patients with pelvic-floor dysfunction seeking outpatient rehabilitation. Phys Ther, 94(2), 273-288.
Bohannon, R. W., Bubela, D. J., Magasi, S. R., McCreath, H., Wang, Y., Reuben, D., Rymer, W. Z., & Gershon, R. C. (2014). Comparison of walking performance over the first 2 minutes and the full 6 minutes of the six-minute walk test. BMC Research Notes, 7, 269.

Recent Funded Grants

UWM Graduate School-Research Growth Initiative

Ying-Chih Wang
Title: Translating Modified Ashworth Scale into Neurophysiological, Quantitative Kinematic and Kinetic Values

Graduate School Research Committee Awards

Ying-Chih Wang
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

Ying-Chih Wang
Title: Development of a Quantitative Spasticity Measure for Routine Clinical Practice

UWM – Stimulus for Extramural Enhancement & Development (CHS SEED GRANT)

Ying-Chih Wang
Title: Develop a Quantitative Spasticity Measure


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

Ying-Chih Wang
Title: An EEG Triggered Robotic Stroke Rehabilitation Device # MIL PRJ491D

Honors & Awards

Dean’s Research Award (2013) College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Sarah Baskin Award for Excellence in Research (3rd Place) (2010) .