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Ying-Chih Wang, OTR/L, PhD

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

Education

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., Kapellusch, J., Sindhu, B., Lehman, L., Li, X., & Yen, S. (In Press). Rasch analysis and clinical interpretation of the modified Oswestry Low Back Disability Questionnaire. CPQ Neurology and Psychology.
Bohannon, R., Wang, Y., Yen, S., & Grogan, K. (In Press). Handgrip strength: A comparison of values obtained from the NHANES and NIH Toolbox studies. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
Yen, S., Folmar, E., Friend, K., Wang, Y., & Chui, K. (In Press). Effects of kinesiotaping and athletic taping on ankle kinematics during walking in individuals with chronic ankle instability. Gait & Posture.
Bohannon, R. W., & Wang, Y. (In Press). Four-meter gait speed: Normative values and reliability determined for adults participating in the NIH norming study. Arch Phys Med Rehabil.
Bohannon, R. W., Wang, Y., Yen, S., & Grogan, K. (In Press). Handgrip strength: A comparison of values obtained from the NHANES and NIH Toolbox studies.
Zong, Y., Shin, H. H., Wang, Y., Li, S., Zhou, P., & Li, X. (2018). Assessing Hand Muscle Structural Modifications in Chronic Stroke. Front Neurol, 9, 296.
Bohannon, R. W., Wang, Y., Bubela, D., & Gershon, R. (2018). Normative two-minute walk test distances for boys and girls 3 to 17 years of age. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr, 38(1), 39-45.
Wang, Y., Sindhu, B. S., Kapellusch, J., Yen, S., & Lehman, L. (2018, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). Global rating of change: perspectives of patients with lumbar impairments and of their physical therapists. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 1-9.
Wang, Y., Sindhu, B., Lehman, L., Li, X., Yen, S., & Kapellusch, J. (2017). Rasch Analysis of the Activities-specific Balance Confidence (ABC) Scale in Patients Seeking Outpatient Rehabilitation Services. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy.
Bohannon, R., Wang, Y., Bubela, D., & Gershon, R. (2017). Normative two-minute walk test distances for boys and girls 3 to 17 years of age. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr, 27, 1-7.
Bohannon, R., Wang, Y., Bubela, D., & Gershon, R. (2017). Hand Grip Strength: A Population-based Study of Norms and Age Trajectories for 3- to 17-Year-Olds. Pediatr Phys Ther, 29(2), 118-123.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Recent Funded Grants

UWM Graduate School-Research Growth Initiative

Ying-Chih Wang
07/01/2013-06/30/2014
Title: Translating Modified Ashworth Scale into Neurophysiological, Quantitative Kinematic and Kinetic Values

Graduate School Research Committee Awards

Ying-Chih Wang
07/01/2012-06/30/2013
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
07/01/2011~06/30/2013
Title: Development of a Quantitative Spasticity Measure for Routine Clinical Practice

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

Ying-Chih Wang
02/01/2010~12/31/2011
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

Ying-Chih Wang
07/01/2011~06/30/2012
Title: An EEG Triggered Robotic Stroke Rehabilitation Device # MIL PRJ491D

Honors & Awards

Measurement Networking Group Measurement in Action Poster Award (2017) American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.
Dean’s Research Award (2013) College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Sarah Baskin Award for Excellence in Research (3rd Place) (2010) .

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