Portrait of Inga Wang

Inga Wang, OTR/L, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Programs in Occupational Therapy Science, Technology & Rehabilitation


MS Statistics Texas A&M University 2019
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

  • Stroke Rehabilitation: Robotic-assisted therapy of upper extremity function
  • Aging research: Examine aging trends, biomarkers, and risk factors and develop norms (reference values) across the lifespan
  • Rehabilitation Outcomes Research: computerized adaptive testing, item response theory, Rasch analysis, test equating/linking/crosswalk, responsiveness

Interests & Expertise

Inga Wang (former Ying-Chih Wang), Ph.D., OTR/L, is an Associate Professor with tenure at the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences & Technology. Her primary research interest is the robotic-assisted rehabilitation of upper extremity function in stroke. She is interested in the efficacy and effectiveness of applying technology in stroke rehabilitation such as exoskeleton, telerehabilitation, and mainstream smart home technology. Additionally, she performs aging research analyzing aging trends, biomarkers, and risk factors and develops norms (reference values) across the life span using population-based samples. Selected reference values she published include the nine-hole peg test, grooved pegboard test, hand-grip strength, 2-minutes walk test, and cardiovascular biomarkers across the life span.

Selected Publications

Wang, I., Kapellush, J., Hou, F., & Mohammad, R. (2021). Trends in TC/HDL and LDL/HDL Ratios across the Age Span: Data from the 2007-2018 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Asian Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 9(1), 6-15.
7. Bohannon, R. B., & Wang, I. (2021). Measurement of finger tapping performance using a smartphone application: a pilot study. J Phys Ther Sci, 33(8), 618–620.
Li, X., Lub, Z., & Wang, I. (2021). Assessing redistribution of muscle innervation zones after spinal cord injury. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 102550.
Zaman, A., & Wang, Y. (2020). Kinect controlled NAO robot for telerehabilitation. Journal of Intelligent Systems. Journal of Intelligent Systems, 30(1), 224-239.
Janarthanan, V., & Wang, Y. (2020). Design and development of a sensored glove for home-based rehabilitation. , 33(2), 209-219.
Bohannon, R. W., & Wang, Y. (2019, August). Four-Meter Gait Speed: Normative Values and Reliability Determined for Adults Participating in the NIH Toolbox Study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 100, 509-13.
Bohannon, R. W., Wang, Y., Yen, S., & Grogan, K. (2019, March). Handgrip strength: A comparison of values obtained from the NHANES and NIH Toolbox studies. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 73(2), 7302205080p1-7302205080p9.
Yen, S., Chui, K., Wang, Y. W., Corkery, M., Nabian, M., & Farjadian, A. (2019, February). An examination of muscle force control in individuals with a functionally unstable ankle. Human Movement Science, 64, 221-229.
Wang, Y. (2019). Trend of lipid profile values obtained in the 2011-2016 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES). , 100(10), e137.
Harris, L. S., Freeman, S., & Wang, Y. (2019, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). Astym ® therapy improves FOTO ® outcomes for patients with musculoskeletal disorders: an observational study. Annals of Translational Medicine, 13.

Recent Funded Grants

Mohammad H Rahman (PI), Wang, I. (Co-Principal). 144-AAI3784 “Multifunctional Robotic Assistive Arm (mR2A) for Activities of Daily Living Assistance”, Sponsored by National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) at Administration for Community Living (ACL) Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) #: 90DPGE0018-01-00, $1,490,000. 9/1/2020 to 8/31/2023

Xiaoyan Li (PI), Wang I. (Statistical Consultant). R21 NS113716-02 "High-Density Surface EMG Based CMAP Scan for Motor Unit Number", Sponsored by National Institute of Health (NIH), $275,000. July 1, 2021- Sep 30, 2022

McGonigle, Erin. (MCW Principal), Wang, Jingsung (UWM Principal), Wang, I. (Co-Principal). 133-AAH5562 “Determining potential benefits of model-free learning techniques for improving arm motor function in stroke survivors with ideomotor limb apraxia,” Sponsored by Medical College of Wisconsin, Stroke Rehabilitation Center Grant - Clinical and Translational Seed Award, $49,996. Nov 1, 2019 – Oct 31, 2020.

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

Poster Award 3rd place (2021, October) American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.
Best Scientific Poster in Geriatric Rehabilitation (2020, October) American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM).
D.L. Hart International Research Award (2019, October 24) Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes (FOTO, Inc.).
10-year Length of Service Awards (2019, April 24) University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.
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) .


  • BioRobotics Lab