Ying-Chih Wang, OTR/L, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

[Image] Ying-Chih Wang

Enderis Hall, Room 971
Phone: (414) 229-1138
Fax: (414) 229-5100
wang52@uwm.edu

Department

Occupational Science & Technology

Education

  • Postdoctoral, Sensory Motor Performance, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Ph.D., Rehabilitation Science, University of Florida
  • M.S., Biotechnology, Johns Hopkins University
  • B.S., Occupational Therapy, National Taiwan University


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

Interests & Expertise

Ying-Chih Wang, OTR/L, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Department of Occupational Science & Technology. Her current research interests are to develop quantitative functional outcome measures and to perform comparative effectiveness research with new rehabilitation technologies.

Dr. Wang earned her doctoral degree from University of Florida and has worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Sensory Motor Performance program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). In the past few years, Dr. Wang has assisted Dr. Craig Velozo in several outcome research projects funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and VA Rehabilitation Research and Development (RR&D) and has assisted Dr. Zev Rymer, Vice President for Research at the 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, Dr. Wang was funded by a 5-yr NIDRR training center grant as a PI on Sub-Project on enhancing the functional and employment outcomes in individuals who experience a Stroke.

In addition, Dr. 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 United States and many clinics in Israel.


Recent Publications

Selected peer-reviewed Publications

Wang, Y. C., Hart, D. L., Deutscher, D., Yen, S. C., & Mioduski, J.E. (in press).  Psychometric properties and practicability of the self-report Urinary Incontinence Questionnaire (UIQ) in patients with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD) seeking outpatient rehabilitation. Phys Ther.

Byers, K., Wang, Y. C., & Trierweiler, R. (in press). The vocational assessment and evaluation in stroke rehabilitation. Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association (VEWAA).

Reuben, D. B., Magasi, S. R., McCreath, H., Bohannon, R. W., Wang, Y. C., Bubela, D., Rymer, W. Z., Beaumont, J., Rine, R. M., Lai, J. S., Gershon, R. C. (in press). NIH Toolbox motor domain development and validation testing. Neurology.

Sindhu, B. S., Wang, Y. C., Lehman, L. A., & Hart, D. L. (in press). Differential item functioning in a computerized adaptive test of functional status for people with shoulder impairments is negligible across pain intensity, gender, and age groups. Occup Ther J Res.

Wang, Y. C., Kapellusch, J., Garg, A. (in press). A literature review of important factors influencing the return to work after stroke. Work.

Sindhu, B. S., Lehman, L. A., Tarima, S., Bishop, M. D., Hart, D. L., Klein, M. R., Shivakoti, M., & Wang, Y. C. (2012).  Influence of fear-avoidance beliefs on functional status outcomes for people with musculoskeletal conditions of the shoulder. Phys Ther. 92(8), 992-1005.

Bohannon, R., Magasi, S., Bubela, D., Wang, Y. C., Gershon, R. (2012). Grip and knee extension muscle strength reflect a common construct among adults. Muscle and Nerve, 46, 555-558.

Wang, Y. C., Hart, D. L., Cook, K. F., Mioduski, J. E. (2012). Characteristics of patients seeking outpatient rehabilitation for pelvic floor dysfunction. Physical Therapy, 92(9), 1160-74.

Hart, D. L., Stratford, P. W., Werneke, M. W., Deutscher, D., Wang, Y. C. (2012). Lumbar computerized adaptive test and modified Oswestry Low Back Pain Disability Questionnaire: reliability, relative validity and important change. JOSPT, 42(6), 541-51.

Wang, Y. C., Magasi, S. R., Bohannon, R. W., Reuben, D. B., McCreath, H. E., Bubela, D. J., Gershon, R. C., & Rymer, W. Z. (2011). Assessing dexterity function: A comparison of two alternatives for the NIH Toolbox Study. J Hand Therapy, 24(4):313-21

Lehman, L. A., Woodbury, M., Shechtman, O., Wang, Y. C., Pomeranz, J., Gray, D. B., & Velozo, C. A. (2011). Development of an item bank for a computerized adaptive test of upper extremity function. Disability and Rehabilitation, 33(21-22):2092-104.

Culler, K. H., Wang, Y. C.,* Byers, K. B., & Trierweiler, R. (2011). Barriers and facilitators of return-to-work for individuals with strokes: perspectives of the stroke survivor, vocational specialist and employer. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 18(4), 325-340.

Li, X., Wang, Y. C., Suresh, N. L., Rymer, W. Z., & Zhou, P. (2011). Motor unit number reductions in paretic muscles of stroke survivors. IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Medicine, 15(4), 505-12.

Wang, Y. C., Bohannon, R. W., Magasi, S. R., Hrynkiewicz, B., Morales, A., Gershon, R. C., & Rymer, W. Z. (2011). Testing of knee extension muscle strength: A comparison of two portable alternatives for the NIH toolbox study. Isokinet Exerc Sci, 19, 163-168.

Bohannon, R., Bubela, D., Wang, Y. C., Magasi, S., & Gershon, R. (2011). Adequacy of belt-stabilized testing of knee extension strength. J Strength Cond Res, 25(7), 1963-1967.

Wang, Y. C., Hart, D. L., Stratford, P. W., & Mioduski, J. E. (2011). Baseline dependency of Minimal Clinically Important Improvement. Physical Therapy, 91(5), 675-88.

Bohannon, R. W., Bubela, D. J., Magasi, S. R., Wang, Y. C., McCreath, H. E., & Gershon, R. C. (2011). Sit-to-Stand Test: Performance and determinants across the age span. Isokinetic Exercise Science, 18, 235-240.

Hart, D. L., Werneke, M. W., Wang, Y. C., Stratford, P. W., & Mioduski, J. E. (2010). Computerized adaptive test for patients with lumbar spine impairments produced valid and responsive measures of function. Spine, 35(24), 2157-64.

Wang, Y. C., Hart, D. L., Cook, K. F., & Mioduski, J. E. (2010). Translating shoulder computerized adaptive testing generated outcome measures into clinical practice. J of Hand Ther, 23(4), 372-83.

Hart, D. L., Deutscher, D., Werneke, M. W., Holder, J., & Wang, Y. C. (2010). Implementing computerized adaptive tests in routine clinical practice: experience implementing CATs. J Applied Meas, 11(3), 288-303.

Wang, Y. C., Hart, D. L., Werneke, M. W., Stratford, P. W., & Mioduski, J. E. (2010). Clinical interpretation of computerized adaptive test generated outcomes measures from a lumbar CAT. Physical Therapy, 90(9), 1323-35.

Hart, D. L., Wang, Y. C., Cook, K. F., Stratford, P. W., & Mioduski, J. E. (2010). A computerized adaptive test for patients with shoulder impairments produced responsive measures of function. Physical Therapy, 90(6), 928-38.

Hart, D. L., Deutscher, D., Crane, P. K., Tennant, A., & Wang, Y. C. (2009). Differential item functioning was negligible in patients receiving rehabilitation for knee impairments who spoke English in the United States or Hebrew in Israel. Qual Life Res, 18, 1067–83.

Wang, Y. C., Hart, D. L., Stratford, P. W., & Mioduski, J. E. (2009). Clinical interpretation of computerized adaptive test generated outcomes measures in patients with foot/ankle impairments. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 39(10), 753-64.

Wang, Y. C., Hart, D. L., Stratford, P. W., & Mioduski, J. E. (2009). Clinical interpretation of the Lower Extremity Functional Scale computerized adaptive test. Physical Therapy, 89(9), 957-68.

Wang, Y. C., Hart, D. L., Stratford, P. W., & Mioduski, J. E. (2009). Clinical interpretation of computerized adaptive test-generated outcome measures in patients with knee impairments. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 90(8), 1340-8.

Rone-Adams, S., Nof, L., Hart, D. L., Sandro, C. R., & Wang, Y. C. (2009). Physiotherapy and occupational therapy students’ outcome effectiveness. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 16(3), 167-75.

Hart, D. L., Werneke, M. W., George, S. Z., Matheson, J. W., Wang, Y. C., Cook, K. F., et al. (2008). Screening for elevated levels of fear-avoidance beliefs regarding work or physical activities in people receiving outpatient therapy. Physical Therapy, 89(8), 770-85.

Wang, Y. C., Byers, K. L., & Velozo, C. A. (2008). Validation of the FIM-MDS crosswalk conversion algorithm. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 45(7), 1065-76.

Wang, Y. C., Byers, K. L., & Velozo, C. A. (2008). Rasch analysis of the Minimum Data Set mandated in skilled nursing facilities. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 45(9), 1385-99.

Hart, D. L., Wang, Y. C., Stratford, P. W., & Mioduski, J. E. (2008). Computerized adaptive test for patients with knee impairments produced valid and responsive measures of function. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 61, 1113-24.

Hart, D. L., Wang, Y. C., Stratford, P. W., & Mioduski, J. E. (2008). Computerized adaptive test for patients with hip impairments produced valid and responsive measures of function. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 89, 2129-39.

Hart, D. L., Wang, Y. C., Stratford, P. W., & Mioduski, J. E. (2008). Computerized adaptive test for patients with foot or ankle impairments produced valid and responsive measures of function. Quality of Life Research, 17, 1081-91.

Velozo, C. A., Wang, Y., Lehman, L., & Wang, J. H. (2008). Utilizing Rasch measurement models to develop a computer adaptive self-report of walking, climbing, and running. Disability & Rehabilitation, 30(6), 458-67.

Velozo, C. A., Byers, K. L., Wang, Y. C., & Joseph, B. R. (2007). Translating measures across the continuum of care: using Rasch analysis to create a crosswalk between the FIM and the MDS. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 44(3), 467-78.

Published Abstracts

Wang, Y. C., Deutscher, D., Yen, S. C., & Mioduski, J. E. (2013).  The self-report Fecal Incontinence and Constipation Questionnaire (FICQ) in patients with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 53(Suppl.), 72-3.

Wang, Y. C., Byers, K., Trierweiler, R., Edyburn, K., Jesselson, M., & Insley, M. (2013). Development of a return-to-work vocational assessment tool using virtual reality technology and manipulation interfaces. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 53(Suppl.), 187.

Li, X., Wang, Y. C., Rymer, W. Z., & Zhou, P. (2011). Motor unit number estimates show decreases in paretic muscles of stroke survivors. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 92(10), 1714.

Wang, Y. C., Byers, K., Stoykov, M. E., Culler, K. H., & Rymer, Z. (2010). Development of a Return-to-Work Vocational Assessment Tool Using Virtual Reality Technology and Manipulation Interfaces – The First Year's Progress Report. Cerebrovasc Dis, 29(Suppl.2).

Wang, Y. C., Lehman, L. A., Sindhu, B. S., Davenport, R. D., & Rymer, Z. (2010). The Effectiveness of Upper Extremity Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy in Hemiparetic Patients with Stroke: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Cerebrovasc Dis, 29(Suppl.2).

Wang, Y. C., Perlmutter, S., Zavertnik, J., Fang, L., & Makhsous, M. (2008). Relationships between sensorimotor impairments and reaching deficits in chronic hemiparesis. Stroke, 39(2), 644.

Supanwanid, P., Harvey, R. L., Roth, E. J., Wang, Y. C., & Schnitzer, T. J. (2008). Severe neurologic impairment, reduced walking ability, and female gender are risk factors for osteoporosis following stroke. Am J Phys Med Rehabil, 87(3), S9.

Wang, Y. C., Wang, E., Gershon, R., Lai, J. S., Nowinski, C., Reuben, D., et al. (2008). Development of hierarchical model on lifespan motor functional assessment on muscle strength subdomain. Am J Epidemiol, 167(Suppl.), S1.


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 Committe 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
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
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.

Honors & Awards

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

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