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Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

Yo Shih, PhD, PT

  • Assistant Professor
  • Director, Center for Human Performance Measurement


  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Physical Therapy, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, 2021
  • PhD, Biokinesiology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2019
  • MS, Exercise & Sport Science, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan, 2010
  • BS, Physical Therapy, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 2004

Societies and Organizations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • American Society of Biomechanics
  • International Society of Biomechanics


  • PHTH 8172: Measurement in Clinical Practice

Research Interests:

  • I am interested in motor control and motor learning with the specific application on enhancing human function and prevent injury. My research focuses on understanding the association between the alternative sensory inputs and postural control in individuals with amputation and peripheral sensory disorder through biomechanical and neurophysiological studies. To answer my research questions, I utilized a variety of research equipment including motion analysis system, transcranial magnetic stimulation, electromyography, electroencephalogram, instrumented treadmill, and wearable sensors. My work aims to inform the development of rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies for populations with movement dysfunctions.

Select Publications:

  • Shih Y, Fisher BE, Kutch JJ, Powers CM. Corticomotor excitability of gluteus maximus and hip extensor strength: The influence of sex. Human Movement Science. 2021 Aug; 78:102830. 
  • Shih Y, Fisher BE, Smith JA, Powers CM. Corticomotor excitability of gluteus maximus is associated with hip biomechanics during a single-leg drop-jump. Journal of Motor Behavior; 2021;53(1):40-46.
  • Shih Y, Teng HL, Powers CM. Leg stiffness predicts ground reaction force loading rate in heel-strike runners. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2019 Aug;51(8):1692-1697. 
  • Shih Y, Chen YC, Lee YS, Chan MS, Shiang TY. Walking beyond preferred transition speed increases muscle activations with a shift from inverted pendulum to spring mass model in lower extremity. Gait Posture. 2016 May;46:5-10
  • Shih Y, Ho CS, Shiang TY. Measuring kinematic changes of the foot using a gyro sensor during intense running. Journal of Sports Sciences. 2014;32(6):550-6.
  • Shih Y, Lin KL, Shiang TY. Is the foot striking pattern more important than shod conditions in running? Gait and Posture. 2013 Jul;38(3):490-494.