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Ying Fang, PhD

Ying Fang, PhD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Fang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. She has a Master of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Biomechanics. She obtained her PhD in Biomedical Engineering, focusing on improving bone health in people with Spinal Cord Injury. Dr. Fang completed her postdoctoral training at Northern Arizona University, where she implemented assistive technologies in neurorehabilitation. She was awarded NIH F32 Postdoctoral Fellowship and funded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Her long-term goal at RFUMS is to develop and evaluate evidence-based interventions to improve mobility and musculoskeletal health for vulnerable populations.


Department of Physical Therapy Movement Analysis Laboratory

Research Interests

  • Gait rehabilitation using assistive devices and biofeedback systems
  • Improving balance and preventing falls in the elderly
  • Exercise interventions to prevent bone loss in spinal cord injury
  • Neuromuscular control and biomechanics of human movement

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Fang Y, Lerner ZF (2023). How Adaptive Ankle Exoskeleton Assistance Affects Stability During Perturbed and Unperturbed Walking in the Elderly. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, advance online publication.
  • Fang Y, Orekhov G, Lerner ZF (2022). Adaptive Ankle Exoskeleton Gait Training Demonstrates Acute Neuromuscular and Spatiotemporal Benefits for Individuals with Cerebral Palsy. Gait & Posture, 95:256-263.
  • Fang Y, Lerner ZF (2021). Augmenting Ankle Exoskeleton Walking Performance with Step Length Biofeedback in Individuals with Cerebral Palsy. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 29: 442-449.
  • Fang Y, Morse LR, Nguyen N, Battaglino RA, Goldstein RF, Troy KL. (2021). Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)-Assisted Rowing Combined with Zoledronic Acid, But Not Alone, Preserves Distal Femur Strength and Stiffness in People with Chronic Spinal Cord Injury. Osteoporosis International. 32(3):549-558.
  • Fang Y, Fitzhugh EC, Crouter SE, Gardner JK, Zhang S (2016). Effects of Workloads and Cadences on Frontal Plane Knee Biomechanics in Cycling. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 48(2):260-6.

Link to Complete List of Publications


  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Worcester, MA
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology (Biomechanics)
    The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Knoxville, TN
  • Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology
    Shanghai University of Sport
    Shanghai, China

Professional Society Membership

  • American Society of Biomechanics
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)