Yo Shih

Yo Shih

Yo Shih, PT, PhD

Post-doctoral scholar


Dr. Yo Shih is interested in motor control of lower extremity movement related to musculoskeletal and neurological dysfunctions. She received her bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from National Taiwan University and her master’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science from National Normal Taiwan University before she earned her Ph.D from University of Southern California. In her dissertation, Dr. Shih probed into the brain-behavior relationship of the movements related to knee injury. As a researcher, Dr. Shih uses a variety of research equipment including motion analysis system, transcranial magnetic stimulation, electromyography, instrumented treadmill, and wearable sensors. She hopes to advance current understanding of motor control of movements and to inform rehabilitation and injury prevention of populations with lower extremity movement dysfunctions.



2013- 2019       PhD, Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy,

University of Southern California

Dissertation title: Corticomotor excitability of gluteus maximus: Influence on hip extensor strength and hip mechanics

2008- 2010       Master of Science, Graduate Institute of Exercise & Sport Science

National Taiwan Normal University

Thesis title: Measuring kinematic changes of the foot using a gyro sensor during intense running.

2000- 2004       Bachelor of Science, School of Physical Therapy

National Taiwan University

Seminar title: Effect of repeated exercise on muscle injuries



  1. 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 Feb 23.
  2. 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
  3. Lee YC, Ho CS, Shih Y, Chang SY, Robert FJ, Shiang TY. Assessment of walking, running, and jumping movement features by using the inertial measurement unit. Gait and Posture. 2015 May;41(4):877-81
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Chan MS, Huang SL, Shih Y, Chen CH, Shiang TY. Shear cushions reduce the impact loading rate during walking and running. Journal of Sports Biomechanics. 2013 Nov;12(4): 334-42.
  7. Shiang TY, Shih Y, Ho CS. The applications of sensor technology for exercise and sports science. Physical Education Journal. 2012;45(1): 1-12.
  8. Shih Y, Wu YT, Wu CL, Chai HM, Luh JJ, Tsauo JY. E-learning Requirements of College Students Studying Exercise Science (in Chinese). Journal of Medical Education. 2005;9(3): 224-32.

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Department(s): Integrated Health Sciences

Office: BHS 312
Mail Code: 3029
Phone: 702-895-3086
Fax: 702-895-4883
Email: yo.shih@unlv.edu