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Hyun Gu Kang

Hyun Gu Kang

Assistant Professor in Kinesiolgy


Office: University Hall 316

Hyun Gu Kang

Falls are the leading cause of accidental death in older adults. Yet current efforts to reduce falls only have made modest progress. One of three older adults who are aged 65 and over will fall each year. Every 45 minutes in San Diego county, a senior will need to go to the hospital for fall-related injuries. A music-and-movement education called Jaques-Dalcroze Eurhythmics is amazingly effective in reducing falls and improving gait, cognition, and affect, but it is unclear how. Identifying specific changes in cognitive and motor function due to eurhythmics will lead to better diagnostics and treatment for fall risk.

I run the Fall Prevention programs in partnership with San Marcos Senior Activity Center. In this outreach, we train students to work with older adults; collect data on the efficacy of fall prevention programs, and serve a very important need in the community. We offer "Brain and Body Fitness through Music and Movement" based on Jaques-Dalcroze Eurhythmics, developed in Geneva, Switzerland.

Fall Prevention Program phone number: 760-593-4570

Fall Prevention Program email: SanMarcosFallPrevention@csusm.com

You can see my ResearchGate profile for my publications and reprints

You can see my LinkedIn profile for other information: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Hyun_Gu_Kang

Our work has been featured on: http://news.csusm.edu/helping-the-elderly-prevent-falls/

Education

2001

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Departmental High Distinction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2003

M.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia

2007

Ph.D. Kinesiology - Movement Science, The University of Texas at Austin

NRSA Post-doctoral Fellow in Translational Research in Aging (2007-2009)

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. 

Mentor:  Lewis A. Lipsitz, MD

Non-linear dynamics in postural control, frailty and falls. 

Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew SeniorLife.

Aging appears to occur as connections in different body systems break down.  We quantified this phenomenon in the postural control of older adults, using non-linear dynamical and statistical tools.  Frail older adults exhibited this phenomenon more so than healthy older adults.

Research

As a scientist, I am fascinated by how we move our bodies, with specific interest in addressing fall risk in older adults. After training in engineering, I became fascinated by human movement, through my interest in music: a wager with a friend to improve my musical abilities led me to discover “new eyes” into how my body moved. So, after getting additional training in kinesiology, aging and epidemiological research, I now put together teams of students and teams of experts to understand how the body controls movement. I use mathematical and statistical tools to gain a better look into the control of posture, gait, and fall risk. As a graduate student, I carried out measurements and analysis of mechanisms underlying reflexes and the control of gait in older adults. As a post-doctoral scientist, I applied these approaches to studying postural function and falls in large populations.

Although falls pose a large burden on the health and well being of older adults, it appears that a program in music-and-movement called eurhythmics is amazingly effective in reducing falls and improving lives, although it is unclear how. Besides a way to reduce falls effectively, I see it as a window into understanding exactly what is involved in being resilient to falls. We are currently figuring out what is it about eurthymics that reduces falls in older adults, and what changes occur in a person taking eurhythmics. This “backward” approach is different from the conventional look at falls – instead of studying people who fall; we study why some programs are unusually effective in preventing falls.

Courses

Classes Taught At CSUSM

  • KINE 300/425 - Biomechanics
  • KINE 305 - Movement Anatomy
  • KINE 390 - Healthy Aging

Vitae

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Academic Appointments:

Year

Academic Appointment

2007 - 2009

Research Assistant Scientist, Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew SeniorLife, Boston, MA

2009 - 2014

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Health Promotion,
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona CA
 

2014 - Present

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
California State University, San Marcos

Postdoctoral Training:

Year

Training

2007 -  2009

NRSA Post-doctoral Fellow in Translational Research in Aging

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. 

Mentor:  Lewis A. Lipsitz, MD

Non-linear dynamics in postural control, frailty and falls. 

Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew SeniorLife.

Aging appears to occur as connections in different body systems break down.  We quantified this phenomenon in the postural control of older adults, using non-linear dynamical and statistical tools.  Frail older adults exhibited this phenomenon more so than healthy older adults.

Part II: Instruction

Courses Taught at CSUSM

  • KINE 305 Movement Anatomy:
    • Muscles, Bones, and Nerves that make the body move well.  
    • Service learning through helping Facilities Services clients move better with less pain during their work and life.
  • KINE 427 Health Aging:
    • Theory and practice in physical aging and helping older adults at the senior center improve mobility, balance, and cognitive function to prevent falls.
    • Service learning through interacting with community older adults.
  • KINE 495 Internship:
    • Final course for kinesiology students.
    • Students developed learning goals, a professional portfolio of skills and experiences, and job application and interview skills.
  • KINE 300/425 Biomechanics: Undergraduate class for kinesiology majors, without prerequisites in mechanics.
    • Covers non-calculus kinematics, kinetics, application of anatomy in understanding human movement.
    • Developed new course outline and syllabus based on Fink course design principles.
    • Integrated lecture and lab components into a cohesive experience.
    • KINE 503 Advanced Statistics for Kinesiology: Experimental Design, Data Presention, and Analysis using linear mixed-effects models

Other Teaching Related Activities

  • Interdisciplinary Fall Prevention Project:
    • Created a multidisciplinary experience for kinesiology and nursing students to prevent falls in older adults.
  • CSU Institute for Palliative Care:
    • Turnkey Interprofessional Education.  
    • Created a problem-based learning module for students in kinesiology, nursing, social work, and speech-language pathology to work together to address palliative care needs of simulated patients.
 

Part III: Research and Scholarly Activities

Original Articles

Articles

Abel MF, Damiano DL, Gilgannon M, Carmines D, Kang HG, Bennett BC, Laws ER. Biomechanical changes in gait following selective dorsal rhizotomy. J Neurosurg. 2005;102(2 Suppl):157-62.

Kang HG, Dingwell JB. A direct comparison of local dynamic stability during unperturbed standing and walking. Exp Brain Res. 2006;172(1):35-48.

Kang HG, Dingwell JB. Intra-session reliability of local dynamic stability of walking. Gait Posture. 2006;24(3):386-90.

Dingwell JB, Kang HG, Marin LC. The effects of sensory loss and walking speed on the orbital dynamic stability of human walking.J Biomech. 2007;40(8):1723-30.

Dingwell JB, Kang HG. Differences between local and orbital dynamic stability during human walking. J Biomech Eng. 2007;129(4):586-93.

Kang HG, Dingwell JB. Separating the effects of age and walking speed on gait variability. Gait Posture. 2008;27(4):572-7.

Leveille SG, Kiel DP, Jones RN, Roman A, Hannan MT, Sorond FA, Kang HG, Samelson EJ, Gagnon M, Freeman M, Lipsitz LA. The MOBILIZE Boston Study: design and methods of a prospective cohort study of novel risk factors for falls in an older population.BMC Geriatr. 2008;8:16.

Kang HG and Dingwell JB. Effects of Walking Speed, Strength and Range of Motion on Gait Stability in Healthy Older Adults. J Biomech. 2008; 41(14):2899-905.

Kang HG and Dingwell JB. Dynamic Stability of Superior vs. Inferior Segments during Walking in Young and Older Adults.  Gait and Posture, 2009 Aug;30(2):260-3.

Kang HG and Dingwell JB. Dynamics and stability of muscle activations during walking in     healthy young and older adults.  J Biomech, 2009 Oct 16;42(14):2231-7.

Kang HG*, Costa MD*, Priplata AA, Goldberger AL, Peng CK, Starobinets OV, Kiely DK, Cupples LA, Lipsitz LA.  Frailty and the Degradation of Complex Balance Dynamics during a Dual Task Protocol. J Gerontology, 2009 Dec;64(12):1304-11.  *co-first authorship

Galica AM, Kang HG, Priplata AA, D’Andrea SE, Starobinets OV, Sorond FA, Cupples LA, Lipsitz LA.  Subsensory Vibrations to the Feet Reduce Gait Variability in Elderly Fallers: The MOBILIZE Boston Study.  Gait and Posture, 2009 Oct;30(3):383-7.

Kang HG, Mahoney DF, Hoenig HM, Hirth VA, Bonato P, Hajjar I, Lipsitz LA.  In-situ Monitoring of Health in Older Adults: Technologies and Issues.  J Am Ger Soc, 2010 Aug 58(8): 1579-86.

Kang HG, Lipsitz LA.  Stiffness Control of Balance during Quiet Standing and Dual task in Older Adults: The MOBILIZE Boston Study.  J. Neurophysiology, 2010 Dec; 104(6): 3510-7.

Manor B, Costa MD, Hu K, Newton, E, Starobinets OV, Kang HG, Peng C-K, Novak V, and Lipsitz LA.  Physiological complexity and system adaptability: Evidence from postural control dynamics of older adults.  J. Applied Physiology, 2010 Dec; 109(6): 1786-91.

Nguyen US, Kiel DP, Li W, Galica AM, Kang HG, Hannan MT.  Correlations of Clinical and Laboratory Measures of Balance in Older Men and Women: The MOBILIZE Boston Study. Arthritis Care and Research.  2012 Dec;64(12):1895-902. doi: 10.1002/acr.21783.

Kang HG, Quach L, Li W, Lipsitz LA.  Stiffness Control of Balance during Dual Task and Prospective Falls in Older Adults: The MOBILIZE Boston Study.  Gait Posture, 2013 Sep; 38(4):757-63.  doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2013.03.022.

Fish KB and Kang HG.  Learning Outcomes in a Stress Management Course: Online versus Face-to-Face.  MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching.  10 (2), 2014.

Fish KB and Kang HG.  Student Preferences for “Live”, Recorded, and Text-Based Lectures in a Stress Management Course.  Journal of Online Education, 2014 in press.

 In Progress:

Kang HG, Dela MD, Dingwell JB.  Multiscale Entropy of EMG Dynamics during Walking in Young and Older Adults.  Gait and Posture, in revision after 2 rounds of peer reviews.

Kang HG and Thap DB.  The Effects of Dual Task on Gait when Controlling for Velocity on a Treadmill.  Gait and Posture.  In revision after 1 round of peer reviews.

In Preparation:

Kang HG, Velazquez V, Hino S, Rosario E.  Use of Dalcroze Eurhythmics in Brain Injury. 

Temporal Evolution of Multi-person body motions and coordination through Dalcroze Eurhythmics

Interprofessional Delivery of Fall Prevention Class in the Community

Scaling properties in Postural Dynamics and Falls

Local Dynamic Stability of Postural Dynamics and Falls

Mechanisms underlying Dalcroze Eurhythmics as Fall Prevention

External Grants

2006-2007

P.I., American Society of Biomechanics Grant-in-Aid (Dissertation Award), Kinematic and Neuromuscular Dynamic Stability During the Gait Cycle in Young and Older Adults. $2500.

2007-2008

Investigator, Center for Integration of Medicine & Innovative Technology (CIMIT), Group in Advanced approaches to Physiologic Monitoring in the Aged.  PI: Lewis Lipsitz

2009

PI, Parametric model of postural control in older adults using statistical mechanics, NIH R15 AG037411-01.  Unscored/Not funded.  To determine reflexive contributions in postural control from COP data and link them to falls in older adults. 

2011

PI, Distractions, Falls and Stochastic Delay Differential Models of Postural Control, NIH SC3 GM100851-01.  Scored, unfunded.  To model postural control using stochastic delay differential equations from COP data and link them to falls outcomes in older adults. 

2011

Co-PI,  Inverse dynamics analysis and neuromuscular patterns of  inclined gait and stair ascent in dogs”  PI:  Griffon, D., Submitted to AOVET, unfunded.

2014

PI, Modeling and Validation of Postural Mechanisms in Fall Risk.  NIGMS SCORE program.  1 SC3 GM111148-01. Scored/Not Funded.

Internal Grants

2010-2011

PI, Provost’s Teacher-Scholar Award from California State Polytechnic University.  Summer stipends for starting research activities.  $11,000

2013

PI, President’s Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities (RSCA) grant, California State Polytechnic University.  $9,936. Pilot study of music and movement intervention on brain injury patients. 

2013-2014

Co-PI, : Integration of Haptic and Visual Feedback Technology with Intelligent Algorithms for Post-Stroke Assessment/Therapy.  Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Grant Program, California State Polytechnic University.  $20,000

2014-2015

PI:  Interdisciplinary Fall Prevention Project.  Will run a fall prevention program in the community with kinesiology and nursing students.  CEHHS Dean’s Office. $5,540.

Refereed Abstracts

1.

Kang, H.G. and Dingwell, J.B., “Directly Comparing Standing and Walking Stabilities,” Proceedings of the 28th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, Portland, OR. 2004.

2.

Kang, H.G. and Dingwell, J.B., “Local Dynamic Stability of Standing Vs. Walking,” Proceedings of the Progress in Motor Control V Meeting, State College, PA. 2005:pg. 4-4.

3.

Dingwell, J.B., Kang H.G. and Marin L.C. “The Effects of Walking Speed on Orbital Stability of Human Walking”. Proceedings of the 5th World Congress of Biomechanics, Munich, Germany. 2006.

4.

Dingwell, J.B. and Kang, H.G., “Effects of Sensory Loss on Orbital Stability of Walking”. Proceedings of the 5th World Congress of Biomechanics, Munich, Germany. 2006.

5.

Kang, H.G. and Dingwell, J.B., “Orbital Stability of Overground vs. Treadmill Walking”. Proceedings of the 5th World Congress of Biomechanics, Munich, Germany. 2006.

6.

Kang, H.G. and Dingwell, J.B., “Reliability of Local Dynamic Stability of Human Walking”. Proceedings of the 5th World Congress of Biomechanics, Munich, Germany. 2006.

7.

Kang, H.G. and Dingwell, J.B., “Postural Local Dynamic Stability is Not Predictive of That During Locomotion,” Proceedings of the XXth Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, Cleveland, OH. 2006:pg. 39.

8.

Marin, L.C., Kang, H.G. and Dingwell, J.B., “Changes in the Orbital Stability of Walking Across Speeds”. Proceedings of the 30th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, Blacksburg, VA. 2006.

9.

Dingwell, J.B. and Kang, H.G., “Effects of Sensory Loss on Orbital Stability of Walking”. Proceedings of the 30th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, Blacksburg, VA. 2006.

10.

Kang, H.G. and Dingwell, J.B., “Orbital Stability of Overground vs. Treadmill Walking”. Proceedings of the 30th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, Blacksburg, VA. 2006.

11.

Kang, H.G. and Dingwell, J.B., “Do Slower Walking Speeds in Healthy Older Adults explain their higher gait variability?”. Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society 12th Annual Meeting, Springfield, MA. 2007.

12.

Kang, H.G. and Dingwell, J.B., “Speed Controlled Comparison of Gait Variability in Healthy Young and Older Adults”. XXIth Congress of Int. Society of Biomechanics, Taipei, Taiwan. 2007.

13.

Kang, H.G. and Dingwell, J.B., “Separating the Effects of Age and Speed on Gait Variability in Healthy Young and Older Adults”. Proceedings of the 31st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, Palo Alto, CA. 2007.

14.

Kang, H.G. and Dingwell, J.B., “Segment Height and Dynamic Gait Stability in Young and Older Adults”. 60th Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, San Francisco, CA. 2007.

15.

Galica, A.M., Priplata, A.A., D’Andrea, S.E., Kang, H.G., Starobinets, O.V., Collins, J.J., Lipsitz, L.A. “Sub-threshold vibrations to the feet improve gait variability in the elderly”. 60th Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, San Francisco, CA. 2007.

16.

Kang, H.G. and Dingwell, J.B., “Walking Slower Improves Dynamic Gait Stability in the Elderly”. 60th Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, San Francisco, CA. 2007.

17.

Kang, H.G. and Dingwell, J.B., “Stabilization of Superior Segments during Gait”. Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society Meeting, Richmond, VA. 2008.

18.

Kang, H.G. and Dingwell, J.B., “Speed, Leg Strength and Walking Stability in Healthy Elderly”. Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society Meeting, Richmond, VA. 2008.

19.

Kang, H.G., Costa, M., Starobinets, O.V., Goldberger, A.L., Peng, C.K., Kiely, D.K, Lipsitz, L.A., “Complexity of Postural Dynamics and Frailty.”. American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington, DC. 2008.

20.

Kang, H.G., Galica, A.M., Priplata, A.A., D’Andrea, S.E., Starobinets, O.V., Collins, J.J., Lipsitz, L.A. “Sub-threshold vibrations to the feet reduce gait variability in the elderly”. American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington, DC. 2008.

21.

Kang, H.G. and Dingwell, J.B., “Slower Walking and the Dynamic Stability of Gait in Healthy Elderly”. American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington, DC. 2008.

22.

Kang, H.G. and Dingwell, J.B.,  “Fluctuations of EMG Patterns at Multiple Walking Speeds” . North American Congress of Biomechanics, Ann Arbor, MI. 2008.

23.

Kang, H.G., Costa, M., Starobinets, O.V., Goldberger, A.L., Peng, C.K., Kiely, D.K, Lipsitz, L.A., “Loss of Complexity in Balance Dynamics during Quiet Standing and Dual-task: a Marker of Frailty in Elderly People”. North American Congress of Biomechanics, Ann Arbor, MI. 2008.

24.

Kang, H.G. and Dingwell, J.B., “Stability of Superior Segments during Gait in Older Adults” . North American Congress of Biomechanics, Ann Arbor, MI. 2008.

25.

Kang, H.G. and Dingwell, J.B., “Walking Speed, Leg Strength, Range of Motion, and Dynamic Stability in the Gait of Healthy Older Adults”. North American Congress of Biomechanics, Ann Arbor, MI. 2008.

26.

Kang, H.G., Galica, A.M., Priplata, A.A., D’Andrea, S.E., Starobinets, O.V., Collins, J.J., Lipsitz, L.A. “Gait Variability is Reduced by Sub-threshold Vibrations to the Feet”. North American Congress of Biomechanics, Ann Arbor, MI. 2008.

27.

Kang, H.G. and Dingwell, J.B., "Local and Orbital Dynamic Stability of Walking in Healthy Young and Older Adults," Society of Engineering Science annual technical meeting. Urbana, IL. 2008.

28.

Kang HG, Dingwell JB. Changes in the Dynamic Stability of Walking in Active Healthy Older Adults Independent of Changes in Walking Speed. Proceedings of International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Boston, MA. 2008.

29.

Kang HG, Costa M, Priplata AA, Goldberber AL, Peng CK, Starobinets OV, Kiely DK, Cupples LA, Lipsitz LA. Complexity and Frailty: Multiscale Entropy of Balance Dynamics during Quiet Standing and Dual-Task. Proceedings of International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Boston, MA. 2008.

30.

Kang, H.G., Costa, M., Starobinets, O.V., Goldberger, A.L., Peng, C.K., Kiely, D.K, Lipsitz, L.A., “Complexity of Balance Dynamics during Quiet Standing and Dual-task: a Marker of Frailty in Elderly People”. The Gerontological Society of America, 61st Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD. 2008.

31.

Kang, H.G., Costa, M., Starobinets, O.V., Goldberger, A.L., Peng, C.K., Kiely, D.K, Lipsitz, L.A., “Complexity of Balance Dynamics during Quiet Standing and Dual-Task: Multiscale Entropy”, part of Measurement, Statistics, and Research Methods Symposium. The Gerontological Society of America, 61st Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD. 2008.

32.

Lipsitz, L.A., Hajjar, I., Kang, H.G., “Symposium: Approaches to Physiologic and Behavior Monitoring of Seniors in their Home Environment”. The Gerontological Society of America, 61st Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD. 2008.

33.

Kang HG, Lipsitz LA.  “Dual task and stiffness control of posture: MOBILIZE Boston Study”  International Society of Biomechanics, 22nd Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, 2009.

34.

Kang HG, Quach L, Lipsitz LA.  “Postural stiffness model and future falls in older adults: MOBILIZE Boston Study”  International Society of Biomechanics, 22nd Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, 2009. Young Investigator Award Finalist

35.

Kang HG, Quach L, Li W, Lipsitz LA.  “Postural Stiffness, Distractions, and Prospective Falls:  The MOBILIZE Boston Study.”  3rd Int. Congress of Gait and Mental Function.  Washington DC, Feb 2010.

36.

Kang HG, Lipsitz LA.  “Postural Stiffness, Damping, and Dual Task in Older Adults:  The MOBILIZE Boston Study”  The 6th World Congress of Biomechanics, Singapore, 2010.

37.

Kang HG, Quach L, Li W, Lipsitz LA.  “Postural Stiffness, Damping, and Outdoor Falls in Older Adults:  the MOBILIZE Boston Study”  The 6th World Congress of Biomechanics, Singapore, 2010.

38.

Kang HG, Quach L, Li W, Lipsitz LA.  “Postural Stiffness Model and Outdoor Falls in Older Adults: The Mobilize Boston Study”  The 34th American Society of Biomechanics Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island, 2010.

39.

Kang HG, Lipsitz LA.  “Postural Stiffness Model and Dual Task in Older Adults: The Mobilize Boston Study.”  The 34th American Society of Biomechanics Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island, 2010.

40.

Hur P, Kang HG, Lipsitz L, Hsiao-Wecksler E.  Fall Risk Estimation of Community-Dwellering Elderly Using Invariant Density Analysis.  The 34thAmerican Society of Biomechanics Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island, 2010.

41.

Dela, MD, Dingwell, JB, Kang, HG.  Multiscale Entropy of EMG during Walking in Young and Older Adults.  The 35th American Society of Biomechanics Meeting, Long Beach, California, 2011.

42.

Kang HG and Murdock G.  Flexible Framework for Testing Postural Control Models: Evidence for Intermittent Control?  The 36th American Society of Biomechanics Meeting, Gainesville Florida, 2012

43.

Kang HG.  Designing Biomechanics Courses for Significant Learning: Fink Model Applied at Cal Poly Pomona. The 36th American Society of Biomechanics Meeting, Gainesville Florida, 2012.  Invited Symposium.

44.

Kang HG and Thap DB.  Does Slower Walking Speed in Older Adults Protect against Distractions?.  The 37th American Society of Biomechanics meeting, Omaha, Nebraska, 2013.

45.

Kang HG and Thap DB.  Slow Gait does not protect against distractions.  International Society of Posture and Gait Research, Vancouver, BC, Canada, July 2014.

46.

Kang HG, Li W, Hur P, Lipsitz LA.  Fall Risk in Older adults:  Posture, distractions, and statistics in multidisciplinary teams. The Seventh International Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology: Education and Research, Claremont, CA, October 2014.

47.

Faramarzi B, Nout-Lomas YS, Stowe R, Greene HM, Kang HG.  Diagnosis Of Distal Phlanx Palmar Process Fractures In Foals: Challanges And Solutions.  8th International Symposium on Veterinary Rehabilitation/Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, August 2014, Corvallis, OR.

48.

Kang HG, Velazquez V, Hino S, Rosario E.  Feasibility of Music-based Multitask Training in Brain Injury Patients.  Southwest Chapter of the American Society of Sports Medicine, Costa Mesa CA, 2014                

Invited Presentations (External)

Year

Topic

2009

Dynamics of gait and balance in older adults: a non-linear look.  University of Pittsburgh

2010

Postural Control, Dual Task, and Outdoor Falls.  Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejoen, Korea

2010

Postural Control, Dual Task, and Outdoor Falls.  Chonnam National University, Gwangju, Korea

2010

Balance and Outdoor Falls: the MOBILIZE Boston Study.  Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

2010

Postural Control, Dual Task, and Outdoor Falls.  Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea.

2011

Thinking and Falling.  Guest lecture for biomechanics class, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Other Research Projects

2012

Collaborator, Learning outcomes in online classes.  PI: Fish, KL.  Analysis of data.

2011

Collaborator, Grading of horse lameness using xylazine-induced ataxia model.  PI: Nout-Nomas, Y.  Co-supervision of Krista Page, MS student.  Supervision of force plate and accelerometer data analyses.

2013

Co-PI, Effect of dog walking on the obese handler’s gait.  Collaboration with Western University of Health Sciences.  PI: Griffon D.  Simultaneous measurement of human and canine gait as a function of dog size and human obesity on gait mats, exploring the effect of body size, correlation and coupling of gait parameters.   Supervision of Amal Gaada, MS student. 

PART IV: Service to the Department, College, and University

Department

2014-2015 - Assessment Coordinator: Edited the assessment instrument to evaluate SLO #1

University and the CSU

2014-2016 - Member, Institutional Review Board: Reviewed application for Human Subjects Research

External Service

2013-2015 - Member, American Society of Biomechanics Education Board: Reviewed applications for Dissertation Awards

Ad-hoc Referee Work for Journals

  • Gait and Posture
  • Human Movement Science
  • Annals of Biomedical Engineering
  • Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences
  • Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Journal of Biomechanics
  • Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation
  • Experimental Brain Research

Referee Work for Conferences

  • American Society of Biomechanics meeting, August 2012;
    Program chair: Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler
  • The California State University Student Research Conference, 2013

Conference Session Chair

  • Session Chair, Dynamics and Control of Biomechanical Systems VIII, ASME International Congress and Exposition, November 4, 2008.
  • Session Chair, Posture and Balance, American Society of Biomechanics meeting, August 2012.\
  • Session Chair, Health Sciences, the CSU Student Research Conference, May 2013.
  • Session Committee, Science, the Cal Poly Pomona Student Research Conference, March 2013.

Grant Review Panels and Ad hoc Grant Reviews

 National Institutes of Health: 

  • Small Business: Clinical Neurophysiology, Devices, Neuroprosthetics and Biosensors (ZRG1 ETTN-K 10) Served in March 2012.
  • The Wellcome Trust (UK).  Ad hoc reviewer for Sir Hendy Dale Fellowships (Career Development award), July 2012.

Professional Societies:

2004-

American Society of Biomechanics, Member

2004-

International Society of Biomechanics, Member

2007-

American Geriatrics Society, Member

2007-

The Gerontological Society of America, Member

2008-

Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society, Member

PART V:  Awards and Honors:

1996-1998

Dean's List, University of Illinois

1996-1998

James Scholar, University of Illinois

2006-2007

A.D. Hutchinson Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin

2007-2008

William S. Livingston Fellowship - declined due to graduation, University of Texas at Austin

2009

International Society of Biomechanics Young Investigator Award Finalist          

PART VI: Previous Academic Appointments and Other Experience:

2004

Guest Lecture, “EMG and Cerebral Palsy.” In Motor Control, Undergraduate Kinesiology Course

2003-2005

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Biomechanics of Human Movement

2006

Assistant Instructor, Biomechanics of Human Movement, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, The University of Texas at Austin

2007-2009

Research Assistant Scientist, Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew SeniorLife, Boston, MA; Research Fellow in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

2009-2014

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Health Promotion,
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona CA
 
(aka Cal Poly Pomona)

Courses taught:

  • KIN 304/L Introduction to Biomechanics. (2009- ) Undergraduate exercise science class for kinesiology majors, without prerequisites in mechanics.  Covers non-calculus kinematics, kinetics, application of anatomy in understanding human movement.  Developed new course outline and syllabus based on Fink course design principles. Integrated lecture and lab components into a cohesive experience
  •  KIN 412/A Movement Anatomy and Kinesiology(2009-)  Undergraduate exercise science class for kinesiology majors with exercise science option.  Covers neurophysiology, application of biomechanics in functional anatomy, mechanisms of injury.  Developed new course outline and syllabus based on Fink principles, right brain hemisphere activities, and public education about muscular/skeletal/neurological injuries and practical exams.
  • KIN 461/462/499/400  Senior Project (2011- ). Undergraduate capstone class for exercise science option students. Integrating coursework and clinical or research observation projects.

Training in Teaching, Pedagogy and Mentoring

Year Teaching, Pedagogy, and Mentoring
2010 Attended Fink & Associated workshop on Integrated Course Design, May 2010 in Chicago, IL
2012 Invited Symposium: Designing Biomechanics Courses for Significant Learning: Fink Model Applied at Cal Poly Pomona, presented at American Society of Biomechanics meeting.
2012 Attended Mini-ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) from American Society of Civil Engineers.
2013 Attended Fostering Effective Research Teams, Cal Poly Pomona

 

Mentorship and Supervision of Trainees

Name and my formal role

Period of Supervision

Supervisee role

Supervisee outcome

Philip Kwang, BS

Spring 2005

Assistance in protocol design and data collection

Industry

Cooper Philips, BS

Fall 2006

Assistance in data collection

Medical school

Kevin Ma, BS

20062007

Assistance in data analysis, report writing

M.S. Biomedical engineering, U. Southern California

Neeraj Satya, BS

Spring 2007

Assistance in data analysis, report writing

Industry

Andrew Galica, BS

2007-2009    

Assistance in data analysis, statistical analysis, manuscript writing

Institute for Aging Research

Olga Starobinets, BS

2007-2009    

Assistance in data analysis, statistical analysis, manuscript writing

M.S. Biomedical Engineering, at U. Southern California

Caitlin Everhart

2010

Design data collection forms, presentations, posters

In high school

Dominic Baiocco. BS

2010-2012

Assistance in data collection, recruitment of subjects

B.S. student

William Hill, BS

2010-2012

Assistance in data collection, recruitment of subjects

B.S. student, currently DPT student at USC

Michelle Cotrupe, BS

2011-2012

Assistance in data collection, recruitment of subjects

B.S. student, currently DPT student at USC

Mark Dela, MS

2010-2011

Assistance in sample size calculations, statistical analyses, abstract writing and submission, poster presentation

Currently PhD student in Statistics at UC Santa Barbara

Dan B. Thap, BS

Senior project supervisor

2012-2013

Assistance in data analysis, presentation and abstract writing. 

DPT student at Western University of Health Sciences

Veronica Velazquez MS

Chair of thesis committee.

2013-2014

Organize, collect data on the Music and Movement intervention study for her master’s thesis. 

M.S. Exercise Physiology

Amal Gaada MS

Chair of thesis committee

2013-2014

Organize, collect data on the effect of dog size on the handler’s gait and the coupling of canine-human gait dynamics for her master’s thesis. 

M.S. Exercise Physiology

Paul Linares MS

Member, thesis committee

2012-2014

 

M.S. Exercise Physiology

Krista Page MS

Member, thesis committee

2011-2013

 

M.S. Animal Sciences

Local Presentations (at Cal Poly Pomona)

Year Presentations
2010 Guest Lecturer, “Non-linear dynamics in Biomechanics” in Physics
2010 Balance and Outdoor Falls (summer symposium)
2011 Presenting Posters (summer symposium)
2011 Health of Systems (Physics department seminar series)
2012 Studying the Black Box (summer symposium)
2013 Effective Use of Cold Calling in the Classroom
2013 Approaches to modeling the human postural system and Falls

Service Experience

Year Service
2009 - Present Departmental Committee-as-a-whole work in Program Review, Student Learning Outcomes Assessment, adjunct faculty performance review.
2012 - 2013

Member, Exercise Physiology Faculty Search Committee,
Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Developed recruitment materials, participated in phone and on-campus interviews for an exercise physiology faculty

2012 - 2014

Chair, Exercise Science Committee,
Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Advocated for the needs of the curriculum, coordinated meetings, led course revisions, curriculum conversion, etc.

2013

Chair, Associate Dean Search Committee, College of Science

Developed recruitment materials, organized interviews

2013 - 2015

Member, Undergraduate Research Faculty Advisory Council, Cal Poly Pomona

Organized student research competitions for Cal Poly Pomona and the California State University system-wide student research competition

2012 - 2014

Faculty member, Information Technology Governance Committee

Represented faculty interests regarding information technology issues on campus

2013 - 2015

Faculty member, Centers for Community Engagement Advisory Committee

Represented faculty interests regarding community engagement, service learning, and finding community partners for scholarly projects

Brain Fitness

Brain and Body Fitness through Music and Movement

Developed by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze in Geneva, this class uses music as a way to organize movements.  Music education methods developed by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze is used all around the world, and in all age groups, including seniors. Researchers in Geneva found that seniors who participate can lower their fall risk greatly, improve gait, mood, and cognitive function. The classes consist of walking, memory and coordination games, quick reaction and executive tasks, motor imagery and mirroring, and responding to different movement cues provided with live improved music.

For more information, see: http://www.dalcroze.ch/rythmique-seniors-dalcroze/ (in French)

At CSUSM Fall Prevention outreach programs, Eurhythmics is taught by Shoko Hino, DMA, certified and licensed in the method.

Our next program offering is on Mondays at the San Marcos Senior Activity Center

Summer 2017:  Mondays 2-3pm, Recreation Room:  June 5 - July 24, 2017

Fall 2017:  Mondays 2-3pm and/or Thursdays 2-3pm:  August 31 - December 14, 2017

to register, contact the San Marcos Senior Activity Center at 760-744-5535   or use the San Marcos Activenet

https://apm.activecommunities.com/sanmarcosreg/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=csusm&applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&cat=Activities

Grad Students

Current and Future Projects for Prospective Graduate Students

In no particular order.

  • What inspires you?
  • Do you love helping people?
  • Changing people's minds?
  • Poring over data?
  • Organzing a movement?
  • Changing how we do things?

Are you interested in looking at things differently?  Turning over current paradigms and shed a new light on a nagging problem?

Project 1: Proximal determinants of falls  (with Jonathan Hsu, M.S. student for 2018)

Most fall epidemiology is focused on determining who is likely to fall and then finding ways to stop falls.  Many clinical and community fall screening methods are designed this way, where all falls are considered the same outcome.  However, each fall is unique, similar to a sense that each cancer is unique.  If we could also determine how these people are likely to fall, then we could design a better targeted fall prevention program for each person.  Our project focuses on mining the Mobilize Boston Study falls narrative database to identify specific ways a person may have fallen, then determining specific risk factors for each proximal determinant of the fall.

Do you want to improve musculoskeletal function?  bring physical therapy methods to prevent problems?  in finding out how to best serve people with musculoskeletal dysfunction and pain?  

Project 2: Efficacy and the Design of Musculoskeletal Health Program

We partner with CSUSM facilities services to provide a musculoskeletal health wellness program.  Our goal is to increase range of motion, joint mobility, functional movement, in order to reduce body pain and injury.  However, it is not clear what the best tests are to measure range of motion and functional movement, or what is the best treatment, especially when deployed in a workplace, where we can prevent much of these problems before people need to get physical therapy.

Do you want to understand those who don't fit into a defined box?  Redefine theories of physiology that can includes more people?

Project 3: Local dynamic stability of body control and falls  
  1. Although laboratory experiments generally confirm that dual tasking (counting backwards while trying to stand still) increases body sway, there is a sizeable chunk of the population that do not behave this way - what is different about them?
  2. The body mechanics during the body sway does not behave according to a particular theory in about a third of the population.  What is different about them? Is there a better theory to explain these people?

 We perform secondary analyses of Mobilize Boston Study postural control dataset to determine why these people who don't fit our current theories, and think about what we should do about this.

Do you want to work with a variety of people?  Make a difference right now?  Like electronics and gadgets?

Project 4: Exercise Load during Brain and Body Fitness through Music and Movement.

Our program at the San Marcos Senior Activity Center is based on Jaques-Dalcroze Eurhythmics, a music and movement education program that just happens to be one of the best interventions to reduce falls in older adults.  It is interactive, social, gets people moving, and received well by many participants.   But where does the benefit come from?  How much of the benefit comes simply from doing physical movement?  How much exercise are they getting?

Our goal is to determine activity level using activity monitors and heart rate monitors in the participants of our program.

Are you amazed by how the brain generates movement?  Do you want to better understand how this works?

Project 5: Motor response generation improvement during Brain and Body Fitness through Music and Movement.

Our program at the San Marcos Senior Activity Center is based on Jaques-Dalcroze Eurhythmics, a music and movement education program that just happens to be one of the best interventions to reduce falls in older adults.  It is interactive, social, gets people moving, and received well by many participants.   But where does the benefit come from? I hypothesize that the activities help older adults practice motor response generation, which helps to translate into generating coordianted responses to a fall-causing perturbation, thus preventing falls.  To test this hypothesis, we need to find a way to measure the improvement in motor response generation with our program.