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Pei-Chun Kao

Pei-Chun Kao, P.T., Ph.D. Associate Professor, Scientific Lead in Robot-Assisted Movement Biomechanics, NERVE Center, UMOVE Center Researcher


Gait rehabilitation, biomechanics and neuromuscular control of human walking

Research Interest

Assistive technology; Cognitive-motor interference; Gait biomechanics;

Educational Background

  • Other: Postdoctoral Research training in Physical Therapy, (2014), University of Delaware - Newark, DE
    Supporting Area: Robotic exoskeletons, FES, and biomechanics: treating movement disorders
  • Ph D: Biomechanics, (2009), University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Principles of motor adaptation when walking with a powered exoskeleton
  • MS: Movement Science, (2003), University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Recumbent stepping frequency and neural coping between upper and lower limbs
  • BS: Physical Therapy, (2000), National Taiwan University - Taipei, Taiwan


Pei-Chun Kao's research interests are the identification of the general principles of biomechanics and motor control in human walking and the use of that information to develop effective rehabilitation interventions and alternatives. The areas she is specifically interested in are fall prevention and wearable devices for biofeedback and assistance.