Wen K. Ling
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
Dr. Wen Ling is Associate Professor of Physical Therapy in the Department of New York University. After obtaining her entry-level physical therapy education from National Taiwan University, Dr. Ling received her PhD in Pathokinesiology from New York University. In addition to her teaching, she currently performs research regarding such topics as evaluating gait deviations and movement changes under differing conditions (e.g. pregnant women, women carrying materials of various weights, and children with cerebral palsy). In honor of her dedication to physical therapy education and her tireless efforts to promote diversity, Dr. Ling was selected for inclusion in the 2003 Academic Keys of Who's Who in Education and received the American Physical Therapy Association's Diversity 2000 and Beyond Award.
Dr. Ling’s areas of expertise are in physical therapy examination and intervention for patients with neuromuscular disorders, clinical and advanced measurement methods for individuals with movement disorders, and research design and methods. In collaboration with her colleagues, Dr. Ling recently published the research article, Temporal relationship between trunk and thigh contributes to balance control in load carriage walking, in the journal Gait and Posture. Among many publications, she also authored the published text Neuro Notes: Clinical Pocket Guide (FA Davis, 2009), a handy pocket guide, complete with neurological examination techniques, standardized tests, differential diagnoses, medical red flags, radiological/imaging techniques, and medications for patients with common neuromuscular disorders.
- M.A. New York University, Pathokinesilogy
- Ph.D. New York University, Pathokinesilogy
- B.S. National Taiwan University, Physical Therapy
Grants and Awards
- 2007: American Physical Therapy Association Minority Initiatives Award
- 2005: New York Physical Therapy Association Certificate of Appreciation
- 2004: American Physical Therapy Association Diversity 2000 and Beyond Award
- Movement/gait analysis
- Kinesiological EMG
- Neurological physical therapy
- Curriculum design
- Yen SC, Gutierrez G, Ling W., Magill R, McDonough A. Coordination Variability during Load Carriage Walking: Can It Contribute to Low Back Pain? Accepted for publication by Human Movement Science in February 2012.
- Yen SC, Ling W, McDonough AL, and Magill R. Temporal relationship between trunk and thigh contributes to balance control in load carriage walking. Gait & Posture. 2011;34(3):402-408.
- Fenderson C, Ling W. Neuro Notes: Clinical Pocket Guide. Philadelphia PA: FA Davis, 2009. (link)
- Houston VL, Lou GM, Mason CP, Ling W. Female personnel foot shape versus US military last shape. International Review of the Armed Forces Medical Services. 2007;80 (1):1-9.
- Hsu SS, Wu YT, Chien MY, Ling W, Hu MH. Physical Therapy entry level education and clinical education in Taiwan. Journal of Medical Education (ROC). 2007;11(3):104-115.
- Ling W. An overview of East Asian cultures for physical therapists. American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Geriatrics, Cultural Diversity of Older Americans Series. 2003;1-27.
- Garcia RK, Nelson AJ, Ling W, Van Olden C. Comparing stepping-in-place and gait ability in adults with and without hemiplegia. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2001;82:36-42.
- Ling W, Axen K, Houston V. The influence of load carrying methods on gait of healthy women. Proceedings of Soldier Mobility: Innovations in Load Carriage System Design and Evaluation, NATO Research and Technology Organization. 2001;101-106.
- Chow B, Ling W, Magill R, Hillstrom H. Does walking speed influence peak hip extension in individuals who underwent unilateral total hip replacement? 2012 Annual Conference of the American Physical Therapy Association, Tampa, FL, June 6, 2012.
- Carter S, Gutierrez G, Ling W. The concurrent validity of three computerized methods of muscle activity onset detection from surface electromyographic signals recorded at three gait speeds. 2012 Annual Conference of the APTA, Tampa, FL, June 6, 2012.
- Ling W, Moffat M, Becker E. Influence of a specialized curriculum on the career choices of a doctor of physical therapy program graduates. 2011 Annual Conference of the American Physical Therapy Association, Baltimore, MD, June 10, 2011.
- Ling W, Yen SC, McDonough AL, and Magill RA. A study of spontaneous walking adaptation during load carriage walking. 2010 Annual Conference of the American Physical Therapy Association, Boston, MA, June 18, 2010.
- Ling W. Cultural competence in physical therapy education. Saint Francis University. Pennsylvania. January 4, 2005.
- Ling W. Special considerations for female personnel in load carriage using Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment. The XXXV International Congress of Military Medicine. Washington DC. September 12-17, 2004.
- Ling W. Ageism Across Culture: Elderly East Asian Americans and Physical Therapy. 2004 Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Nashville, TN, February 7, 2004.
- Ling W. The Influence of Strength and Load on Locomotion of Healthy Women While Carrying Four Different Loads Using the Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment. 2003 Annual Conference of the American Physical Therapy Association. Washington DC.
- Garcia RK, Nelson AJ, Ling WK, Van Olden C. Comparing stepping-in-place and gait ability in adults with hemiplegia and healthy adults. 2003 Annual Conference of the American Physical Therapy Association, Washington, DC, June 2, 2003.
- Ling W. The Influence of Walking Speed on Gait Symmetry in Individuals with Traumatic Unilateral Trans-tibial Amputation. 2003 Annual Conference of the American Physical Therapy Association. Washington DC. June 2003. (POSTER/PLATFORM)
- Ling W. Communicating with diverse population in physical therapy education. 2002 Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association. February 23, 2002.