University of Alberta
Dr Yang is a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, University of Alberta. She is a member of the Women and Children's Health Research Institute, and the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute at the University. Her undergraduate training is in physical therapy, with doctoral and post-doctoral training in biomechanics and neurosciences. Her research interest centre on how the nervous system controls walking in people, and ways to retrain walking in individuals with neurological insults. Current work focuses on early, activity-intensive leg exercise to improve walking in young children with perinatal stroke or encephalopathy from prematurity. Other projects focus on neural plasticity induced by walking training, such as with powered exoskeletons in adults with spinal cord injury, and more fundamental questions regarding how people of all ages retain new walking skills over time.