Department of Kinesiology and Health | College of Education and Human Development | Georgia State Uniersity





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Feng Yang, PhD, Associate Professor

Dr. Yang received his doctoral degree in Human-machine and Environment Engineering (Ergonomics) from Beihang University in 2004. Prior to joining Georgia State University, he was an assistant professor in the University of Texas at El Paso. Dr. Yang and his research team conduct research related to fall prevention, motor disorders and rehabilitation. Currently, his research mainly concerns fall prevention among older adults and individuals with movement disorders (like multiple sclerosis, stroke, etc.). Specifically, they are trying to investigate the underlying mechanisms of falls from the perspectives of biomechanics and motor control among healthy and pathological populations. They also work to develop novel yet cost-effective training paradigms, like vibration training, perturbation training, dance-based therapy, etc., to prevent falls from happening among individuals with elevated falling risk. Dr. Yang has published more than sixty articles in prestigious journals.


Meredith Wells, MS, PhD Candidate

Meredith received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exercise Science from Ithaca College in 2015, and graduated from Ball State University with a Master’s of Science degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Biomechanics in 2017. Meredith is in the fifth year of her PhD in Kinesiology with a concentration in Biomechanics and Rehabilitation. Meredith’s research revolves around injury prevention and performance enhancement in young adults. Her prior research was on the biomechanics and injury risk of downhill running in female distance runners, and on the biomechanics of basic swing movements in recreational swing dancers. Meredith’s current research is on the biomechanics of rhythm movements in three levels of ballroom dancers (inexperienced, recreational, and professional). The goal of this study is to gain a better understanding of the underlying mechanics involved in key rhythm ballroom dance elements in order to reduce the risk of injury, improve dance performance, and to be able to better apply ballroom dance in rehabilitative settings. Meredith was a Dean’s Doctoral Research Fellow, and is a current Provost’s Dissertation Fellow.


Rebecca Ban, MS, Doctoral Student

Rebecca earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Appalachian State University and her Master of Science degree in Biomechanics from Georgia State University. Currently, Rebecca is a doctoral student in the Kinesiology Doctroal Program. Her research interests involve the validation of corrective exercises to prevent ACL injury and improve ACLR outcomes.


Rebekah Buehler, MS, OTR/L, Doctoral Student

Rebekah earned her master degree in Allied Health Sciences in Occupational Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia in 2008. Rebekah is an experienced Occupational Therapist with a demonstrated history of working in hospitals, school systems, long-term and sub-acute rehabilitation, and home care settings. Over the course of her career, regardless of clinical setting or disease process, a primary focus as a geriatric rehabilitation practitioner has been fall prevention and safe performance of Activities of Daily Living. Rebekah entered Georgia State University doctoral program in 2018 to pursue her PhD in Kinesiology with a concentration in Biomechanics. As a Graduate Research Assistant in the Biomechanics Lab, Rebekah assists with data collection, manuscript and poster presentation preparation, and collaborates on research projects. Under the guidance of Dr. Yang, Rebekah is interested in emerging paradigms for prevention of falls; specifically, interventions which proactively engage at-risk older adult populations and simultaneously provide real-world implementation of evidence-based rehabilitation interventions.


Caroline Simpkins, MS, Doctoral Student

Caroline Simpkins joined the Kinesiology Doctoral Program in 2019. She is the inaugural Brains & Behavior Neuroscience Fellow in the Department of Kinesiology and Health. She earned a B.S. in Exercise Science from Kennesaw State University and a M.S. in Exercise Science from Georgia State University. In the summer of 2019, Caroline was a part-time lecturer for the Georgia Institute of Technology's study abroad program in Berlin, Germany where she taught two undergraduate health courses. Previous to her time as a biomechanics graduate student, Caroline was a professional ballerina for ten years. She has taught dance students of all ages for the past twelve years at several metro-Atlanta ballet schools including Atlanta Ballet, Georgia Ballet, and North Atlanta Dance Academy. Caroline's research interests include dance-based interventions, fall prevention, balance, and movement disorders.


Jiyun (Wendy) Ahn, MS, Doctoral Student

Jiyun Ahn joined the research group in spring 2021 as a doctoral student with a concentration in Biomechancis and Rehabilitation. She earned her M.S. degree in Exercise Science program at Georgia State University in 2020. Jiyun graduated from CHA University with a B.S. in Sports Medicine. As a graduate Research Assistant, she helps Dr. Yang and other lab members with data collections. Currently, she is involved in a project examining fall prevention in people with multiple sclerosis. Her thesis project mainly focuses on investigating how the mechanical properties of footwears alter the risk of falls among different populations.


Ern Lau, BS, MS Student

Ern entered the Master’s program in Exercise Science at Georgia State University in Fall 2020. She obtained her BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. She went on to complete her dietetic internship from Penn State University at Hershey Medical Center and received her Registered Dietitian (RD) credentials soon after. Prior to starting at GSU, Ern worked as a clinical dietitian in Malaysia, her home country. Coming from a land where food is the main love language, she loves exploring different cuisines and is an avid baker and home cook. She became a graduate research assistant in the lab starting Spring 2021.


Diané Brown, PT, MS Student

Diané joined the Master's program in Exercise Science at Georgia State University in Fall 2020. She graduated from the University of the West Indies, Mona in Kingston, Jamaica with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 2015. Following the completion of her internship at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, Jamaica, she received her Physical Therapy license and started her own mobile practice. Growing up in a country where access to and knowledge about Physical Therapy was not readily available, the goal of her practice was to market her profession so that individuals with few options may be enlightened by new health choices they could potentially gain. She worked with numerous high school soccer teams helping rehabilitate and reduce injuries in young athletes. She also assisted a local clinic with walk-in patients who would benefit from effective rehabilitation plans and improve their overall function during activities of daily living. She started to work as a graduate research assistant in the lab in Summer of 2021.


Sangwon (Eric) Shin, MS Student

Sangwon obtained his BS in Sports Medicine major and Biotechnology minor from CHA University, South Korea. He entered the Master’s program in Exercise Science at Georgia State University and joined the Fall Prevention and Rehabilitation Group as a graduate research assistant in Fall 2021. His research interests are related to helping individuals at risk of falls by using assistant devices to enhance their lower extremity functions during walking.


Graduate Students

Margaret Underdahl (2018) - Master's Program in Biomedical Engineering, Mercer University, Georgia

Caroline Simpkins (2019) - Doctoral Program in Kinesiology, Georgia State University, Georgia

Wendy Ahn (2020) - Doctoral Program in Kinesiology, Georgia State University, Georgia

Undergraduate Students

Jennifer Lees (2019) - Doctor of Physical Thearpy Program, Husson University, Maine

Tiyara Benny (2020) - Doctor of Physical Thearpy Program, University of St. Augustine, Florida

Kelsey Clark (2020) - Master's Program in Exercise Sciences, Brigham Young University, Utah

Phum Tuntiansin (2020) - Applying to Master's Program

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