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Portrait of Janis Kim

Janis Kim

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2022

Master of Physical Therapy, Elon University, Elon, NC, 2001

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO, 1995

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that the goal of education is to give people the skills and tools to build a life that is meaningful and empowering. I view education as more than the recall of facts but as a means to develop critical thinking skills that can apply acquired knowledge and synthesize new ideas for the rest of their lives.


Professional Background

I have had the privilege of working as a physical therapist for over 20 years in 7 different states and in a variety of clinical settings. In addition to my clinical experience, I have had the opportunity to be a part of several different research groups and worked on over 15 published papers, as well as be lead author of 3 articles. In addition, I created my own company to provide educational training seminars for a medical device company created in Israel.

Research Interests

I am currently working on research regarding fall types, balance performance measures, and gait.

Courses Taught

I am teaching Neuromuscular PT 1, 2, 3, Cardiopulmonary PT, Primary Care PT, Doctoral Projects, and Clinical Practicum

Certifications and Memberships

Member of APTA

  • Selected Publications

    Kim J, Foucher K. Fall experiences from the perspectives of people with osteoarthritis: In their own words [published online ahead of print, 2022 Dec 15]. Disabil Rehabil. 2022;1-9. doi:10.1080/09638288.2022.2156629

    Kim J, McDonald CL, Hafner BJ, Sawers A. Fall-related events in people who are lower limb prosthesis users: The lived experience. Disabil Rehabil. 2021 Mar 10:1-12. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2021.1891467. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33689544.

    Kim J, Major MJ, Hafner B, Sawers A. Frequency and circumstances of falls reported by ambulatory unilateral lower limb prosthesis users: A secondary analysis. PM R. 2019 Apr;11(4):344-353. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2018.08.385. Epub 2019 Jan 15. PMID: 30195705; PMCID: PMC6405319.

    Sawers A, Kim J, Balkman G, Hafner BJ. Interrater and test-retest reliability of performance-based clinical tests administered to established users of lower limb prostheses. Phys Ther. 2020 Jul 19;100(7):1206-1216. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzaa063. PMID: 32280970.

    Viramontes C, Wu M, Acasio J, Kim J, Gordon KE. Speed impacts frontal-plane maneuver stability of individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2020 Jan; 71:107-114. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2019.09.009. Epub 2019 Oct 20. PMID: 31710950; PMCID: PMC7199808.

    Hsu CJ, Kim J, Roth EJ, Rymer WZ, Wu M. Use of pelvic corrective force with visual feedback improves paretic leg muscle activities and gait performance after stroke. IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 2019 Dec;27(12):2353-2360. doi: 10.1109/TNSRE.2019.2950226. Epub 2019 Oct 29. PMID: 31675335; PMCID: PMC6939618.

    Wu M, Hsu CJ, Kim J. Forced use of paretic leg induced by constraining the non-paretic leg leads to motor learning in individuals post-stroke. Exp Brain Res. 2019 Oct;237(10):2691-2703. doi: 10.1007/s00221-019-05624-w. Epub 2019 Aug 12. PMID: 31407027; PMCID: PMC6755123.

    Wu MM, Brown GL, Kim KA, Kim J, Gordon KE. Gait variability following abrupt removal of external stabilization decreases with practice in incomplete spinal cord injury but increases in non-impaired individuals. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2019 Jan 7;16(1):4. doi: 10.1186/s12984-018-0475-7. PMID: 30612582; PMCID: PMC6322313.

    Tang R, Kim J, Gaebler-Spira DJ, Wu M. Gradual increase of perturbation load induces a longer retention of locomotor adaptation in children with cerebral palsy. Hum Mov Sci.