Jing Nong Liang
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Jing Nong Liang, PT, PhD

Associate Professor

Physical Therapy
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Dr. Jing Nong Liang joined the department of physical therapy during spring 2016 and teaches Neuroplasticity, Directed Research, and Neuroanatomy within the graduate programs.

Dr. Liang earned her bachelor of science degree in physical therapy and master of science in Rehabilitation Science from Chang Gung University in Taiwan, and her doctoral degree in neuroscience from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.


  • Post-doctoral fellow. Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC.
    Research focus: Stroke neuroplasticity and rehabilitation.
  • PhD. Neuroscience.  Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.
    Dissertation Thesis: Control of foot-forces, muscle activity coordination and H-reflex gain modulation during postural-loaded and non-postural loaded locomotion in individuals post-stroke.
  • M.S. Rehabilitation Science.  Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan.
    Thesis: Effects of Continuous Passive Motion on Adaptations of Neuromuscular Properties in Individuals with Chronic Spinal Cord Injury.
  • B.S. Physical Therapy. Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan.

Courses Taught:

  • DPT 746 Neuroanatomy
  • PTS 714 Neuroplasticity
  • PTS 747 Human Neuroanatomy
  • DPT 790 Clinical Research
  • DPT 798 Directed Research
  • DPT 786 Neurological Rehabilitation

Research Interests:

Dr. Liang's research is primarily focused on understanding the neuroadaptations following injury or disease, specifically the cortical reorganizations and adapted spinal reflex functions underlying impaired locomotor control in individuals with neurological impairments.  Her long-term objective is to develop a line of targeted neurorehabilitation interventions to address disabilities among patients with movement disorders.