Kai-Yu Ho, PT, MSPT, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Dr. Kai-Yu Ho received her bachelors and masters degrees in Physical Therapy from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan in 2002 and 2004. After practicing for approximately three years in sports physical therapy, she came to the Unites States to pursue her PhD, which she completed in Biokinesiology at the University of Southern California in December 2012. She joined the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Department of Physical Therapy in August 2013. 


  • Ph.D. Biokinesiology University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA, Dissertation Thesis: The influence of patellofemoral joint loading on patella strain and patella water content in females with patellofemoral pain. 2012
  • M.S. Physical Therapy. National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan - 2004
    Thesis Title: Displacement of the head of humerus while performing "mobilization with movements" in glenohumeral joint
  • B.S. Physical Therapy. National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan - 2002

Courses Taught

  • DPT 741 Orthopedic Principles
  • DPT 730 Foundations of Observation and Assessment
  • DPT 730L Foundations of Observation and Assessment Lab
  • DPT 798 Directed Research
  • DPT 758 Diagnostic Imaging and Testing
  • DPT 715 Pathobiomechanics

Research Interests

Dr. Ho’s research is primarily focused on understanding the potential biomechanical factors leading to degenerative joint diseases, specifically the associations between tissue loading/morphology, joint mechanics, and whole body performance in persons with degenerative joint diseases.