Kai-Yu Ho

Kai-Yu Ho, PT, DPT, PhD

Associate Professor

Integrated Health Sciences
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Dr. Kai-Yu Ho earned her bachelor's and master's degree in physical therapy from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, in 2002 and 2004. Following three years of practice in sports physical therapy, she came to the United States to pursue her PhD in Biokinesiology at University of Southern California, completing it in December 2012. Dr. Ho joined the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in August 2013. She has held a physical therapy license in the state of Nevada since 2015. In 2023, Dr. Ho earned her post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.


  • Ph.D. Biokinesiology. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA, Dissertation Title: The influence of patellofemoral joint loading on patella strain and patella water content in females with patellofemoral pain. 2012
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy. College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota, USA - 2023
  • 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 Musculoskeletal I (Orthopaedic Principles)
  • DPT 758 Diagnostic Imaging and Testing

Research Interests

Dr. Ho's research primarily centers on tissue loading, joint mechanics, and neuromuscular control within degenerative musculoskeletal conditions, notably patellofemoral pain and tendinopathy.