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Szu-Ping Lee, PT, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Integrated Health Sciences
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Szu-Ping Lee, PT, Ph.D., received his training in physical therapy in Taiwan and practiced as an orthopedic/neurologic therapist in Taiwan Adventist Hospital. His interest in physical medicine and musculoskeletal biomechanical research was driven by this clinical experience working with patients with orthopedic and neurological conditions. In 2005, he graduated from the University of Florida with a master of science degree in Human Performance. He earned his Ph.D from the University of Southern California in Biokinesiology in 2012. Lee joined the UNLV Department of Physical Therapy in 2012.


  • Ph.D. Biokinesiology University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA
    • Dissertation: The Influence of Hip Muscle Performance on Postural Stability & Ankle Joint Biomechanics: Implications for Ankle Injury - 2012
  • M.S. Human Performance/Biomechanics. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
    • Research focus: The Influence of Approach Distance on Knee Joint Mechanics during Side-Step Cutting in Persons with Reconstructed ACL - 2005
  • B.S. Physical Therapy. National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan - 2001

Courses Taught


  • DPT 749 Applied Exercise Physiology
  • DPT 749L Applied Exercise Physiology Laboratory
  • DPT 791 Applied Research Statistics


  • DPT 750 Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • DPT 750 Prosthetics and Orthotics Laboratory
  • DPT 790 Clinical Research


  • DPT 752 Physical Agents and Electrophysiology
  • DPT 752L Physical Agents and Electrophysiology Laboratory
  • DPT 726 Evidence Based Practice

Research Interests

Lee’s research philosophy is that improving knowledge about human movement leads to more effective rehabilitation. His investigations focus on the biomechanical and neuromuscular control aspects of human movement. Specific research areas include: amputee rehabilitation, pathomechanics of disabilities, motor learning in rehabilitation, and sports science. Through his study, Lee’s goal is to improve the quality of life and physical performance for individuals experiencing mobility deficits.