Yu-chen Chung

PhD Student in Biokinesiology
Yu-Chen Chung 2012 Web Photo




Neuroplasticity and Imaging Laboratory

Mailing Address:

1540 Alcazar St., CHP 155, Los Angeles, CA 90089-9006

Current Research:


Neuroplasticity and Imaging Laboratory, Motor Behavior and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory

Professional Interests

Yu-Chen Chung is a fourth year PhD student in the division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at University of Southern California under the guidance of Dr. Beth Fisher and Dr. Carolee Winstein. Her research interest is to understand the impact of self-efficacy on motor performance and learning in people with Parkinson's disease (PD). Additionally,her dissertation aims at understanding the motor preparation process and neural substrates associated with this impact. Clinically, motor performance in people with PD has been observed to be affected by psychological factors, such as anxiety and fear. Her work aims to investigate the interaction between self-efficacy and motor performance in order to determine the simple and efficient training strategies for PD in the future.



  • Master of Science (MS), Biokinesiology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 2007 - 2009
  • Bachelor of Science (BS), Physical Therapy, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan 2001 - 2005


Selected Publications

Journal articles

  • Chen Y-A, Chung Y-C, Wade E, Proffitt R, and WinsteinCJ. (in press). Attentional demand of a virtual reality-based reaching task in non-disabled elders. Journal of Motor Learning and Development.  

Presentations/ Peer reviewedabstracts

  • Chung Y-C, Yin L-Y, Winstein CJ, Sanossian N, Liu B andFisher BE. (2014, November). Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation to modulate cortical excitability after stroke: Effect of participant characteristics. Poster presented at 2014 Society for Neuroscience & American Society for Neurorehabilitation,Washington, DC.
  • Chen Y-A, Chung Y-C, Kim B, and Winstein CJ. (2014, November). Does how engaged we are affect how we move? Poster presented at 2014 Society for Neuroscience &American Society for Neurorehabilitation, Washington, DC.
  • Bacon H, Chen Y-A, ChungY-C, Wang R, Kao J-Y, Fisher BE, Medioni G, Nocera L, Blanco C,and Winstein CJ. (2014, October). Is a KinectTM­ based point of care mobility system feasible for monitoring motor behavior in Parkinson's disease? Poster presented at Mobile Health in Rehabilitation, Boston, MA.
  • Kashani FB, Medioni G, Nguyen K, Nocera L, Shahabi C, WangR, Blanco C, Chen Y-A, Chung Y-C, Fisher BE, Mulroy S,Requejo P, and Winstein CJ. (2013, October).Monitoring mobility disorders at home using 3D visual sensors and mobile sensors. Demonstration paper at Wireless Health 2013, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
  • Wade E, Proffitt R, Kim B, Lange B, Requejo P, Chen Y-A,Chung Y-C, and Winstein CJ. (2013, November) Do Older Adults Plan and Adjust Reaching Movements Similarly for Real and Virtual Targets? Poster presented at the 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting ofthe Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA.
  • Chen Y-A, Chung Y-C, and Winstein CJ. (2012, November).Measuring Attentional Demand in Healthy Elders under Virtual and Real Target Conditions. Research Symposium: Exploring Dynamic Balance Disability and Cognitive Load using Novel Technologies in Healthy Elders at the 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, San Diego, CA.
  • Chung Y-C, Petzinger GM, Farley BG, Wu AD, McLean CE, Yip J,Fisher BE. (2012, November) Training-specific differences in the relationship between corticospinal motor excitability and the Unified Parkinson's disease Rating Scale following two different modes of intense exercise in individuals with Parkinson's disease.Poster presented at 2012 Society for Neuroscience, New Orleans, LA.