Dr. Yamada practices at USC Physical Therapy Associates, a faculty practice of the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. She specializes in orthopaedic, neurologic, lymphedema, and oncology related disorders. Dr. Yamada is certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. Dr.Yamada is also a Certified Athletic Trainer and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA),the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA), and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT).
Dr.Yamada is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy in the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. She teaches in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program for content related to oncology curriculum and therapeutic modalities. She is also a faculty mentor in the Orthopedic Physical Therapy residency program at USC. She is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor for physical therapy student interns. Dr. Yamada along with many of the physical therapists at the faculty practice, instruct the musculoskeletal examination labs for the Introduction to Clinical Medicine courses at the USC Keck School of Medicine. She has been a guest presenter at the APTA’s annual Combined Sections Meeting and at the International Head and Neck Symposiums.Dr.Yamada is also involved in clinical physical therapy research and has publications related to self-efficacy and low back pain. She is the Healthcare Compliance Liason representing the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. She is currently involved in research for lymphedema management and physical therapy after head and neck cancer treatment.
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2006
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI; Bachelor of Science, Biology, 1999
Yamada KA, Lewthwaite R, Popovich JM Jr., Beneck GJ, Kulig K. The Low Back Activity Confidence Scale: Preliminary Validity and Reliability. Physical Therapy Journal, 2011; 91(11):1592-1603.
Davenport TE, Austin A, Yamada KA. The CAB model of pain-related activity avoidance: description and implications for research and practice in physical therapy. Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice. 2009;21(4):127-134.
Kulig K, Beneck GJ, Selkowitz DM, Popovich JM Jr., Ge TT, Flanagan SP, Poppert EM, Yamada KA, Powers CM, Azen S, Winstein CJ, Gordon J, Samudrala S, Chen TC, Shamie N, Khoo L, Spoonamore MJ, Wang JC and Physical Therapy Clinical Research Network (PTClinResNet), The effect of an intensive, progressive exercise program on disability and functional performance in patients post single-level lumbar microdiscectomy. 2009;89:1145-1157.
Selkowitz DM, Kulig K, Poppert EM, Flanagan SP, Matthews ND, Beneck GJ, Popovich Jr. JM, Lona JR, Yamada KA, Burke WS, Ervin C, Powers CM, and Physical Therapy Clinical Research Network (PTClinResNet). The immediate and long-term effects of exercise and patient education on physical, functional, and quality-of-life outcome measures after single-level lumbar microdiscectomy: a randomized controlled trial protocol. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2006, 7:70.
Davenport TE, Cleland JA, Lewthwaite R, Yamada KA, Kulig K. Validity of the Low Back Activity Confidence Scale in a subgroup of patients with lower back pain who meet a clinical prediction rule. Presented at American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting, February 2009, Las Vegas, NV.
Davenport TE, Cleland JA, Lewthwaite R, Yamada KA, Childs J, Fritz J, Kulig K. Responsiveness of the Low Back Activity Confidence Scale in a Subgroup of Patients with Lower Back Pain: Preliminary Analysis. Presented at American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting, February 2008, Nashville, TN.
Yamada KA, Lewthwaite R, Popovich Jr. JM, Beneck GJ, Selkowitz DM, Kulig K. The Low Back Activity Confidence Scale (LoBACS): development, test-retest reliability, and preliminary validation. Presented at American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting, February 2007, Boston, MA.
Flanagan SP, Yamada K, Sutton T, Kulig K. Predicting the Number of Sessions Necessary to Improve Back Extensor Endurance Following Single Level Microdiscectomy. Presented at American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting, February 2006, San Diego, CA.