Teresa Chen

Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy
School: School of Health Sciences and Human Performance
Office: 416 Center for Health Sciences
Speciality: Biomechanics, Motor Control, Sports Medicine, Movement Analysis, Fatigue, Gerontology


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the Ithaca College since 2020. I was a Graduate Employee at the University of Oregon, where I received my Ph.D. degree in the Department of Human Physiology with a focus on biomechanics and motor control.

I am originally from Taiwan, so I speak Mandarin and Taiwanese while using English as my primary working language. I have been a physical therapist since 2010 when I finished my education in Physical Therapy at the National Taiwan University.

Prior to doctoral training, I worked alongside Olympic weightlifters as a physical therapist. I found this job challenging yet satisfying through implementing preventive programs, developing and carrying out rehabilitation programs, and assisting in international meets for elite athletes. The best part was that I had the opportunity to travel to different countries and witness some of the greatest competitions in the world.

My zeal and devotion for teaching stem early on in my education years. As a first-generation student, I always appreciate those who went above and beyond to make sure I felt belonged and included. The experience of being around role models paved my way to becoming an educational advocate and reinforced my teaching philosophy with an emphasis on diversity, inclusion, and equity. Through 9 years of teaching experience across classrooms, laboratory, clinics, sports field, and cadaver rooms, I am proud to become one of many educators who sees students as an individual and values that diversity is not limited to what the human eyes can see.

As far as my research agenda, I aim to develop a career in the direction of mobility impairment research with translational applications to patient care and exercise performance. Currently, my research interests focus on age-related declines in cognitive and physical functions and their contributions to gait imbalance and falls. I have also been involved in several projects that investigate the impact-induced sports injuries with the goal of leading to new rehabilitation examinations and interventions.

Inspired by my athletes, I enjoy weightlifting during my free time. I also like to run, hike, watch movies, discover new places to eat, and keep exploring new interests. After immersing myself in Eugene’s ever-changing beauty and outdoor activities, I cannot wait to explore the waterfalls and trails in Ithaca!


Ph.D., Human Physiology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

M.S., Physical Therapy, National Taiwan University, Taiwan 

B.S., Physical Therapy, National Taiwan University, Taiwan 

Courses Taught at Ithaca College

PTBS 53702 - Applied Biomechanics (Lab Instructor)

PTBS 60700 - Pathokinesiology

PTBS 53101 - Electrotherapeutic Modalities and Physical Agents (Lab Instructor)

PDPT 61600 - Case Report I

PDPT 62200 - Case Report II