Tzurei Chen, PT, PhD, GCS

Associate Professor
503-352-7266
Creighton Hall 364

Areas I Teach: Physical Therapy (DPT)

Teaching Responsibilities

DPT 612 Neuromuscular Systems Examination and Interventions I

DPT 613 Neuromuscular Systems Examination and Interventions II

DPT 646 Amputation Rehabilitation

DPT 680 Geriatrics/Gerontology

DPT 694 Critically Appraised Topics

DPT 746 Amputation Rehabilitation 

Areas of Interest

Biomechanics, motion analysis, fall prevention and balance control in older adults and individuals with limb loss.

Education

BS, Physical Therapy, National Yang Ming University, 2004
MS, Biomechanics, University of Oregon, 2008
PhD, Biomechanics, University of Oregon, 2012

Clinical Certifications 

American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties 

2019 - present

Geriatric Certified Specialist (GCS)

American Institute of Balance Certified Vestibular Rehabilitation Provider

2021 - present

Publications

Chen T, Yoshida Y.  Effects of power on balance and fall prevention in aging and older adults. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. 2021;37(1),7-11.

Chen T, Chui K. Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation. In Martin S, Kessler M, eds. Neurologic Interventions for Physical Therapy. St. Louis, MO: Saunders; 2020: 294-347.

Chui K, Yen SC, Chen T, Christiansen C. Impaired joint mobility in older adults. In Avers D, Wong R, eds. Guccione’s Geriatric Physical Therapy. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier; 2020: 344-364.

Spaulding, S, Chen, T. Prosthetic options for persons with upper extremity amputation. In K. Chui, M. Jorge, S.C. Yen, M. Lusardi (Eds), Orthotics and prosthetics in rehabilitation. 4th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier; 2020: 759-783.

Chen T, Chou L-S, Impacts of muscle strength and balance control on sit-to-walk and turn durations in the timed up and go test. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2017; 98: 2471-2476.

Lugade V, Chen T, Erickson C, Fujimoto M, Juan J G S, Karduna A & Chou L-S. Comparison of an electromagnetic and optical system during dynamic motion. Biomedical Engineering: Applications, Basis and Communications. 2015; 27(05): 1550041.

Chen T, Chang C-C and Chou L-S. Sagittal plane center of mass movement strategy and joint kinetics during sit-to-walk in elderly fallers. Clinical Biomechanics. 2013; 28: 807-812.

Chen T and Chou L-S. Altered center of mass control during sit-to-walk in elderly adult with and without history of falling. Gait & Posture. 2013; 38: 696-701.

Spaulding S, Chen T and Chou L-S. Selection of an above- or below-ankle orthosis for individuals with neuropathic partial foot amputation: a pilot study. Prosthetics & Orthotics International. 2012; 36: 217-224.

Chen C-J and L-S. Chou. Center of mass position relative to the ankle during walking: a clinically feasible detection method for gait imbalance. Gait & Posture, 2009; 31: 391-393.

Presentations 

Chen T, Neumann S, Tomlinson S, Aase M, Louwagie A, adn Volk A. Turn Characteristics During the Turning Phase of the Timed Up and Go Test for Older Adults with and without Fall Histories.  9th World Congress Biomechanics, 07/2022, Podium

Chen T, Tomlinson S, Neumann S, Foulk M. Effect of Age and Fall Histories on Center of Mass Control During the Turning Phase of the Timed Up and Go Test. 9th World Congress Biomechanics, 07/2022, Poster

Seto K, Camilli G, Foulk M, Lin I, Tomlinson S, and Chen T. Assessment of Gait and Balance Impairment in Individuals with Lower Limb Loss during Timed Up and Go Test Using Wearable Sensors.  17th International Symposium of 3-D Analysis of Human Movement 07/2022, Podium

Tomlinson S, Neumann S, Foulk M, and Chen T. Center of Mass Control during Turning in Older Adults with and without Fall Histories.  APTA Combined Section Meeting, 02/2022, Poster

Nuemann S, Tomlinson S, Aase M, Louwagie A, Volk A, and Chen T. Effect of Age and Fall Histories on Turn Characteristics During the Turning Phase of the Timed Up and Go Test. APTA Oregon Virtual Conference 2021, 03/2021, Poster

Blonski N, Yoshida Y, Chen T. Kinetic Energy for Chair Mobility in Individuals with Functional Limitations, American Society of Biomechanics Annual Conference, 2020, Poster

Yoshida Y, Chen T. Biomechanical Characteristics of the Stand-up Test in American Adults–A Pilot Study to Examine Feasibility of 3D Analysis” XXVII Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB2019) and 43rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB2019), 08/2019, Poster

Chen T, Kessler M, Ricard R, Whetstone K. A Student-led Pro Bono Group Exercise Program Improves Movement Efficiency in an Individual with Stroke. APTA -Combined Sections Meeting, Washington DC, 2019, Poster. 

Chen T and Chou L-S Frontal plane center of mass motion during Timed Up and Go Test predicts prospective falls in elderly adults. 8th World Congress of Biomechanics, 07/2018, Podium.

Burklow M, Chen, T and Kessler M. Patient Perceptions of Treatment Received from Student Physical Therapists in a Pro Bono Clinic. APTA's NEXT Conference & Exposition, 06/2018, Poster.

Sholander K, Chen, T. The Effect of a Group Exercise Program on Psychosocial Outcomes for Individuals Who Have Experienced a Stroke. APTA's NEXT Conference & Exposition, 06/2017, Poster.

Chen T and Wagler J.  Effects of Student-led Balance Training on a Community-dwelling Older Adult with Recurrent Falls: A Case Study. Gait & Clinical Movement Analysis Society Annual Conference, 05/2017, Poster.

Devanathan D, Parkison P, and Chen T. Can Students Accurately Assess Their Own Clinical Performance? 2017 Combined Annual Meeting of Central Society for Clinical and Translational Research (CSCTR) and the Midwestern Section of the American Federation for Medical Research (MWAFMR), 04/2017, Poster

Chen T, Johnson S, Gordon, A and Szczepanski J. The Effect of Ballet Balance Training on Center of Mass Control during Sit to Stand in an Elderly Patient with Balance Impairment: A Case Study. APTA Combined Section Meeting, 02/2016, Poster

Chen T and Chou L-S. Center of Mass Control during Turning Phase of Timed Up and Go Test for Older Adults with and without Fall Histories. Gait & Clinical Movement Analysis Society Annual Conference, 03/2015, Podium.

Chen T and Chou L-S. Effect of Age and Fall Histories on Center of Mass Control during the Turning Phase of the Timed Up And Go Test. 7th World Congress of Biomechanics, 07/2014, Poster.

Chen T and Chou L-S. Impacts of Muscle Strength and Balance Control on the Component Tasks of the Timed Up and Go Test. ISPGR World Congress, 06/2013, Poster.

Chen T and Chou L-S. Biomechanical Balance Parameters in Frontal Plane Predict Prospective Falls in Elderly Adults. Gait & Clinical Movement Analysis Society Annual Conference, 05/2013, Podium.

Chen T and Chou L-S. Impacts of Muscle Strength and Balance Control on Sit-to-Walk and Turing Durations in the Timed Up and Go Test. Gait & Clinical Movement Analysis Society Annual Conference, 05/2013, Podium.

Chen T and Chou L-S. Altered Movement Strategy during Sit-to-Walk in Elderly Adults with History of Falling. American Society of Biomechanics Annual Conference, 2012, Poster.

Chen T and Chou L-S. Effect of Age and Balance Impairment on Movement Strategy during Sit-to Walk. American Society of Biomechanics Annual Conference Northwest Regional meeting, 2012, Podium.

Service

Chair, Continue Education Committee
05/2022 - present | Oregon Physical Therapy Association

Vice Chair, Continue Education Committee
01/2020 - 05/2022 | Oregon Physical Therapy Association

Peer-Reviewed Journals

Reviewer for Physiotherapy

Reviewer for Archives and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Reviewer for Ergonomics

Reviewer for Gait and Posture

Community Service

Volunteer for American Lung Association, Climb for Clean Air, 2019-present

Volunteer for Össur Running and Mobility Clinic for the challenged athletes, 05/2019

Director of community student-led balance training for the elderly, 2015-2017
Dept. of Physical Therapy, University of Evansville
Evansville, Indiana

Awards

Boxer Spirit Award, Pacific University Class of 2021, 2021

Outstanding Professor of the Year, University of Evansville, 2017

Class of 1961 Fellowship award, University of Evansville, 2017

Best Motion Analysis Paper, Northwest Biomechanics Symposium, Tekscan.Inc 2012

ASSE Safety Research Fellowship, Liberty Mutual Research Institute 2012

Jan Broekhoff Graduate Scholarship, Dept. of Human Physiology, University of Oregon 2011

Donald and Darel Stein Graduate Student Teaching Award, University of Oregon 2009

Campus Leadership and Involvement Award, University of Oregon 2009

Ursula (Sue) Moshberger Scholarship, Dept. of Human Physiology, University of Oregon 2009

Headlines

Dr. Tzurei Chen

Dr. Chen, third-year physical therapy student Madelyn Foulk '23, and Sara Tomlinson PT '22 and Sydney Neumann PT '22 presented a poster at the 9th World Congress of Biomechanics in Taipei, Taiwan.

Dr. Chen 7 Kylee Seto '23

Faculty and a student from the School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training presented research at the 17th International Symposium of 3-D Analysis of Human Movement (3D-AHM) in Tokyo, Japan. 

Dr. Tzurei Chen

Dr. Chen is a member of the Pacific University School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training.

Corvus presentation

Pacific’s PT program was well represented at the 2022 American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in San Antonio, TX.

Five physical therapy students from the class of 2022 and Dr. Tzurei Chen will present their scholarship at the American Physical Therapy Association – Oregon 2021 Virtual Conference Saturday, March 13, 2021.