Do Kyeong Lee, PhD
Location: KHS 161B
Telephone: (657) 278-3334
KNES 363: Motor Development
Dr. Lee joined the faculty of the Department of Kinesiology in 2016. She received bachelor’s degree in Physical Education in S. Korea. She then moved to the U.S. to pursue M.S degree in Kinesiology at California State University, Northridge, where I specialized in adapted physical activity. Dr. Lee earned Ph.D. at the University Michigan, where she developed an evidence-based intervention for infants with myelomeningocele to test the extent of plasticity in the peripheral nervous system. She showed that a one-year home-based intervention enhances functional behaviors (e.g., treadmill stepping, acquisition of locomotor milestones), and also underlying physiological mechanisms including bone mineral content, spinal-level reflex integrity, and muscle strength. Throughout her graduate work, her research has provided a better understanding of locomotor development during infancy and the concurrent plasticity of subsystems contributing to these behavioral outcomes.
Based on work with typically developing infants and disabilities, her goal is to focus on identifying the appropriate intensity and motivation strategies for infants with neuromuscular disabilities. The overall goal is to design and implement an intervention in physical therapy settings to improve the quality of life and health of disabled children and to reduce healthcare costs.