2009: Ph.D. in Kinesiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Dissertation: Age Differences in the Control of Posture and Movement during Standing Reach
2000: Ed.M. in Motor Learning and Control, Biobehavioral Sciences, Columbia University, New York, NY. Thesis: Effects of End Position, Movement Velocity, and Target Distance on the Control of Center of Pressure and Center of Mass during Reaching.
1999: M.A. in Motor Learning and Control, Biobehavioral Sciences, Columbia University, New York, NY. Thesis: Kinematic Comparison of Movement Strategies between Younger and Older Adults during Reaching to Different Loads in Standing.
1992: B.S. in Physical Therapy. National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.
Professor Huang's research centers on two areas (1) Home-based, task-specific rehabilitation program in persons with multiple sclerosis. There has been multitudes of evidence supporting neuroplastic changes with task-specific training in multiple sclerosis using brain imaging techniques. Her current project on a low-cost, home-based respiratory training program using threshold inspiratory muscle trainer (IMT) has demonstrated efficacy and task-specific improvement in inspiratory muscle strength in advanced multiple sclerosis. Patients also increased daily activity participation in response to the IMT intervention. Improved respiratory function after IMT intervention has been linked to better postural balance in multiple sclerosis. Currently there is a lack of validated respiratory exercise protocols in moderate-advanced multiple sclerosis. It is entirely unclear how such protocols can be adjusted based on clinical parameters and/or patient characteristics. Her interest is to integrate mobile and telemedicine technology to monitor patients' performance and progress the exercise. (2) Falls and mobility limitation in cancer survivors. Professor Huang's research analyzing the population-based, SEER-MHOS data linkage from National Cancer Institute has revealed diverse patterns in the prevalence over time and the predictors of falls and balance/walking difficulty across different cancer types; Individuals aged 65 years and over had increased fall risk after the diagnosis of cancer in comparison with pre-diagnosis, even after adjusting for covariates including age. Clinical tools for assessing fall risk and mobility limitation are very limited for the population, and even more so for sub-population with specific cancer diagnosis. She is interested in validating screening tools for fall risk that are specific to common cancer sequelae, creating clinical prediction rules for fall risk and mobility limitation with specific focus on clinical predictors related to cancer treatments, and analyzing the perceptions and consequences of falls in cancer survivors throughout the trajectory of cancer survivorship.
Huang MH, Blackwood J, Godoshian M, Pfalzer L. Predictors of falls in older survivors of breast and prostate cancer: A retrospective cohort study of Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results–Medicare Health Outcomes Survey linkage. Journal of Geriatric Oncology. 2018;S1879-4068(18)30195-4. Epub ahead of print.
Huang MH, Blackwood J, Godoshian M, Pfalzer L. Prevalence of self-reported falls, balance or walking problems in older cancer survivors from Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results—Medicare Health Outcomes Survey. Journal of Geriatric Oncology. 2017;8(4):255-261.
Huang MH, Righter A, Shilling T. Self-Reported Balance Confidence Relates to Perceived Mobility Limitations in Older Cancer Survivors. Rehabilitation Oncology. 2016;34(2):64-71.
Huang MH, Timmes S. Preliminary Validation of a Short Version of the Balance Evaluation Systems Tests in Cancer Survivors Living in the Community. Rehabilitation Oncology. 2016;34(2):57-63.
Fry D, Huang M, Rodda B. Predictors of Static Balance in Ambulatory Persons with Multiple Sclerosis. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. 2016;39(1):42-47.
Huang M, Miller KA, Smith K, Fredrickson K. Lytle T. Reliability, Validity, and Minimal Detectable Change of Balance Evaluation Systems Test and Its Short Versions in Older Cancer Survivors: A Pilot Study. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. 2016;39(2):58-63.