Eunyoung Kang, BSOT

PhD student

Year of entry



Erin Foster, PhD, OTD, OTR/L

Current research interests

Chronic disease, Parkinson’s disease, cognition, emotion, self-empowerment, person-centered care, evidence-based practice

Prior education

2011: BS in occupational therapy, Yonsei University, Republic of Korea


Eunyoung worked as a clinical researcher at Chungnam National University Hospital in the Republic of Korea for two years prior to pursuing her Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis. She is passionate about understanding cognitive and emotional impairments and effective hospital discharge planning to promote community integration.

Reason for entering PhD program

Eunyoung’s goal is to help people with chronic health conditions to engage in meaningful life activities and feel empowered as unique human beings. By earning her PhD, she hopes to develop evidence-based practice for people with chronic diseases and contribute to transforming rehabilitation practice towards person-centered care. Her current research focuses on and goal-setting intervention in rehabilitation and developing self-empowerment intervention for people with Parkinson’s disease.


Kang, E., Fong, W.M.M., Lenze E., Baum, M.C., Ottenbacher, K., & Wong, A.W.K. (2019). A Network Analysis of Depressive Symptoms in Persons after Stroke, Poster presented at the 96th American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Conference, Chicago, IL.

Kang, E. Heinemann, A.W., Baum, M.C., Lau, S.C.L., Vanessa Macpherson M., Wong, A.W.K. (2018). Predictors of loneliness in Community-Dwelling Persons after Stroke. Poster presented at the 95th American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Conference, Dallas, TX.

Kang, E., Heinemann, A.W., Baum, M.C., Lau, S.C.L., & Wong, A.W.K. (2018). Relationships between Loneliness and Health Status in Community-dwelling Stroke Survivors. Poster presented at Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars, Kansas City, KS.

Kang, E., Heinemann, A.W., Baum, M.C., Lau, S.C.L., & Wong, A.W.K. (2018). Health status as a predictor of loneliness in community-dwelling stroke survivors. Presented at the 8th Annual Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Symposium, St. Louis, MO; April 25, 2018.

Kang, E., Wong, A.W.K., Moon, J.Y. (2017). Computerized cognitive screening assessment for patients with sepsis in intensive care units. Presented at the Institute for Public Health 10th Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO; September 27, 2017.

Awards and honors

2019: Stroke ISIG Newsworthy Poster of the Conference Awardee, the 96th American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Conference

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