UNT Health Science Center
Dr. Hao (Howe) Liu received his MS (Neuroanatomy) and MD degrees in China, PhD (Anatomy) and MPT degrees from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He joined the Physical Therapy Program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) in January 2010 from the University of Central Arkansas. As an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at the UNTHSC, he teaches, as the course coordinator, Functional Anatomy, Pathology/Pharmacology, and Evidence-Based Practice (I-IV). He also taught Gross Anatomy, Neuroscience, Applied Histology, Pathology, & Physiology, Differential Diagnosis, Cardiopulmonary Rehab, and International Study (Alternative Medicine) of Physical Therapy when he was in the University of Central Arkansas. Dr. Liu has spent his research career in neuroscience, anatomy and physical therapy, but in last 10 years his research centers more on balance improvement and fall prevention among older individuals (primarily) and clinical anatomy of the musculoskeletal system in Gross Anatomy lab (secondarily). More specifically, he has led his geriatric research group (faculty members, PhD and DPT students) with focuses on 1) effects of inappropriate use of assistive ambulatory devices (AADs) on gait, balance, and posture; 2) interventions with combination of physical therapy exercise and alternative medicine to improve gait, balance, strength, and posture in general older population, AAD users, and patient-specific older population; and 3) bioengineering modification and testing of assistive ambulatory devices. Dr. Liu is active in providing community services to local senior living communities. When he was a faculty member in Arkansas, he and his team had provided geriatric rehabilitation related community services to nine senior living communities every year for 6 years. Currently, he is recruiting retirement centers and assisted living facilities in North Texas area for his studies and community services.
Neuroscience, anatomy and physical therapy