Kaya Yoshida

Kaya Yoshida
MSc in Kinesiology
Department: Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Area of expertise

Biomechanics, gait initiation, fall prevention among older adults

Areas of research/expertise

Biomechanics; Gait initiation; Fall prevention among older adults; Movement and rehabilitation science; Health and exercise science

What would you like others to know about you?

Throughout my entire life, I’ve always been passionate about exercise, as well as academia, and found the perfect niche in studying exercise science. During my undergraduate degree doing a BScH in Kinesiology, I began working as a research assistant in the field of biomechanics, which leads to my decision to pursue a masters in the same field. My project aims to analyze waveforms of gait initiation amongst older adults to categorize any differences between fallers and non-fallers, working under Dr. Marc Klimstra and Dr. Sandra Hundza. When I’m not working in the lab, spend much of my off-time hiking and spending time outdoors!

What have you done so far, or what do you hope to accomplish during your graduate degree at UVic?

Teaching undergraduate labs and working with research assistants in my lab has been one of my favorite parts of the experience thus far, and I hope to continue throughout my degree! Working with other, like-minded individuals in the field, even virtually, has made the experience all the more rewarding. I hope to continue to grow as a person and a researcher and explore all that UVic and the island have to offer.