Graduate Students

JongHun Sung

JongHun SungJongHun Sung joined the DPQoL laboratory in 2015 and is currently pursuing PhD in Kinesiology with a concentration in rehabilitation among individuals with disabilities.  He received a BS in athletic training at Eastern Illinois University and he received a MS in Kinesiology at the University of Illinois.  His interests center around examining fall risk factors among full-time wheeled mobility device users.  He is also interested in improving the quality of life among people with disabilities. 

Libak Abou

Libak AbouHe has a background in Physical Therapy and joined the lab as a PhD student in Kinesiology. He is currently working on several DPQoL projects as he develops his own research thesis. He received his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy at Santa Catarina State University (Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina-UDESC) in Brazil and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Rehabilitation at University of Medical Sciences of Cienfuegos (Universidad de Ciencias Médicas de Cienfuegos-UCM) in Cuba. His research interests concentrate on rehabilitation among people with disability principally people with Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis and Stroke. He is specifically interested in educational and task-oriented approaches to adjust motor control and prevent secondary impairment to enhance functional independence and maximize quality of life of people after disability.

Rebecca Yarnot

Rebecca YarnotRebecca joined the DPQoL laboratory in 2017 and is currently pursuing a master's degree in kinesiology. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in exercise science at Illinois Wesleyan University in 2014. Her interests center around better understanding barriers to community and physical activity participation for people with disabilities.


Alex Fliflet

Alex FlifletAlex joined the DPQoL laboratory in 2016. Alex will be pursuing his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology at the University in Fall 2019 after completing his degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. After completing his Master’s degree, he plans to apply to get his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Alex wants to work with athletes rehabilitating from major sports injuries. He also wants to continue working in the disability community. He is interested in making a difference in the lives of people living with disabilities and studying the affects of falls among wheelchair users.