B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc.

Instructor/Summer Convenor, KINE
Faculty of Global and Community Studies
School of Kinesiology

604.986.1911 ext. 7288
Fir Building, room FR529
carolinesoo@capilanou.ca

Education

Diploma of Technology, Prosthetics and Orthotics, British Columbia Institute of Technology, 2010.

M.Sc., School of Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University, 2009.

B.Sc. (Honours), School of Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University, 2005.

"How we interpret and apply up-to-date knowledge changes our attitude and transforms our understanding of the changing world."

Bio

Caroline Soo (M.Sc., Simon Fraser University, 2009) completed a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Master of Science in Kinesiology (specializing in walking biomechanics) at Simon Fraser University. She also completed her Diploma of Technology in Prosthetics and Orthotics at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).

In addition to being an instructor at Capilano University, she is also the Research Coordinator and an instructor at BCIT in the Prosthetics and Orthotics program, where she supports student research projects and teaches applied biomechanics.

She is also involved in promoting and advancing the prosthetics and orthotics field through research, consultancy work and volunteer work.

My interest in biomechanics stems from my wish to understand human movement better.

By describing the motion of our bodies and how we interact with our environment, we can improve our participation and performance in physical activity, and our treatment of movement disorders. I am also very interested in human nutrition and the role it plays throughout our lifespans and the development of diseases.

I believe that up-to-date knowledge helps us to understand a subject, but how we interpret and apply that information changes our attitude and transforms our understanding of the changing world.

With my background in research, I continue to embed research methods in all of my courses at Capilano University. I also support student-led research projects as the Research Coordinator in the Prosthetics and Orthotics program at BCIT.

These qualitative and quantitative-based research projects aim to improve the clinical outcomes of patients requiring prosthetic or orthotic treatment.

I am also in the process of completing the British Columbia Provincial Instructor Diploma program to enhance my teaching practices and to foster engaged learning in the classroom.

Publications

Soo, Caroline H., and J. Maxwell Donelan. "Coordination of Push-off and Collision Determine the Mechanical Work of Step-to-Step Transitions When Isolated from Human Walking." Gait & Posture, vol. 35, no. 2, 2012, pp. 292–297., doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2011.09.102.

Soo, C. H., and J. M. Donelan. "Mechanics and Energetics of Step-to-Step Transitions Isolated from Human Walking." Journal of Experimental Biology, vol. 213, no. 24, 2010, pp. 4265–4271., doi:10.1242/jeb.044214.

Soo, Caroline Hooi-Nee. "Mechanics and Energetics of Step-to-Step Transitions." Mechanics and Energetics of Step-to-Step Transitions, Simon Fraser University, 2009, http://summit.sfu.ca/item/9682.

Oral Conference Presentation

2012: "Using gaming technology in P&O clinical practice." Canadian Association for Prosthetics and Orthotics Conference, August 2012, Victoria, BC. Oral Presentation.

2010: "Efficacy and Efficiency of the L.A.S.A.R. Posture alignment compared to conventional alignment." BCIT Biennial Research Symposium, May 2010, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby, BC. Oral Presentation.

2008: Soo, Caroline, and Donelan J.M. "Transition Work in Simulated Pathological Walking." Fourth North American Congress on Biomechanics, August 2008, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. Oral Presentation.

2005: Soo, Caroline, and Donelan J.M. Mechanical work and the metabolic cost of step-to-step transitions. Alberta Motor Control Annual “Neurohike” Meeting, Sept. 2005, Jasper, AB. Oral Presentation.

Poster Conference Presentation

2010: "Efficacy and Efficiency of the L.A.S.A.R. Posture Alignment Compared to Conventional Alignment in a Trans-tibial Amputee."  Canadian Association for Prosthetics and Orthotics, Aug. 2010, Quebec City, QC. Poster Presentation.

2007: Soo, Caroline, and Donelan J.M. "Isolating step-to-step transitions using sagittal plane rocking." International Society of Posture and Gait Research, July 2007, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, USA. Poster Presentation.

New to Research Award, British Columbia Institute of Technology, 2013.

Graduating Achievement Award, Mabel and Arnet Pentland, 2010.

Scholarship, Prosthetics and Orthotics Associations of Western Canada, 2009.