Sicong (Grace) Ren, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Sicong (Grace) Ren is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Injury Research and Prevention.


Sicong (Grace) Ren, PhD is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working under the supervision of Kristy Arbogast, PhD and Christina Master, MD, FAAP, CAQSM, FACSM. As part of the Minds Matter Concussion team, Dr. Ren studies the qualitative and quantitative physiological outcomes following sports-related concussion among children and adolescents. At the Center for Injury Research and Prevention, she works on several research projects that aim to examine post-concussion recovery. Dr. Ren is particularly interested in utilizing mHealth and data-driven approaches to advance the management of pediatric concussion.

During Dr. Ren’s PhD work, she used machine learning and wearable sensors to model bone loading in youth athletes as an early countermeasure for osteoporosis. During her MPhil work, she focused on computational biomechanics to model loading distribution along the cervical spine under different cranio-cervical positions. 

PhD, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Kinesiology), 2022
MS, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Applied Statistics), 2021
MPhil, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Biomedical Engineering), 2016
BSc, Shanghai University of Sport (Kinesiology), 2013

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Injury Research and Prevention, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Member, American College of Sports Medicine
Member, SHAPE America
Member, American Society of Biomechanics

Benjamin H. Massey Memorial Research Award, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2021
Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Students, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2021
Research Studentship, University Grant Council of Hong Kong, 2014—2016 

Ren, S., Chen, Z., Qin, X., Zhao, X., Yang, T., & Zhu, W. (2021). Measurement and evaluation of bone loading in physical activity: A systematic review. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 25(2), 149–162. doi:10.1080/1091367x.2020.1855590

Janz, K. F., Baptista, F., Ren, S., Zhu, W., Larson, K., Mahar, M. T., Pavlovic, A., & Welk, G. J. (2021). Associations among musculoskeletal fitness assessments and health outcomes: The Lisbon Study for the development and evaluation of musculoskeletal fitness standards in youth. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 1–9. doi:10.1080/1091367X.2021.2000414

Zhao, X., Zhu, W., Chen, Z., Ren, S., & Qin, X. (2021). U.S. children and youth’s physical activities inside and outside of school PE: 1985 vs. 2012. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(2), 398. doi:10.3390/ijerph18020398

Chen, T. L., Wong, D, W., Wang, Y., Ren, S., Yan, F., & Zhang, M. (2017). Biomechanics of fencing sport: A scoping review. PLOS One, 12(2), e0171578. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0171578

Ren, S., Wong, D., Yang, H., Zhou, Y., Lin, J., & Zhang, M. (2016). Effect of pillow height on the biomechanics of head-neck complex: Investigation on cranio-cervical pressure and cervical spine alignment. Peer J. 4, e2397. doi:10.7717/peerj.2397

Fu, W., Fang, Y., Liu, M., Wang, L., Ren, S., & Liu, Y. (2015). Surface effects on in-shoe plantar pressure and tibial impact during running. Journal of Sport and Health Science, 4(4): 384–390. doi:10.1016/j.jshs.2015.09.001

Contact Information
Roberts Center for Pediatric Research, 2716 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146