PBM Core Works with Three New Research Fellows!

in Recent News, ROC Blog, Uncategorized
November 7th, 2012

Boston ROC welcomes Marla Beauchamp, PT, PhD, who recently joined the Boston ROC community as postdoctoral research fellow.  Dr. Beauchamp will work with Drs. Bean and Jette to analyze data from the Boston Rehabilitative Impairment Study of the Elderly (Boston RISE) study, an NIA-funded prospective cohort study involving 430 primary care patients aged who are over 65 years of age and who are identified as at risk for declining mobility and disability.  Dr. Beauchamp plans examine the minimal clinically important difference (MCID) for the Late-Life Function and Disability Instrument (LLFDI).  Hailing from Canada, Marla received her PhD from the University of Toronto in Canada, where she studied balance assessment and treatment in individuals with chronic respiratory disease, with a focus on strategies to prevent functional decline in this population. Dr. Beauchamp is supported by a fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Charles Odonkor, MA is in his final year at the Yale School of Medicine and he completed his master’s degree in cell, molecular and developmental biology at the Washington University in St. Louis. Charles’ interests include research on mobility, stroke and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. Over the summer, Charles worked in Dr. Jonathan Bean’s lab at the Spaulding Outpatient Rehabilitation and Clinical Research Center, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He reviewed data from the Boston RISE study and compared the attributes of two measures of walking performance: the figure-of-8 walk-test and the habitual gait-speed.

Julia Thomas spent the summer collaborating with Boston ROC researchers as a fellow in the Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) program through the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR).  Julia is currently in her second year at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston Salem, NC. Prior to pursing her medical degree, she worked for two years as a research assistant with Dr. Jonathan Bean on Boston RISE baseline data to determine the rehabilitative and medical impairments associated with static balance in older adults.