Julie J. Keysor, PhD, PT

Julie J. Keysor, PhD, PT

Title
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training
Director, Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT)
Email
jkeysor@bu.edu
Phone
617-353-2735
Education
PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
MS, Physical Therapy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BS, Physical Therapy, University of Vermont
Website or Lab
Center for Enhancing Activity & Participation Among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT)
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Courses Taught

  • PT610       Health Promotion and Wellness
  • OLPT610  Health Promotion and Wellness
  • RS890      Doctoral Seminar (Disablement and Enablement)

Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests

Dr. Keysor’s research interests examine the intersection of function, environment, and psychology in the creation of disability and enhancement of participation among older adults and persons with arthritis. She uses clinical research methods in epidemiology to examine disablement and clinical trials to evaluate interventions designed to enhance participation (e.g., minimize disability) among elderly persons and adults with arthritis. Dr. Keysor collaborates with several interdisciplinary research groups including Boston University’s Clinical Epidemiology Research and Training Unit,  Boston Rehabilitation Outcomes Center, and the Caregiving and Health Aging research study.

Dr. Keysor recently received a $4 million dollar grant from the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to establish a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center RRTC) in Arthritis: Boston University’s Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT).  Dr. Keysor is the Principal Investigator of ENACT’s Project 1: Efficacy of a Modified Vocational Rehabilitation Intervention for Work Disability  and the Multicenter Osteoarthritis-Knee Pain and Disability Study (MOST-KPAD) and is a co-investigator on the NIH funded Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study and the Caregiver SOF study.  Dr. Keysor developed the Home and Community Environment Survey (HACE). Dr. Keysor’s work on the environment and disability is featured in Inside Sargent, the annual publication of the College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College.

Project 1: “Efficacy of a Modified Vocational Rehabilitation Intervention for Work Disability” is a randomized controlled trial examining the effects of two approaches on work disability outcomes. (Principal Investigator: Dr. Julie Keysor)

MOST-KPAD:

The MOST-Knee Pain and Disability (MOST-KPAD) study, an ancillary study to the NIH funded MOST study,  is a longitudinal observational study examining the relationship of community mobility barriers and transportation facilitators with disability among older adults with functional limitations and knee pain.

Selected Publications

  • Foster N, Segal N, Clearfield J, Keysor JJ, Lewis B, Nevitt M, Torner J. Central versus lower body obesity distribution and the association with lower limb physical function and disability. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Accepted, 2010
  • Keysor JJ. White DK. Community Participation and the Environment: Theoretical, Assessment and Clinical Implications. 2nd Edition, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Principles and Practice, 2010
  • White DK, Zhang Y., Nui J., Keysor JJ, Lewis CE, Torner JC, Nevitt MC, Felson DT, Neogi T, and the Multicenter Osteoarthritis (MOST) Group. The independent effect of pain in one versus two knees on the presence of low physical function: The MOST Study. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 62(7):938-43, 2010.
  • White D, Keysor JJ, LaValley MP,  Lewis CE, Torner JC, Nevitt MC, Felson DT. Clinically important improvement in function is common in people with or at high risk of knee OA: the MOST study. Journal of Rheumatology. 37(6):1244-51, 2010.
  • White D, Jette AM, Felson DT, Lewis CE, Torner JC, Keysor JJ. Are features of the neighborhood environment associated with disability in older adults? Disability and Rehabilitaiton;32(8):639-45, 2010
  • Keysor JJ. Jette AM, LaValley MP, Lewis CE, Torner JC, Nevitt MC, Felson DT, and the Multicenter Osteoarthritis (MOST) Group. Community Environmental Factors Are Associated with Disability in Older Adults with Functional Limitations: The MOST Study.  Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences. 65(4):393-9, 2010.
  • Allair S. Keysor JJ. Development of a Structured Interview Tool to Help Patients Identify and Solve Rheumatic Condition-Related Work Barriers. Arthritis Care & Research  61(7):988-95, 2009
  • Prvu Bettger JA, Coster WJ, Latham NK, Keysor JJ. Analyzing change in recovery patterns occurring in the year after an acute hospitalization. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 89(7):1267-75, 2008
  • Hanson H, Monopoli V, Wagner M, Keysor JJ. Low Back Pain in Physical Therapists: A Plan to Change Culture to Minimize Risk. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation 28(2):145-51, 2007
  • Keysor JJ, Jette AM, Coster W, Prvu Bettger J. Haley, S. Association of Environmental Factors with Levels of Home and Community Participation in an Adult Rehabilitation Cohort. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 87(12):1566-75, 2006
  • Keysor JJ. How Does the Environment Influence Disability? Examining the Evidence. Appendix D in Workshop on Disability in America: A New Look. Summaries and Background Papers. Institute of Medicine. National Academies Press, Washington DC, 2005.
  • Jette AM, Keysor JJ, Coster W, Pengsheng, N, Haley, S. Beyond Function: Predicting Participation Outcomes in a Rehabilitation Cohort. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 86(11):2087-94, 2005.
  • Keysor JJ, Jette AM, Haley SM. Development of the Home and Community Environment (HACE) Instrument. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. 37(1):37-44, 2005.

Selected Presentations

  • Making it Fun: Physical Activity for Your Child with Arthritis—and the Family. Arthritis Foundation Massachusetts’s Chapter, Worchester, MA, April 11th, 2010
  • Capturing Work Disability and Barriers. British Society for Rheumatology and British Health Professions in Rheumatology, Rheumatology 2010 Scientific Meeting, Birmingham, United Kingdom, April 22, 2010.
  • Physical Activity among Persons with Arthritis: Assessment, Considerations, and Behavior Change. Presentation: Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals 2009 Audio Conference Series. April 23, 2009
  • A Critical Look at the Benefits of Physical Activity on Disablement. Panel Member, Functional Limitation and Disability in Older Adults: Psychosocial and Behavioral Considerations. Gerontological Society of America Scientific Meeting, San Francisco, November 17, 2007.
  • How Does the Environment Influence Disability? Examining the Evidence. Institute of Medicine. August 1, 2005.
  • Arthritis and Exercise: The Evidence, Special Considerations, and Broader Factors. Vermont Arthritis Coalition, Burlington, VT. November 19, 2004.
  • Is the Environment Related to Disability Among Older Adults? New England Building Interdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health Meeting. University of Connecticut. May 11, 2004.
  • Bridging Public Health and Medicine: Opportunities in Health and Rehabilitation Science. Junior Pledge Ceremony. Keynote Address. Sargent College, Boston University. March 23, 2003.
  • Does Late-Life Physical Activity Prevent or Minimize Disablement? A Critical Review of the Scientific Evidence. Cooper Institute on Physical Activity and Disablement, October 18, 2002.

Selected Grant Activity

  • Principal Investigator: National Institutes of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR),  Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC), Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation for Persons with Arthritis (ENACT).
  • Principal Investigator: Disability Risk Factors among Older Adults with Knee Arthritis
  • August 2005 – July 2010, Arthritis Foundation Arthritis Investigator Award & Career Development Award
  • Principal Investigator: Gender Differences Regarding Relationships Among the Environment, Attitudes, and Disability; January 2003 – December 2004 Boston Medical Center/Boston University Interdisciplinary Women’s Health Research Scholar’s Award (BIRCWH)
  • Principal Investigator: The Role of the Environment and Personal Factors in Disability; Boston University Interdisciplinary Aging Research Center; May 2003 – April 2005

Consulting and Professional Activities

Dissertation Advisor

  • Demor-Taber, M. Mammography screening among women with disabilities: Perspectives on underutilization. Dissertation completed to fulfill ScD requirements at Boston University. Committee Member, 1st Reader. In progress.
  • Pruv Bettger, J. Improvement and decline in personal care and instrumental functional activity performance: Patterns and predictive factors. Dissertation completed to fulfill ScD requirements at Boston University. Committee Member, 1st Reader, 2006.
  • Dacey, ML. Physical Activity Motivation Across Stages of Change in Older Adults. Dissertation completed to fulfill EdD requirements at Boston University. Committee Member, 2nd Reader, 2003.

Awards and Honors

  • Investigator Award. Career Development Award, Arthritis Foundation Arthritis, August 2005 – July 2007; Competitive Renewal 2008-2010
  • NIH Loan Repayment Recipient, January 1, 2005 – December 31, 2006
  • NIH Boston University Interdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health Scholar’s Award (BIRCWH), Boston University Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, January 2003 – December 2004
  • NIH/NIDRR, Rehabilitation Health Services Research Program at Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, January 2001 – July 2001
  • NIH/SNRA Multidisciplinary training Grant Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Boston University Gerontology Center, September 2000 – December 2000
  • National Institutes of Health Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 1998 – 1999
  • Arthritis Foundation Dissertation Award, 1999 – 2001
  • Exploratory Project Grant, Institute on Aging, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999

Licensing and Certification

Physical Therapist: State of North Carolina, 1988 – 2009

Physical Therapist: State of Massachusetts, 2010-present