Nancy K Latham, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Health Policy & Management
Nancy Latham
580 Harrison Ave – 216


Nancy Latham, PhD, PT is a Research Assistant Professor in the Health and Disability Research Institute at the Boston University School of Public Health. Her research interest is in applying methods from the field of clinical epidemiology, such as randomized controlled trials, cohort studies and meta-analyses, to rehabilitation and disabilty-related research. She is particulary interested in innovative interventions to extend the benefits of rehabilitation programs and increase adherence to exercise programs long term in people with disability. Dr. Latham has received a Mary E. Switzer Distinguished Fellowship from the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research and was recently an investigator in the Boston Pepper Center Research and Development Core. She has served on review panels for the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research and recently was guest editor of a special issue on Advances in Disability Reserach in tthe journal Physical Therapy. Her current research projects include an NIH funded randomized controlled clinical trial of an exercise intervention to improve function after hip fracture, a pilot study of a “Virtual Exercise Coach” to increase walking in people with Parkinson’s Disease and the development of a voice-recognition system to remotely monitor function in older adults.


  • University of Auckland , PhD
  • McGill University , MSc
  • University of Toronto , BSc


  • Published on 6/18/2014

    Latham NK, Bean JF, Jette AM. Home-based exercise and hip fracture rehabilitation--reply. JAMA. 2014 Jun 18; 311(23):2440-1.

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  • Published on 6/18/2014

    Thomas JC, Odonkor C, Griffith L, Holt N, Percac-Lima S, Leveille S, Ni P, Latham NK, Jette AM, Bean JF. Reconceptualizing balance: attributes associated with balance performance. Exp Gerontol. 2014 Sep; 57:218-23.

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  • Published on 3/28/2014

    Pardasaney PK, Ni P, Slavin MD, Latham NK, Wagenaar RC, Bean J, Jette AM. Computer-adaptive balance testing improves discrimination between community-dwelling elderly fallers and nonfallers. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 Jul; 95(7):1320-1327.e1.

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  • Published on 2/19/2014

    Latham NK, Harris BA, Bean JF, Heeren T, Goodyear C, Zawacki S, Heislein DM, Mustafa J, Pardasaney P, Giorgetti M, Holt N, Goehring L, Jette AM. Effect of a home-based exercise program on functional recovery following rehabilitation after hip fracture: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2014 Feb 19; 311(7):700-8.

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  • Published on 8/23/2013

    Bean JF, Latham NK, Holt N, Kurlinksi L, Ni P, Leveille S, Percac-Lima S, Jette A. Which neuromuscular attributes are most associated with mobility among older primary care patients? Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Dec; 94(12):2381-8.

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  • Published on 6/1/2013

    Ellis T, Latham NK, DeAngelis TR, Thomas CA, Saint-Hilaire M, Bickmore TW. Feasibility of a virtual exercise coach to promote walking in community-dwelling persons with Parkinson disease. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Jun; 92(6):472-81; quiz 482-5.

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  • Published on 5/23/2013

    Pardasaney PK, Slavin MD, Wagenaar RC, Latham NK, Ni P, Jette AM. Conceptual limitations of balance measures for community-dwelling older adults. Phys Ther. 2013 Oct; 93(10):1351-68.

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  • Published on 5/8/2013

    Odonkor CA, Thomas JC, Holt N, Latham N, Vanswearingen J, Brach JS, Leveille SG, Jette A, Bean J. A comparison of straight- and curved-path walking tests among mobility-limited older adults. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2013 Dec; 68(12):1532-9.

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  • Published on 9/16/2012

    Holt NE, Percac-Lima S, Kurlinski LA, Thomas JC, Landry PM, Campbell B, Latham N, Ni P, Jette A, Leveille SG, Bean JF. The Boston Rehabilitative Impairment Study of the Elderly: a description of methods. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Feb; 94(2):347-55.

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  • Published on 12/1/2011

    Jette AM, Latham NK. Disability research: progress made, opportunities for even greater gains. Phys Ther. 2011 Dec; 91(12):1708-11.

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