Nancy K. Latham, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management
Nancy Latham
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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 (Canada), BSc


  • Published on 4/4/2016

    Ward RE, Beauchamp MK, Latham NK, Leveille SG, Percac-Lima S, Kurlinski L, Ni P, Goldstein R, Jette AM, Bean JF. Neuromuscular Impairments Contributing to Persistently Poor and Declining Lower-Extremity Mobility Among Older Adults: New Findings Informing Geriatric Rehabilitation. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016 Aug; 97(8):1316-22. PMID: 27056644.

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  • Published on 1/22/2016

    Makris UE, Paul TM, Holt NE, Latham NK, Ni P, Jette A, Leveille SG, Bean JF. The Relationship Among Neuromuscular Impairments, Chronic Back Pain, and Mobility in Older Adults. PM R. 2016 Aug; 8(8):738-47. PMID: 26805908.

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  • Published on 9/13/2015

    Beauchamp MK, Jette AM, Ni P, Latham NK, Ward RE, Kurlinski LA, Percac-Lima S, Leveille SG, Bean JF. Leg and Trunk Impairments Predict Participation in Life Roles in Older Adults: Results From Boston RISE. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2016 May; 71(5):663-9. PMID: 26369668.

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  • Published on 6/1/2015

    Beauchamp MK, Bean JF, Ward RE, Kurlinski LA, Latham NK, Jette AM. How Should Disability Be Measured in Older Adults? An Analysis from the Boston Rehabilitative Impairment Study of the Elderly. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Jun; 63(6):1187-91. PMID: 26032351.

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  • Published on 4/1/2015

    Chang FH, Latham NK, Friedman RH, Jette AM. Interactive voice response version of the late-life function and disability instrument. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Apr; 63(4):770-5. PMID: 25900491.

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  • Published on 2/18/2015

    Chang FH, Latham NK, Ni P, Jette AM. Does self-efficacy mediate functional change in older adults participating in an exercise program after hip fracture? A randomized controlled trial. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2015 Jun; 96(6):1014-1020.e1. PMID: 25701101.

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  • Published on 12/15/2014

    Beauchamp MK, Jette AM, Ward RE, Kurlinski LA, Kiely D, Latham NK, Bean JF. Predictive validity and responsiveness of patient-reported and performance-based measures of function in the Boston RISE study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2015 May; 70(5):616-22. PMID: 25512569.

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  • Published on 11/1/2014

    Kerse N, McLean C, Moyes SA, Peri K, Ng T, Wilkinson-Meyers L, Brown P, Latham N, Connolly M. The cluster-randomized BRIGHT trial: Proactive case finding for community-dwelling older adults. Ann Fam Med. 2014 Nov-Dec; 12(6):514-24. PMID: 25384813.

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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. PMID: 24952097.

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  • 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. PMID: 24938572.

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