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Nancy Latham, PhD

TitleResearch Assistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentHealth Policy & Management
Address715 Albany St
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 638-1988
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-8516-0016
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
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.


 NIH RePORTER Grants

Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2010 BUMC--LATHAM 5P30AG031679-03-1 62
2009 BUMC--LATHAM 5P30AG031679-02-1 62
2008 BUMC--LATHAM 1P30AG031679-01-1 62


 Publications
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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Latham NK. An appreciation of Stephen M. Haley. Phys Ther. 2011 Dec; 91(12):1712.
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  11. Pardasaney PK, Latham NK, Jette AM, Wagenaar RC, Ni P, Slavin MD, Bean JF. Sensitivity to change and responsiveness of four balance measures for community-dwelling older adults. Phys Ther. 2012 Mar; 92(3):388-97.
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  12. Liu CJ, LaValley M, Latham NK. Do unblinded assessors bias muscle strength outcomes in randomized controlled trials of progressive resistance strength training in older adults? Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2011 Mar; 90(3):190-6.
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  13. Liu CJ, Latham N. Adverse events reported in progressive resistance strength training trials in older adults: 2 sides of a coin. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2010 Sep; 91(9):1471-3.
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  14. Latham N, Liu CJ. Strength training in older adults: the benefits for osteoarthritis. Clin Geriatr Med. 2010 Aug; 26(3):445-59.
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  15. Liu CJ, Latham N. Can progressive resistance strength training reduce physical disability in older adults? A meta-analysis study. Disabil Rehabil. 2011; 33(2):87-97.
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  16. Takahashi K, Tickle-Degnen L, Coster WJ, Latham NK. Expressive behavior in Parkinson's disease as a function of interview context. Am J Occup Ther. 2010 May-Jun; 64(3):484-95.
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  17. Jette AM, Latham N. Improving the evidence base for physical therapy disability interventions. Phys Ther. 2010 Mar; 90(3):324-5.
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  18. Liu CJ, Latham NK. Progressive resistance strength training for improving physical function in older adults. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2009; (3):CD002759.
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  19. Ngo L, Latham NK, Jette AM, Soukup J, Iezzoni LI. Use of physical and occupational therapy by Medicare beneficiaries within five conditions: 1994-2001. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2009 Apr; 88(4):308-21.
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  20. Jette AM, McDonough CM, Haley SM, Ni P, Olarsch S, Latham N, Hambleton RK, Felson D, Kim YJ, Hunter D. A computer-adaptive disability instrument for lower extremity osteoarthritis research demonstrated promising breadth, precision, and reliability. J Clin Epidemiol. 2009 Aug; 62(8):807-15.
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  21. Latham NK, Mehta V, Nguyen AM, Jette AM, Olarsch S, Papanicolaou D, Chandler J. Performance-based or self-report measures of physical function: which should be used in clinical trials of hip fracture patients? Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2008 Nov; 89(11):2146-55.
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  22. Kerse N, Peri K, Robinson E, Wilkinson T, von Randow M, Kiata L, Parsons J, Latham N, Parsons M, Willingale J, Brown P, Arroll B. Does a functional activity programme improve function, quality of life, and falls for residents in long term care? Cluster randomised controlled trial. BMJ. 2008; 337:a1445.
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  23. Prvu Bettger JA, Coster WJ, Latham NK, Keysor JJ. Analyzing change in recovery patterns in the year after acute hospitalization. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2008 Jul; 89(7):1267-75.
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  24. Latham NK, Jette AM, Ngo LH, Soukup J, Iezzoni LI. Did the 1997 balanced budget act reduce use of physical and occupational therapy services? Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2008 May; 89(5):807-14.
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  25. Peri K, Kerse N, Robinson E, Parsons M, Parsons J, Latham N. Does functionally based activity make a difference to health status and mobility? A randomised controlled trial in residential care facilities (The Promoting Independent Living Study; PILS). Age Ageing. 2008 Jan; 37(1):57-63.
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  26. Latham NK, Jette DU, Coster W, Richards L, Smout RJ, James RA, Gassaway J, Horn SD. Occupational therapy activities and intervention techniques for clients with stroke in six rehabilitation hospitals. Am J Occup Ther. 2006 Jul-Aug; 60(4):369-78.
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  27. Kolt GS, Oliver M, Schofield GM, Kerse N, Garrett N, Latham NK. An overview and process evaluation of TeleWalk: a telephone-based counseling intervention to encourage walking in older adults. Health Promot Int. 2006 Sep; 21(3):201-8.
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  28. Etkin CD, Prohaska TR, Harris BA, Latham N, Jette A. Feasibility of implementing the Strong for Life program in community settings. Gerontologist. 2006 Apr; 46(2):284-92.
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  29. Stretton CM, Latham NK, Carter KN, Lee AC, Anderson CS. Determinants of physical health in frail older people: the importance of self-efficacy. Clin Rehabil. 2006 Apr; 20(4):357-66.
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  30. Latham NK, Jette DU, Warren RL, Wirtalla C. Pattern of functional change during rehabilitation of patients with hip fracture. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2006 Jan; 87(1):111-6.
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  31. Latham NK, Jette DU, Slavin M, Richards LG, Procino A, Smout RJ, Horn SD. Physical therapy during stroke rehabilitation for people with different walking abilities. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2005 Dec; 86(12 Suppl 2):S41-S50.
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  32. Richards LG, Latham NK, Jette DU, Rosenberg L, Smout RJ, DeJong G. Characterizing occupational therapy practice in stroke rehabilitation. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2005 Dec; 86(12 Suppl 2):S51-S60.
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  33. Jette DU, Latham NK, Smout RJ, Gassaway J, Slavin MD, Horn SD. Physical therapy interventions for patients with stroke in inpatient rehabilitation facilities. Phys Ther. 2005 Mar; 85(3):238-48.
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  34. Haley SM, Fragala-Pinkham M, Latham NK, Skrinar AM, Cogswell D. The emerging role of the pediatric physical therapist in evaluation and intervention for individuals with lysosomal storage diseases. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2005; 17(2):128-39.
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  35. Bennett DA, Latham NK, Stretton C, Anderson CS. Capture-recapture is a potentially useful method for assessing publication bias. J Clin Epidemiol. 2004 Apr; 57(4):349-57.
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  36. Latham NK, Bennett DA, Stretton CM, Anderson CS. Systematic review of progressive resistance strength training in older adults. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2004 Jan; 59(1):48-61.
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  37. Latham NK, Anderson CS, Reid IR. Effects of vitamin D supplementation on strength, physical performance, and falls in older persons: a systematic review. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2003 Sep; 51(9):1219-26.
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  38. Latham NK, Anderson CS, Lee A, Bennett DA, Moseley A, Cameron ID. A randomized, controlled trial of quadriceps resistance exercise and vitamin D in frail older people: the Frailty Interventions Trial in Elderly Subjects (FITNESS). J Am Geriatr Soc. 2003 Mar; 51(3):291-9.
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  39. Latham N, Anderson C, Bennett D, Stretton C. Progressive resistance strength training for physical disability in older people. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2003; (2):CD002759.
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  40. Vanden Noven S, Seburn KL, Latham NK, Gardiner PF. Similar age-related changes in two regions of muscle with different properties. Neuroreport. 1996 Feb 29; 7(3):767-72.
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