Associate Professor and Department Chair of Occupational Therapy
Musculoskeletal Health, Ergonomics, Evidence-Base Practice and Knowledge Translation
Nancy Baker's research focuses on the musculoskeletal health disorders. Her research reflects a synthesis of preventing work related hand injuries (ergonomics), examining conservative treatments for work-related hand injuries, particularly carpal tunnel syndrome, and treating chronic pain. Her expertise in clinical hand biomechanics has also led to collaborations with others interested in the effect of disability on hand coordination, including glaucoma and rheumatic conditions.
Baker's research is eclectic and uses a variety of tools and techniques to answer her research questions. She has experience with instrument development (Keyboard – Personal Computer Style [K-PeCS); motion capture analysis of upper extremity function; and has completed two randomized clinical trials, one on computer keyboard use, and one comparing conservative treatments of carpal tunnel syndrome. She has developed skills in large dataset analyses and is developing health systems intervention research to improve the care of people with carpal tunnel syndrome. She is developing methods to use Immersive Virtual Reality to treat chronic pain.
From her experiences in work rehabilitation, Baker developed an interest in epidemiology and population level research. She obtained a Master's of Public Health in Epidemiology in 2009, and was a guest researcher at the Centers for Disease Control Division of Population Health: Arthritis, Epilepsy, and Well-Being Branch from 2014 to 2015. She is currently exploring how knowledge translation and implementation science can be used to increase the uptake of evidence-based treatments in occupational therapy.
Group Theory & Practice; Functional Group Model; Occupational Therapy Fieldwork, Mentoring
My current and ongoing scholarship focus is on development of an instrument to measure outcomes of group leader training related to common leader behaviors. I continue to participate in research projects regarding occupational therapy fieldwork and community based program evaluation.
Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Science; Activity Performance and Participation of Children, Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities; Measurement and Intervention Development and Testing
The ultimate aim of my research is to promote activity performance and participation of children, youth, and young adults with disabilities across the lifespan. I am particularly interested in assessment and intervention approaches that identify and build upon what individuals already know and do to manage their daily life routines and participate in meaningful activities. I have developed a number of measures as primary author such as the Child and Adolescent Scale of Participation (CASP) and as co-author such as the Participation and Environment Measure for Children and Youth (PEM-CY). My most recent project (Social participation And Navigation or SPAN) involves the development and testing of an app-based coaching intervention to promote social participation of teenagers and transition-age young adults with acquired brain injuries and other conditions. (See personal website for current and past work and resources).
Current research interests include the use of tele-health technologies and patient participation in healthcare outcomes. Other interests include the use of social media to enhance engagement and communication within the profession as well as with patients.
Rehabilitation Management, Evaluation and Treatment of physical dysfunctions, Evaluation and Treatment of Orthopedic Dysfunctions in the Athlete, Concussion Management and Education, Adaptive Sports as a Rehabilitation Tool
Adaptive Sports, Concussion Management of the Athlete and Student, Professional development of the Health-Care Manager
Keren Ladin teaches courses in health policy, research methods, public health ethics, health disparities, and medical ethics. Professor Ladin incorporates quantitative, qualitative, and normative approaches to study how systemic disadvantage affects health and the ability of individuals to make and pursue lifeplans. Specifically, her research examines socioeconomic and racial disparities in transplantation, mental health treatment, aging, and immigrant health. She aims to better understand how social networks impact health disparities, acute medical decision-making, and resilience in major life transitions. Her research aims to: (1) understand the role of social networks in complex medical decision-making, (2) evaluate the impact of public policies on the health of vulnerable populations, and (3) identify barriers and interventions to improve health care utilization among vulnerable populations.
Professor Ladin is also the Director of the Lab for Research on Ethics, Aging, and Community Health (REACH Lab) at Tufts University.
Board Certification in Pediatrics (BCP) 2012-2022, American Occupational Therapy Association
Occupational therapy evaluation and intervention in pediatrics, particularly contextual and strengths-based services
Evaluation, including strengths-based evaluation, occupation-based evaluation, context & environment
Intervention, including models of occupation-based service provision, contextual services, collaboration, strengths-based, least restrictive environment
Program development, including systems approaches, strengths-based, mindfulness, social-emotional regulation, physical literacy
Teaching and Learning
Models of professional development, andragogy, self-regulated learning
Project-based learning, technology in teaching and learning, using visual analog scales in course evaluation, concept mapping
Online teaching and learning, course design (F2F, hybrid, online)
Professional communication, fieldwork education, professional development of emerging occupational therapists, interprofessional collaboration, complex medical pediatric occupational therapy, community-based practice
Occupational therapy, social psychology, culture and health care stigma, health quality of life, social participation, Parkinson's disease and conditions across lifespan that affect nonverbal and verbal communication, evidence-based practice.
I study health quality of life and define it as participation in daily life tasks, activities, and roles in a manner that contributes to individual, familial, societal, and global health and well-being. A bio-psycho-social approach is taken with respect to processes and outcomes of health quality of life. I work with researchers and students from different disciplines and countries to conduct research in a creative and collaborative interdisciplinary environment.