Research/Areas of Interest:
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.
MPH, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, United States, 2009
DSc, Boston University, Boston, United States, 2000
MS, Boston University, Boston, United States, 1997
BS, Tufts University, Medford, United States, 1985