Research

Recipient of Boston Medical Center/Boston University Interdisciplinary Women’s Health Research Scholar’s Award, Project: Gender Differences Regarding Relationships Among the Environment, Attitudes, and Disability. (January 2003-December 2004). Examine the relations among environmental factors, disability attitudes, clinical factors, and disability behaviors among persons who have knee arthritis or who are recovering from a recent hospitalization.

Principal Investigator, Facilitators and Barriers Encountered in the Environment: Pilot Test of a New Measure, Roybal Center for Enhancement of Late-Life Function, Pilot Study Project, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Boston University, Boston, MA. Funding from the National Institute on Aging (February 2002 – June 2002). Pilot test of a new measure that assess the degree to which people encounter barriers or facilitators in their home, community or work environments. 

Principal Investigator, Development of a Measure to Assess Elders’ Beliefs and Attitudes Regarding Disability, Roybal Center for Enhancement of Late-Life Function, Pilot Study Project, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Boston University, Boston, MA. Funding from the National Institute on Aging (February 2001 – December 2001). A study of elders’ beliefs and attitudes related to disability.  Qualitative research methods utilized to gain a better understanding of elders’ thoughts related to social and personal role participation.  Data were analyzed to develop a measure assessing elders’ beliefs and attitudes related to disability, which was pilot tested among 60 community-dwelling elders.