Julie J. Keysor, PhD, PT

1/27/11 12:59:27 PM -- Boston , Massachusetts SAR Faculty Head Shots Julie Keysor Photo by Vernon Doucette for Boston University Photography

Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training
Director, Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT)

PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MS, Physical Therapy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BS, Physical Therapy, University of Vermont

Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests:
Dr. Keysor’s research interests examine the intersection of function, environment, and psychology in the creation of disability and enhancement of participation among older adults and persons with arthritis. She uses clinical research methods in epidemiology to examine disablement and clinical trials to evaluate interventions designed to enhance participation (e.g., minimize disability) among elderly persons and adults with arthritis. Dr. Keysor collaborates with several interdisciplinary research groups including Boston University’s Clinical Epidemiology Research and Training Unit, Boston Rehabilitation Outcomes Center, and the Caregiving and Health Aging research study.

Dr. Keysor recently received a $4 million dollar grant from the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to establish a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center RRTC) in Arthritis: Boston University’s Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT).  Dr. Keysor is the Principal Investigator of ENACT’s Project 1: Efficacy of a Modified Vocational Rehabilitation Intervention for Work Disability  and the Multicenter Osteoarthritis-Knee Pain and Disability Study (MOST-KPAD) and is a co-investigator on the NIH funded Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study and the Caregiver SOF study.  Dr. Keysor developed the Home and Community Environment Survey (HACE).

Project 1: “Efficacy of a Modified Vocational Rehabilitation Intervention for Work Disability” is a randomized controlled trial examining the effects of two approaches on work disability outcomes. (Principal Investigator: Dr. Julie Keysor)

MOST-KPAD: The MOST-Knee Pain and Disability (MOST-KPAD) study, an ancillary study to the NIH funded MOST study,  is a longitudinal observational study examining the relationship of community mobility barriers and transportation facilitators with disability among older adults with functional limitations and knee pain.

Courses Taught

  • PT610       Health Promotion and Wellness
  • OLPT610  Health Promotion and Wellness
  • RS890      Doctoral Seminar (Disablement and Enablement

Lab Website: Center for Enhancing Activity & Participation Among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT)