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Nancy Baker, ScD, MPH, OTR/L

Term 2018-2020

Dr. Baker is an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh.  She received her Doctor of Science (ScD) in Therapeutic Studies at Boston University in 2000, and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health in 2009. Before obtaining her doctoral degree, she was a clinical therapist for 11 years, specializing in adult physical disabilities and industrial rehabilitation.  She also trained in ergonomic assessment and intervention.  

Dr. Baker is an internationally-recognized expert in musculoskeletal disorders, particularly those related to work and arthritis. Her scholarly work includes over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, over 175 podium and poster presentations, and 12 textbook chapters.  She has expertise in experimental and epidemiological methodology and have been funded at the federal, foundation and university levels.  In 2014, she was invited to be a Guest Researcher at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and spent a year developing skills in large dataset analysis and public health interventions. She was elected to the AOTF Academy of Research in 2009 and was a member of the AOTF Dissertation Research Grant Panel from 2009 to 2012, and then a member of the Scientific Review Group for the AOTF Intervention Research Grant program from 2013 to 2016.  She has also been on study sections for the CDC, NIOSH, NSF, and NIH.  She is the chair of the US Bone and Joint Initiative’s patient education initiative Experts in Arthritis and works with that group to mentor junior faculty in grant writing.  Dr. Baker is an associate editor for OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, and has served on editorial boards for AJOT and Work.  In recognition of her outstanding service she received a Leadership Service Commendation from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation in 2013.


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