Marla Beauchamp

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 21732
Fax: 905-524-0069
Office: IAHS Rm. 428


Dr. Beauchamp is a Physical Therapist and Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster.  She is also an Associate Member in the Department of Medicine.  Marla completed her PhD in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Toronto (2012) and her postdoctoral training in outcomes measurement at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

The overall objective of Dr. Beauchamp’s research program is to develop evidence-based strategies to improve mobility among older adults. Her research has two key arms related to this aim: 1) advancing the assessment of mobility problems among older adults; and 2) personalized rehabilitative interventions to optimize late-life mobility. Dr. Beauchamp’s ongoing research is supported by grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada’s Aging and Technology Network (AGE-WELL NCE), the Canadian Respiratory Research Network (CRRN), and the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging within the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA).

Research Expertise

Keywords:  geriatric rehabilitation, mobility, balance, fall risk assessment, fall prevention, disability, participation, physical function, measurement, physical activity, wearable technology

Dr. Beauchamp is leading several prospective cohort studies, epidemiological analyses and clinical trials that are investigating: 1) the best screening tools for fall risk assessment and prevention in older adults; 2) the use of wearable technology for identifying late-life mobility problems; and 3) the effects targeted interventions for improving mobility and preventing falls in older at-risk populations.

Graduate Students

Dr. Beauchamp is accepting graduate students.  Interested students should send a CV and research interests to

Lab/Research Institute

McMaster Rehabilitation and Aging Lab (MacREAL)

MacM3 (McMaster Monitoring My Mobility)

Member, McMaster Institute for Research on Aging

Scientist, West Park Healthcare Centre, Toronto

Associate Member, Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton

Recent Publications

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Selected Journal Articles

Mayhew A, Griffith L, Gilsing A, Beauchamp MK, Kuspinar A, Raina P. The association between self-reported and performance-based physical function with activities of daily living disability in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2019. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glz122.

Beauchamp MK. Balance assessment in people with COPD: an evidence-based guide. Chronic Respiratory Disease. 2019; 16: 1-8.

Beauchamp MK, Ward R, Jette AM, Bean JF. Meaningful change estimates for the Late-Life Function and Disability Instrument in older adults. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2019;74(4):556-559. doi: 10.1093/gerona/gly230.

Lee AL, Beauchamp MK, Goldstein RS, Brooks D. Clinical and physiological effects of rollators in individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a systematic review. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. 2018;38(6):366-73.

Sibley KM, Bentley DC, Salbach NM, Gardner P, McGlynn M, O’Hoski S, Shaffer J, Shing P, McEwen S, Beauchamp MK, Hossain S, Straus SE, Jaglal SB. A Theory-based Multi-Component Intervention to Increase Reactive Balance Measurement by Physiotherapists in Three Rehabilitation Hospitals: An Uncontrolled Single Group Study. BMC Health Services Research. 2018;18(1):724.

Beauchamp MK, Brooks D, Ellerton C, Lee A, Alison J, Camp PG, Dechman G, Haines K, Harrison SL, Holland AE, Marques A, Moineddin R, Skinner EH, Spencer L, Stickland MK, Xie F, Goldstein RS. Pulmonary Rehabilitation With Balance Training for Fall Reduction in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2017;6(11):e228.

Beauchamp MK, Lee AL, Ward RE, Harrison SL, Bain P, Goldstein RS, Brooks D, Bean JF, Jette AM. Do exercise interventions improve participation in life roles among older adults? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Physical Therapy 2017;97(10):964-74.

Ward RE, Beauchamp MK, Latham NK, Leveille SG, Percac-Lima S, Kurlinski L, Travison T, Pengsheng N, Goldstein R, Jette AM, Bean JF. A Novel Approach to Identifying Trajectories of Change in Studies of Older Adults. PLoS ONE. 2016;11(12):e0169003.

Beauchamp MK, Jette AM, Ni P, Ward RE, Kurlinski L, Leveille SG, Latham NK, Bean JF. Leg and trunk impairments predict participation in life roles in older adults: Results from Boston RISE. Journals of Gerontology Series A: Medical Sciences. 2016;71(5):663-9.

Beauchamp MK, Harrison SL, Goldstein RS, Books D. Interpretability of change scores in measures of balance in older adults with COPD. Chest. 2016;149(3):696-703.

Bean JF, Beauchamp MK, Ni M. Targeted exercise training to optimize leg power, leg speed and mobility among older adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2016;64(12):2608-9.

Ward RE, Beauchamp MK, Latham NK, Leveille SG, Percac-Lima S, Kurlinski L, Ni P, Goldstein R, Jette AM, Bean JF. Neuromuscular impairments contributing to change in lower-extremity function among older primary care patients. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2016;97(8):1316-22.

Desveaux L, Beauchamp MK, Lee AL, Ivers NM, Goldstein R, Brooks D. Effects of a community-based, post-rehabilitation exercise program in COPD: Protocol for a randomized controlled trial with embedded process evaluation. JMIR Research Protocols 2016;5(2):e63.

O’Hoski S, Sibley KM, Brooks D, Beauchamp MK. Construct validity of the BESTest, mini-BESTest and briefBESTest in adults aged 50 years and older. Gait Posture. 2015;42(3):301-5.

Beauchamp MK, Bean JF, Ward RE, Kurlinski L, Latham NK, Jette AM. How should disability be measured in older adults? An analysis from Boston RISE. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2015;63(6):1187-91.

General Information

Mailing Address:

School of Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
Institute of Applied Health Sciences,
Room 403, 1400 Main St. W. Hamilton, ON L8S 1C7


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