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.  She is also an Associate Member in the Department of Medicine.  Dr. Beauchamp completed her PhD in the area of pulmonary rehabilitation at the University of Toronto in 2012.  She then moved to Boston where she completed postdoctoral training in geriatric rehabilitation and outcomes measurement at Harvard Medical School and Boston University.

The main objective of Dr. Beauchamp’s research program is to develop evidence-based rehabilitative assessment and treatment strategies to enhance mobility (i.e., physical function and participation) among older adults and those with chronic disease. Her research spans two areas related to this aim: 1) examination of targeted exercise-based interventions to optimize mobility; and 2) outcomes research in measures of physical function and participation.  Examples of ongoing research include fall prevention trials in older adults with COPD and longitudinal studies examining the psychometric properties of clinical balance tests and patient-reported measures of participation.  Dr. Beauchamp’s research is supported by grants from the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative, the Canadian Respiratory Research Network and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Research Expertise

Keywords: pulmonary rehabilitation, geriatric rehabilitation, balance, falls, disability, participation, function, measurement.

Dr. Beauchamp's research interests include measurement of function and disability in older adults and rehabilitative interventions for enhancing function and minimizing disability. The current focus of her research program is on optimizing balance assessment and training to inform targeted fall prevention strategies for older adults with COPD and other at-risk populations. A second focus is on outcome instruments that measure participation in life roles and the effect of exercise interventions on participation in older adults.

Graduate Students

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

Lab/Research Institute

Scientist, West Park Healthcare Centre, Toronto
Associate Member, Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton

Recent Publications

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Journal Articles

Beauchamp MK, Lee AL, Ward RE, Harrison SL, Bain P, Goldstein RS, et al. (in press) Do exercise interventions improve participation in life roles among older adults? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Phys Ther. 2017.

Lee AL, Beauchamp MK, Goldstein RS, Brooks D. (in press) The clinical and physiological effects of rollators in individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): a systematic review. J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2017.

Sibley KM, Beauchamp MK, Van Ooteghem K, Paterson M, Wittmeier KD. Components of standing postural control evaluated in pediatric balance measures: a scoping review. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2017; doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2017.02.032. [Epub ahead of print].

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.

Bean JF, Beauchamp MK, Ni M. Targeted exercise training to optimize leg power, leg speed and mobility among older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016;64(12):2608-9.

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.

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.

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. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016;97(8):1316-22.

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. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sc. 2016;71(5):663-9.

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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