Marla Beauchamp

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


Marla Beauchamp is a physical therapist and Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. She is also an Associate Member in the Department of Medicine. Marla 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. Marla’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 will be accepting graduate students in 2017. 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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Desveaux L, Beauchamp MK, Lee A, Ivers N, Goldstein R, Brooks D. (2016) Effects of a community-based, post-rehabilitation exercise program in COPD: Protocol for a randomized controlled trial with embedded process evaluation. JMIR Res Protoc, 5(2), e63.

Ward RE, Beauchamp MK, Latham NK, Leveille SG, Percac-Lima S, Kurlinski L, Ni P, Goldstein R, Jette AM, Bean JF. (2016) Neuromuscular impairments contributing to persistently poor and declining lower-extremity mobility among older adults: New findings informing geriatric rehabilitation. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 97(8), 1316-1322.

Beauchamp MK, Jette AM, Ni P, Ward RE, Kurlinski L, Leveille SG, Latham NK, Bean JF. (2015) Leg and trunk impairments predict participation in life roles in older adults: Results from Boston RISE. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci, 71(5), 663-9.

Lee AL, Harrison SL, Beauchamp MK, Janaudis-Ferreira T, Brooks D. (2015) Alternative field exercise tests for people with respiratory conditions. Curr Phys Med Rehabil Rep, 3, 232-241.

Beauchamp MK, Harrison SL, Goldstein RS, Books D. (2015) Interpretability of change scores in measures of balance in older adults with COPD. Chest, 149(3), 696-703.

Harrison SL, Beauchamp MK, Sibley KM, Araujo T, Romano J, Goldstein RS, Brooks D. (2015) Minimizing the evidence-practice gap - A prospective cohort study incorporating balance training into pulmonary rehabilitation for individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. BMC Pulm Med, 15(1), 73.

O’Hoski S, Sibley KM, Brooks D, Beauchamp MK. (2015) Construct validity of the BESTest, mini-BESTest and briefBESTest in adults aged 50 years and older. Gait Posture, 42, 301-305.

Beauchamp MK, Bean JF, Ward RE, Kurlinski L, Latham NK, Jette AM. (2015) How should disability be measured in older adults? An analysis from Boston RISE. J Am Geriatr Soc, 63, 1187-1191.

Beauchamp MK, Jette AM, Ward RE, Kurlinski L, Kiely D, Latham N, Bean JF. (2015) Predictive validity and responsiveness of patient-reported and performance-based measures of function in the Boston RISE Study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci, 70, 616-622.

Ward RE, Leveille SG, Beauchamp MK, Travison T, Alexander N, Jette AM, Bean JF. (2015) Functional performance as a predictor of injurious falls in older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc, 63, 315-320.

Evans RA, Kaplovitch E, Beauchamp MK, Goldstein RS, Gillies C, Brooks D, Mathur S. (2015) Is quadriceps endurance reduced in COPD? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Chest, 147, 673-684.

Sibley KM, Beauchamp MK, Van Ooteghem K, Strauss S, Jaglal S. (2015) Using the Systems Framework for postural control to analyze the components of balance evaluated in standardized balance measures: A scoping review. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 96, 122-132.

Beauchamp MK, Schmidt C, Pederson M, Bean JF, Jette A. (2014) Psychometric properties of the Late Life Function and Disability Instrument: a systematic review. BMC Geriatr, 14, 12.

Pederson MM, Holt NE, Grande L, Griffith L, Beauchamp MK, Kiely DK, Petersen J, Leveille S, Bean JF. (2014) Mild cognitive impairment status and mobility performance: An analysis from the Boston RISE study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci, 69, 1511-1518.

Beauchamp MK, Leveille SG, Patel KV, Kiely D, Phillips C, Ferruci L, Guralnik J, Bean JF. (2014) What rehabilitative attributes underlie the ability to walk 400 meters in later life? An analysis from the InCHIANTI Study. Am J Phys Med Rehabil, 93, 396-404.

Desveaux L, Beauchamp M, Rolfe D, Gibson B, Goldstein RS, Brooks D. (2014) Participant experiences of a community-based maintenance program post-pulmonary rehabilitation. Chron Respir Dis, 11, 23-30.

Desveaux L, Beauchamp M, Mathur S, Goldstein RS, Brooks D. (2014) Community-based exercise programs as a strategy to maintain function in chronic disease: a systematic review. Med Care, 52, 216-226.

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


(905) 525-9140 Ext: 22867


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