Marla Beauchamp (McMaster University)


Current Activity
The main objective of my 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. My 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. My research is supported by grants from the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative, the Canadian Respiratory Research Network and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Areas of Interest

  • Chronic disease and aging 
  • Frailty 
  • Fall and injury prevention 
  • Healthy aging

Approaches to Innovation

  • Population-based approaches 
  • Evaluation 
  • Knowledge translation and exchange 
  • Resource and tool development


  • Father Sean O’Sullivan Research Centre
  • Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at St Joseph’s Hospital Hamilton
  • West Park Health Centre Toronto
  • Lifestyle and Behaviours Working Group
  • Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging

Student Mentorship
Looking to supervise:

  • Undergraduate students
  • Master’s students
  • PhD students