Dr. Beth Marfeo’s Health and Productive Aging Lab recently received a generous donation to support innovative research and student scholarship from Tufts BSOT alumna Julia Forbes ’88. With this funding, Dr. Marfeo and team are launching a new project aimed at examining Social Isolation and Health among Community Dwelling Older Adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Marfeo’s research expertise is in the field of health services research, specifically in health outcomes measurement and development. As a clinically trained occupational therapist, Dr. Marfeo integrates her background in rehabilitation sciences with health services methodologies to applications in work disability assessment; physical function and mental health; and promoting productive aging and participation among older adults. Students in Dr. Marfeo’s lab participate in projects including quantitative analysis using nationally representative data sets, health policy and advocacy work, survey development, and a variety of other scholarly areas that bridge paradigms of public health, health services research, and occupational therapy. Dr. Marfeo and team have embraced virtual lab meetings, data collection using online platforms, and continue to adapt to the “new normal” of conducting innovative research through the lab. Currently, Dr. Marfeo is mentoring Tufts EL-OTD DEC students Jenna Becker, Sarah Lubic, and Emma Haan Ospina in their Doctoral Capstone projects. In addition, EL-OTD students Carolyn Nguyen and Maureen Kennedy have joined the lab as Research Assistants.
Find out more about the exciting research happening in Dr. Marfeo’s Health and Productive Aging Lab here: https://sites.tufts.edu/hpal/