Nancy Baker ScD, MPH, OTR/L



    Associate Professor

    Office Location

    6070 Forbes Tower

    Office phone


Academic Appointment

  • Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Graduate Faculty, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


  • ScD, Therapeutic Studies, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Boston University, 2000
  • MPH, Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, 2009
  • MS, Occupational Therapy, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Boston University, 1997
  • BS, Occupational Therapy, Boston School of Occupational Therapy, Tufts University, 1985

Research Interests

  • Methods to address worker musculoskeletal health

Recent Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  • Baker NA, Cook J, Redfern M. Rater reliability and concurrent validity of the Keyboard Personal Computer Style instrument (K-PeCS). Applied Ergonomics. 2009;40:136-144. doi:10.1016/j.apergo.2007.12.008 (PMID: 18275932)
  • Baker NA, Rogers JC, Rubinstein EN, Allaire SH, Wasko MC. Problems experienced by people with arthritis when using a computer.  Arthritis Care & Research. 2009;61:614-622. doi: 10.1002/art.24465 (PMID: 19405002)
  • Baker NA, Redfern M. Potentially problematic postures during work site keyboard use. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2009;53:386-397. (PMID: 19708467)
  • Baker NA, Gustafson NP, Rogers JC.  The association between rheumatoid arthritis related structural changes in hands and computer keyboard operation.  Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 2010;20:59-68. doi: DOI 10.1007/s10926-009-9216-x (PMID: 19898778)
  • Baker NA, Rogers JC. Association between computer use speed and age, impairments in function, and touch typing training in people with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Care & Research. 2010;62:242-250. doi: 10.1002/acr.20074 (PMID: 20191524)
  • Torok KS, Baker NA, Lucas M, Domsic RT, Boudreau R, Medsger TA.  Reliability and validity of the Delta Finger-to-Palm measurement in systemic sclerosis. Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology. 2010;28(Suppl. 58):S28-S36. (PMID: 20576211; PMCID: PMC2935276)
  • Allin S, Baker NA, Eckel E, Ramanan D. Robust tracking of the upper limb for functional stroke assessment. IEEE on Transactions on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering.  2010;18:542-550. doi: 10.1109/TNSRE.2010.2047267  (PMID: 2037848)
  • Toosi K, Baker NA, Impink BG, Boninger, M. Effects of computer keyboarding on ultrasonographic measures of the median nerve. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2011;54:826-833. doi: 10.1002/ajim.20983 (PMID: 21739468)
  • Baker NA, Moehling K, Rubinstein E, Wollstein R, Gustafson NP, Baratz M.  The comparative effectiveness of combined lumbrical muscle splints and stretches on symptoms and function in carpal tunnel syndrome.  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2012;93:1-10. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2011.08.013 (PMID: 22200381)
  • Baker NA, Rubinstein E, Rogers JC. Problems and accommodation strategies reported by computer users with rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 2012;22:353-362 doi: 10.1007/s10926-012-9353-5 
  • Baker NA, Aufman E, Poole J. Computer use problems and accommodation strategies at work and home for people with systemic sclerosis: A needs assessment.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy.  2012;66:368-375. doi:10.5014/ajot.2012.003467
  • Baker NA, Moehling K.  The relationship between musculoskeletal symptoms and discrepancies between worker anthropometrics and their computer workstation configuration.  Work (in press). doi: 10.3233/WOR-2012-1480
  • Baker NA, Xui K, Moehling K, Li Z-M. Dynamic postures of the transverse metacarpal arch during typing.  Journal of Applied Biomechanics. (in press)
  • Baker NA, Livengood H, Jacobs K.  The reliability and validity of the Computer Workstation Checklist. Work. (in press)

Book Chapters

  • Fitzgerald GK, Baker NA.  Principles of rehabilitation: PT and OT. In Hochberg MC, Silman AJ, Smolen JS, Weinblatt ME, Weisman MH editors. Rheumatology. 5th ed.  Phildelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2010. p. 441-448.
  • Baker NA, Jacobs K.  Tele-ergonomics.  In Kumar S, Cohn ER, editors. Telerehabilitation. New York, NY: Spring-Verlag London; 2013. p. 163-174.
  • Baker NA, Tickle-Degnen L.  Evidence-based practice: Integrating evidence to inform practice.  In Schell, Gillen, Scaffa editors. Willard & Spackman's occupational therapy. 12th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; 2014. P. 398-412.

    Courses Recently Taught

    • OT 2101 Human Movement Analysis, Course Liaison
    • OT 2106 Clinical Research for Occupational Therapists, Instructor
    • OT 2110 Biomechanical Theory and Practice I, Instructor
    • OT 2114 Biomechanical Theory and Practice II, Co-Instructor
    • OT 2118 Special Topics in Occupational Therapy, Course Liaison
    • HRS 2504 Directed Readings in Occupational Therapy, Instructor
    • HRS 2510 Fundamentals of Evidenced Based Practice in OT, Instructor

    Biographical Profile

    • Therapist, Saint Francis Hospital, Poughkeepsie, NY, 1985-1986
    • Therapist, Gaylord Hospital, Wallingford, CT, 1986-1987
    • Per Diem Therapist, Boise, ID, 1988
    • Staff Therapist, New England Rehabilitation Hospital, Woburn, MA, 1989
    • Supervisor, Occupational Orthopaedic Center, Pawtucket, RI, 1989-1991  
    • Per Diem Therapist, The Turning Point, Pawtucket, RI, 1992
    • Consultant, Occupational Orthopaedic Center, Pawtucket, RI, 1992
    • Supervisor, The HealthCenter, Green Bay, WI, 1992-1996 
    • Teaching Assistant, Boston University, Sargent College Occupational Therapy Department, 1997-1998
    • Faculty Assistant, Boston University, Sargent College Occupational Therapy Department, 1997-1998
    • Faculty Assistant, Boston University, Sargent College Occupational Therapy Department, 1997-1998
    • Faculty, Boston University, Sargent College Occupational Therapy Department, 1998 
    • Teaching Assistant, Boston University, Sargent College Occupational Therapy Department, 1999
    • Faculty, Boston University, Sargent College, Occupational Therapy Department, 1999
    • Lecturer, Tufts University, Boston School of Occupational Therapy, 1999
    • Project Coordinator, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 2000-2001
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Pittsburgh, 2001-2009
    • Assistant Professor (Secondary Appointment), Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Pittsburgh, 2007-2009
    • Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Pittsburgh, 2009-present

    Awards and Honors

    • American College of Rheumatology Research and Education Foundation Health Professional Investigator Award, 2007
    • Elected to American Occupational Therapy Foundation Academy of Research, 2009
    • AOTF Leadership Service Commendation, 2013

    Grants Awarded

    • The effect of alternative keyboards on discomfort and typing kindmatics. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. R01OH008961. 2008-2012. PI: Baker.  
    • Upper extremity dynamics during keying. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. R01OH008373. 2007-2011. PI: Dennerlein, Role: Consultant.
    • Center on Telerehabilitation. The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. 2009-2014. PI: Brienza, McCue, Role: Capacity Building Project Leader, Techonology Implementation Project.
    • Practical assessment of function in rheumatoid arthritis using performance-based tools. UCB and Center for Continuing Education in Health Sciences. 2011. PI: Baker.
    • Maximizing clinical readiness through classroom learning. Provost's Advisory Council in Instructional Excellence, University of Pittsburgh. 2011-2012. Co-Directors: Leibold & Baker.
    • Enhancing the User's Experience in an Amputee Virtual ENvironment Support Space. Department of Defense. OSD11-H04. 2011. PI: Waddington, Role: Consultant.

    External Service and Assignments 

    Professional Affiliations

    • Member, American Occupational Therapy Association, 1985-present
    • Appointed to the Editorial Board of Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, & Rehabilitation, 2000-present
    • Member, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association, 2002-present
    • Member, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2003-present
    • Member, Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, 2004-present 
    • Appointed to the Editorial Board of American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2004-present
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