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Research Interests:

  • Aging
  • Exercise
  • Community Programs

Ongoing Projects:


Jennifer S. Brach is a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. Her areas of interest include community-based participatory research, aging, gait, exercise, physical activity, and physical function. She is responsible for teaching research methods in physical therapy courses in the DPT program and the Methods of Inquiry course in the PhD program.


Department of Physical Therapy


Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science
Doctor of Physical Therapy Residential and Hybrid Program
Doctor of Physical Therapy/Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 2000
  • MS, University of Pittsburgh, 1994


  • Chattanooga Research Award, American Physical Therapy Association, 1996
  • Doctoral Opportunities for Clinicians and Scholars- PODS I award Foundation for Physical Therapy, 1998–99
  • Adopt-A-Doc Award AP, Geriatric Section, 1998, 1999, 2000
  • Best Written Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Epidemiology, 2000–01
  • Outstanding Doctoral Student, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Epidemiology, 2000–01
  • Induction into Delta Omega National Honor Society for Schools of Public Health 2001
  • Geriatric Award of Excellence, Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association, Geriatric Special Interest Group, 2002
  • New Investigator Award, American Geriatric Society, 2005
  • Excellence in Research Award, Section on Geriatrics, APTA, 2008
  • Presidential Poster Award - Rehabilitation, American Geriatric Society, 2009

Representative Publications

Peer-Reviewed publications

Other Publications

  • Brach JS, Rosano C, Studenski S  Mobility in Hazzard’s Geriatric Medicine and Geronotology: Sixth Edition (Principles of Geriatrics and Gerontology) Halter, Ouslander, Tinetti, Studenski, High, Asthana, Hazzard  eds  McGraw Hill 6th ed  2009 chap 74.

Research Interests

  • Aging
  • Mobility
  • Gait
  • Physical Activity
  • Exercise Interventions