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Nancy Baker graduated with a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from Tufts University in 1985. She practiced occupational therapy until 1996, specializing in industrial rehabilitation, musculoskeletal disorders, and ergonomics. She obtained her doctorate in Rehabilitation Science Boston University, and was hired in the Department of Occupational Therapy in 2001 and currently serves as an associate professor. In 2009, she obtained a master's in public health from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Baker's research focuses on the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders of the upper extremity.