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Pepper Center Rounds

When: Friday, June 21, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Eleanor Small   (312) 503-2497

Group: Center for Applied Health Research on Aging (CAHRA)

Sponsor: Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Northwestern Pepper Center, OAIC National Coordinating Center, and the Aging Initiative are pleased to present Pepper Center Rounds. Pepper Center Rounds are a venue to showcase high-quality research from scholars across the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers network. Please, join us!

“Making movement meaningful for adults aging with chronic disabilities and health conditions”


​Laura A. Baehr, PT, DPT, PhD

Assistant Professor

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

College of Nursing and Health Professions

Drexel University



Laura A. Baehr, PT, DPT, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences at Drexel University where she directs the PACEE Lab (Physical activity, Access, Community, Equity, Empowerment). Laura is committed to maximizing the health and quality of life of adults living and aging with disabilities and chronic health conditions through community-based physical activity. Her lab works to achieve this goal through multiple pillars including the assessment of personal factors that sustain physical activity behavior, examination of intersectional social determinants influencing health and physical activity, development and evaluation of group exercise interventions, and the measurement of scale and capacity building to move evidence-based physical activity programs from lab to the community. Laura’s research leverages community-engaged practices, mixed methodology, digital health, and social networking principles. She has been invited to share her work in both academic and community settings including annual meetings of the American Physical Therapy Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Spinal Injury Association, the Gerontological Society of America, the National Dance Education Organization as well as Columbia University, Alvernia University, and Adaptive Sports Northwest.

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