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Functional Assessment and Behavioral Science Lab

Dr. E. Laurette Taylor, Director

The Functional Assessment and Behavioral Science Laboratory, housed in the Collums Building, is utilized for teaching and research related to (1) evaluation of factors that influence functional performance and physical activity levels and (2) the relationship between functional performance and physical activity levels on a variety of health outcomes. The lab is registered to use the Continuous-Scale Physical Functional Performance (CS-PFP) test battery, a state-of-the-art measure used to assess physical function under standardized conditions in a simulated ‘home’ setting. The laboratory is built to precise specifications to maintain uniformity with other laboratories around the nation. In addition to the use of a variety of field measures to assess balance and postural sway, the Functional Assessment and Behavioral Science Laboratory also houses a NeuroCom Balance Master for posturographic evaluation. Physical activity is assessed by multiple techniques including the use of accelerometers, pedometers, and a variety of self-report questionnaires. Likewise, determinants of physical activity are also routinely assessed.

 

Current Research Projects

• Evaluation of the functional capabilities (i.e., performance of activities of daily living balance, postural sway, physical activity level)
• Assessment of the efficacy of physical activity/exercise interventions to reduce chronic disease risks in a variety of target groups (i.e., diabetics, those with elevated CVD risk)
• Assessment of the efficacy of physical activity/exercise interventions to enhance functional independence in older adults
• Assessment of determinants of physical activity level in a variety of target groups
• Relationship between physical activity level and clinical risk outcomes
• Efficacy of commonly used screening parameters in predicting balance and physical function in community dwelling older adults
• The relationship between cardiovascular function, balance, and functional performance in older men and women