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Elizabeth (Beth) Marfeo
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Tufts University
Department of Occupational
Therapy
574 Boston Ave. 
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.1151
Fax: 617.627.3722
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Elizabeth (Beth) Marfeo
PhD, MPH, OT
Assistant Professor

Biography:
Dr. Marfeo is an Assistant Professor within the Tufts University Occupational Therapy Department. Dr. Marfeo's research interests include measurement development, work disability and healthy aging across the adult lifespan. Specifically, Dr. Marfeo's primary research goals are directed towards understanding the interactions between environmental demands, adaptations, and aging as it affects a person's health related quality of life—including participating in the workforce. Dr. Marfeo's research specialization and clinical background as an occupational therapist allows her to bridge gaps between health services research and clinical applications of that research. Dr. Marfeo's approach to research integrates paradigms of disability, aging, public health, and rehabilitation research.

Dr. Marfeo is a Co-Investigator on several large research projects related to examining measurement challenges within the context of the US Social Security Administration's disability programs. The goal of this research is to expand traditional medical models of disability to incorporate functional-based approaches to measuring and characterizing work disability. Additionally, Dr. Marfeo conducts research focusing on identifying facilitators and barriers to participation in meaningful activities among older adults across the adult lifespan.

Dr. Marfeo teaches courses in (1) research methods for rehabilitation professionals and (2) occupation and adaptation across the adult lifespan. Dr. Marfeo received a BS in Occupational Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia (Georgia Regents University) in 2004 and a MPH (2007) from Yale University School of Public Health and PhD (2012) in Health Services Research from the Boston University.