Miriam C. Morey, PhD

Professor in Medicine
Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
Campus mail N3007 Grecc Bldg VAMC, Box 182, Durham, NC 27705
Phone (919) 286-0411
Email address miriam.morey@duke.edu

The general focus of Dr. Morey's work is exercise and aging. All of her research examines how physical activity, exercise training, or physical fitness influence the physical functioning and/or pyschosocial quality of life of older adults. She directs a supervised hospital-based program for older adults, which is used to examine longitudinally the effects of exercise training on the musculoskeletal, articular, and cardiorespiratory systems. Furthermore, she has a number of studies that examine how system-wide impairments serve as preclinical indicators of disability and overall decline in the quality of life of older adults. Ongoing studies examine the role of exercise training in attenuation or reversal of functional decline and examination of the effectivenes of different methods of physical activity counseling for home-based exercise.
Dr. Morey's research evolves directly from three sources: (1) primary analyses of clinical trials regarding the impact of exercise on a specific outcome, (2) longitudinal analyses of participants in ongoing clinical exercise programs, and (3) secondary analyses of clinical trials which involve exercise or physical activity.
Although physical activity and exercise are the interventions of interest in all of these studies, the outcomes of interest vary considerably. Within the broad domain of aging, Dr. Morey has examined the impact of exercise on physical performance, well-being, sleep quality, disability, and functional limitations. More recently, Dr. Morey has several studies focusing on the effect of tailored telephone physical activity counseling to improve function in elders. Specific studies are targeted to newly diagnosed cancer survivors, long-term cancer survivors, and frail elders in geriatric and primary care settings.
Dr. Morey's expertise is in the area of exercise physiology and aging. She has specific knowledge in age-related changes in cardiorespiratory functioning, the effects of habitual exercise (longitudinal) on performance, and exercise programming for older adults.

Key Words: Exercise, maximal oxygen uptake, cardiorespiratory fitness, aging, disability,
functional limitations, longitudinal

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997

Publications

Zuo, X, Luciano, A, Pieper, CF, Bain, JR, Kraus, VB, Kraus, WE, Morey, MC, and Cohen, HJ. "Combined Inflammation and Metabolism Biomarker Indices of Robust and Impaired Physical Function in Older Adults." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 66, no. 7 (July 2018): 1353-1359.

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29738072
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Morey, MC, Lee, CC, Castle, S, Valencia, WM, Katzel, L, Giffuni, J, Kopp, T, Cammarata, H, McDonald, M, Oursler, KA, Wamsley, T, Jain, C, Bettger, JP, Pearson, M, Manning, KM, Intrator, O, Veazie, P, Sloane, R, Li, J, and Parker, DC. "Should Structured Exercise Be Promoted As a Model of Care? Dissemination of the Department of Veterans Affairs Gerofit Program." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 66, no. 5 (May 2018): 1009-1016.

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29430642
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Whitson, HE, Cohen, HJ, Schmader, KE, Morey, MC, Kuchel, G, and Colon-Emeric, CS. "Physical Resilience: Not Simply the Opposite of Frailty." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (March 25, 2018).

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29577234
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Manning, KM, McNeill, DL, Pinheiro, SO, Heflin, MT, Valencia, WM, Lee, CC, Castle, SC, Katzel, L, Giffuni, J, and Morey, MC. "An innovative educational clinical experience promoting geriatric exercise." Gerontology & geriatrics education (October 13, 2017): 1-12.

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29028419
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Kanach, FA, Pastva, AM, Hall, KS, Pavon, JM, and Morey, MC. "Effects of Structured Exercise Interventions for Older Adults Hospitalized with Acute Medical Illness: A Systematic Review." Journal of aging and physical activity (June 12, 2017): 1-54.

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28605230
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Hall, KS, Cohen, HJ, Pieper, CF, Fillenbaum, GG, Kraus, WE, Huffman, KM, Cornish, MA, Shiloh, A, Flynn, C, Sloane, R, Newby, LK, and Morey, MC. "Physical Performance Across the Adult Life Span: Correlates With Age and Physical Activity." The Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences 72, no. 4 (April 2017): 572-578.

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27356977
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Cowper, PA, Peterson, MJ, Pieper, CF, Sloane, RJ, Hall, KS, McConnell, ES, Bosworth, HB, Ekelund, CC, Pearson, MP, and Morey, MC. "Economic Analysis of Primary Care-Based Physical Activity Counseling in Older Men: The VA-LIFE Trial." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 65, no. 3 (March 2017): 533-539.

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28152170
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Whitson, HE, Duan-Porter, W, Schmader, K, Morey, M, Cohen, HJ, and Colón-Emeric, C. "Response to Letter From De Alfieri et al.: Biological Resilience of Elderly Hospitalized Patients." The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences 72, no. 1 (January 2017): 142-. (Letter)

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27811154
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Pavon, JM, Sloane, R, Morey, MC, and Hastings, SN. "Inpatient Mobility Measures As Useful Predictors of Discharge Destination in Hospitalized Older Adults." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 65, no. 1 (January 2017): 224-226. (Letter)

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28111756
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Serra, MC, Addison, O, Giffuni, J, Paden, L, Morey, MC, and Katzel, L. "Physical Function Does Not Predict Care Assessment Need Score in Older Veterans." Journal of applied gerontology : the official journal of the Southern Gerontological Society (January 2017): 733464817690677-.

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28380717
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