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 - Chapel Hill, 1997

Publications

Kaufman, Brystana G., Kelli D. Allen, Cynthia J. Coffman, Sandra Woolson, Kevin Caves, Katherine Hall, Helen M. Hoenig, et al. “Cost and Quality of Life Outcomes of the STepped Exercise Program for Patients With Knee OsteoArthritis Trial.” Value Health 25, no. 4 (April 2022): 614–21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jval.2021.09.018.

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35365305
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Oyedeji, Charity I., Katherine Hall, Alison Luciano, Miriam C. Morey, and John J. Strouse. “The Sickle Cell Disease Functional Assessment (SCD-FA) tool: a feasibility pilot study.” Pilot Feasibility Stud 8, no. 1 (March 4, 2022): 53. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-022-01005-3.

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Browne, Julia, Miriam C. Morey, Jean C. Beckham, Hayden B. Bosworth, Kathryn N. Porter Starr, Connie W. Bales, Jessica McDermott, Richard Sloane, Jeffrey J. Gregg, and Katherine S. Hall. “Diet quality and exercise in older veterans with PTSD: a pilot study.” Transl Behav Med 11, no. 12 (December 14, 2021): 2116–22. https://doi.org/10.1093/tbm/ibab116.

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34487181
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Ogawa, Elisa F., Rebekah Harris, Alyssa B. Dufour, Miriam C. Morey, and Jonathan Bean. “Reliability of Virtual Physical Performance Assessments in Veterans During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Arch Rehabil Res Clin Transl 3, no. 3 (September 2021): 100146. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.arrct.2021.100146.

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34589696
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Pavon, Juliessa M., Laura J. Fish, Cathleen S. Colón-Emeric, Katherine S. Hall, Miriam C. Morey, Amy M. Pastva, and Susan N. Hastings. “Towards "mobility is medicine": Socioecological factors and hospital mobility in older adults.” J Am Geriatr Soc 69, no. 7 (July 2021): 1846–55. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.17109.

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33755991
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Wilkins, Stacy Schantz, Rebecca J. Melrose, Katherine S. Hall, Erin Blanchard, Steven C. Castle, Teresa Kopp, Leslie I. Katzel, et al. “PTSD Improvement Associated with Social Connectedness in Gerofit Veterans Exercise Program.” J Am Geriatr Soc 69, no. 4 (April 2021): 1045–50. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.16973.

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33368144
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Hall, Katherine S., Lauren M. Abbate, Janet Prvu Bettger, Kris Ann Oursler, Sarah R. Jordan, and Miriam C. Morey. “FACILITY-BASED GROUP EXERCISE TRANSITIONED TO SYNCHRONOUS VIRTUAL EXERCISE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.” In Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 55:S217–S217, 2021.

Scholars@Duke

Allen, Kelli D., Sandra Woolson, Helen M. Hoenig, Dennis Bongiorni, James Byrd, Kevin Caves, Katherine S. Hall, et al. “Stepped Exercise Program for Patients With Knee Osteoarthritis : A Randomized Controlled Trial.” Ann Intern Med 174, no. 3 (March 2021): 298–307. https://doi.org/10.7326/M20-4447.

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33370174
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Briggs, Brandon C., Katherine S. Hall, Chani Jain, Madalina Macrea, Miriam C. Morey, and Krisann K. Oursler. “Assessing Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity in Older Adults: Validity of a Commercial Activity Tracker.” Front Sports Act Living 3 (2021): 766317. https://doi.org/10.3389/fspor.2021.766317.

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35047769
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Hall, Katherine S., Miriam C. Morey, Jean C. Beckham, Hayden B. Bosworth, Richard Sloane, Carl F. Pieper, and Michelle M. Pebole. “Warrior Wellness: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial of the Effects of Exercise on Physical Function and Clinical Health Risk Factors in Older Military Veterans With PTSD.” J Gerontol a Biol Sci Med Sci 75, no. 11 (October 15, 2020): 2130–38. https://doi.org/10.1093/gerona/glz255.

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31646339
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