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

Bowling, C Barrett, Luqin Deng, Swati Sakhuja, Miriam C. Morey, Byron C. Jaeger, and Paul Muntner. “Prevalence of Activity Limitations and Association with Multimorbidity Among US Adults 50 to 64 Years Old..” J Gen Intern Med, August 21, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-019-05244-8.

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31435766
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Blair, Cindy K., David R. Jacobs, Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Harvey J. Cohen, Miriam C. Morey, Kim Robien, and DeAnn Lazovich. “Effects of cancer history on functional age and mortality..” Cancer, August 16, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1002/cncr.32449.

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31418826
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Hall, Katherine S., Miriam C. Morey, Hayden B. Bosworth, Jean C. Beckham, Michelle M. Pebole, Richard Sloane, and Carl F. Pieper. “Pilot randomized controlled trial of exercise training for older veterans with PTSD..” J Behav Med, July 1, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10865-019-00073-w.

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31264055
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Addison, Odessa, Monica C. Serra, Leslie Katzel, Jamie Giffuni, Cathy C. Lee, Steven Castle, Willy M. Valencia, et al. “Mobility Improvements are Found in Older Veterans After 6-Months of Gerofit Regardless of BMI Classification..” J Aging Phys Act, June 6, 2019, 1–22. https://doi.org/10.1123/japa.2018-0317.

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31170861
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Allen, Kelli D., Dennis Bongiorni, Kevin Caves, Cynthia J. Coffman, Theresa A. Floegel, Heather M. Greysen, Katherine S. Hall, et al. “STepped exercise program for patients with knee OsteoArthritis (STEP-KOA): protocol for a randomized controlled trial..” Bmc Musculoskelet Disord 20, no. 1 (May 28, 2019). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12891-019-2627-8.

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31138256
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Parker, Daniel, Richard Sloane, Carl F. Pieper, Katherine S. Hall, Virginia B. Kraus, William E. Kraus, Janet L. Huebner, et al. “Age-Related Adverse Inflammatory and Metabolic Changes Begin Early in Adulthood..” In J Gerontol a Biol Sci Med Sci, 74:283–89, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1093/gerona/gly121.

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29985987
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Safeek, Rachel H., Katherine S. Hall, Felipe Lobelo, Carlos Del Rio, Audrey L. Khoury, Tammy Wong, Miriam C. Morey, and Mehri S. McKellar. “Low Levels of Physical Activity Among Older Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Are Associated with Poor Physical Function..” Aids Res Hum Retroviruses 34, no. 11 (November 2018): 929–35. https://doi.org/10.1089/AID.2017.0309.

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Briggs, Brandon C., Chani Jain, Miriam C. Morey, Erin H. Blanchard, Cathy C. Lee, Willy M. Valencia, and Krisann K. Oursler. “Providing Rural Veterans With Access to Exercise Through Gerofit..” Fed Pract 35, no. 11 (November 2018): 16–23.

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30766328
Scholars@Duke

Whitson, Heather E., Harvey J. Cohen, Kenneth E. Schmader, Miriam C. Morey, George Kuchel, and Cathleen S. Colon-Emeric. “Physical Resilience: Not Simply the Opposite of Frailty..” J Am Geriatr Soc 66, no. 8 (August 2018): 1459–61. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.15233.

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Zuo, Xintong, Alison Luciano, Carl F. Pieper, James R. Bain, Virginia B. Kraus, William E. Kraus, Miriam C. Morey, and Harvey J. Cohen. “Combined Inflammation and Metabolism Biomarker Indices of Robust and Impaired Physical Function in Older Adults..” J Am Geriatr Soc 66, no. 7 (July 2018): 1353–59. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.15393.

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29738072
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