Nancy W Glynn, PhD

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

Director, Master's Degree Programs, Epidemiology


130 DeSoto Street, 5120 Public Health Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
R-znvy: rcvqajt@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-838-6854
Fax: 967-179-2842

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Personal Statement

I am a Physical Activity Epidemiologist with a strong interest in the measurement of fatigability, physical activity, fitness, and physical function in older adult populations.  I designed and validated the Pittsburgh Fatigability Scale, a unique assessment tool to measure fatigability in older adults which has been translated into 10 languages. The PFS is being used in several large scale domestic and international research studies, including MrOS, the Danish Healthy Ageing Network of Competences (HANC) Study, the MRC National Survey of Health And Development (1946 British birth cohort study) and the Long Life Family Study.   I also served as the PI of the Developmental Epidemiologic Cohort Study (DECOS), which was designed to evaluate established tools to measure physical activity, fatigability, fitness, and muscle function as they relate to physical function in order to establish optimal tools for future epidemiologic studies in older adult populations. I am also a Co-Investigator/Program Director for  two major National Institutes of Health funded studies, The LIFE Study and the Long Life Family Study.  For The LIFE Study, I served as Chair of both the Field Operations and Successful Aging Health Education Committees for this 8 site multicenter clinical trial. I am the Director, Master's Degree Programs in Epidemiology and am the course director for EPIDEM 2183, Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting the Medical and Public Health Literature.  I also regularly chair and serve on essay, thesis, and dissertation committees.  I am also a Founder and Faculty Liaison for the community service group Epi Gives Back.


1987   |  University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA  |  Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science
1993   |  University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA  |  Masters of Education, Exercise Physiology
1994   |  University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA  |  Doctor of Philosophy, Epidemiology
1995   |  University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA  | Post-Doctoral Fellow, Epidemiology of Aging


  • Course Director, EPIDEM 2250, Seminar in Epidemiology
  • Course Director, EPIDEM 2183  Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting the Public Health and Medical Literature (2013-2018)
  • Course Director, EPIDEM 2214  MPH Internship/Practicum
  • Guest Lecturer, EPIDEM 2900 Advanced Epidemiology of Aging
  • Guest Lecturer, EPIDEM 2981 Epidemiology of Aging Methods

Research Interests

  • Fatigability in older adults - measurement and underlying mechanisms
  • Novel techniques to assess, classify, and measure physical activity levels in older adults
  • Measurement of fitness in older adults
  • Recruitment and conduct of multi-center clinical trials

Current Research Support

  • Long Life Family Study (LLFS), NIH/NIA, Role: Co-Investigator/Program Director
  • Lifestyle Independence for Elders (LIFE) Study, NIH/NIA, Role:  Co-Investigator/Program Director
  • Ultra-high field neuroimaging in elderly after a two-year exercise intervention, NIA, Role:  Co-Investigator
  • Connectomic of Brain Aging and Dementia, NIH, Role:  Co-Investigator
  • Nitrite Benefits to Mediate Fatigability in Older HFpEF Patients, NIH/NIA, Role: Co-Investigator
  • ACHIEVE Study, NIH/NIA, Role: PI of Pitt Subcontract, Successful Aging Health Intervention

Previous Research Support

  • Validation of Accelerometers in Older Adults, NIA/NIH Professional Services Contract, Role:  Principal Investigator
  • Development of Novel Methods to Validate and Classify Physical Activity in Older Adults, Developmental Core Project, Pittsburgh Older Americans Independence Center NIH/NIA P30 AG024827, Role:  Project Principal Investigator
  • Effectiveness of a Mind-Body Program for Older Adults with Chronic Low Back Pain, NIH, Role:  Principal Investigator - Epidemiology subcontract 
  • Study of Energy and Aging Pilot, NIA/NIH, Role:  Co-Investigator/Program Director

Pittsburgh Fatigability Scale



  • University of Pittsburgh, Senate Athletics Committee, Member
  • Department of Epidemiology, Curriculum Committee, Member
  • Department of Epidemiology, Epi Gives Back, Faculty Liaison
  • Graduate School of Public Health, Educational Policies and Curriculum Committee

Honors and Awards

  • Inductee, Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, 2017
  • Awarded Presidential Symposium, Health Sciences, GSA 2016
  • Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award - Pitt Public Health Distinguished Alumni Awardee, May 2015
  • JDRF Western Pennysylvania Chapter - Volunteer of the Year, June 2013
  • Best of AHA Specialty Conferences Invited Poster, November 2012
  • Institute on Aging Research Day Honorable Mention - Junior Faculty Best Abstracts, April 2011
  • National Health Service Research Award National Institutes of Health, 1994 - 1995
  • University of Virginia Governor’s Research Fellowship, 1987- 1989

Professional Memberships

  • Member, American College of Sports Medicine, 1987 - Present
  • Chair, Aging Interest Group of ACSM, 2017
  • Member, Gerontological Society of America, 2010 - Present
  • Fellow, Gerontological Society of America, 2017
  • Member, International Society for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour, 2015-present

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