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Beth McManus, PT, MPH, ScD

Associate Professor


As a pediatric physical therapist with doctoral training in Developmental Epidemiology, Dr. McManus’s research focuses on population-based health interventions for young children with developmental delays and disabilities.  She is particularly interested in access to, utilization, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of health and therapeutic services for medically fragile infants.  Dr. McManus employs a variety of quantitative methods, including multi-level statistical modeling, longitudinal analyses and structural equation modeling using large secondary data sets.

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Research Interests:
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Children's Medicaid
  • Children with Special Health Care Needs
  • Access, Utilization, and Effectiveness of Part C Early Intervention Services
  • Systems of care for medically fragile neonates and young infants
Courses Taught:
Current Research: 
  • Costs of Pediatric Physical Therapy Services for Low-Income Infants and Toddlers with Developmental Delays and Disabilities
    • The purpose of this study is to shed light utilize two state early intervention administrative databases to determine 
        • 1) predictors of physical therapy intensity; and
        • 2) costs associated with different intensitities of physical therapy services.  
  • Outcomes Research for Infants and Toddlers in Early Intervention
      • The purpose of this study is to shed light utilize two state early interveniton administrative databases to determine 
        • 1) the association between child characteristics and EI physical therapy service delivery; and
        • 2) the costs and effectiveness of early intervention physical therapy services.  
  • BS, Health Studies, Boston University
  • MS, Physical Therapy, Boston University
  • MPH, Maternal and Child Health, Boston University School of Public Health
  • ScD, Developmental Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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