Nancy W Glynn

  • Associate Professor and Director, Master's Degree Programs
  • Faculty in Epidemiology

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 12 languages. The PFS is being used in several large scale domestic and international research studies, including SOMMA, 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 major National Institutes of Health funded studies including the Long Life Family Study (LLFS), ACHIEVE, and the Study of Muscle, Mobility, and Aging (SOMMA). For LLFS, I chair the Field Center Operations for this 4 center international longitudinal study. I am the Director, Master's Degree Programs. Additionally, I 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 2210 Master's Essay/Thesis
  • Course Director, EPIDEM 2214 MPH Internship/Practicum
  • Guest Lecturer, EPIDEM 2900 Advanced Epidemiology of Aging
  • Guest Lecturer, EPIDEM 2981 Epidemiology of Aging Methods
  • Guest Lecturer, EPIDEM 2950 Epidemiology fo Aging Workshop
Selected Publications

Simonsick EM, Glynn NW, Jerome GJ, Shardell M, Schrack JA, Ferrucci L. Fatigued, but Not Frail: Perceived Fatigability as a Marker of Impending Decline in Mobility-Intact Older Adults. Journal of The American Geriatrics Society. 2016 Jun; 64 (6):1287-92. PMCID: PMC4914474. PMID: 27253228. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14138.

Complete Listing of Publications go to my Google Scholar Page

Updated publications and information related to the Pittsburgh Fatigability Scale