Becki Cleveland, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology

Specialty Areas: osteoarthritis outcomes and mortality, social determinants of osteoarthritis outcomes, physical activity in management of osteoarthritis

Chronology: BS: Arkansas Tech University, 1991; MPH: Tulane University, 1997; PhD: University of North Carolina, 2003; Post-doctoral Fellow: International Agency for the Research on Cancer, 2004-2005; Post-doctoral Fellow: University of North Carolina, 2005-2007; Research Assistant Professor of Nutrition: University of North Carolina, 2007-2010; Research Assistant Professor of Medicine: University of North Carolina, 2010-2011; Epidemiologist and Statistician: University of North Carolina, 2011-2015; Research Assistant Professor of Medicine: University of North Carolina, 2015-present.

Description of research and/or clinical interests: Dr. Cleveland’s research focuses on osteoarthritis epidemiology including physical activity in those with osteoarthritis as well as mortality outcomes associated with osteoarthritis and related comorbidities. Interests also include testing and development of mobile applications for adherence to physical activity in those with osteoarthritis for symptom management, association of types and duration of physical activity with osteoarthritis outcomes, and the association of osteoarthritis-related disabilities and comorbid conditions with mortality.

Selected Bibliography:

Callahan LF, Cleveland RJ, Altpeter M, Hackney B. Evaluation of Tai Chi Program Effectiveness for People with Arthritis in the Community: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Aging Phys Act. 2015 Jun 18. PMID: 26099162.

Baldassari AR, Cleveland RJ, Jonas BL, Conn DL, Moreland LW, Bridges SL Jr, Callahan LF. Socioeconomic disparities in the health of African-Americans with rheumatoid arthritis from the Southeastern USA. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2014 Dec;66(12):1808-17. PMID: 24757034.

Baldassari AR, Cleveland RJ, Callahan LF. Independent associations of childhood and current socioeconomic status with risk of self-reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis in a family-medicine cohort of North-Carolinians. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2013 Nov 20;14:327. PMCID: PMC3907039.

Cleveland RJ, Luong ML, Knight JB, Schoster B, Renner JB, Jordan JM, Callahan LF. Independent associations of socioeconomic factors with disability and pain in adults with knee osteoarthritis. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2013 Oct 17;14:297. PMCID: PMC3906978.

Cleveland RJ, Schwartz TA, Prizer LP, Randolph R, Schoster B, Renner JB, Jordan JM, Callahan LF. Associations of educational attainment, occupation, and community poverty with hip osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2013 Jun;65(6):954-61. PMCID: PMC3612553.

Luong ML, Cleveland RJ, Nyrop KA, Callahan LF. Social determinants and osteoarthritis outcomes. Aging health. 2012 Aug 1;8(4):413-437. PMCID: PMC3519433.

Callahan LF, Cleveland RJ, Shreffler J, Schwartz TA, Schoster B, Randolph R, Renner JB, Jordan JM. Associations of educational attainment, occupation and community poverty with knee osteoarthritis in the Johnston County (North Carolina) osteoarthritis project. Arthritis Res Ther. 2011;13(5):R169. PMCID: PMC3308104.

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