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Kelli Allen, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology
Co-director of Methodology Core for Multi-disciplinary Clinical Research Center
Research Health Scientist, Durham VA Medical Center 

Specialty Areas: health services interventions for osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions, physical activity and rehabilitation interventions for osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions, racial/ethnic and gender differences in osteoarthritis, osteoarthritis outcomes.

Chronology: BS, The Pennsylvania State University, 1992; MS, Health and Sport Science: Wake Forest University, 1994; PhD, Biobehavioral Health: The Pennsylvania State University, 2001. 2002 Postdoctoral Fellowship: Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 2001-2002; Research Health Scientist, Health Services Research & Development, VA Medical Center, 2002-Present; Senior Fellow: Center for the Study for Aging and Human Development, Duke University, 2002; Assistant Research Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine, Duke University, 2003-2009; Associate Research Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine, Duke University, 2009-2014; Associate Director of the Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation, Durham Veterans Affairs Medical center, 2009- present; Research Professor of Medicine: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014 to present.

Description of research and/or clinical interests: Dr. Allen is a health services researcher and exercise physiologist whose research focuses on improving care and outcomes for patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions, particularly osteoarthritis.  Her specific areas of research interest are: physical activity and rehabilitation intentions, health disparities, pragmatic trials, heterogeneity of treatment effects and community-engaged research. 

Selected Bibliography:

Coffman, C.J., Arbeeva, L., Schwartz, T.A., Callahan, L.F., Golightly, Y.M., Goode, A.P., Huffman, K.M., Allen, K.D. (2021) Application of heterogeneity of treatment effects methods: exploratory analyses of a trial of exercise-based interventions for knee OA. Arthritis Care & Research, In Press

Allen, K.D., Woolson, S., Hoenig, H.M., Bongiorni, D., Byrd, J., Caves, K., Hall, K.S., Heidersheit, B., Hodges, N.J., Huffman, K.M., Morey, M.C., Ramasunder, S., Severson, H., Van Houtven, C., Abbate, L.M., Coffman, C.J. (2020) Stepped exercise program for patients with knee osteoarthritis: a randomized controlled trial.  Annals of Internal Medicine, Epub ahead of print.

Allen, K.D., Sheets, B., Bongiorni, D., Choate, A., Coffman, C.J., Hoenig, H., Huffman, K., Mahanna, E.P., Oddone, E.Z., Van Houtven, C., Wang, V., Woolson S., Hastings, S.N. (2020) Implementation of a group physical therapy program for Veterans with knee osteoarthritis.  BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 21(1):67.

Allen, K.D., Somers, T.J., Campbell, L.C., Arbeeva, L., Coffman, C.J., Cené, C.W., Oddone, E.Z., Keefe, F.J. (2019) Pain coping skills training for African Americans with osteoarthritis (STAART): results of a randomized controlled trial. Pain, 60(6):1297-130.

Allen, K.D., Arbeeva, L., Callahan, L.F., Golightly, Y.M., Goode, A.P., Heiderscheit, B., Huffman, K.M., Seversen, H.H., Schwartz, T.A.  (2018) Physical therapy vs. internet-based exercise training for patients with knee osteoarthritis: results of a randomized controlled trial. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage, 26(3):383-396.

Allen, K.D., Oddone, E.Z., Coffman, C.J., Jeffreys, A.S., Bosworth, H.B., Chatterjee, R., McDuffie, J., Strauss, J.L., Yancy, W.S., Datta, S.K., Corsino, L., Dolor, R.J.  (2017) Patient, provider and combined interventions for managing osteoarthritis in primary care:  a cluster randomized trial.  Annals of Internal Medicine, 166(6), 401-411.

Allen, K.D., Choong, P.F., Davis, A.M., Dowsey, M.M., Dziedzic, K.S., Emery, C., Hunter, D.J., Losina, E., Page, A.E., Roos, E.M., Skou, S.T., Thorstensson, C.A., van der Esch, M., Whittaker, J.L. (2016), Osteoarthritis:  Models for Appropriate Care across the Disease Continuum, Best Practice and Research Clinical Rheumatology, 30(3), 503-555.