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:

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.

Allen, K.D., Bongiorni, D., Bosworth, H.B., Coffman, C.J., Datta, S.K., Edelman, D., Hall, K.S., Lindquist, J.H., Oddone, E.Z., Hoenig, H.  (2015)  Group vs. individual physical therapy for Veterans with knee osteoarthritis: results of a randomized clinical trial.  Physical Therapy (PTJ), 95(5), 597-608.

Allen, K.D., Yancy, W.S., Bosworth, H.B., Coffman, C.J., Jeffreys, A.S., Datta, S.K., McDuffie, J., Strauss, J.L., Oddone, E.Z. (2015) A Combined Patient and Provider Intervention for Managing Osteoarthritis in Veterans: Randomized Clinical Trial. Annals of Internal Medicine 164(2):73-83.

Allen, K.D., Bierma-Zeinstra, S.M.A., Foster, N.E., Golightly, Y.M., Hawker, G. (2015) Principles for implementation trials of osteoarthritis interventions. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage, 23(5): 826-838.

Nelson, A.E., Allen, K.D., Golightly, Y.M., Goode, A.P., Jordan, J.M. (2014) A systematic review of recommendations and guidelines for the management of osteoarthritis: The Chronic Osteoarthritis Management Initiative of the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative. Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism, 43(6): 701-712.