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Professor of Medicine Associate Director, Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation, Durham VA Healthcare System

Areas of Interest

Osteoarthritis, Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases, Health Disparities & Equity, Pragmatic and Implementation Trials, Physical Activity, Rehabilitation, Pain


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, implementation trials, and heterogeneity of treatment effects.

Education and Training

  • Undergraduate The Pennsylvania State University
  • MS Wake Forest University
  • PhD The Pennsylvania State University
  • Fellowship Health Services Research, Durham VA

Awards & Honors

Editor-in-Chief; Arthritis Care & Research
Research Career Scientist, VA Health Services Research & Development