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Professor of Medicine Research Health Scientist, Durham VA Medical Center

Areas of Interest

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.


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.

Education and Training

  • Undergraduate The Pennsylvania State University
  • MS Wake Forest University
  • PhD The Pennsylvania State University
  • Fellowship Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center

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.