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Kelli Dominick Allen, PhD – Research Career Scientist

Kelli Dominick Allen, PhD Kelli Dominick Allen, PhD
Durham VA Health Care System
Durham, NC 


Kelli Allen has 20 years of experience in health services research, with a focus on care and outcomes for individuals with chronic musculoskeletal pain. She is a former recipient of a VA HSR&D Merit Review Entry Program Award and is currently the Associate Director of the Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation (ADAPT) at the Durham VA Healthcare System. Dr. Allen is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Thurston Arthritis Research Center at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, where she co-directs the Methodology Core for the NIH-funded UNC Core Center for Clinical Research focused on Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Disorders. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center.

Dr. Allen has served as principal investigator and co-investigator on many pragmatic and implementation-focused trials of health services, behavioral and rehabilitation interventions for individuals with osteoarthritis and other painful, chronic rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions. These studies have been funded by VA HSR&D and Rehabilitation R&D, PCORI, NIH, and DoD. Dr. Allen's research also has a strong focus on mitigating disparities in care and outcomes of chronic pain conditions, with a particular emphasis on military Veterans who bear a disproportionate burden of these conditions.

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