National Mentoring Network (MNET) Mentor Profiles
Kelli Allen, Ph.D.
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham VA Medical Center, Durham, NC
Research Interests: Equity, Mobility/Activity/Function, Musculoskeletal, Patient-Centered Care, Primary Care, Arthritis, Physical Activity
Dr. Kelli Allen is a health services researcher and exercise physiologist whose research focuses on improving care and outcomes for patients with osteoarthritis and other chronic pain conditions. Her current research focuses on: 1) Development and testing of patient and provider-based interventions to improve osteoarthritis treatment and self-care behaviors (e.g., exercise, weight management, coping skills) in the primary care setting, 2.) Identifying causes of disparities in osteoarthritis outcomes and developing interventions to reduce disparities, 3.) Promoting informed decision-making among patients with osteoarthritis, particularly women and racial / ethnic minorities. Dr. Allen has been the PI of recent VA, NIH, PCORI, and foundation funded studies that compare models of delivery physical therapy services for osteoarthritis, examine combinations of patient-based and provider-based interventions for improving outcomes among primary care patients with osteoarthritis, test decision aids for osteoarthritis, and evaluate novel physical activity interventions for improving access among patients with osteoarthritis.