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Kelli Allen, PhD

Kelli Allen, PhD

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. She serves as the Associate Director of the Durham Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation (ADAPT). She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine at Duke University, as well as a Professor of Medicine at UNC School of Medicine.


My research focuses on improving health care and quality of life for people who suffer from pain-related conditions, such as arthritis and low back pain. Veterans bear a greater burden of these conditions, sometimes related to military-related injuries.  I am passionate about helping Veterans to apply strategies for managing pain and helping the VA to provide high quality pain-related care, so that Veterans with these conditions can continue participating in the life activities they value.


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Durham, NC, Area: Health Services Research, 2001-2002
  • Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, Area: Biobehavioral Health, 2001
  • M.S. Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, Area: Health and Sport Science, 1994


  • Physical Activity and Rehabilitation interventions
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Racial Ethnic and Gender Differences in Osteoarthritis

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