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1993 …2023
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Research Interests

Dr. Dunlop is a health services researcher with expertise in statistical methodology, physical activity assessment, and clinical trial design in the context of chronic disease research. As a rheumatology researcher, she has a longstanding interest in joint replacement and non-invasive interventions to improve the quality of life among people with arthritis. Her applied research interests include the investigation of behavioral factors to prevent disability in older adults with osteoarthritis. As a principal investigator, she led NIH-funded epidemiological studies investigating physical activity benefits for older adults with osteoarthritis and cost effectiveness studies. She led a national study to monitor physical activity data via state-of-the-art accelerators on over 2,000 participants in the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI). She has served on advisory boards for national clinical trials funded through the National Institutes for Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Department of Veterans affairs. Early in her career, she published a textbook on statistical methods.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Northwestern University

… → 1990


  • Aging
  • Disability
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Economics
  • Health Services Research
  • Physical activity
  • Public Health
  • Rheumatology

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Research Output 1993 2019

Community Health and Employee Work Performance in the American Manufacturing Environment

McHugh, M. C., French, D. D., Farley, D., Maechling, C. R., Dunlop, D. D. & Holl, J. L., Feb 15 2019, In : Journal of Community Health. 44, 1, p. 178-184 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Occupational Health
Knee Osteoarthritis
Body Mass Index
Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals

Validation of a new symptom outcome for knee osteoarthritis: the Ambulation Adjusted Score for Knee pain

Lo, G. H., Song, J., McAlindon, T. E., Hawker, G. A., Driban, J. B., Price, L. L., Eaton, C. B., Hochberg, M. C., Jackson, R. D., Kwoh, C. K., Nevitt, M. C. & Dunlop, D. D., Mar 14 2019, In : Clinical Rheumatology. 38, 3, p. 851-858 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Knee Osteoarthritis
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A randomized trial of a motivational interviewing intervention to increase lifestyle physical activity and improve self-reported function in adults with arthritis

Gilbert, A. L., Lee, J., Ehrlich-Jones, L. S., Semanik, P. A., Song, J., Pellegrini, C. A., Pinto PT, D., Dunlop, D. D. & Chang, R. W., Apr 1 2018, In : Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism. 47, 5, p. 732-740 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Motivational Interviewing
Knee Osteoarthritis
Life Style
3 Citations (Scopus)

Are Older Adults With Symptomatic Knee Osteoarthritis Less Active Than the General Population? Analysis From the Osteoarthritis Initiative and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

Thoma, L. M., Dunlop, D. D., Song, J., Lee, J., Tudor-Locke, C., Aguiar, E. J., Master, H., Christiansen, M. B. & White, D. K., Oct 1 2018, In : Arthritis Care and Research. 70, 10, p. 1448-1454 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Knee Osteoarthritis
Nutrition Surveys
Matched-Pair Analysis