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Dr. Dunlop is a health services researcher with expertise in statistical methodology. Her applied research interests include the investigation of physical activity to prevent disability in older adults and to understand the consequences of arthritis and other musculoskeletal disorders. She co-authored a book on statistical methodology; she has published and applied statistical methods for analyzing longitudinal data. Dr. Dunlop is the principle investigator on an NIH-funded epidemiologic study on the relationship of physical activity to reduce disability and an NIH-funded study to evaluate the cost effectiveness of a physical activity intervention. She has served on data safety monitoring boards, on executive committees of federally funded clinical trials, and on the editorial boards of medical journals.


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

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Research Output 1993 2017

Do inactive older adults who increase physical activity experience less disability, evidence from the osteoarthritis initiative

Song, J., Gilbert, A. L., Chang, R. W., Pellegrini, C. A., Ehrlich-Jones, L. S., Lee, J., Pinto, D., Semanik, P. A., Sharma, L., Kwoh, C. K., Jackson, R. D. & Dunlop, D. D. 2017 In : Journal of Clinical Rheumatology. 23, 1, p. 26-32 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Motor Activity
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Physical Activity Minimum Threshold Predicting Improved Function in Adults With Lower-Extremity Symptoms

Dunlop, D. D., Song, J., Lee, J., Gilbert, A. L., Semanik, P. A., Ehrlich-Jones, L., Pellegrini, C. A., Pinto, D., Ainsworth, B. & Chang, R. W. Apr 1 2017 In : Arthritis Care and Research. 69, 4, p. 475-483 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Atopic Dermatitis Is Associated with Less Physical Activity in US Adults

Silverberg, J. I., Song, J., Pinto, D., Yu, S. H., Gilbert, A. L., Dunlop, D. D. & Chang, R. W. Aug 1 2016 In : Journal of Investigative Dermatology. 136, 8, p. 1714-1716 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Change in physical activity and sedentary time associated with 2-year weight loss in obese adults with osteoarthritis

Pellegrini, C. A., Song, J., Chang, R. W., Semanik, P. A., Lee, J., Ehrlich-Jones, L., Pinto, D. & Dunlop, D. D. May 1 2016 In : Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 13, 5, p. 461-466 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Motor Activity
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