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Maura Daly Iversen, MPH, DPT, DSc
Associate Epidemiologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Lecturer on Medicine, Part-time, Harvard Medical School

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Department of Medicine
Rheumatology, Immunology
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

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Research Narrative:

My research focuses on clinical and translational trials of exercise to manage arthritis symptoms and reduce cardiovascular risk and the integration of mobile applications and technology to promote physical activity.  As an experienced behavioral scientist and epidemiologist, I develop behavioral interventions to improve adherence to pharmacologic/non-pharmacologic therapies and to inform clinical research design in a variety of areas.  My work also involves the development of patient reported outcomes (PROs)  such as the child-KOOS, IKDC-Child and a physical activity scale for children with musculoskeletal disorders.  Recent studies have incorporated motivational interviewing and cognitive interviewing methodologies to develop patient-centered materials and test the validity and comprehensibility of newly developed outcome measures.  

Investigative Interests: Autoimmunity, development patient reported outcome measurement, behavioral interventions



MGH Institute of Health Professions, 2006, DPT
Harvard School of Public Health, 1996, MPH
Boston University, 1991, DSc

Research Fellow, National Academy of Practice
Distinguished Researcher, ARHP, American College of Rheumatology
Arthritis Media Spokesperson, American College of Rheumatology
US Fulbright Research Scholar, European Division
Distinguished Lecturer, ARHP, American College of Rheumatology
Addie Thomas Award, ARHP, American College of Rheumatology
Catherine Worthingham Fellow, American Physical Therapy Association

Courses Taught:
1996-2018, HSPH/HMS Clinical Effectiveness Program, Bio206/SAS Instructor

1996-2001, HSPH/HMS Clinical Effectiveness Program, Outcomes Measurement / Course Assistant

1996-2017, HPSH.HMS Clinical Effectiveness Program, Epi208/SAS Instructor

2010-present, HSPH/HMS Clinical Effectiveness Program, EPI236/SAS Instrructor

Publications (Pulled from Harvard Catalyst Profiles):

1. Demmelmaier I, Iversen MD. How Are Behavioral Theories Used in Interventions to Promote Physical Activity in Rheumatoid Arthritis? A systematic review. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2017 Apr 24.

2. Gunn AH, Schwartz TA, Arbeeva LS, Callahan LF, Golightly Y, Goode A, Hill CH, Huffman K, Iversen MD, Pathak A, Taylor SS, Allen KD. Fear of Movement and Associated Factors among Adults with Symptomatic Knee Osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2017 Mar 31.

3. Naili JE, Wretenberg P, Lindgren V, Iversen MD, Hedström M, Broström EW. Improved knee biomechanics among patients reporting a good outcome in knee-related quality of life one year after total knee arthroplasty. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2017 Mar 21; 18(1):122.

4. Naili JE, Esbjörnsson AC, Iversen MD, Schwartz MH, Hedström M, Häger CK, Broström EW. The impact of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis on overall gait pattern deviations and its association with performance-based measures and patient-reported outcomes. Knee. 2017 Mar 06.

5. Lööf E, Andriesse H, André M, Böhm S, Iversen MD, Broström EW. Gross Motor Skills in Children With Idiopathic Clubfoot and the Association Between Gross Motor Skills, Foot Involvement, Gait, and Foot Motion. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Feb 24.

6. Nasreddine AY, Connell PL, Kalish LA, Nelson S, Iversen MD, Anderson AF, Kocher MS. The Pediatric International Knee Documentation Committee (Pedi-IKDC) Subjective Knee Evaluation Form. Am J Sports Med. 2017 Mar; 45(3):527-534.

7. Iversen MD, Frits M, von Heideken J, Cui J, Weinblatt M, Shadick NA. Physical Activity and Correlates of Physical Activity Participation Over Three Years in Adults with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2016 Nov 18.

8. Naili JE, Iversen MD, Esbjörnsson AC, Hedström M, Schwartz MH, Häger CK, Broström EW. Deficits in functional performance and gait one year after total knee arthroplasty despite improved self-reported function. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2016 Jul 19.

9. Iversen MD, Price LL, von Heideken J, Harvey WF, Wang C. Physical examination findings and their relationship with performance-based function in adults with knee osteoarthritis. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2016 Jul 12; 17:273.

10. Lee SB, Zak A, Iversen MD, Polletta VL, Shadick NA, Solomon DH. Participation in Clinical Research Registries: A Focus Group Study Examining Views From Patients With Arthritis and Other Chronic Illnesses. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2016 Jul; 68(7):974-80.