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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. Marshall AA, Zaccardelli A, Yu Z, Prado MG, Liu X, Miller Kroouze R, Kalia SS, Green RC, Triedman NA, Lu B, Deane KD, Iversen MD, Karlson EW, Sparks JA. Effect of communicating personalized rheumatoid arthritis risk on concern for developing RA: A randomized controlled trial. Patient Educ Couns. 2018 Dec 10.

2. Iversen MD, Weidenhielm-Broström E, Wang R, Esbjörnsson AC, Hagelberg S, Åstrand P. Self-rated walking disability and dynamic ankle joint stiffness in children and adolescents with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis receiving intraarticular corticosteroid joint injections of the foot. Gait Posture. 2019 01; 67:257-261.

3. Prado MG, Iversen MD, Yu Z, Miller Kroouze R, Triedman NA, Kalia SS, Lu B, Green RC, Karlson EW, Sparks JA. Effectiveness of a Web-Based Personalized Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk Tool With or Without a Health Educator for Knowledge of Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk Factors. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2018 Oct; 70(10):1421-1430.

4. Iversen MD, Schwartz TA, von Heideken J, Callahan LF, Golightly YM, Goode A, Hill C, Huffman K, Pathak A, Cooke J, Allen KD. Sociodemographic and Clinical Correlates of Physical Therapy Utilization in Adults With Symptomatic Knee Osteoarthritis. Phys Ther. 2018 Aug 01; 98(8):670-678.

5. Wohlfahrt A, Campos A, Iversen MD, Gagne JJ, Massarotti E, Solomon DH, Feldman CH. Use of rheumatology-specific patient navigators to understand and reduce barriers to medication adherence: Analysis of qualitative findings. PLoS One. 2018; 13(7):e0200886.

6. Feldman CH, Wohlfahrt A, Campos A, Gagne JJ, Iversen MD, Massarotti E, Solomon DH, Kawachi I. Can Patient Navigators Improve Adherence to Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs? Quantitative Findings From a Six-Month Single-Arm Pilot Intervention. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2018 Sep; 70(9):1400-1405.

7. Sparks JA, Iversen MD, Yu Z, Triedman NA, Prado MG, Miller Kroouze R, Kalia SS, Atkinson ML, Mody EA, Helfgott SM, Todd DJ, Dellaripa PF, Bermas BL, Costenbader KH, Deane KD, Lu B, Green RC, Karlson EW. Disclosure of Personalized Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk Using Genetics, Biomarkers, and Lifestyle Factors to Motivate Health Behavior Improvements: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2018 Jun; 70(6):823-833.

8. 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). 2018 02; 70(2):185-196.

9. Lee AC, Harvey WF, Price LL, Han X, Driban JB, Iversen MD, Desai SA, Knopp HE, Wang C. Dose-Response Effects of Tai Chi and Physical Therapy Exercise Interventions in Symptomatic Knee Osteoarthritis. PM R. 2018 Jul; 10(7):712-723.

10. Heyworth B, Cohen L, von Heideken J, Kocher MS, Iversen MD. Validity and comprehensibility of outcome measures in children with shoulder and elbow disorders: creation of a new Pediatric and Adolescent Shoulder and Elbow Survey (Pedi-ASES). J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2018 Jul; 27(7):1162-1171.