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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

Research Location: Harvard New Research Building

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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 Medical School , 1996-8, Postdoc Fellowship
Harvard School of Public Health , 1996, SD, Epi/ behav sci
Boston University , 1991, MPH
Simmons University , 1983, BS,Biology -cert PT

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

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

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

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

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

Publications (Pulled from Harvard Catalyst Profiles):

1. Skogö Nyvang J, Hedström M, Iversen MD, Andreassen Gleissman S. Striving for a silent knee: a qualitative study of patients' experiences with knee replacement surgery and their perceptions of fulfilled expectations. Int J Qual Stud Health Well-being. 2019 Dec; 14(1):1620551.

2. Skogö Nyvang J, Naili JE, Iversen MD, Broström EW, Hedström M. Younger age is associated with greater pain expression among patients with knee or hip osteoarthritis scheduled for a joint arthroplasty. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2019 Aug 07; 20(1):365.

3. 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. 2019 Aug; 39(7):359-365.

4. Flodén A, Broström EW, von Heideken J, Rostlund S, Nilsson R, Löwing K, Iversen MD. A qualitative study examining the validity and comprehensibility of physical activity items: developed and tested in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Pediatr Rheumatol Online J. 2019 Apr 25; 17(1):16.

5. 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. 2019 05; 102(5):976-983.

6. 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.

7. 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 10; 70(10):1421-1430.

8. 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 08 01; 98(8):670-678.

9. 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.

10. 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 09; 70(9):1400-1405.