Dr Kathryn Martin
PhD, MPH, FHEA
Academic Primary Care
Institute of Applied Health Sciences
School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition
Polwarth Building, Room 1.017, Foresterhill
I graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA with a BA in Sociology and a Certificate in Gerontology studies from the Colleges of Worcester Consortium. I then earned a Master of Public Health with a focus on chronic disease epidemiology from Yale University and a PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
After completing my PhD, I was awarded a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the Intramural Research Program at the National Institute on Aging (NIA) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which was jointly sponsored by the Medical Research Council Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing in London. Through this fellowship, I focused on the effect of midlife exposures on risk of knee osteoarthritis in early old-age whilst working in London on the National Survey of Health and Development (aka the 1946 British Birth Cohort) and methodologies for objectively measuring physical activity using accelerometers in older adults in the Laboratory of Epidemiology and Population Sciences at the NIH/NIA.
I joined the University of Aberdeen in 2013 and joined Academic Primary Care in 2019 after being with the Epidemiology Group. I lead a programme of research that focuses on physical activity, arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions (including chronic pain), and aging research.
I am a champion for patient and public involvement (PPI) in research. Recently, I have actively contributed to developing the School for Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition PPI strategy and establishing a core PPI group to support colleagues in PPI activities, especially in the pre-funding stage of grant applications.
- BA Sociology2000 - College of the Holy Cross, Worcester MA
- MPH Chronic Disease Epidemiology2003 - Yale University, School of Public Health
- PhD Health Behavior Health Education2009 - University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health
- FHEA Teaching and Learning in Higher Education2018 - AdvanceHE
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
Elected Member of Senate (2020-2024)
Interim Academic Lead, School of Medicine Medical Sciences and Nutrition PPI Hub Committee (2019-present)
PGT member, School Ethics Review Board (SERB) (2017-present)
Member, Postgraduate Good Cause Committee (2018-present)
Chair, IAHS Staff Development Group (2016-present ; member since 2014)
Executive Member, Aberdeen Centre for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Health (2015-present)
- External Memberships
Steering committee member, Scottish Pain Research Community (SPaRC) under NRS Pain
External examiner, University of Liverpool: Online Master of Public Health
Member, Association of Rheumatology Professionals, USA
University of Aberdeen representative to Osteoarthritis Action Alliance, USA
Prizes and Awards
Nominated, Principal's Excellence in Teaching Award - Best Postgraduate Taught Lecturer (2020)
Santander Mobility Award, Travel funds for collaborations with University of Massachusetts Medical School (2017)
Delegate, International Young Scotland Programme, Institute of Contemporary Scotland (2014)
I have long been interested in the complex interplay between the social, economic and environmental factors that contribute to individual- and population-level health outcomes, particularly among older adults and those with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions. I am interested in the role that individual perceptions, social support, socioeconomic status, occupation, community resources, and the physical environment have on physical activity levels over the life course. In addition, my research focuses on the role physical activity plays in physical and mental health and well-being – from disease symptom management (e.g., pain and fatigue), to reducing disability for maintenance of physical functioning in later life, and how engagement in community activity programmes can reduce loneliness and social isolation.
Applied Health Sciences
- Health and Social Care
- Research Skills
- Environmental and Public Health
- Exercise for Health
2019, Café Med – University of Aberdeen. ‘Live Well With Arthritis’ (20th May)
2017, 2019, Talks to Aberdeen and District Fibromyalgia Support Group
2017, 2018, MayFestival activities linked to Walk With Ease UK
2017, Talk to BackStrong Trust (30th September)
2017, Epidemiology Group showcase at Open Doors Days
2017, Presentation to the Angus Arthritis Forum, ‘Why physical activity should be prescribed for every patient with arthritis – top tips for optimal arthritis management’ (7th June)
Funding and Grants
Title: Partnership for Assessment and Investigation of Neuropathic Pain: Studies Tracking Outcomes, Risks and Mechanisms (PAINSTORM).
Funder and Grant No.: MRC/UKRI/Versus Arthritis – Advancing Pain Discovery Platform (ADAP)
Period of Support: Jul 2021 to July 2025
Role: Co-Investigator (Bennett, CI)
Awarded: £3.6mil (KRM: £222,968)
Title: Looking After the Elderly During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Focus on Addressing Physical Activity, Loneliness and Help-Seeking Behaviour
Funder and Grant No.: Chief Scientist Office, Scotland – COV/ABN/20/08
Period of Support: May 2020 to Oct 2020
Role: Lead Investigator
Title: Lessening the Impact of Fatigue: Therapies for Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases (LIFT).
Funder and Grant No.: Arthritis Research UK, 21175
Period of Support: Aug 2016 to Oct 2021
Role: Co-Investigator (Basu, CI)
Title: PAtient-centred Care for FIbromyalgia: New pathway Design (PACFIND).
Funder and Grant No.: Versus Arthritis, 21958
Period of Support: Feb 2019 to Jan 2024
Role: Co-Investigator (Macfarlane, CI)
Awarded: £ 1,185,670.91
Title: A Feasibility Study for Walk with Ease UK - A Community-based Walking Programme for Adults with Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions (WWE UK)
Funder and Grant No.: Arthritis Research UK, 21414
Period of Support: March 2017 to Oct 2020
Role: Chief Investigator (CI)
Title: Fibromyalgia Optimal Management for Patients with Axial Spondyloarthritis (FOMAxS)
Funder and Grant No.: Arthritis Research UK, 21378
Period of Support: June 2017 to May 2019
Role: Co Investigator (Macfarlane, CI)
Title: Health & Social Care among Individuals with Rheumatoid Arthritis in Scotland.
Funder: National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
Period of Support: Aug 2015 to Sept 2016
Title: Maintaining Exercise Long-term: On Determining Influences on Chronic-Widespread Pain (MELODIC).
Funder and Grant No.: NHS Grampian Endowment Grant, RG11936
Period of Support: Aug 2014 to July2015.
Course Coordinator for PU5030: Epidemiology
Co-Course Coordinator for PU5538: Epidemiology (online)
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Sex difference in OA: Should we blame estrogen?European Journal of RheumatologyContributions to Journals: Articles
Motor development in infancy and spine shape in early old age: findings from a British birth cohort studyJournal of Orthopaedic Research, vol. 38, no. 12, pp. 2740-2748Contributions to Journals: Articles
Feasibility, acceptability and change in health following a telephone-based CBT intervention for patients with Axial SpondyloarthritisRheumatology Advances in Practice, rkaa063Contributions to Journals: Articles
Differences in long-term physical activity trajectories among individuals with chronic widespread pain: A secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trialEuropean Journal of Pain, vol. 23, no. 8, pp. 1437-1447Contributions to Journals: Articles
Nonpharmacologic Management of Orthostatic Hypotension in Older People: A Systematic Review. The SENATOR ONTOP SeriesJournal of the American Medical Directors Association, vol. 20, no. 9, pp. 1065-1073.e3Contributions to Journals: Articles
AxSpA patients who also meet criteria for fibromyalgia: identifying distinct patient clusters using data from a UK national register (BSRBR-AS)BMC Rheumatology, vol. 3, 19Contributions to Journals: Articles
Association between musculoskeletal pain with social isolation and loneliness: analysis of the English Longitudinal Study of AgeingBritish Journal of Pain, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 82-90Contributions to Journals: Articles
Age at Onset of Walking in Infancy Is Associated With Hip Shape in Early Old AgeJournal of Bone and Mineral Research, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 455-463Contributions to Journals: Articles
Protocol for a multicentre randomised controlled parallel-group trial to compare the effectiveness of remotely delivered cognitive-behavioural and graded exercise interventions with usual care alone to lessen the impact of fatigue in inflammatory rheumatic diseases (LIFT)BMJ Open, vol. 9, no. 1, e026793Contributions to Journals: Articles
AGE AT ONSET OF WALKING IN INFANCY IS ASSOCIATED WITH HIP AND SPINE SHAPE IN EARLY OLD AGEOsteoporosis Conference, pp. 612-613Contributions to Journals: Abstracts