Dr Kathryn Martin

Dr Kathryn Martin
Dr Kathryn Martin
Dr Kathryn Martin


Senior Lecturer

Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 437117
Office Address

Academic Primary Care

Institute of Applied Health Sciences

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition

Polwarth Building, Room 1.017, Foresterhill



United Kingdom

AB25 2ZD

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition


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 Sociology  
    2000 - College of the Holy Cross, Worcester MA 
  • MPH Chronic Disease Epidemiology 
    2003 - Yale University, School of Public Health 
  • PhD Health Behavior Health Education 
    2009 - University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health 
  • FHEA Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 
    2018 - 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)

Member, Postgraduate Good Cause Committee (2018-present)

Executive Member, Aberdeen Centre for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Health (2015-present)

PGT member, School Ethics Review Board (SERB) (2017-2021)

Chair, IAHS Staff Development Group (2016-2021; member since 2014)


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)


Research Overview

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.

Dr Martin_Research Elements (Venn Diagram)

Research Areas

Applied Health Sciences

Research Specialisms

  • Health and Social Care
  • Research Skills
  • Environmental and Public Health
  • Exercise for Health
  • Epidemiology

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Knowledge Exchange

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 (APDP)
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
Awarded: £48,500

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)
Awarded: £735,536.01

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)
Awarded: £149,518.60

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)
Awarded: £184,561.20

Title: Health & Social Care among Individuals with Rheumatoid Arthritis in Scotland.
Funder: National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
Period of Support: Aug 2015 to Sept 2016
Role: CI
Awarded: £3000.00

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.
Role: CI
Awarded: £9,709.00



Teaching Responsibilities

Course Coordinator for PU5030: Epidemiology

Co-Course Coordinator for PU5538: Epidemiology (online)


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