Dr Kathryn Martin

Dr Kathryn Martin


Dr Kathryn Martin
Dr Kathryn Martin

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen 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


Kathryn 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.  She 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 her PhD, Kathryn 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, she 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.

Kathryn joined The University of Aberdeen in 2013 and joined Academic Primary Care in 2019 after being with the Epidemiology Group. She leads a programme of research that focuses on physical activity, arthritis and musculoskeletal disease, and aging research.

Internal Memberships and Affiliations

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

Member, Postgraduate Good Cause Committee (2017-)

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

Member, DAHS Teaching Strategy Group


Research Overview

Kathryn has 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 disease. She is 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, as well as 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. Kathryn leads a programme of research focused on Physical Activity and is Chief Investigator of the Walk With Ease UK study.


Research Funding and Grants

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.: CSO, COV/ABN/20/08
Period of Support: May 2020 to October 2020 
Role: Chief Investigator (CI)
Awarded: £48,541

Title: Patient-centred Care for FIbromyalgia: New pathway Design (PACFIND)
Funder and Grant No.: Arthritis Research UK, 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 Aug 2020
Role: Chief Investigator (CI)
Awarded: £149,518.60
Title: Finding 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: 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 Jan 2020
Role: Co-Investigator (Basu, CI)
Awarded: £735,536.01


Teaching Responsibilities

Course Coordinator for PU5030: Epidemiology

Co-Course Coordinator for PU5538: Epidemiology (online)



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