Kathryn Bacon, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine

PhD, Boston University School of Public Health
MPH, Boston University School of Public Health

Kathryn L. Bacon received her B.S. Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, and her MPH in biostatistics and epidemiology and PhD in Epidemiology from the Boston University School of Public Health.
Dr. Bacon’s research interests include factors influencing disability, physical function, and quality of life, including physical disease, such as arthritis or diabetes, or psychosocial factors such as chronic stress, depressive symptoms, and positive affect. A key goal is to combine her computer engineering background with advanced epidemiological training to analyze complex data in research relating to diseases of aging, particularly osteoarthritis.

Boston University
Arthritis & Autoimmune Diseases Research Center

Machine-learning Analysis of Wearable-sensor Gait Data in Osteoarthritis
07/01/2020 - 06/30/2023 (PI)
Rheumatology Research Foundation


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  1. Bacon K, LaValley MP, Jafarzadeh SR, Felson D. Response to: 'Relation between cartilage loss and pain in knee osteoarthritis' by Wu et al and 'Changes in synovitis and bone marrow lesions may not mediate the effect of cartilage loss on joint pain in osteoarthritis' by Cashin et al. Ann Rheum Dis. 2020 Oct 07.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33028581
  2. Bacon K, LaValley MP, Jafarzadeh SR, Felson D. Does cartilage loss cause pain in osteoarthritis and if so, how much? Ann Rheum Dis. 2020 08; 79(8):1105-1110.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32381567
  3. Bacon KL, Segal NA, Øiestad BE, Lewis CE, Nevitt MC, Brown C, LaValley MP, McCulloch CE, Felson DT. Thresholds in the Relationship of Quadriceps Strength With Functional Limitations in Women With Knee Osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2019 09; 71(9):1186-1193.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30156759; PMCID: PMC6395532; DOI: 10.1002/acr.23740;
  4. Bacon KL, Segal NA, Øiestad BE, Lewis CE, Nevitt MC, Brown C, Felson DT. Concurrent Change in Quadriceps Strength and Physical Function Over Five Years in the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2019 08; 71(8):1044-1051.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30221484; PMCID: PMC6421097; DOI: 10.1002/acr.23754;
  5. Bacon KL, Stuver SO, Cozier YC, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Ruiz-Narváez EA. Perceived racism and incident diabetes in the Black Women's Health Study. Diabetologia. 2017 Nov; 60(11):2221-2225.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28812096; PMCID: PMC5817630; DOI: 10.1007/s00125-017-4400-6;
  6. Bacon KL, Heeren T, Keysor JJ, Stuver SO, Cauley JA, Fredman L. Longitudinal and Reciprocal Relationships Between Depression and Disability in Older Women Caregivers and Noncaregivers. Gerontologist. 2016 Aug; 56(4):723-32.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26035874; PMCID: PMC4944533; DOI: 10.1093/geront/gnu157;
  7. Reeves KW, Bacon K, Fredman L. Caregiving associated with selected cancer risk behaviors and screening utilization among women: cross-sectional results of the 2009 BRFSS. BMC Public Health. 2012; 12:685.View Related Profiles. PMID: 22908937; PMCID: PMC3499215; DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-685;

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