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Biography

Karen trained originally in Medicine at Southampton University Medical School, UK, graduating in 1991. She chose to specialise in Rheumatology and was awarded a prestigious Arthritis Research UK (now Versus Arthritis) fellowship to do her PhD 1999-2002 about the epidemiology of neck and upper limb disorders in working aged adults and from there developed a particular interest in the relationship between work and health. Between 2013-2021, she was an MRC Investigator, Leader of an MRC Programme on Work and Health and Director of the MRC Versus Arthritis Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work. Karen migrated to Australia in December 2022 to take up her new role as Professor of Occupational Rheumatology and Director of the Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health. Her research focuses on musculoskeletal health in the workplace and she has broader interests in  promoting health at work; mental health and work; women in the workplace and older workers.

Education/Academic qualification

Medicine, FRCP

Award Date: 1 Jul 2007

Epidemiology, PhD, University of Southampton

1 Jan 199931 Dec 2002

Award Date: 1 Jul 2003

Rheumatology, CCST

Award Date: 1 Feb 2002

Medicine, MRCP

Award Date: 1 Jul 1995

Medicine, Bachelor of Medicine, University of Southampton

1 Sep 198630 Jun 1991

Award Date: 30 Jun 1991

External positions

Director MRC Versus Arthritis Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work, University of Southampton

1 Jan 201531 Dec 2021

Professor & Honorary Consultant in Occupational Rheumatology, University of Southampton

1 Sep 2013 → …

Co-Director MRC Versus Arthritis Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work, University of Southampton

31 Jan 2001 → …

Research area keywords

  • Workplace health and safety
  • Musculoskeletal diseases
  • Older workers
  • Epidemiology
  • Psychosocial factors

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