Kelly McDermott

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Kelly McDermott, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Academic and Professional Accomplishments

Dr. McDermott is an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Global Public Health Program. She received a BA in Religious Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, an MA in Health Policy and Bioethics from George Washington University and a PhD in Health Services Research from University of Washington. Dr. McDermott also completed postdoctoral training in Integrative Medicine Research at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. Dr. McDermott has worked at a range of public and private institutions including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Veterans Affairs and Omada Health, Inc., a San Francisco based company focusing on digital health solutions for obesity related chronic illness. Her interests are in development and diffusion of nonpharmacological approaches to health and increasing access in underserved populations. 

Selected Papers and Publications

McDermott K, Kumar D, Goldman V, Feng H, Mehling W, Souza RB, Moskowitz J, Hecht FM. Training in ChiRunning to reduce blood pressure: A randomized controlled pilot study. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2015 Oct 15; 15(1):368.

Kumar D, McDermott K, Feng H, Goldman V, Luke A, Souza RB, Hecht FM. Effects of ChiRunning training on running biomechanics: A pilot randomized trial in untrained individuals. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2015 Aug;7(8):814-22.

Selman LE, McDermott K, Donesky D, Citron T, Howie-Esquivel J. Appropriateness and acceptability of a Tele-yoga intervention for people with heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Qualitative findings from a controlled pilot study. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.  2015 Feb 7;15:21.

McDermott K, Raghavendra RM, Murphy EJ, Burke A, Nagendra RH, Hecht FM. A yoga intervention for diabetes risk reduction: A pilot randomized controlled trial. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.  2014 Jul 1;14(1):212. 

McDermott K, Maynard C, Trivedi R, Lowy E, Fihn SD. Factors associated with presenting >12 hours after symptom onset of acute myocardial infarction among Veteran men. BMC Cardiovascular Disorder. 2012 Sep 28; 12(1):82.

Kearney DJ, McDermott K, Malte C, Martinez M, Simpson TL. Effects of Participation in a Mindfulness Program for Veterans With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study. J Clin Psychol. 2012 Aug 28.  

McDermott, K, Helfrich C, Sales A, Rumsfeld J, Ho M, Fihn S. Review of Strategies to Improve Timely Reperfusion for Patients with ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction. J Gen Intern Med. 2008 Aug;23(8):1246-56.


McDermott K, Goldman V, Feng H, Kumar D, Mehling W, Souza R, Luke A, Hecht F. A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of ChiRunning: The Running Against Prehypertension Trial (RAPT), Oral presentation: 8th Annual Conference of the International of Integrative Medicine Research, April 2013, London, England.

McDermott K, Maynard C, Lowy E, Heagerty P, Fihn SD. Patient, context and symptom characteristics associated with presentation ≥12 hours after symptom onset of Acute Myocardial Infarction to Veteran Health Administration Facilities (VHA). Academy Health Annual Research Meeting, Chicago, IL, June 2009.  

McDermott K, Maynard C, Lowy E, Fihn SD. Characteristics of patients presenting to Veterans Health Administration facilities with acute myocardial infarction. Academy Health Annual Research Meeting and National Research Service Award Trainee Conference, Orlando FL, June 2007.