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Daniel P. Beavers, Ph.D.Wake Forest School of Medicine

Daniel P. Beavers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor,

Contact Information

Academic: 336-713-1616 | Department: 336-716-2011


Education & Training

  • B.S., Wake Forest University, 2001
  • M.S., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2005
  • Ph.D., Baylor University, 2009
  • Fellowship, WFU School of Medicine, 2010


  • Am Statistical Assoc
  • Intl Biometric Soc, ENAR
Daniel P. Beavers, Ph.D.

Daniel P. Beavers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biostatistical Sciences
Sticht Center on Aging

Research Interests

Obesity; Weight Loss; Postmenopause; Body Composition; Patient Dropouts
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Contact Information

Academic: 336-713-1616 | Department: 336-716-2011


Recent Publications

Dynapenia and metabolic health in obese and nonobese adults aged 70 years and older: the LIFE Study. Aubertin-Leheudre M, Anton S, Beavers DP, Manini TM, Fielding R, Newman A, Church T, Kritchevsky SB, Conroy D, McDermott MM, Botoseneanu A, Hauser ME, Pahor M.. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2017;18(4):312-319.

Weight fluctuation and cancer risk in post-menopausal women: the Women's Health Initiative. Welti LM, Beavers DP, Caan BJ, Sangi-Haghpekar H, Vitolins MZ, Beavers KM.. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017;():.

Effect of physical activity on self-reported disability in older adults: results from the LIFE study. Manini TM, Beavers DP, Pahor M, Guralnik JM, Spring B, Church TS, King AC, Folta SC, Glynn NW, Marsh AP, Gill TM.. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017;():.

Weight-loss and exercise for communities with arthritis in North Carolina (we-can): design and rationale of a pragmatic, assessor-blinded, randomized controlled trial. Messier SP, Callahan LF, Beavers DP, Queen K, Mihalko SL, Miller GD, Losina E, Katz JN, Loeser RF, Quandt SA, DeVita P, Hunter DJ, Lyles MF, Newman J, Hackney B, Jordan JM.. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2017;18(1):91.

CT of patients with hip fracture: muscle size and attenuation help predict mortality. Boutin RD, Bamrungchart S, Bateni CP, Beavers DP, Beavers KM, Meehan JP, Lenchik L.. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2017;():.

Are unilateral and bilateral knee osteoarthritis patients unique subsets of knee osteoarthritis? A biomechanical perspective. Messier SP, Beavers DP, Herman C, Hunter DJ, DeVita P.. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2016;24(5):807-813.

Effect of structured physical activity on respiratory outcomes in sedentary elderly adults with mobility limitations. Vaz Fragoso CA, Beavers DP, Anton SD, Liu CK, McDermott MM, Newman AB, Pahor M, Stafford RS, Gill TM.. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016;64(3):501-509.

Legacy effects of short-term intentional weight loss on total body and thigh composition in overweight and obese older adults. Chmelo EA, Beavers DP, Lyles MF, Marsh AP, Nicklas BJ, Beavers KM.. Nutr Diabetes. 2016;6():e203.

Association of urinary metabolites with radiographic progression of knee osteoarthritis in overweight and obese adults: an exploratory study. Loeser R, Pathmasiri W, Sumner SJ, McRitchie S, Beavers D, Saxena P, Nicklas BJ, Jordan J, Guermazi A, Hunter DJ, Messier SP.. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2016;24(8):1479-1486.

Does long-term intensive diet and exercise reduce the biomechanical burden in overweight and obese adults with knee osteoarthritis? The Intensive Diet and Exercise for Arthritis (IDEA) trial [abstract]. Messier SP, Beavers D, Mihalko SL, Miller GD, Nicklas BJ, Lyles M, Hunter DJ, Carr JJ, Eckstein F, Guermazi A, Loeser RF, DeVita P.. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2016;24(Suppl):S47-S48.

At which location is the infrapatellar fat pad most sensitive to reduction by diet and exercise intervention - data from the Intensive Diet and Exercise for Arthritis (IDEA) trial [abstract]. Murillo ALP, Wirth W, Beavers DP, Dannhauer T, Loeser RF Jr, Nicklas BJ, Mihalko SL, Miller GD, Hunter DJ, Eckstein F, Messier SP.. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2016;24(Suppl):S242.

An efficient approach for surveillance of childhood diabetes by type derived from electronic health record data: the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study. Zhong VW, Obeid JS, Craig JB, Pfaff ER, Thomas J, Jaacks LM, Beavers DP, Carey TS, Lawrence JM, Dabelea D, Hamman RF, Bowlby DA, Pihoker C, Saydah SH, Mayer-Davis EJ.. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2016;23(6):1060-1067.

The evolution of the WHI 80+ cohort. Beavers DP, Pettinger M, Espeland MA, Snively BM, Leng X, Hunt JR, Tindle HA, Shumaker SA.. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2016;71(Suppl 1):S13-S22.

Nine-year effects of 3.7 years of intensive glycemic control on cardiovascular outcomes. Gerstein HC, Beavers DP, Bertoni AG, Bigger JT, Buse JB, Craven TE, Cushman WC, Fonseca V, Geller NL, Giddings SJ, Grimm RH, Genuth S, Hramiak I, Ismail-Beigi F, Jimenez CRL, Kirby R, Probsfield J, Riddle MC, Seaquist ER, Friedewald WT.. Diabetes Care. 2016;39(5):701-708.

Effects of exercise and weight loss on interstitial matrix turnover and tissue inflammation biomarkers in adults with knee osteoarthritis: the Intensive Diet and Exercise for Arthritis Trial (IDEA) [abstract]. Loeser R, Beavers D, Bay-Jensen AC, Karsdal M, Nicklas B, Hunter D, Messier S.. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2016;24(Suppl):S32-S33.

Relationship of objectively-measured habitual physical activity to chronic inflammation and fatigue in middle-aged and older adults. Nicklas BJ, Beavers DP, Mihalko SL, Miller GD, Loeser RF, Messier SP.. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2016;71(11):1437-1443.

Cardiovascular events in a physical activity intervention compared with a successful aging intervention: the LIFE study randomized trial. Newman AB, Dodson JA, Church TS, Buford TW, Fielding RA, Kritchevsky S, Beavers D, Pahor M, Stafford RS, Szady AD, Ambrosius WT, McDermott MM.. JAMA Cardiol. 2016;1(5):568-574.

A putative blood-based biomarker for autism spectrum disorder-associated Ileocolitis. Walker SJ, Beavers DP, Fortunato J, Krigsman A.. Sci Rep. 2016;6():35820.

Inflammation and gait speed: a meta-analysis [abstract]. Beavers DP, Ambrosius W, Newman AB, Manini T, McDermott M, Rejeski W, Fielding R.. Gerontologist. 2016;56(Suppl 3):26.

Pathways linking inflammation to aging [abstract]. Tracy R, Beavers DP, Walston J, Kritchevsky S, Pahor M.. Gerontologist. 2016;56(Suppl 3):25.

Effects of total and regional fat loss on plasma CRP and IL-6 in overweight and obese, older adults with knee osteoarthritis. Beavers KM, Beavers DP, Newman JJ, Anderson AM, Loeser RF Jr, Nicklas BJ, Lyles MF, Miller GD, Mihalko SL, Messier SP.. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2015;23(2):249-256.

Effect of protein source during weight loss on body composition, cardiometabolic risk and physical performance in abdominally obese, older adults: a pilot feeding study. Beavers KM, Gordon MM, Easter L, Beavers DP, Hairston KG, Nicklas BJ, Vitolins MZ.. J Nutr Health Aging. 2015;19(1):87-95.

Prevalence of metabolic syndrome and its association with physical capacity, disability, and self-rated health in Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders Study participants. Botoseneanu A, Ambrosius WT, Beavers DP, de Rekeneire N, Anton S, Church T, Folta SC, Goodpaster BH, King AC, Nicklas BJ, Spring B, Wang X, Gill TM.. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015;63(2):222-232.

The Intensive Diet and Exercise for Arthritis (IDEA) trial: 18-month radiographic and MRI outcomes. Hunter DJ, Beavers DP, Eckstein F, Guermazi A, Loeser RF, Nicklas BJ, Mihalko SL, Miller GD, Lyles M, DeVita P, Legault C, Carr JJ, Williamson JD, Messier SP.. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2015;23(7):1090-1098.

Impact of diet and/or exercise intervention on infra-patellar fat pad morphology - data from the Intensive Diet and Exercise for Arthritis (IDEA) trial [abstract]. Murillo ALP, Wirth W, Beavers D, Loeser RF, Nicklas BJ, Miller GD, Hunter D, Eckstein F, Messier SP.. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2015;23(Suppl 2):A389-A390.

Sedentary time is associated with the metabolic syndrome in older adults with mobility limitations - The LIFE Study. Mankowski RT, Aubertin-Leheudre M, Beavers DP, Botoseneanu A, Buford TW, Church T, Glynn NW, King AC, Liu C, Manini TM, Marsh AP, McDermott M, Nocera JR, Pahor M, Strotmeyer ES, Anton SD.. Exp Gerontol. 2015;70():32-36.

Chronic inflammation, habitual physical activity, and self-reported energy levels [abstract]. Nicklas B, Beavers DP, Mihalko SL, Loeser RF, Miller G, Messier SP.. Gerontologist. 2015;55(Suppl 2):733.

Correlates of treatment patterns among youth with type 2 diabetes. Badaru A, Klingensmith GJ, Dabelea D, Mayer-Davis EJ, Dolan L, Lawrence JM, Marcovina S, Beavers D, Rodriguez BL, Imperatore G, Pihoker C.. Diabetes Care. 2014;37(1):64-72.

Effect of an 18-month physical activity and weight loss intervention on body composition in overweight and obese older adults. Beavers KM, Beavers DP, Nesbit BA, Ambrosius WT, Marsh AP, Nicklas BJ, Rejeski WJ.. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2014;22(2):325-331.

Baseline predictors of missed visits in the Look AHEAD study. Fitzpatrick SL, Jeffery R, Johnson KC, Roche CC, Van Dorsten B, Gee M, Dotson K, Walkup MP, Espeland MA, Bahnson JL, Wagenknecht LE, Reboussin D, Rejeski WJ, Bertoni AG, Lang W, Lawlor MS, Lefkowitz D, Miller GD, Reynolds PS, Ribisl PM,.. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2014;22(1):131-140.

Bayesian modeling of cost-effectiveness studies with unmeasured confounding: a simulation study. Stamey JD, Beavers DP, Faries D, Price KL, Seaman JW Jr.. Pharm Stat. 2014;13(1):94-100.

Impact of weight loss on ankle-brachial index and interartery blood pressures. Espeland MA, Lewis CE, Bahnson J, Knowler WC, Regensteiner JG, Gaussoin SA, Beavers D, Johnson KC.. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2014;22(4):1032-1041.

Relationship between change in body composition and physical function in abdominally obese, older adults undergoing 12-weeks of caloric restriction [abstract]. Beavers KM, Gordon M, Beavers D, Hairston K, Nicklas B, Kritchevsky S, Vitolins M.. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014;62(Suppl 1):S20.

The independent and combined effects of intensive weight loss and exercise training on bone mineral density in overweight and obese older adults with osteoarthritis. Beavers DP, Beavers KM, Loeser RF, Walton NR, Lyles MF, Nicklas BJ, Shapses SA, Newman JJ, Messier SP.. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2014;22(6):726-733.

Respiratory impairment and dyspnea and their associations with physical inactivity and mobility in sedentary community-dwelling older persons. Vaz Fragoso CA, Beavers DP, Hankinson JL, Flynn G, Berra K, Kritchevsky SB, Liu CK, McDermott MM, Manini TM, Rejeski WJ, Gill TM.. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014;62(4):622-628.

Psychosocial burden and glycemic control during the first 6 years of diabetes: results from the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study. Hood KK, Beavers DP, Yi-Frazier J, Bell R, Dabelea D, McKeown RE, Lawrence JM.. J Adolesc Health. 2014;55(4):498-504.

Knee joint loading in knee osteoarthritis: influence of abdominal and thigh fat. Messier SP, Beavers DP, Loeser RF, Carr JJ, Khajanchi S, Legault C, Nicklas BJ, Hunter DJ, DeVita P.. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2014;46(9):1677-1683.

Changes in joint loads, Leptin, and MMP-3 subsequent to long-term intensive weight loss and exercise: secondary outcomes from the intensive diet and exercise for arthritis randomized clinical trial [abstract]. Messier SP, DeVita P, Nicklas BJ, Beavers D, Miller GD, Hunter DJ, Eckstein F, Guermazi A, Loeser RF.. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2014;22(Suppl):S83-S84.

Predictors of attendance to intensive diet and exercise interventions among older overweight and obese adults with knee osteoarthritis: results from the intensive diet and exercise for arthritis (IDEA) Trial [abstract]. Mihalko SL, Beavers D, Miller G, Lyles M, Commander S, Carpenter M, Cook L, Messier S.. Ann Behav Med. 2014;47(Suppl 1):S120.

Influences of alignment and obesity on knee joint loading in osteoarthritic gait. Messier SP, Pater M, Beavers DP, Legault C, Loeser RF, Hunter DJ, DeVita P.. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2014;22(7):912-917.

Use of administrative and electronic health record data for development of automated algorithms for childhood diabetes case ascertainment and type classification: the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study. Zhong VW, Pfaff ER, Beavers DP, Thomas J, Jaacks LM, Bowlby DA, Carey TS, Lawrence JM, Dabelea D, Hamman RF, Pihoker C, Saydah SH, Mayer-Davis EJ.. Pediatr Diabetes. 2014;15(8):573-584.

Associations between body composition and gait-speed decline: results from the Health, Aging, and Body Composition study. Beavers KM, Beavers DP, Houston DK, Harris TB, Hue TF, Koster A, Newman AB, Simonsick EM, Studenski SA, Nicklas BJ, Kritchevsky SB.. Am J Clin Nutr. 2013;97(3):552-560.

The long-term effectiveness of a lifestyle intervention in severely obese individuals. Unick JL, Beavers D, Bond DS, Clark JM, Jakicic JM, Kitabchi AE, Knowler WC, Wadden TA, Wagenknecht LE, Wing RR.. Am J Med. 2013;126(3):236-242.

The role of metabolic syndrome, adiposity, and inflammation in physical performance in the Health ABC Study. Beavers KM, Hsu FC, Houston DK, Beavers DP, Harris TB, Hue TF, Kim LJ, Koster A, Penninx BW, Simonsick EM, Strotmeyer ES, Kritchevsky SB, Nicklas BJ.. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2013;68(5):617-623.

Cardiometabolic risk after weight loss and subsequent weight regain in overweight and obese postmenopausal women. Beavers DP, Beavers KM, Lyles MF, Nicklas BJ.. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2013;68(6):691-698.

Predicting knee joint loads in adults with knee osteoarthritis: the Intensive Diet and Exercise for Arthritis Trial (IDEA) [abstract]. DeVita P, Beavers D, Loeser RF, Hunter DJ, Legault C, Newman J, Messier SP.. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2013;21(Suppl):S85.

Strength Training for Arthritis Trial (START): design and rationale. Messier SP, Mihalko SL, Beavers DP, Nicklas BJ, Devita P, Carr JJ, Hunter DJ, Williamson JD, Bennell KL, Guermazi A, Lyles M, Loeser RF.. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2013;14():208.

Effects of intensive diet and exercise on knee joint loads, inflammation, and clinical outcomes among overweight and obese adults with knee osteoarthritis: the IDEA randomized clinical trial. Messier SP, Mihalko SL, Legault C, Miller GD, Nicklas BJ, DeVita P, Beavers DP, Hunter DJ, Lyles MF, Eckstein F, Williamson JD, Carr JJ, Guermazi A, Loeser RF.. JAMA. 2013;310(12):1263-1273.

Metabolomics for the identification of urinary biomarkers in knee osteoarthritis progression [abstract]. Saxena P, Loeser RF, Pathmasiri W, Sumner S, Beavers D, Hunter DJ, Messier SP.. Arthritis Rheum. 2013;65(Suppl 10):S1177.

Intraindividual variability in domain-specific cognition and risk of mild cognitive impairment and dementia. Vaughan L, Leng I, Dagenbach D, Resnick SM, Rapp SR, Jennings JM, Brunner RL, Simpson SL, Beavers DP, Coker LH, Gaussoin SA, Sink KM, Espeland MA.. Curr Gerontol Geriatr Res. 2013;():495793.

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Assistant Professor, Biostatistical Sciences

Daniel P. Beavers, Ph.D.

Daniel P. Beavers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biostatistical Sciences
Sticht Center on Aging

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