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Catherine Wetmore Gillespie, MPH PhD

Senior Health Services Research Advisor

Kate Gillespie

Catherine Wetmore Gillespie, MPH PhD

Areas of Expertise

Epidemiology, Public health, Prevention, Health disparities, Immunization, Obesity, Physical activity


Catherine Gillespie is an epidemiologist with expertise in the design, implementation, and analysis of observational and experimental investigations. She has published widely in the peer-reviewed literature on a diverse range of topics, including chronic disease and risk-factor surveillance, barriers to immunization delivery, and the epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections.

Before joining AARP, Kate held joint appointments as an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Department of Pediatrics at the George Washington University and served as a faculty epidemiologist and biostatistician for the Children’s National Health System. From 2010 to 2012, Kate was a senior fellow at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle, where she contributed to the design and implementation of a number of large-scale efforts to measure variations in health care delivery, constraints, and associated health outcomes at national, subnational, and local levels in the United States and abroad.

Kate received a BA in anthropology from Yale University and MPH and PhD degrees in epidemiology from the University of Washington.


Selected Publications

Gillespie CW, Morin PE. Osteoporosis-related health services utilization following first hip fracture among a cohort of privately-insured women in the United States, 2008-2014: An observational study.  J Bone Miner Res 2017;32(5):1052-1061. Available here

Gillespie CW, Morin PE. Trends and disparities in osteoporosis screening among women in the United States, 2008-2014. Amer J Med 2017;130(3):306-316. Available here

Gillespie CW and Morin PE. Few hip fracture patients receive osteoporosis care. AARP Public Policy Institute Spotlight. July 2016. Available here


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