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Corrine Voils, PhD

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K6/100 Clinical Science Center
600 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53792

Corrine Voils, PhD

Visiting Professor
Scientific Director, WiSOR
Divisions of General Surgery


  • PhD, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2001
  • MS, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 1998
  • BA, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX, 1995

Dr. Voils is scientific director of the Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Research Program (WiSOR) and holds a dual appointment as a research career scientist at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital. Dr. Voils is a Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

Research Interests

One area of Dr. Voils’ research interest is in developing and evaluating behavioral interventions for primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. She led a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to evaluate a telephone-delivered, spouse-assisted intervention to improve patient cholesterol levels (CouPLES). She recently completed an RCT to evaluate a weight loss maintenance intervention following behavioral weight loss (MAINTAIN). She has a new pilot from the VA to evaluate the feasibility of adapting the intervention to promote weight loss maintenance among patients following bariatric surgery. With R34 funding from the NHLBI, she is evaluating the feasibility of providing financial incentives for dietary self-monitoring and weight loss.

A second area of interest is genomics health services research. Dr. Voils led an RCT to evaluate the clinical utility of genetic testing for type 2 diabetes. She is currently PI of an RCT to evaluate effectiveness and implementation of an information technology innovation that collects patient-entered family history and provides decision support to patients and providers.

Dr. Voils also has a strong interest in research methodology. She has developed and validated a self-report measure of medication nonadherence and developed methods for synthesizing qualitative and quantitative research findings.

Dr. Voils Lab

  • Development of a Weight Maintenance Intervention for Bariatric Surgery Patients
    Funding Agency: VA Health Services Research & Development
    Principal Investigator(s): Corrine Voils, PhD
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  • Identifying and Addressing Barriers to Bariatric Surgery within VA
    Funding Agency: VA Health Services Research & Development
    Principal Investigator(s): Luke Funk, MD, MPH, Corrine Voils, PhD
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  • Impact of Family History and Decision Support on High-risk Cancer Screening
    Funding Agency: VA Health Services Research & Development
    Principal Investigator(s): Corrine Voils, PhD
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  • Incentivizing Behavior Change Skills to Promote Weight Loss
    Funding Agency: NIH - National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
    Principal Investigator(s): Corrine Voils, PhD
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  • Increasing Uptake of Behavioral Weight Loss Programs Among Primary Care Patients
    Funding Agency: NIH - National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
    Principal Investigator(s): Corrine Voils, PhD
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Recent Publications
  • Prescriber Continuity and Disease Control of Older Adults.
    Maciejewski ML, Hammill BG, Bayliss EA, Ding L, Voils CI, Curtis LH, Wang V
    Med Care 2017 Apr; 55(4):405-410.
    [PubMed ID: 27755393, PMC ID: 5352484]
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  • How Can Adult Children Influence Parents' Long-Term Care Insurance Purchase Decisions?
    Sperber NR, Voils CI, Coe NB, Konetzka RT, Boles J, Van Houtven CH
    Gerontologist 2017 Apr 01; 57(2):292-299.
    [PubMed ID: 25209446]
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  • Patient factors associated with initiation of behavioral weight loss treatment: a prospective observational study in an integrated care setting.
    McVay MA, Yancy WS, Scott CN, Wilson-Barlow L, Woolson S, McSherry WC, Allen S, Voils CI
    Transl Behav Med 2017 Mar; 7(1):75-83.
    [PubMed ID: 27501799, PMC ID: 5352643]
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  • Maintenance of Weight Loss After Initiation of Nutrition Training: A Randomized Trial.
    Voils CI, Olsen MK, Gierisch JM, McVay MA, Grubber JM, Gaillard L, Bolton J, Maciejewski ML, Strawbridge E, Yancy WS
    Ann. Intern. Med. 2017 Apr 04; 166(7):463-471.
    [PubMed ID: 28241185]
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  • Wearable Technology and Long-term Weight Loss.
    Voils CI, Shaw RJ
    JAMA 2017 01 17; 317(3):318.
    [PubMed ID: 28114542]
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  • Electronic Health Record Data Versus the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES): A Comparison of Overweight and Obesity Rates.
    Funk LM, Shan Y, Voils CI, Kloke J, Hanrahan LP
    Med Care 2017 Jan 10.
    [PubMed ID: 28079710]
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  • Adherence to Recommended Risk Management among Unaffected Women with a BRCA Mutation.
    Buchanan AH, Voils CI, Schildkraut JM, Fine C, Horick NK, Marcom PK, Wiggins K, Skinner CS
    J Genet Couns 2017 Feb; 26(1):79-92.
    [PubMed ID: 27265406, PMC ID: 5140768]
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  • Obesity as a disease: has the AMA resolution had an impact on how physicians view obesity?
    Funk LM, Jolles SA, Voils CI
    Surg Obes Relat Dis 2016 Aug; 12(7):1431-1435.
    [PubMed ID: 27444860]
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  • Food preferences and weight change during low-fat and low-carbohydrate diets.
    McVay MA, Voils CI, Geiselman PJ, Smith VA, Coffman CJ, Mayer S, Yancy WS
    Appetite 2016 Aug 01; 103():336-43.
    [PubMed ID: 27133551, PMC ID: 4902795]
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  • Barriers and Facilitators to Adoption of Genomic Services for Colorectal Care within the Veterans Health Administration.
    Sperber NR, Andrews SM, Voils CI, Green GL, Provenzale D, Knight S
    J Pers Med 2016 Apr 28; 6(2):.
    [PubMed ID: 27136589, PMC ID: 4932463]
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