Dr. Corrine Voils joins faculty of University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery

WiSOR is pleased to welcome Corrine Voils, PhD, who will serve as WiSOR’s Scientific Director. She holds a dual appointment as a Research Career Scientist at the VA and Visiting Professor in the Department of Surgery. Prior to her move to Wisconsin, she had a dual appointment in the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Voils received her PhD in experimental social psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2001. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health services research in the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care at the Durham VAMC. Following her fellowship, she received a career development award in health services research from the VA.

One area of interest is 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 is a Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.