Kara Gavin, PhD, MPH

Scientist II

Kara completed her PhD in social and behavioral epidemiology at the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining WiSOR, she completed her post-doctoral research fellowship at Northwestern University. She works closely with Dr. Corrine Voils on several trials focusing on strategies to help adults successfully lose and maintain weight loss. She also works on studies that focus on implementation efforts to improve the uptake of interventions including pharmacogenomics testing and medication adherence.

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  • MPH, Health Behavior Health Promotion, Ohio State University, 2011
  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, 2017
  • Post-doc, Cancer Prevention and Control, Northwestern University, 2019