• Jeffrey VanWormer PhD

  • Research Scientist


    • Center for Clinical Epidemiology & Population Health
    • 1000 North Oak Ave ML2 Marshfield, WI 54449

Education


2005 to 2010:
PhD, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
2000 to 2002:
MS, Behavior Analysis, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud
1995 to 1999:
BA, Psychology, Winona State University, Winona

Work Experience


2011 to Present:
Research Scientist, Center for Clinical Epidemiology & Population Health, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, Marshfield
2008 to 2011:
Director - Heart of New Ulm Project, Department of Education, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, Minneapolis
2006 to 2008:
Research/Teaching Assistant, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
2002 to 2008:
Health Coach and Senior Program Evaluator, Department of Health Promotion, HealthPartners, Minneapolis
2000 to 2002:
Graduate Assistant, Department of Community Psychology, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud
1999 to 2000:
Research Coordinator, Clinical Research Unit, Covance, Madison

Statement


Dr. VanWormer is a behavioral epidemiologist with research interests in the primary prevention of cardiometabolic disease, community risk factor surveillance, and lifestyle interventions. He currently serves as a Research Scientist in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology & Population Health, and is also the Interim Director of the Center for Oral and Systemic Health. He has led several evidence-based medicine and health disparities projects focused on obesity, medication use, oral hygiene, and vaccinations, among others. Dr. VanWormer is also an investigator member of the national Health Care Systems Research Network and the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.

Select Publications


  • VanWormer JJ, Boucher JL. (2003). Counseling diabetic patients about weight management: a pragmatic approach. Practical Diabetology. 22 :30-5.
  • VanWormer JJ, Boucher JL, Pronk NP, Thoennes JJ. (2004 November). Lifestyle behavior change and coronary artery disease: effectiveness of a telephone-based counseling program. J Nutr Educ Behav. 36(6):333-4.
    PubMed ID: 15617619
  • VanWormer JJ. (2004 September). Pedometers and brief e-counseling: increasing physical activity for overweight adults. J Appl Behav Anal. 37(3):421-5.
    PubMed ID: 15529901
  • VanWormer JJ, Boucher JL. (2004 May). Motivational interviewing and diet modification: a review of the evidence. Diabetes Educ. 30(3):404-6, 408-10, 414-6 passim.
    PubMed ID: 15208841
  • Stovitz SD, VanWormer JJ, Center BA, Bremer KL. (2005 September). Pedometers as a means to increase ambulatory activity for patients seen at a family medicine clinic. J Am Board Fam Pract. 18(5):335-43.
    PubMed ID: 16148243
  • VanWormer JJ, Boucher JL, Pronk NP. (2006 September). Telephone-based counseling improves dietary fat, fruit, and vegetable consumption: a best-evidence synthesis. J Am Diet Assoc. 106(9):1434-44.
    PubMed ID: 16963349
  • VanWormer JJ, Pronk NP, Boucher JL. (2006). Experience analysis of a practice-based, online pedometer program. Diabetes Spectrum. 19 :197-200.
  • Franz MJ, VanWormer JJ, Crain AL, Boucher JL, Histon T, Caplan W,...Pronk NP. (2007 October). Weight-loss outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis of weight-loss clinical trials with a minimum 1-year follow-up. J Am Diet Assoc. 107(10):1755-67.
    PubMed ID: 17904936
  • Boucher JL, Benson GA, Kovarik S, Solem B, VanWormer JJ. (2007). Current trends in weight management: What advice do we give to patients? Diabetes Spectrum. 20 :153-8.
  • Martinez AM, VanWormer JJ, Pronk NP. (2007). The role of incentives and communication on health assessment participation. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal. 12 :41-4.
  • VanWormer JJ, French SA, Pereira MA, Welsh EM. (2008 November). The impact of regular self-weighing on weight management: a systematic literature review. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 5(11):54.
    PubMed ID: 18983667
  • VanWormer JJ, Martinez AM, Benson GA, Crain AL, Martinson BC, Cosentino DL, Pronk NP. (2009 July). Telephone counseling and home telemonitoring: the Weigh by Day Trial. Am J Health Behav. 33(4):445-54.
    PubMed ID: 19182989
  • Welsh EM, Sherwood NE, VanWormer JJ, Hotop AM, Jeffery RW. (2009 November). Is frequent self-weighing associated with poorer body satisfaction? Findings from a phone-based weight loss trial. J Nutr Educ Behav. 41(6):425-8.
    PubMed ID: 19879499
  • VanWormer JJ, Pronk NP, Kroeninger GJ. (2009). Clinical counseling for physical activity: Translation of a systematic review into care recommendations. Diabetes Spectrum. 22 :48-55.
  • VanWormer JJ, Martinez AM, Martinson BC, Crain AL, Benson GA, Cosentino DL, Pronk NP. (2009 January). Self-weighing promotes weight loss for obese adults. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PREVENTIVE MEDICINE. 36(1):70-3.
    PubMed ID: 18976879
  • VanWormer JJ, Martinez AM, Cosentino DL, Pronk NP. (2010 March). Satisfaction with a weight loss program: what matters? Am J Health Promot. 24(4):238-45.
    PubMed ID: 20232605
  • Sherwood NE, Jeffery RW, Welsh EM, VanWormer JJ, Hotop AM. (2010 July). The drop it at last study: six-month results of a phone-based weight loss trial. Am J Health Promot. 24(6):378-83.
    PubMed ID: 20594094
  • VanWormer JJ. (2010). Methods of using the electronic health record for population level surveillance of coronary heart disease risk in the Heart of New Ulm project. Diabetes Spectrum. 23 :161-5.
  • Benson GA, Pronk NP, VanWormer JJ, Katz AS, Marr TJ. (2011). Telephone-based support for weight loss surgery: A practice-based program evaluation. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal. 15 :13-9.
  • Pronk NP, Crain AL, VanWormer JJ, Martinson BC, Boucher JL, Cosentino DL. (2011). The Use of Telehealth Technology in Assessing the Accuracy of Self-Reported Weight and the Impact of a Daily Immediate-Feedback Intervention among Obese Employees. Int J Telemed Appl. 2011 :909248.
    PubMed ID: 21760782
  • VanWormer JJ, Fyfe-Johnson A, Boucher JL, Johnson PJ, Britt HR, Thygeson N, Dusek J. (2011 October). Stress and workplace productivity loss in the Heart of New Ulm project. JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE. 53(10):1106-9.
    PubMed ID: 21983810
  • VanWormer JJ, Linde JA, Harnack LJ, Stovitz SD, Jeffery RW. (2012 September). Self-Weighing Frequency Is Associated with Weight Gain Prevention over 2 Years Among Working Adults. Int J Behav Med. 19(3):351-8.
    PubMed ID: 21732212
  • VanWormer JJ, Linde JA, Hamack L, Stovitz SD, Jeffery RW. (2012 August). Is Baseline Physical Activity a Determinant of Participation in Worksite Walking Clubs? Data From the HealthWorks Trial. J Phys Act Health. 9(6):849-56.
    PubMed ID: 22898463
  • VanWormer JJ, Linde JA, Harnack LJ, Stovitz SD, Jeffery RW. (2012 October). Weight Change and Workplace Absenteeism in the HealthWorks Study. Obes Facts. 5(5):745-752.
    PubMed ID: 23108493
  • VanWormer JJ. (2012 November). Has research optimized the targeted use of weight loss surgery for glucose control? Diabetes Spectrum. 25 :194-195.
  • VanWormer JJ, Johnson PJ, Pereira R, Boucher JL, Britt HR, Stephens C,...Graham KJ. (2012 June). The Heart of New Ulm Project: using community-based cardiometabolic risk factor screenings in a rural population health improvement initiative. Popul Health manag. 15(3):135-43.
    PubMed ID: 22313445
  • Acharya A, VanWormer JJ, Waring SC, Miller AW, Fuehrer J, Nycz G. (2012 August). PS1-37: Regional Epidemiologic Assessment of Prevalent Periodontitis Using an Integrated Electronic Health Record System. Clinical Medicine & Research. 10(3):161.
    PubMed ID: 22904434
  • Bekwelem W, VanWormer JJ, Boucher JL, Pereira RF. (2012 February). Cardiovascular risk factor screening satisfaction in the Heart of New Ulm Project. Clinical Medicine & Research. 10(1):1-6.
  • VanWormer JJ, Greenlee RT, McBride P, Peppard P, Malecki K, Che J, Nieto J. (2012 September). Aspirin for primary prevention of CVD: Are the right people using it? JOURNAL OF FAMILY PRACTICE. 61(9):525-32.
    PubMed ID: 23000660
  • VanWormer JJ, Acharya A, Greenlee RT, Nieto F. (2013 August). Oral hygiene and cardiometabolic disease risk in the survey of the health of Wisconsin. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 41(4):374-84.
    PubMed ID: 23106415
  • Acharya A, VanWormer JJ, Waring SC, Miller AW, Fuehrer J, Nycz G. (2013 April). Regional Epidemiologic Assessment of Prevalent Periodontitis using an Electronic Health Record System AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY. 177(7):700-7.
    PubMed ID: 23462966
  • Drahos J, VanWormer JJ, Greenlee RT, Landgren O, Koshiol J. (2013 May). Accuracy of ICD-9-CM codes in identifying infections of pneumonia and herpes simplex virus in administrative data. ANNALS OF EPIDEMIOLOGY. 23(5):291-3.
    PubMed ID: 23522903
  • Sundaram ME, McClure DL, VanWormer JJ, Friedrich TC, Meece JK, Belongia EA. (2013 September). Influenza Vaccination is Not Associated with Detection of Non-Influenza Respiratory Viruses in Seasonal Studies of Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness. CLINICAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES. 57(6):789-793.
    PubMed ID: 23748138
  • Benson GA, Sidebottom A, VanWormer JJ, Boucher JL, Stephens C, Krikava J. (2013 May). HeartBeat Connections: A Rural Community of Solution for Cardiovascular Health. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 26(3):299-310.
    PubMed ID: 23657698
  • VanWormer JJ, Miller AW, Rezkalla SH. (2014 December). Aspirin overutilization for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Clin Epidemiol.. 6 :433-40.
    PubMed ID: 25506245
  • VanWormer JJ, Miller AW, Rezkalla SH. (2014 November). Identifying opportunities to improve aspirin utilization for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in a regional health care system. WMJ. 113(5):190-5; quiz 196.
    PubMed ID: 25739162
  • VanWormer JJ, Sundaram ME, Meece JK, Belongia EA. (2014 May). A cross-sectional analysis of symptom severity in adults with influenza and other acute respiratory illness in the outpatient setting. BMC Infect Dis. 14(1):231.
    PubMed ID: 24884932
  • VanWormer JJ, Miller AW, Rezkalla SH. (2014 September). PS2-12: Opportunities to Improve Aspirin Utilization for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in a Regional Healthcare System Clinical Medicine & Research. 12(1-2):Ps2-12.
  • McClure DL, VanWormer JJ, Waring SC, Elliot T, Bailey-Davis L, Copeland L. (2014 September). D3-1: HMO Research Network Rural Health Scientific Interest Group (Rural Health-SIG): Highlights from Four Member Sites and Opportunities for Collaboration Clinical Medicine & Research. 12(1-2):d3-1.
  • Ittaman S, VanWormer JJ, Rezkalla SH. (2014 December). The Role of Aspirin in the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. Clinical Medicine & Research. 12(3-4):147-54.
    PubMed ID: 24573704
  • Kieke AL, Kieke BA, Kopitzke SL, McClure DL, Belongia EA, VanWormer JJ, Greenlee RT. (2015 December). Validation of Health Event Capture in the Marshfield Epidemiologic Study Area. Clinical Medicine & Research. 13(3-4):103-11.
    PubMed ID: 25487238
  • Belongia EA, Sundaram ME, McClure DL, Meece JK, Ferdinands J, VanWormer JJ. (2015 January). Waning vaccine protection against influenza A (H3N2) illness in children and older adults during a single season. VACCINE. 33(1):246-51.
    PubMed ID: 24962752
  • Zachariah JP, McNeal CJ, Copeland LA, Fang-Hollingsworth Y, Stock EM, Sun F,...Cassidy-Bushrow AE [including VanWormer JJ.] (2015 September). Temporal trends in lipid screening and therapy among youth from 2002 to 2012. J Clin Lipidol. 9(5 Suppl):S77-87.
    PubMed ID: 26343215
  • Smith DH, Johnson ES, Boudreau DM, Cassidy-Bushrow AE, Fortmann SP, Greenlee RT,...Sidney S [including VanWormer JJ.] (2015 November). Comparative Effectiveness of Statin Therapy in Chronic Kidney Disease and Acute Myocardial Infarction: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Am J Med. 128(11):1252.e1-1252.e11.
    PubMed ID: 26169887
  • VanWormer JJ, Holsman RH, Petchenik JB, Dhuey BJ, Keifer MC. (2016 January 28). Epidemiologic trends in medically-attended tree stand fall injuries among Wisconsin deer hunters. Injury. 47(1):220-225.
    PubMed ID: 26443558
  • Befort CA, VanWormer JJ, DeSouza C, Ellerbeck EF, Kimminau KS, Greiner A,...Drincic A. (2016 March). Protocol for the Rural Engagement in Primary Care for Optimizing Weight Reduction (RE-POWER) Trial: Comparing three obesity treatment models in rural primary care. Contemp Clin Trials.. 47 :304-314.
    PubMed ID: 26898748
  • Sidebottom AC, Sillah A, Miedema MD, Vock DM, Pereira R, Benson G,...VanWormer JJ. (2016 May). Changes in cardiovascular risk factors after 5 years of implementation of a population-based program to reduce cardiovascular disease: The Heart of New Ulm Project. Am Heart J. 175 :66-76.
    PubMed ID: 27179725
  • Knickelbine T, Lui M, Garberich R, Miedema MD, Strauss C, VanWormer JJ. (2016 September). Familial hypercholesterolemia in a large ambulatory population: Statin use, optimal treatment, and identification for advanced medical therapies. J Clin Lipidol. 10(5):1182-1187.
    PubMed ID: 27678435
  • Flynn PM, John MT, Naik A, Kohli N, VanWormer JJ, Self K. (2016 December). Psychometric properties of the English version of the Oral Health Literacy Adults Questionnaire - OHL-AQ. Community Dent Health. 33(4):274-280.
    PubMed ID: 28537364
  • Petrie JG, Cheng C, Malosh RE, VanWormer JJ, Flannery B, Zimmerman RK,...Ohmit SE [including King JP.] (2016 February 15). Illness Severity and Work Productivity Loss Among Working Adults With Medically Attended Acute Respiratory Illnesses: US Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network 2012-2013. Clin Infect Dis. 62(4):448-455.
    PubMed ID: 26565004
  • Reynolds K, Go AS, Leong TK, Boudreau DM, Cassidy-Bushrow AE, Fortmann SP,...Sidney S [including VanWormer JJ.] (2017 March). Trends in Incidence of Hospitalized Acute Myocardial Infarction in the Cardiovascular Research Network (CVRN). Am J Med. 130(3):317-327.
    PubMed ID: 27751900
  • McLean HQ, VanWormer JJ, Chow BDW, Birchmeier B, Vickers E, DeVries E,...Belongia EA. (2017 August). Improving Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Use in an Integrated Health System: Impact of a Provider and Staff Intervention. J Adolesc Health. 61(2):252-258.
    PubMed ID: 28462786
  • Miedema MD, Sidebottom AC, Sillah A, Benson G, Knickelbine T, VanWormer JJ. (2017 January). Clinical implications of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines for the treatment of blood cholesterol for a rural community: Data from the Heart of New Ulm Project. J Clin Lipidol. 11(1):94-101.
    PubMed ID: 28391916
  • VanWormer JJ, Boucher JL, Sidebottom AC, Sillah A, Knickelbine T. (2017 June). Lifestyle changes and prevention of metabolic syndrome in the Heart of New Ulm Project. Prev Med Rep. 6 :242-245.
    PubMed ID: 28377851
  • Van Wormer JJ, King JP, Gajewski A, McLean HQ, Belongia EA. (2017 Dec). Influenza and Workplace Productivity Loss in Working Adults. J Occup Environ Med. 59(12):1135-1139.
    PubMed ID: 28759481
  • VanWormer JJ, Barnes KL, Waring SC, Keifer MC. (2017 July). Socio-environmental risk factors for medically-attended agricultural injuries in Wisconsin dairy farmers. Injury. 48(7):1444-1450.
    PubMed ID: 28551053
  • Kanth R, Shrestha RB, Rai I, VanWormer JJ, Roy PK. (2017 June). Incidence of Primary Biliary Cholangitis in a Rural Midwestern Population. Clin Med Res. 15(1-2):13-18.
    PubMed ID: 28487448
  • Hill TL, VanWormer JJ. (2017 August). Comparative Effectiveness of Clinic-Based Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obese Adults With Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Spectr. 30(3):161-165.
    PubMed ID: 28848308
  • VanWormer JJ, Bendixsen CG, Vickers ER, Stokley S, McNeil MM, Gee J,...McLean HQ [including Belongia EA.] (2017 October 2). Association between parent attitudes and receipt of human papillomavirus vaccine in adolescents. BMC Public Health.. 17(1):766.
    PubMed ID: 28969653
  • Lu M, Zhou Y, Haller IV, Romanelli RJ, VanWormer JJ, Rodriguez CV,...Gordon SC. (2017 December 22). Increasing Prevalence of Primary Biliary Cholangitis and Reduced Mortality with Treatment. Clin. Gastroenterol. Hepatol..
    PubMed ID: 29277621
  • Benson GA, Sidebottom A, Sillah A, Boucher JL, Miedema MD, Knickelbine T, VanWormer JJ. (2018 Apr). Reach and effectiveness of the HeartBeat Connections telemedicine pilot program. J Telemed Telecare. 24(3):216-223.
    PubMed ID: 29278986
  • Sidebottom AC, Sillah A, Vock DM, Miedema MD, Pereira R, Benson G,...VanWormer JJ. (2018 Jul). Assessing the impact of the heart of New Ulm Project on cardiovascular disease risk factors: A population-based program to reduce cardiovascular disease. Prev Med. 112 :216-221.
    PubMed ID: 29634974
  • VanWormer JJ, Pereira RF, Sillah A, Sidebottom AC, Benson GA, Lindberg R,...Boucher JL. (2018 Apr). Adult weight management across the community: population-level impact of the LOSE IT to WIN IT challenge. Obes Sci Pract. 4(2):119-128.
    PubMed ID: 29670749
  • Bhutani S, Hanrahan LP, Vanwormer J, Schoeller DA. (2018 Jul). Circannual variation in relative weight of children 5 to 16 years of age. Pediatr Obes. 13(7):399-405.
    PubMed ID: 29665291
  • VanWormer JJ, Tambe SR, Acharya A. (2019 Jan). Oral Health Literacy and Outcomes in Rural Wisconsin Adults. J Rural Health. 35(1):12-21.
    PubMed ID: 30467897
  • Benson G, Sidebottom AC, Sillah A, Vock DM, Vacquier MC, Miedema MD, VanWormer JJ. (2019 Mar). Population-level changes in lifestyle risk factors for cardiovascular disease in the Heart of New Ulm Project. Prev Med Rep. 13 :332-340.
    PubMed ID: 30792949