Ryan P Theis

Ryan P Theis, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

Department: MD-HOBI-GENERAL
Business Phone: (352) 294-5973
Business Email: rtheis@ufl.edu

About Ryan P Theis

Dr. Theis is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics and the Institute for Child Health Policy (ICHP) at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is a medical anthropologist specializing in the use of qualitative methods in implementation and improvement science, health care quality measurement, and program evaluation. His research focuses on health disparities and health care quality in publicly insured populations, with an emphasis on children and adults in Medicaid who require long-term services and supports.

Dr. Theis presently oversees evaluation studies as a key investigator of the External Quality Review Organization for Texas Medicaid and CHIP. He also provides qualitative and mixed-methods expertise in collaboration with other UF faculty to inform the development and adoption of evidence-based practices in local clinical settings, including studies funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (PI: Shenkman), the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program (PI: Salloum), and the Aetna Foundation (PI: Salloum). Dr. Theis is a member of the operations committee for the UF CTSI Learning Health System Program, and serves as a subject matter expert on Texas DSRIP Program workgroups related to social determinants of health and telehealth. Dr. Theis received his PhD in anthropology from the University of Florida. His dissertation work, funded by the U.S. Fulbright Program, used ethnographic methods to understand experiences and perceptions of discrimination among low-income social service users in Geneva, Switzerland.

Publications

2021
Behavioral Weight Loss Intervention Preferences of Adolescents with Overweight/Obesity.
Childhood obesity (Print). 17(3):160-168 [DOI] 10.1089/chi.2020.0296. [PMID] 33646015.
2021
Mixed-methods economic evaluation of the implementation of tobacco treatment programs in National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers.
Implementation science communications. 2(1) [DOI] 10.1186/s43058-021-00144-7. [PMID] 33836840.
2021
Perspectives of pregnant and breastfeeding women on longitudinal clinical studies that require non-invasive biospecimen collection – a qualitative study.
BMC pregnancy and childbirth. 21(1) [DOI] 10.1186/s12884-021-03541-x. [PMID] 33472584.
2020
“I can be the Judge of What’s Serious”: A Qualitative Pilot Study of Parents’ Responses to Messaging About Side Effects of the HPV Vaccine.
Maternal and child health journal. 24(4):456-461 [DOI] 10.1007/s10995-019-02856-8. [PMID] 31893386.
2020
An Implementation Trial to Improve Tobacco Treatment for Cancer Patients: Patient Preferences, Treatment Acceptability and Effectiveness.
International journal of environmental research and public health. 17(7) [DOI] 10.3390/ijerph17072280. [PMID] 32231062.
2020
Drivers of preventable high health care utilization: a qualitative study of patient, physician and health system leader perspectives.
Journal of health services research & policy. 25(4):220-228 [DOI] 10.1177/1355819619873685. [PMID] 31505976.
2020
Perceived barriers/facilitators to a healthy lifestyle among diverse adolescents with overweight/obesity: A qualitative study.
Obesity science & practice. 6(6):638-648 [DOI] 10.1002/osp4.448. [PMID] 33354342.
2020
Tobacco-Related Counseling and Documentation in Adolescent Primary Care Practice: Challenges and Opportunities.
Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. 22(6):1023-1029 [DOI] 10.1093/ntr/ntz076. [PMID] 31074792.
2019
Considerations of Privacy and Confidentiality in Developing a Clinical Support Tool for Adolescent Tobacco Prevention: Qualitative Study.
JMIR formative research. 3(2) [DOI] 10.2196/12406. [PMID] 31066687.
2018
“The problem is people don’t know how to talk to you:” How Medicaid recipients understand and use health plan report cards and instruction sheets.
Health marketing quarterly. 35(3):227-244 [DOI] 10.1080/07359683.2018.1514736. [PMID] 30588874.
2018
Stakeholder Engagement in Developing an Electronic Clinical Support Tool for Tobacco Prevention in Adolescent Primary Care.
Children (Basel, Switzerland). 5(12) [DOI] 10.3390/children5120170. [PMID] 30563001.
2017
Communicating With Underserved Audiences Focus Group Findings From Two Studies Testing Messages With Low-Income Hispanic, African-American and White Audiences
International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing. 11(2, SI):133-150 [DOI] 10.1108/IJPHM-11-2016-0061.
2017
Defining ‘quality’ from the patient’s perspective: findings from focus groups with Medicaid beneficiaries and implications for public reporting.
Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy. 20(3):395-406 [DOI] 10.1111/hex.12466. [PMID] 27124419.
2017
Policy-Relevant Context of Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking among University Students in Six Countries Across the Eastern Mediterranean Region: A Qualitative Study
Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention : APJCP. 18(9):2533-2540 [PMID] 28952296.
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2009
Food groups and renal cell carcinoma: results from a case-control study.
Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 109(4):656-67 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jada.2008.12.020. [PMID] 19328261.
2008
Smoking, environmental tobacco smoke, and risk of renal cell cancer: a population-based case-control study.
BMC cancer. 8 [DOI] 10.1186/1471-2407-8-387. [PMID] 19108730.
2003
Anterior cervical fusion: a comparison of cage, dowel and dowel-plate constructs.
The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society. 3(2):106-17; discussion 117 [PMID] 14589223.
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Grants

May 2020 ACTIVE
Prevention of Vaping and Tobacco Product Use Among Rural Youth in Florida
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: AETNA FOUNDATION
Oct 2019 ACTIVE
Clinically-Efficient Strategies to Address Tobacco Smoke Exposure in Pediatric Practice
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: FL DEPT OF HLTH BIOMED RES PGM/J&E KING
May 2018 – Oct 2019
A Mixed Method Evaluation of the ABP PIMs: Understanding the ABP Diplomat's Perspectives and Experiences for Programmatic Enhancement
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: THE AMER BOARD OF PEDIATRICS

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2020-2021
GMS6836 Foundations of Learning Health Systems Research
2015,2018-2020,2020-2021
GMS6853 Improvement and Implementation Science in the Learning Health System
2017,2019
GMS6852 Community Engaged Research for Clinical Effectiveness and Implementation Science Studies
2018
MMC7979 Advanced Research
2018
GMS7980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation
2017
BMS4905 Medical Sciences Senior Research

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 294-5973
Emails:
Business:
rtheis@ufl.edu