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 (HOBI) 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. As HOBI Director of Qualitative Analytics, 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 National Institutes of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. 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 the Texas Health and Human Services Non-Medical Drivers of Health Workgroup.

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.

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2020-2021
GMS6836 Foundations of Learning Health Systems Research
2015,2018-2020,2020-2022
GMS6853 Improvement and Implementation Science in the Learning Health System
2017,2019-2024,2024-2025
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

Research Profile

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

0000-0001-9924-6999

Publications

2023
An effectiveness-implementation hybrid trial of phone-based tobacco cessation interventions in the Lebanese primary healthcare system: protocol for project PHOENICS.
Implementation science communications. 4(1) [DOI] 10.1186/s43058-023-00456-w. [PMID] 37365656.
2023
Comparative effectiveness of mobile health smoking cessation approaches among underserved patients in primary care: Study protocol for the PROMOTE-UP trial.
Contemporary clinical trials. 127 [DOI] 10.1016/j.cct.2023.107120. [PMID] 36804046.
2023
Mixed methods evaluation of vaping and tobacco product use prevention interventions among youth in the Florida 4-H program.
Addictive behaviors. 141 [DOI] 10.1016/j.addbeh.2023.107637. [PMID] 36753933.
2023
Parent Perspectives on Electronic Health Record-Based Social Needs Screening and Documentation: A Qualitative Study.
Academic pediatrics. 23(7):1446-1453 [DOI] 10.1016/j.acap.2023.06.011. [PMID] 37301284.
2023
Pediatric primary care provider and staff perspectives on the implementation of electronic health record-based social needs interventions: A mixed-methods study
Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. 7(1) [DOI] 10.1017/cts.2023.585. [PMID] 37528941.
2023
Telehealth Implementation Response to COVID-19 in the OneFlorida+ Clinical Research Network: Perspectives of Clinicians and Health Systems Leaders
Telemedicine and e-Health. [DOI] 10.1089/tmj.2023.0029. [PMID] 37358611.
2023
The Association of Socioeconomic Vulnerability and Race and Ethnicity With Disease Burden Among Children in a Statewide Medicaid Population.
Academic pediatrics. 23(2):372-380 [DOI] 10.1016/j.acap.2022.09.011. [PMID] 36122832.
2022
Exploring paediatricians’ experiences with performance improvement modules and quality improvement
BMJ Open Quality. 11(2) [DOI] 10.1136/bmjoq-2021-001674. [PMID] 35534041.
2022
Implementation strategies for integrating tobacco cessation treatment in cancer care: A qualitative study.
Implementation research and practice. 3 [DOI] 10.1177/26334895221112153. [PMID] 36909717.
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
Implementation context for addressing social needs in a learning health system: a qualitative study
Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. 5(1) [DOI] 10.1017/cts.2021.842. [PMID] 35047213.
2021
Implementation of a High-Sensitivity Troponin-I Assay in an Academic Medical Center: A Qualitative and Quantitative Assessment.
The Journal of invasive cardiology. 33(7):E549-E556 [PMID] 34224384.
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.
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.

Grants

Sep 2022 ACTIVE
Phone Enabled Implementation of Cessation Support (PHOENICS)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NCI
May 2022 ACTIVE
Comparative Effectiveness of Mobile Health Smoking Cessation Approaches among Underserved Patients in Primary Care
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: PATIENT-CENTERED OUTCOMES RES INST
Jul 2021 ACTIVE
Project SMART: Social Media Anti-vaping Messages to Reduce ENDS Use Among Sexual and Gender Minority Teens
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: UNIV OF PENNSYLVANIA via NATL INST OF HLTH NIDA
May 2020 – Oct 2022
Prevention of Vaping and Tobacco Product Use Among Rural Youth in Florida
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: AETNA FOUNDATION
Oct 2019 – Mar 2023
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

Education

PhD – Anthropology
2010 · University of Florida
MPH – Epidemiology
2004 · University of Florida
MA – Anthropology
2003 · University of Florida
BS – Journalism
1999 · University of Florida

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 294-5973
Emails:
Business:
rtheis@ufl.edu
Addresses:
Business Mailing:
PO Box 100147
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Business Street:
1889 Museum Rd, Suite 7000
GAINESVILLE FL 32611