• Jeffrey VanWormer PhD

  • Research Scientist

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


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

Work Experience

2011 to Present:
Associate Research Scientist, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and 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
2005 to 2008:
Senior Program Evaluator, Department of Health Promotion, HealthPartners, Minneapolis
2002 to 2005:
Health Coach, Department of Health Promotion, HealthPartners, Minneapolis
2001 to 2002:
Health Educator, Department of Education, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, 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


Dr. VanWormer is a behavioral epidemiologist with research interests in the primary prevention of cardiometabolic disease, with a particular focus on community-level risk factor surveillance and lifestyle interventions. He has led and assisted with several evidence-based medicine and health disparities studies focused on weight management, medication use, oral hygiene, and vaccine coverage, among others. Dr. VanWormer is an investigator member in the national Health Care Systems Research Network and the University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, as well as an Associate Editor for the scientific journal Diabetes Spectrum. Dr. VanWormer received a Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis from St. Cloud State University and completed a PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota. Prior to his work in Marshfield, Dr. VanWormer was the Director of the Heart of New Ulm Project, a successful initiative led by Allina Health and the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation to prevent cardiovascular disease in rural Minnesota.

Select Publications

  • Franz MJ, VanWormer JJ, Crain AL, Boucher JL, Histon T, Caplan W, Bowman JD, Pronk NP. 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. 2007 Oct;107(10):1755-67.
    PubMed ID: 17904936
  • VanWormer JJ, French SA, Pereira MA, Welsh EM. The impact of regular self-weighing on weight management: a systematic literature review. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2008 Nov;5(11):54.
    PubMed ID: 18983667
  • VanWormer JJ, Martinez AM, Benson GA, Crain AL, Martinson BC, Cosentino DL, Pronk NP. Telephone counseling and home telemonitoring: the Weigh by Day Trial. Am J Health Behav. 2009 Jul;33(4):445-54.
    PubMed ID: 19182989
  • VanWormer JJ, Linde JA, Harnack LJ, Stovitz SD, Jeffery RW. Self-Weighing Frequency Is Associated with Weight Gain Prevention over 2 Years Among Working Adults. Int J Behav Med. 2012 Sep;19(3):351-8.
    PubMed ID: 21732212
  • VanWormer JJ, Linde JA, Harnack LJ, Stovitz SD, Jeffery RW. Weight Change and Workplace Absenteeism in the HealthWorks Study. Obes Facts. 2012 Oct;5(5):745-752.
    PubMed ID: 23108493
  • VanWormer JJ, Johnson PJ, Pereira R, Boucher JL, Britt HR, Stephens C, Thygeson N, Graham KJ. The Heart of New Ulm Project: using community-based cardiometabolic risk factor screenings in a rural population health improvement initiative. Popul Health manag. 2012 Jun;15(3):135-43.
    PubMed ID: 22313445
  • VanWormer JJ, Greenlee RT, McBride P, Peppard P, Malecki K, Che J, Nieto J. Aspirin for primary prevention of CVD: Are the right people using it? JOURNAL OF FAMILY PRACTICE. 2012 Sep;61(9):525-32.
    PubMed ID: 23000660
  • VanWormer JJ, Acharya A, Greenlee RT, Nieto F. Oral hygiene and cardiometabolic disease risk in the survey of the health of Wisconsin. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2013 Aug;41(4):374-84.
    PubMed ID: 23106415
  • Acharya A, VanWormer JJ, Waring SC, Miller AW, Fuehrer J, Nycz G. Regional Epidemiologic Assessment of Prevalent Periodontitis using an Electronic Health Record System AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY. 2013 Apr;177(7):700-7.
    PubMed ID: 23462966
  • VanWormer JJ, Miller AW, Rezkalla SH. Identifying opportunities to improve aspirin utilization for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in a regional health care system. WMJ. 2014 Nov;113(5):190-5; quiz 196.
    PubMed ID: 25739162
  • VanWormer JJ, Sundaram ME, Meece JK, Belongia EA. A cross-sectional analysis of symptom severity in adults with influenza and other acute respiratory illness in the outpatient setting. BMC Infect Dis. 2014 May;14(1):231.
    PubMed ID: 24884932
  • Belongia EA, Sundaram ME, McClure DL, Meece JK, Ferdinands J, VanWormer JJ. Waning vaccine protection against influenza A (H3N2) illness in children and older adults during a single season. VACCINE. 2015 Jan;33(1):246-51.
    PubMed ID: 24962752
  • Zachariah JP, McNeal CJ, Copeland LA, Fang-Hollingsworth Y, Stock EM, Sun F, Song JJ, Gregory ST, Tom JO, Wright EA, VanWormer JJ, Cassidy-Bushrow AE. Temporal trends in lipid screening and therapy among youth from 2002 to 2012. J Clin Lipidol. 2015 Sep;9(5 Suppl):S77-87.
    PubMed ID: 26343215
  • VanWormer JJ, Holsman RH, Petchenik JB, Dhuey BJ, Keifer MC. Epidemiologic trends in medically-attended tree stand fall injuries among Wisconsin deer hunters. Injury. 2016 Jan 28;47(1):220-225.
    PubMed ID: 26443558
  • Befort CA, VanWormer JJ, DeSouza C, Ellerbeck EF, Kimminau KS, Greiner A, Gajewski B, Huang T, Perri MG, Fazzino TL, Christifano D, Eiland L, Drincic A. 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.. 2016 Mar;47 :304-314.
    PubMed ID: 26898748
  • Sidebottom AC, Sillah A, Miedema MD, Vock DM, Pereira R, Benson G, Boucher JL, Knickelbine T, Lindberg R, VanWormer JJ. 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. 2016 May;175 :66-76.
    PubMed ID: 27179725
  • Knickelbine T, Lui M, Garberich R, Miedema MD, Strauss C, VanWormer JJ. Familial hypercholesterolemia in a large ambulatory population: Statin use, optimal treatment, and identification for advanced medical therapies. J Clin Lipidol. 2016 Sep;10(5):1182-1187.
    PubMed ID: 27678435
  • McLean HQ, VanWormer JJ, Chow BDW, Birchmeier B, Vickers E, DeVries E, Meyer J, Moore J, McNeil MM, Stokley S, Gee J, Belongia EA. Improving Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Use in an Integrated Health System: Impact of a Provider and Staff Intervention. J Adolesc Health. 2017 Aug;61(2):252-258.
    PubMed ID: 28462786
  • Van Wormer JJ, King JP, Gajewski A, McLean HQ, Belongia EA. Influenza and Workplace Productivity Loss in Working Adults. J Occup Environ Med. 2017 Dec;59(12):1135-1139.
    PubMed ID: 28759481
  • VanWormer JJ, Barnes KL, Waring SC, Keifer MC. Socio-environmental risk factors for medically-attended agricultural injuries in Wisconsin dairy farmers. Injury. 2017 Jul;48(7):1444-1450.
    PubMed ID: 28551053
  • Hill TL, VanWormer JJ. Comparative Effectiveness of Clinic-Based Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obese Adults With Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Spectr. 2017 Aug;30(3):161-165.
    PubMed ID: 28848308