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Ron A. Cisler, PhD

Professor, Dean

Education

Post Doc Addiction/Behavioral Health University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1993
Ph D Experimental Psychology University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1991
MS Experimental Psychology University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1987
BS Psychology (General) University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 1984

Speaker Topics

  • Alcoholism and Alcohol-Related Illnesses
  • Population Health Disparities

Interests & Expertise

Ron Cisler is Professor of Health Informatics and Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH).

His primary research interests are in population disparities in behavioral health risk factors and translating clinical outcomes of health services research to urban community populations. He is nationally and internationally known for his particular expertise in examining innovative approaches in assessing recovery outcomes of alcoholism treatment clinical trials. His program of research has been or is currently funded by numerous grants and contracts from various organizations including federal: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIH-NIAAA), National Institute of Mental Health (NIH-NIMH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), U.S. Department of Economic Development (DED), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJ), along with pharmaceutical companies (Pfizer, Lipha, Oy-Contral) and statewide academic-community partnership health foundations and local foundations.

Cisler teaches graduate courses on clinical research methods and population health and epidemiology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is Associate Editor for the Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research and field reviewer for numerous other professional journals targeting both broad health issues and clinical and public health alcohol research. He is currently co-authoring a handbook series on brief assessment measures in health research and practice targeting behavioral disorders including substance use and eating disorders.

Selected Publications

Fink, J. T., Rich, J., Smith, D. R., Singh, M., Sutton, K., Mueller, G., Ihrke, D. M., Skalla, J. L., & Cisler, R. A. (2016, December). Weight Loss Associated With Employee Income in an Incentivized Employee Wellness Program. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 58(12), 1181-1184.
Steinert, P., & Cisler, R. A. (2016, August). Understanding Health Care Costs in a Wisconsin Acute Leukemia Population. Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews, 3(3), 142-149.
Morris, 3rd, G. L., Chapman, K., Nelson, D., Fink, J. T., Walker, R., & Cisler, R. A. (2016, June). Physician Use of Electronic Health Records in Obesity Management. WMJ : official publication of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin, 115(3), 140-2.
Fink, J. T., Smith, D. R., Singh, M., Ihrke, D. M., & Cisler, R. A. (2016). Obese employee participation patterns in a wellness program. Population Health Management, 19(2), 132-135.
Luo, J., & Cisler, R. A. (2016, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Discovering Outliers of Potential Drug Toxicities Using a Large-scale Data-driven Approach. Cancer Informatics, 211.
Ngui, E., Greer, D. M., Bridgewater, F. D., Salm Ward, T. C., & Cisler, R. A. (2016, July (3rd Quarter/Summer)). Trends and Progress in Reducing Teen Birth Rates and the Persisting Challenge of Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Disparities. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 1-8.
Luo, J., Eldredge, C., Cho, C., & Cisler, R. A. (2016, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Population Analysis of Adverse Events in Different Age Groups Using Big Clinical Trials Data. JMIR Medical Informatics, 4(4), e30.
Fink, J. T., Smith, D. R., Singh, M., Ihrke, D. M., & Cisler, R. A. (2015, June). Obese Employee Participation Patterns in a Wellness Program. Population health management.
Nambisan, P., Luo, X., Kapoor, A., Patrick, T. B., & Cisler, R. A. (2015). Social media, big data and public health informatics: Ruminating behavior of depression revealed through twitter. Proceedings of the HICSS -48 (Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences) conference.
Fink, J. T., Havens, K. K., Schumacher, J. A., Walker, R. E., Morris, G. L., Nelson, D. A., Singh, M., & Cisler, R. A. (2015). Impact of the Heart WATCH Program on Patients at Risk of Developing Metabolic Syndorme, Prediabetes or Cardivascular Disease. J Patient-Centered Res Rev, 2(2), 56-63.
Cisler, R. A., & Steinert, P. (2014, May). Assessing the impact of the standard process corporate Wellness Program on employee health status and health care costs. Center for Urban Population Health and Standard Process.
Fink, J. T., Morris, G. L., Singh, M., Nelson, D., Walker, R., & Cisler, R. A. (2014). Discordant documentation of obesity body mass index and obesity diagnosis in electronic medical records. Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews, 1(4), 164-170.
Greer, D., Baumgardner, D. J., Frazer, D., Kessler, C., Swain, G., & Cisler, R. A. (2013). Health of Milwaukee 2013: Health disparities in Milwaukee by socioeconomic status. Center for Urban Population Health and the City of Milwaukee Health Department, 1-45.
Chen, H. Y., Baumgardner, D. J., Frazer, D., Kessler, C., Swain, G., & Cisler, R. A. (2012). Health of Milwaukee 2012: Health disparities in Milwaukee by socioeconomic status. Center for Urban Population Health and the City of Milwaukee Health Department, 1-45.
Hockenberry, J. M., Curry, S. J., Fishman, P. A., Baker, T. B., Cisler, R. A., Jackson, T. C., & Fiore, M. C. (2012). Healthcare Costs Around the Time of Smoking Cessation. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 42(6), 596-601.

Honors & Awards

Honorary Nominee, Collaborative Research Award (2013, September 11) 4th Annual Greater Milwaukee Clinical Research Recognition Event, Aurora Health Care, Inc..
Length of Service Award (2013, May 1) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Faculty Distinguished Public Service Award (2012, October 23) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Collaborative Research Award (2011, September 21) Aurora Health Care, Inc.
Milwaukee Health Champion Award (2009) Public Health in Milwaukee: Past, Present and Future conference.
Wisconsin Excellence in Public Health Research Award (2009, July 7) Wisconsin Public Health Association.
Nominated National Leader in Public Health (2007) National Network for Public Health Institute.
Best Report Award (2007, June) Population Health Institute for the Homicide Review Commission, University of Wisconsin.
Population Health Report Award (2007, June) Population Health Institute, University of Wisconsin.
Dean’s Research Excellence Award (2005, May 13) College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
B/START Award (1995) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
APA Dissertation Award (1991) American Psychological Association (APA).
Presentation Honor (1990) Sigma Xi Graduate Student Symposium, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
APA Travel Award (1988) American Psychological Association.