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Research Interests

My work focuses on 1) the study of cognitive, psychosocial, and health system factors that affect a person's ability to successfully manage health, and 2) the design of practical, scalable interventions to help individuals and families access, understand, and use health information to make appropriate health decisions and adopt recommended behaviors. Our HeLP lab has particular interests in aging, multi-morbidity, medication regimen safety and adherence. Most of our work is interventional and leverages health and consumer technologies as appropriate to 'hardwire' patient education, counseling, and monitoring activities in primary care settings to improve chronic disease self-management.

Education/Academic qualification

Learning Sciences, MA, Northwestern University

… → 2006

Public Health, MPH, Northwestern University

… → 2002

Social Policy, PhD, University of Illinois - Chicago

… → 2000

Psychology/English, BS, Valparaiso University

… → 1993


  • Aging
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Health Communications
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Literacy
  • Health Services Research
  • Medication Adherence Research
  • Patient Safety

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Grants 2002 2024

Independent Living
Long-Term Care
Decision Making
Social Environment
Medication Therapy Management
Electronic Health Records
Primary Health Care
Self Care
Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
Medication Adherence
Health Education

Research Fellowship Sponsorship: Esther Yoon

Wolf, M.

Amgen, Inc.


Project: Research project

Referral and Consultation
Health Literacy
Health Personnel

Research Output 2000 2019

Effect of a Self-management Support Intervention on Asthma Outcomes in Older Adults: The SAMBA Study Randomized Clinical Trial

Federman, A. D., O'Conor, R., Mindlis, I., Hoy-Rosas, J., Hauser, D., Lurio, J., Shroff, N., Lopez, R., Erblich, J., Wolf, M. & Wisnivesky, J. P., Jan 1 2019, In : JAMA internal medicine.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Self Care
Randomized Controlled Trials
Metered Dose Inhalers
Medication Adherence

Effects of health literacy and cognitive abilities on COPD self-management behaviors: A prospective cohort study

O'Conor, R., Muellers, K., Arvanitis, M., Vicencio, D. P., Wolf, M., Wisnivesky, J. P. & Federman, A. D., Jan 1 2019, In : Respiratory Medicine.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Health Literacy
Self Care
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Cohort Studies

Identifying and Advancing Best Practices for the Labeling and Dosing of Pediatric Liquid Medications: Progress and Challenges

Yin, H. S., Vuong, C., Parker, R. M., Sanders, L. M., Mendelsohn, A. L., Dreyer, B. P., Velazquez, J. J. & Wolf, M., Jan 1 2019, In : Academic Pediatrics. 19, 1, p. 1-3 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Practice Guidelines

More Than Words: Health Literacy and Liver Transplant Waitlisting

Serper, M. & Wolf, M., Mar 1 2019, In : Transplantation. 103, 3, p. e54-e55

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Health Literacy

Parents’ Use of Technologies for Health Management: A Health Literacy Perspective

Meyers, N., Glick, A. F., Mendelsohn, A. L., Parker, R. M., Sanders, L. M., Wolf, M., Bailey, S. C., Dreyer, B. P., Velazquez, J. J. & Yin, H. S., Jan 1 2019, In : Academic Pediatrics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Health Literacy
Biomedical Technology
Cell Phones