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Research Interests

My work focuses on ways to improve health and healthcare through the efficient coordination of health promotion and disease prevention activities across healthcare and community settings. I am considered a national expert in pragmatic research and natural experiments to improve the prevention and control of diabetes and other chronic conditions. My additional interests include advancing health equity, eliminating health disparities, healthcare provider interventions, quality improvement, cost effectiveness analysis, behavioral economics, and strategies for engaging community members and policy decision makers in the full spectrum of research. I am Director for Northwestern University's Center for Community Health, which is committed to helping cultivate and support many forms of research that improve the health and healthcare of communities in Chicago and beyond.

Certifications and Licenses

Internal Medicine

Training Experience

1998Internship, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
2000Residency, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio

Education/Academic qualification

MPH, University of Washington

… → 2003

MD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

… → 1997

Research interests

  • Community Medicine
  • Diabetes
  • Health Economics
  • Health Policy
  • Primary Care

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  • Research Output

  • Reducing Health Disparities Through Prevention: Role of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

    O'Brien, M. J., Kirley, K. A. & Ackermann, R. T., May 2020, In : American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 58, 5, p. 724-727 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Type 2 diabetes prevention in adults

    Ackermann, R. T., Jan 1 2020, Behavioral Diabetes: Social Ecological Perspectives for Pediatric and Adult Populations. Springer International Publishing, p. 479-487 9 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Breast cancer survivors’ preferences for mHealth physical activity interventions: findings from a mixed methods study

    Phillips, S. M., Courneya, K. S., Welch, W. A., Gavin, K. L., Cottrell, A., Nielsen, A., Solk, P., Blanch-Hartigan, D., Cella, D., Ackermann, R. T., Spring, B. & Penedo, F. J., Apr 15 2019, In : Journal of Cancer Survivorship. 13, 2, p. 292-305 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Scopus citations