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Jodi Holtrop, PhD

Associate Professor & Associate Vice Chair for Research



Mail Stop F496, Academic Office 1

12631 East 17th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045


303-724-5339 Office


I joined the Department in July, 2013 as an Associate Professor and Associate Vice Chair for Research. Previous to UCD, I was a faculty member at Michigan State University's Department of Family Medicine for over 15 years. I have been very involved in practic-based research serving as co-director of Michigan's practice-based research network, GRIN, and am currently involved in practice-based research as co-director of SNOCAP through the Colorado Health Outcomes Program. Professionally, I am a health educator, and have the certification of master certified health education specialist (MCHES). I believe that health promotion and disease prevention and management are an important component of primary care. My work revolves around how we can support family medicine as a discipline, train future family physicians and primary care professionals, and help patients to prevent and manage disease. 


I have extensive experience in successfully partnering with primary care practices and their communities to accomplish research. My expertise is in the use of qualitative and mixed methods to inform research questions, including the use of theoretical models as a lens in which one can understand how implementation works and to produce generalizable findings regarding the how, why, who and what of interventions. I direct large studies with extensive qualitative components  and am skilled in facilitating focus groups, depth and cognitive task analysis interviews, analyzing qualitative data utilizing atlas.ti, developing logic models and conducting analysis using qualitative comparative analysis. My specific area of research focus is prevention and management of chronic conditions, especially diabetes, obesity and smoking cessation. I am also am involved in research directed at patient health behavior change.


I am a member of the North American Primary Care Research Group, Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. I serve as a member of advisory boards, provide consultation assistance to other researchers, and regularly participate in study sections and journal reviews. I am on the editorial board of the Journal of Primary Care and Community Health.​


Ybarra ML, Holtrop J Summers, Prescott T. Steps in tailoring a text messaging-based smoking cessation program for young adults. Journal of Health Communication. In press.

Ybarra ML, Tulay B, Holtrop J Summers, Korchmaros J, Salih Emri AK. Feasibility and acceptability of a text messaging-based smoking cessation program in Ankara, Turkey. Journal of Health Communication. 2013;0:1-14.

Ybarra ML, Holtrop J Summers, Prescott T, Rahbar MH, Strong D. Pilot RCT results of Stop My Smoking (SMS) USA: a text messaging-based smoking cessation program for young adults. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 2013: Jan 24 [epub ahead of print]

Ybarra ML, Holtrop J Summers, Bosi TB, Emri S. Design considerations in developing a text messaging program aimed at smoking cessation. Journal of Medical Internet Research.


Fernald DH, Dickinson LM, Froshaug DB, Balasubramanian BA, Holtrop J Summers, Krist AH, Glasgow RE, Green LA. A quest for evidence about improving multiple health risk behaviors in primary care: results of the Prescription for Health COMBO Study. Journal for the American Board of Family Medicine. 2012;25:701-711.

Isaacson N, Holtrop J Summers, Cohen D, McKee MD, Ferrer R. Examining role change in primary care practice. Journal of Primary Care and Community Health. 2012:3(3):195-200.

Ybarra ML, Bagci Bos AT, Bilir N, Holtrop J Summers, Korchmaros J, Salih Emri AK. Interest in technology-based and traditional smoking cessation programs among adult smokers in Ankara, Turkey. Tobacco Induced Diseases. 2011; Aug 1; 9:10.


ea C, Rus D, Rus IA, Holtrop J Summers. Smoking during pregnancy and associated risk factors in a sample of Romanian women. European Journal of Public Health. 2010; doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckq189.


rop J Summers, Jordan T. The patient centered medical home and why it matters to health educators. Health Promotion Practice. 2010;11(5):622-8.

Holtrop J Summers, Meghea C, Raffo J, Biery L, Chartkoff S Berkowitz, Roman L. Smoking among pregnant women with Medicaid insurance: Are mental health factors related? Maternal Child Health Journal. 2009 Oct 17, Epub ahead of print.