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Jodi Holtrop, PhD

Associate Professor, Associate Vice Chair for Research, Senior Implementation Scientist, ACCORDS and Center of Aging



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 the University of Colorado, I was a faculty member at Michigan State University's Department of Family Medicine for over 15 years. I have been very involved in practice-based research serving as co-director of Michigan's practice-based research network, GRIN, and then as co-director of SNOCAP here in Colorado until 2016. I still serve as a Senior Scientist for the American Academy of Family Physicians National Research Network. Additionally, I am the Senior Implementation Scientist with the ACCORDS Dissemination and Implementation Program and the Center on Aging within the University of Colorado School of Medicine. 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 am an implementation scientist with a focus on studying the strategies for successful implementation of evidence-based interventions. I direct large studies with extensive qualitative components and am skilled in facilitating focus groups, depth and cognitive task analysis interviews, participant observation, analyzing qualitative data utilizing atlas.ti, developing logic models and conducting analysis using qualitative comparative analysis and social network analysis. My specific areas of research focus are prevention and management of chronic conditions, especially diabetes, obesity and chronic pain. I also have a growing focus on improvement of leadership and teams in primary care. I am also 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 Implementation Research Collaboration. I serve as a member of advisory boards, provide consultation assistance to other researchers, and am a standing study section member for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. I am on the editorial board of the Journal of Primary Care and Community Health. I teach CLSC 6560: Designs and Mixed Methods for Implementation Research.

  1. Holtrop J Summers, Ruland S, Morrato EH, Diaz S, Jones E. Using social network analysis to examine the effect of care management program structure on chronic disease management in primary care. Journal of General Internal Medicine. In press. 
  2. Ritchie ND, Carroll JK, Holtrop J Summers, Havranek EP. Effects of physical activity goal attainment on engagement and outcomes in the National Diabetes Prevention Program.Translational Behavioral Medicine. In press. 
  3. Holtrop J Summers, Chen Q, Piatt G, Luo Z, Malouin J, Clark R, Sauter C. Are there differences between patients who engage in and decline care management? American Journal of Accountable Care. 2017;5(3):e1-7.
  4. Holtrop J Summers, Luo Z, Piatt G, Piette J, Chen Q, Green LA. Diabetic and obese patient clinical outcomes from a care management implementation in primary care.Journal of Primary Care and Community Health. 2017 Jun 1:2150131917715536. doi: 10.1177/2150131917715536. [Epub ahead of print]
  5. Hall T, Holtrop J Summers, Dickinson M, Glasgow R. Understanding adaptations to patient-centered medical home activities: the PCMH adaptations model. Translational Behavioral Medicine. 2017 Jun 15. doi: 10.1007/s13142-017-0511-3. [Epub ahead of print]
  6. Chang H, Chung H, Tao M, Luo Z, Holtrop J Summers. Comparison of care management delivery models on the trajectories of medical costs among patients with chronic diseases: four-year follow-up results. Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology.2016;Sept 6:1-22.
  7. Tomiai-Cotisel A, et. al (22 authors). Implementation of care management: an analysis of recent AHRQ research. Medical Care Research and Review. 2016 Oct 20. pii: 1077558716673459. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27789628
  8. ​​Holtrop J Summers, Potworowski G, Fitzpatrick L, Kowalk A, Green LA. Effect of care management program structure on implementation: A Normalization Process Theory analysis. BMC Health Services Research. 2016 Aug 15;16(a):386. doi: 10.1186/s12913-016-1613-1. PMID: 27527614.
  9. Holtrop J Summers, Fetters M, Green LA, Potworowksi G. Analysis of novel care management programs in primary care: An example of mixed methods in health services research. Journal of Mixed Methods Research. September 27, 2016 as doi:10.1177/1558689816668689.
  10. Luo Z, Chen Q, Annis A, Piatt GA, Green LA, Holtrop J Summers. A comparison of health plan- and provider-delivered chronic care management models on patient clinical outcomes. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2016; 31(7):762-70.
  11. Krist AH, Baumann L, Holtrop J Summers, Wasserman M, Stange K, Woo M. Evaluating feasible and referable behavioral counseling interventions in primary care. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2015; Sep;49(3 Suppl 2):S138-49.
  12. Holtrop J Summers, Potworowski G, Fitzpatrick L, Kowalk A, Green LA. Understanding effective care management implementation in primary care: A Macrocognition perspective analysis. Implementation Science. 2015;10:122.
  13. Annis A, Holtrop J Summers, Tao M, Cheng H, Luo Z. Comparison of provider and plan-based targeting strategies for disease management. American Journal of Managed Care.2015 May;21(5):344-51.
  14. Holtrop J Summers, Luo Z, Alexanders L. Inadeequate reimbursement for care management to primary care offices. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.2015:28(2);271-9.
  15. Ybarra ML, Prescott T, Holtrop J Summers. Steps in tailoring a text messaging-based smoking cessation program for young adults. Journal of Health Communication. 2014:DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2014.901441.