Caroline R. Richardson, M.D.

Caroline R. Richardson, M.D.

Associate Chair for Research Programs
The Dr. Max and Buena Lichter Research Professor of Family Medicine

Department of Family Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School
1018 Fuller St.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-1213

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Caroline Richardson CV (PDF)

Twitter: @CRichardsonmd



Administrative Contact

Rania Ajilat, (734) 998-7346,


Dr. Richardson is a physical activity and diabetes prevention researcher who emphasizes the importance of using low-cost and scalable approaches to promoting physical activity. She develops and tests behavioral internet-mediated interventions to increase physical activity, decrease weight, and prevent diabetes. Focusing on components of web-based interventions that are interactive and individually tailored, Dr. Richardson builds interventions that are more than just static informational websites. They incorporate objective monitoring of physical activity, individually tailored feedback and motivational messaging, and online social support to motivate and engage users. Automated, gradually incrementing and individually tailored step-count goals are assigned to participants based on program progress as they build up their endurance. Dr. Richardson was the Director of the Veterans Administration Diabetes Quality Improvement Initiative (QUERI) and conducted a multi-site implementation study of the Diabetes Prevention Program for veterans.

Dr. Richardson currently serves as Associate Chair for Research Programs in the Department of Family Medicine. She currently serves as a member of the Institute for Health Policy and Innovation's Institute Leadership Team (ILT). In addition, she leads education and scholarship initiatives as Chair of the IHPI education committee and co-director of the IHPI Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP). Dr. Richardson also serves as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

She sees patients at Family Medicine at Ypsilanti Health Center →

Areas of Interest

Research Interests
Clinical Interests
  • Physical activity and chronic disease
  • Diabetes, obesity, heart disease risk factor modification
  • Health behavior change

Honors & Awards

2016 MICHR Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Mentor Award


Medical School
  • M.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass., 1994
  • Family Practice Intern, St. Margaret Memorial Hospital, Pittsburgh, Penn., 1995
  • Family Practice Residency, Hunterdon Medical Center, Flemington, N.J., 1996
  • Family Practice Residency, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Penn., 1998
  • Research Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2001
Board Certification
  • Family Medicine


Current Research
  • Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research (MDRTC), NIH/NIDDK, Co-Investigator, Core C (PI: Herman)
  • Stay Strong: A Physical Activity Program for Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans (Project #3 of the Durham HSR&D CREATE Program Submission), VA (Merit Award), Principal Investigator
  • Community Approaches to Cardiovascular Health (CATCH): Dissemination Phase, NIH, Co-Investigator (PI: Schulz/Israel)
  • An Internet Based Walking Program for Patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease, NIH/NIA, Co-Investigator (PI: Jackson)
  • VA Diabetes Prevention: Enhanced Implementation Evaluation, VA Health Services Research and Development, Principal Investigator
  • Healthy Blue Living Walking Spree Outcomes Study, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, Principal Investigator

Published Articles via PubMed

Published Articles or Reviews

Key Publications
  1. Richardson CR, Goodrich DE, Larkin AR, Ronis D, Holleman RG, Damschroder LJ, Lowery JC. A comparative effectiveness trial of three walking self-monitoring strategies. Transl J Am Coll Sports Med in press. DOI: 10.1249/TJX.0000000000000017
  2. Moin T, Damschroder L, Youles B, Makki F, Billington C, Yancy W, Maciejewski M, Kinsinger L, Weinreb J, Richardson CR. Implementation of a prediabetes identification algorithm for overweight/obese veterans. J Rehabil Res Dev in press.
  3. Moy ML, Martinez CH, Kadri R, Roman P, Holleman RG, Kim HM, Nguyen HQ, Cohen MD, Goodrich DE, Giardino ND, Richardson CR. Long-term effects of an internet-mediated pedometer-based walking program for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: randomized controlled trial. J Med Internet Res. 2016;18(8):e215. DOI: 10.2196/jmir.5622
  4. Damschroder LJ, Moin T, Datta SK, Reardon CM, Steinle N, Weinreb J, Billington CJ, Maciejewski ML, Yancy, Jr. WS, Hughes M, Makki F, Richardson CR. Implementation and evaluation of the VA DPP clinical demonstration: protocol for a multi-site non-randomized hybrid effectiveness-implementation type III trial. Implement Sci, 2015;10:68. DOI: 10.1186/s13012-015-0250-0
  5. Moy ML, Collins RJ, Martinez CH, Kadri R, Roman P, Holleman RG, Kim HM, Nguyen HQ, Cohen MD, Goodrich DE, Giardino ND, Richardson CR. An internet-mediated pedometer-based program improves health-related quality of life domains and daily step counts in COPD: a randomized controlled trial. Chest, 2015;148(1):128-37. DOI: 10.1378/chest.14-1466
  6. Zulman DM, Damschroder LJ, Smith RG, Resnick PJ, Sen A, Krupka EL, Richardson CR. Implementation and evaluation of an incentivized Internet-mediated walking program for obese adults. Transl Behav Med, 2013;3(4):357-69. DOI: 10.1007/s13142-013-0211-6
  7. Krein SL, Kadri R, Hughes M, Kerr EA, Piette JD, Holleman R, Hyungjin MK, Richardson CR. Pedometer-based Internet-mediated intervention for adults with chronic low back pain: A randomized controlled trial. JMIR, 2013;15(8):e181. DOI: 10.2196/jmir.2605
  8. Moy ML, Weston NA, Wilson EJ, Hess ML, Richardson CR. A pilot study of an Internet walking program and pedometer in COPD. Respir Med, 2012;106(9):1342-50. DOI: 10.1016/j.rmed.2012.06.013
  9. Buis LR, Kotagal LV, Porcari CE, Rauch SM, Krein SL, Richardson CR. Physical activity in postdeployment Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom veterans using Department of Veterans Affairs services. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2011;48(8):901-11. PMID: 22068369
  10. Resnick PJ, Janney AW, Buis LR, Richardson CR.  Adding an online community to an internet-mediated walking program: Part 2: strategies for encouraging community participation.  J Med Internet Res, 2010;12(4):e72. DOI: 10.2196/jmir.1339
  11. Richardson CR, Buis LR, Janney AW, Goodrich DE, Sen A, Hess ML, Fortlage LA, Resnick PJ, Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Strecher VJ, Piette JD. An online community improves adherence in an internet-mediated walking program. Part 1: results of a randomized controlled trial.  J Med Internet Res, 2010;12(4):e71. DOI: 10.2196/jmir.1338

Web Sites

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Suite 200
Ypsilanti, MI  48198