Partner2Lose Study

Do you want to lose weight? Are you ready to try something new?

Meet the Team

Corrine Voils, PhD

Corrine Voils, PhD

Principal Investigator

Dr. Voils earned a PhD in experimental social psychology and completed a two-year fellowship in health services research. She is a Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation professor in Surgery and holds a dual appointment as a Research Career Scientist at the William S. Middleton Memorial Hospital. Her primary area of research is identifying ways to help people achieve long-term weight loss. She is the principal investigator for Partner2Lose. 

Kate Cronin, MPH

Kate Cronin, MPH

Associate Researcher

Kate is a health educator and research coordinator. Her role in the Partner2Lose study is to coordinate recruitment, screening and enrollment of participants, manage data collection throughout the study, and lead classes and phone calls on an as-needed basis. 

Kara Gavin, PhD

Kara Gavin, PhD

Assistant Scientist

Dr. Gavin completed her PhD in social and behavioral epidemiology and a post-doctoral fellowship focused on health behavior change and cancer prevention and control. Her role on the Partner2Lose study is primarily centered on intervention fidelity and quality control. 

Beth Jeanes, MS

Beth Jeanes, MS

Assistant Researcher

Beth is an exercise physiologist with 10 years of research experience. Her role on the Partner2Lose study is the development and delivery of the physical activity component in addition to project coordination and compliance. 

Whitney Sharp, MPH, RD

Whitney Sharp, MPH, RD

Assistant Researcher

Whitney is a Registered Dietician with experience delivering nutrition education to a variety of populations. Whitney leads group classes and facilitates discussions around attainable techniques regarding healthy eating, lifestyle changes and goal setting. She provides support for participants to develop personalized strategies so they can achieve long-term success and experience the positive benefits of a balanced diet and physical activity.

Amanda Haban, MPH

Amanda Haban, MPH

WREN Coordinator

Amanda is a research coordinator who meets with participants to complete their screening and enrollment visit and to complete data collection visits at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months. Read more.

Alice Yuroff, PhD

Alice Yuroff, PhD

WREN Coordinator

Alice is a research coordinator who meets with participants to complete their screening and enrollment visit and to complete data collection visits at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months. Read more.

Katya Garza

Katya Garza

Student Worker

Katya is currently a senior at UW-Madison studying Neurobiology and Spanish with a certificate in Chicano and Latino studies. She has many different roles on the study team, from data entry to strategizing how to diversify recruitment. She hopes to assist in building a healthy and sustainable relationship between research institutions and minority groups. 

Armaan Shetty

Armaan Shetty

Student Worker

Armaan is an undergraduate student at UW-Madison and is currently studying Neurobiology and Psychology. He has many different roles on the study team, such as scheduling reminders for phone calls, data entry and transfer, and creating tutorials on how to use the various technology tools utilized in the program.