Ron A. Cisler, Ph.D.

Dean, Director of the Center for Urban Population Health, Professor

[Image] Portrait of Ron A. Cisler, Ph.D.

Enderis Hall, Room 898A
Phone: (414) 229-5663
Alt. Phone: (414) 219-7914
Fax: (414) 219-7615


Office of the Dean, Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH), Health Informatics & Administration


  • Ph.D., Health and Social Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1992
  • M.S., Experimental Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1987
  • B.S., General Psychology, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, 1984

Speaker Topics

  • Alcoholism and Alcohol Related Illnesses
  • Population Health Disparities

Interests & Expertise

Dr. Cisler is Professor of Health Informatics and Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH). He directs the Center for Urban Population Health, which is a multidisciplinary program of urban population health research that is community-connected and University (UWM, UWSMPH) and Health System (Aurora Health Care, Inc.) supported. His primary research interests are in population disparities in behavioral health risk factors and translating clinical outcomes of health services research to urban community populations. He is nationally and internationally known for his particular expertise in examining innovative approaches in assessing recovery outcomes of alcoholism treatment clinical trials. His program of research has been or is currently funded by numerous grants and contracts from various organizations including federal (NIH-NIAAA, NIH-NIMH, CDC, DED, RWJ), pharmaceutical companies (Pfizer, Lipha, Oy-Contral), statewide academic-community partnership health foundations and local foundations. Dr. Cisler teaches graduate courses on clinical research methods and population health and epidemiology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is Associate Editor for the Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research and field reviewer for numerous other professional journals targeting both broad health issues and clinical and public health alcohol research. He is currently co-authoring a handbook series on brief assessment measures in health research and practice targeting behavioral disorders including substance use and eating disorders. Dr. Cisler received recently the 2005 Dean's Research Award at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Health Sciences.

Recent Publications

Berger, L. K., Chen, H-Y., Arria, A., Fendrich, M., & Cisler, R. A. (2011). Sociodemographic correlates of energy drink consumption with and without alcohol: Results of a community sample. Addictive Behaviors, 36, 516–519.

Chen, H-Y, Chauhan, S., Salm Ward, T. C., Mori, N., Gass, E. R., & Cisler, R. A. (2011). Aberrant fetal growth and early, late and postneonatal mortality: An analysis of Milwaukee births, 1996-2007. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 204(3), 261 e1-10.

Chen, H-Y, & Cisler, R. A. (2011). Health-related quality of life among children with special health care needs in the United States. Children’s Health Care, 40(4), 311-325.

Ward, T. S., Mori, N., Patrick, T. B., Madsen M. K., & Cisler, R. A. (2010). Influence of Socioeconomic Factors and Race on Birth Outcomes in Urban Milwaukee. Wisconsin Medical Journal, 109(5), 254-260.

Zarkin, G. A., Bray, J. W., Aldridge, A. A., Mills, M., Cisler, R. A., Couper, D., McKay, J. R., & O’Malley, S. (2010). The impact of alcohol treatment on social costs of alcohol dependence: Results from the COMBINE Study. Medical Care, 48(5), 396-401.

Cisler, R. A., Silverman, B. L., Gromov, I., & Gastfriend, D. R. (2010). Impact of treatment with intramuscular injectable extended-release naltrexone on counseling and support group participation in patients with alcohol dependence. Journal of Addiction Medicine, 4(3), 181-185.

Partington, S., Steber, D. L., Blair, K. A., & Cisler, R. A. (2009). Second Births to Teenage Mothers: Risk Factors for Low Birth Weight and Preterm Birth. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 41(2), 101-109.

Berger, L. K., Sedivy, S. K., & Cisler, R. A. (2009). The Influence of Work Environmental Stressors and Individual Social Vulnerabilities on Employee Problem Drinking. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 9(2), 145-162.

Bergstrom, J. P., Partington, S., Murphy, M. K., Galvão, L., Fayram, E., & Cisler, R. A. (2009). Active Consent in Urban Elementary Schools: An Examination of Demographic Differences in Consent Rates. Evaluation Review, 33(5), 481-496.

Bailey, H., Agger, W., Baumgardner, D., Burmester, J. K., Cisler, R. A., Evertsen, J., Glurich, I., Hartman, D., Yale, S. H., & DeMets, D. (2009). The Wisconsin Network for Health Research (WINHR): A Statewide, Collaborative, Multi-Disciplinary, Research Group. Wisconsin Medical Journal, 108(9), 453-458.

Mori, N., Blair, K. A., Salm Ward, T. C., Bergstrom, J., Galvao, L., & Cisler, R. A. (2009). Setting a Goal to Reduce Teen Births in Milwaukee by 2015. Wisconsin Medical Journal, 108(7), 29-33.

LoCastro, J. S., Youngblood, M., Cisler, R .A., Mattson, M. E., Zweben, A., Anton, R. F., & Donovan, D. M. (2009). Alcohol Treatment Effects on Secondary Non-Drinking Outcomes and Quality of Life:  The COMBINE Study, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 70, 186-196.

Zarkin, G. A., Bray, J. W., Mitra, D., Aldridge, A., Mills, M. J., Couper, D. J., & Cisler, R. A.. (2008). Cost and Cost-Effectiveness of the COMBINE Study for Alcohol-Dependent Patients, Archives of General Psychiatry, 65(10), 1214-1221.

Berger, L. K., Sedivy, S. K., Cisler, R. A., & Diley, L. J. (2008). Does Job Satisfaction Mediate Relationships Between Work Environment Stressors and Employee Problem Drinking?, Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, 23(3), 229-243.

Honors & Awards

  • Distinguished Public Service Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2012.