Theis, Ryan

Assistant Professor
Phone: (352) 294-5973
Fax: (352) 294-5994

Faculty, Institute for Child Health Policy
University of Florida

CTRB Building, Suite 2252
2004 Mowry Road
P.O. Box 100177
Gainesville FL 32610-0177


  • Ph.D. – University of Florida
  • M.P.H. – University of Florida

Professional Biography

Dr. Ryan Theis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Outcomes and Policy and Institute for Child Health Policy within the College of Medicine at the University of Florida.

Dr. Theis is a medical anthropologist specializing in studies of the social determinants of health in vulnerable and marginalized populations. He presently oversees the development, implementation, and reporting of evaluation research studies for the Texas External Quality Review Organization (EQRO), and in this capacity has authored or co-authored over 80 technical reports focusing on quality of care for beneficiaries of Texas Medicaid and CHIP. His current work focuses on populations requiring long-term services and supports, including adult Medicaid beneficiaries with chronic conditions, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and those who receive home- or community-based services.

His dissertation research, funded by the U.S. Fulbright Program, focused on the cultural pathways linking stigma with adverse mental health outcomes among low-income social service users in Geneva, Switzerland.


Qualitative interviews, ethnographic methods, cultural domain analysis, survey design and analysis, and program evaluation.

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