Caroline Richardson, MD, is Associate Professor in the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Richardson is also the Director of Prevention for the Veterans Administration Diabetes Quality Improvement Initiative and Medical Director of the Ypsilanti Health Center.
Dr. Richardson's clinical passions are physical activity and chronic disease; diabetes, obesity and heart disease risk factor modification; and health behavior change. She develops and tests behavioral internet-mediated interventions to increase physical activity and decrease weight. 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.