Michael Wolf

Michael Wolf

Professor, Medicine and Learning Sciences, Associate Division Chief - Research , Division of General Internal Medicine Feinberg School of Medicine


Dr. Michael Wolf is a Professor of Medicine and Learning Sciences, and Associate Division Chief – Research for General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics. He is a health services researcher and cognitive/behavioral scientist with expertise in health literacy, risk communication, medication safety and adherence. For the past 15 years, Dr. Wolf has studied health literacy-related issues, spanning the extent and association of limited literacy with various health outcomes, its meaning and measurement, and the development and testing of practical and scalable interventions to improve health communication, behavior, and subsequent health outcomes. He has served on multiple national panels on health literacy, aging, medication safety, drug labeling, and chronic disease self-management, and now actively lead numerous federal and private-funded studies pertaining to literacy skills, medication understanding, and adherence with colleagues across the country, Europe and Australia.

In 2004, Dr. Wolf founded and continues to lead Northwestern’s Health Literacy and Learning Program (HeLP) - a joint entity linking the Schools of Medicine and Education. The mission of HeLP is to develop innovative strategies to support patients in promoting, protecting, and managing health. Working with educational researchers, psychologists, communication specialists, and patients, HeLP has developed and tested numerous print, web-based, and video education tools for chronic disease self-care, use of preventive services, among other topics.



Year Degree Institution
2006 MA, Learning Sciences
Learning Sciences
Northwestern University
2002 MPH, Public Health Northwestern University
2000 PhD, Social Policy University of Illinois
1993 BS, Psychology/English Valparaiso University

Research Interests

Health literacy, risk communication, medication safety and adherence

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