Theresa Coles, PhD

Dr. Theresa Coles
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences

Theresa Coles, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in Duke University School of Medicine's Department of Population Health Sciences. As a health outcomes methodologist, she specializes in measuring and evaluating patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and other clinical outcomes assessments (COAs) to aid decision-making in healthcare delivery and clinical research settings. Dr. Coles’ research is centered on three key areas: (1) Enhancing the assessment of physical function and related concepts, (2) Improving the interpretability of PRO scores, and (3) Designing and implementing screeners to improve patient-centered care by measuring what matters. Dr. Coles employs qualitative and quantitative psychometric methodologies to answer measurement questions.