Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, January 11, 2016

Collins honored with Vilas Associates Award

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J. Michael Collins of UW-Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs received a 2016 Vilas Associates Award for his project “Financial Capabilities and Medication Persistence and Adherence: A Randomized Trial.”

An associate professor of public affairs and human ecology, Collins also is faculty director of the UW Center for Financial Security. He studies consumer decision-making in the financial marketplace, including the role of public policy in influencing credit, savings and investment choices.

The Vilas Associates Award, given by UW-Madison’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, recognizes Collins’ research and professional contributions as judged by his peers in the Social Studies Division. The La Follette School of Public Affairs nominated Collins for this major campus award.

“This project grew out of conversations at the national level about how financial management relates to health behavior,” said La Follette School Director Susan Webb Yackee. “While health scholars have documented that financial issues are a major reason patients fail to take prescribed medication, Professor Collins is developing an intervention that has the potential to improve medication adherence and save costs for health care systems.”

The award, made possible by the generosity of the Vilas Trustees, provides research support funds for two years to tenured and tenure-track faculty members.