Celia E Wills PhD, RN

Associate Professor; Graduate Studies Chairperson & College Secretary
(614) 292-4699

394 Newton Hall
1585 Neil Avenue Columbus, OH 43210

Research Interests

My decision science research focuses on health-related decision processes, shared decision making of health care consumers/providers, and patient/consumer-centered interventions for improving decision-making and health-related outcomes. This includes basic health-related judgment/decision-making processes using laboratory-based survey and simulation methods and the development and testing of interventions in primary care and community-based settings to improve the quality of patient/consumer and shared decision making and associated health-related outcomes.

Selected Research Activities

Home Healthcare Hazard Training Through Virtual Simulation (NIOSH/CDC R01 OH010425-01; 2013-present)

Selected Recent Publications

Swoboda, C.M., Miller, C.K., & Wills, C.E. (2016). Setting single or multiple goals for diet and physical activity behaviors improves cardiovascular disease risk factors in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a pragmatic pilot randomized trial. The Diabetes Educator, 42(4). DOI: 10.1177/0145721716650043

Padamsee T.J., Muraveva, A., Wills, C., & Paskett, E. (2016). Influence of personal exposure to the cancer of a loved one on the breast cancer prevention decisions of high risk women. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 25:561-562. doi:10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-16-0090

Darragh, A.R., Polivka, B., Sommerich, C.M., Wills, C.E., Hittle, B.A., Chen, R., & Stredney, D. (2016). Gaming simulation as a health and safety training for home healthcare workers. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 12, 328-335. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2016.03.006

Langer, D.A., Mooney, T.K., & Wills, C.E. (2015). Shared decision making models of treatment planning. In: P. Nathan (Ed.), Oxford Handbooks Online in Psychology: UK: Oxford University Press.  DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935291.013.7

Wills CE, Polivka BJ, Darragh A, Lavender S, Sommerich C, Stredney D. "Making do" decision-making about home healthcare hazards among home healthcare personnel. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 38(4), 411-426. DOI: 10.1177/0193945915618950 (Recipient of the MNRS/WJNR Best Faculty Paper for 2015)

Polivka BJ, Wills CE, Darragh A, Lavender S, Sommerich C, Stredney D. Environmental health and safety hazards experienced by home healthcare providers: a room-by-room analysis. Workplace Health & Safety, 2015; 63(11), 512-523. DOI: 1177/2165079915595925 (Selected as the continuing education article for this journal issue)

Bose-Brill S, Kretovics M, Ballenger T, Modan G, Lai A, Belenger L, Koesters S, Curtis R, Wills, C. Using tethered-personal health records for preliminary end-of-life discussions with medical providers: preferences of African American vs. Caucasian primary care patients. Clinical Nursing Studies, 2014; 2(2), 133-144.

Sepucha KR, Matlock DD, Wills, CE, Ropka M, Stacey D, Ng CJ, Levin C, Lally J, Joseph-Williams N, Borkhoff CM, Thomson R. "It's valid and reliable" is not enough: critical appraisal of reporting of measures evaluating patient decision aids. Medical Decision Making, 2014; 34, 560-566. (This article was among the top 10 most-read articles in Medical Decision Making in 2014)

Polivka BJ, Wills CE. Student nurses' risk perceptions of home environmental hazards. Public Health Nursing, 2014; 31(4), 298-308.

Sepucha KR, Borkhoff CM, Lally J, Levin CA, Matlock DD, Ng CJ, Ropka ME, Stacey D, Williams NJ, Wills CE, Thomson R.  Establishing the effectiveness of patient decision aids: key constructs and measurement instruments. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 2013; 13 (Suppl 2), S12. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6947/13/S2/S12  [authors in alphabetical order except for first] 

Fagerlin A, Pignone M, Abhyanker P, Col N, Feldman-Stewart D, Gavaruzzi T, Kryworuchko J, Levin CA, Pieterse A, Reyna V, Stiggelbout A, Scherer L, Wills C, Witteman H. Clarifying and expressing values: an updated review. BMC Medical Decision Making, 2013; 13 (Suppl 2), S8. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6947/13/S2/S8  [authors in alphabetical order except for first]

International Patient Decision Aids Standards (IPDAS) Workgroup on Establishing the Effectiveness. Workgroup members (in alphabetical order): CM Borkoff, J Lally, C Levin, DD Matlock, CJ Ng, M Ropka, K Sepucha (co-chair), D Stacey, R. Thomson (co-chair), NJ Williams, CE Wills.  Chapter L. Establishing the effectiveness. In: IPDAS Collaboration and Background and Evidence Chapters document.  Available online at: http://ipdas.ohri.ca/resources.html, 2012. 

International Patient Decision Aids Standards (IPDAS) Workgroup on Clarifying and Expressing Values.  Workgroup members (in alphabetical order): P Abhyanker, N Col, A Fagerlin (co-chair), D Feldman-Stewart, T Gavaruzzi, J Kryworuchko, CA Levin, A Pieterse, M Pignone (co-chair), V Reyna, A Stiggelbout, L Scherer, C Wills, H Witteman. Chapter D. Clarifying and expressing values: an updated review. In: IPDAS Collaboration Background and Evidence Chapters document. Available online at: http://ipdas.ohri.ca/resources.html, 2012.

Zadvinskis I, Wills CE, Chipps E, Patterson E. Process measurement in safe patient handling and movement: a literature review. American Journal of Safe Patient Handling and Movement, 2013; 3(2), 55-63.

Wyatt G, Sikorskii A, Wills CE. Development and initial validation of a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) knowledge instrument. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 2013; 21(1), 55-63.

Glass KE, Wills CE, Holloman C, Olson J, Hechmer C, Miller CK, Duchemin AM. Shared decision making and other variables as correlates of satisfaction with health care decisions in a United States national survey.  Patient Education and Counseling, 2012; 88: 100-105.

Wills CE, Riefer M, Schauer C, del Vecchio P. Shared decision making in mental health care: overview and current status. In: Shared decision-making in mental health care: practice, research, and future directions (Supplement 1; pp. 43-65). U.S. DHHS Pub. No. SMA-09-4371. Rockville, MD, 2011.

Chipps E, Wills CE, Tanda R, Patterson E, Elfrink V, Brodnick M, Schweikhart S, Ryan-Wenger N.  Registered Nurses’ judgments of the classification and risk level of patient care errors.  Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 2011; 26(4): 302-310.

Wills CE, Villena ALD.  Mental health services research.  In: J. Fitzpatrick & M. Wallace (Eds.),Encyclopedia of nursing research (3rd ed; pp. 286-288). NY: Springer, 2011.

Wills CE, Villena ALD.  Mental health in public sector primary care.  In: J. Fitzpatrick & M. Wallace (Eds.), Encyclopedia of nursing research (3rd ed; pp. 284-286). NY: Springer, 2011.

Awards/Honors and Service

Ohio State University College of Nursing, Outstanding Faculty Contribution While Building Character with Grace award (2016)

Midwest Nursing Research Society Service Award (2016)

Midwest Nursing Research Society, Honor a Researcher Award (for contributions to nursing research) (2015)

Ohio State University College of Nursing, Outstanding Teacher/Mentor Award (2012)

Sigma Theta Tau International, Epsilon Chapter Educator Award (2012)

Decision-Making Award for the Advancement of Nursing Science, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Decision-making Research Section (2011)


Program Committee Chair, Midwest Nursing Research Society annual meeting (2016)

Program Committee Chair-elect, Midwest Nursing Research Society annual meeting (2015)

Work group member, International Consensus on Patient Decision Aids Standards (IPDAS) collaborative
Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute study section reviewer
NIH Healthcare Delivery and Methodologies study section reviewer