Nursing Research

Research Innovation Teams

Research Innovation Teams - A Model for Research Affinity 

Thematically coherent, synergistic, innovative teams that enable studies due to the climate, facilities, and research resources that our center can uniquely provide.  These teams provide a diversity of investigators who bring a full range of expertise, approaches, technologies, and creativity to the study of problems.

RITe teams are pre-centers designed to increase extramural funding by enhancing the conditions that lead to research productivity, creativity, and excellence.  This is accomplished through mentoring, shared resources, engagement, and diversity.

The five RITe teams, their leaders, and focus include:

  • Communication, Decision Making and Informatics

    Problems within health care, related to health care organizations, individual providers, patients, and/ or caregivers, involve processes of communication, decision making, and interaction with technology. Informatics both contributes to, and draws upon the cognitive and computer sciences underlying these processes. Because healthcare is a complex multi-layered interacting system, it is vital to study and intervene upon these inter-related processes to improve health outcomes. Members of this group have research expertise within the domains of communication, decision making, and informatics. All core RITe members are team scientists and have established interdisciplinary collaborations within the College of Nursing (CON), across University departments, with community partners and at other research institutions. Previous and currently funded research involves collaborators in biomedical informatics, engineering, epidemiology, geography, gerontology, medicine (pediatrics, surgery, oncology), pharmacy, psychology, and social work. Our programs of research also engage clinical and community agencies (e.g., Intermountain Injury Control Research Center, Utah hospices, Utah Poison Control Center, the Department of Health, regional aging agencies and the Veterans Administration Medical Center).

    Faculty: Mollie Cummins

  • Developing Potential and Promoting Health Equity among Persons with Disabling Conditions

    The objective of the Health Equity/ Disparities RITe is to apply a social model of disability to inform research about disabling conditions and how they can be most effectively prevented or ameliorated to maximize human potential across the lifespan. Team members include researchers and community partners from a variety of disciplines, all of whom share the goal of developing potential and promoting health equity among persons with or at-risk for disabling conditions.

    Faculty: Lauren Clark

  • Symptoms and Palliative Care

    The SPC RITe is committed to conducting research that will alleviate human suffering for people across the life continuum who are, or have a family member, experiencing the effects of serious illness and/or insufficiently relieved physical or psychological symptoms that impair quality of life. We bring a variety of perspectives but share common interests in pursuing rigorous scientific inquiry aimed at understanding underlying mechanisms of symptoms, developing novel models of palliative care delivery and testing innovative interventions that lead to symptom alleviation, reduced suffering and distress, and improved decision making and communication about symptoms and serious illness. We are also interested in contributing new methodological and analytic approaches that will move the science of symptoms and palliative care forward and address the inherent difficulties faced when analyzing dynamic constructs such as symptoms and quality of life, over time and nested within complex biologic, psychological, existential, social, ethical, economic, environmental and health care system contexts.

    Faculty: Susan L. Beck

  • Transitions and Health

    The Transitions and Health(Delta) Research Innovation Team brings together senior and junior faculty as well as postdoctoral investigators from multiple disciplines with a common focus on examining and facilitating health and quality of life outcomes associated with transitions over the life course. The group represents theoretical, methodological, and topical areas of inquiry surrounding relationships between life transitions and personal, environmental, and social factors that operate across the health continuum - from potentially life-changing physical, psychological, and emotional conditions to resilience and growth.

    Faculty: Mike Caserta

  • Women, Infants, and Newborns (WIN RITe)

    The members of WIN RITe focus their research efforts on improving the health of women, infants, and newborns; the RITe provides infrastructure, support, and mentorship to maximize members’ research and publication productivity. Deliverables are high quality publications and grant submissions, from individuals or teams, leading to funded proposals.

    Faculty: Patricia Murphy