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 six RITe teams, their leaders, and focus include:

  • Patient Communications

    The focus of this interdisciplinary group will be on developing and supporting shared scholarship related to a patient communication. Topical examples include shared decision-making, risk communication, family health team communication, health literacy, and communication among health team members.

    Faculty: Andrea Wallace

  • Health Sciences Education Scholarship (HSES)

    The purpose of this group is to pursue research and scholarship in the science of education as it relates to nursing and health sciences by synergistically building upon the educational scholarship of our faculty, with special emphases on: pedagogical innovation, collaborative models of education, and robust data collection for testing educational interventions and outcomes. We will focus on 1) how education can improve approaches to care, 2) interprofessional education, 3) technology-enhanced education including simulation, and 4) value-added education.

    Faculty: Linda Hofmann

  • Information and Technology for Health (ITH)

    Our ITH RITe group addresses novel technologies and analytical approaches to the management of research and clinical information in health. We support interprofessional and collaborative science. Our goals are to support members in their pursuit of funding and communication of science.

    Faculty: Jia-Wen Guo ; Nancy Allen

  • 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 team will continue grant submissions and dissemination activities as in the past; provide pre-reviews for anticipated submissions; and implement a group project on hospice survivorship using recently acquired intramural funds.

    Faculty: Mike Caserta

  • Women's Health RITe (WH RITe)

    The Women’s Health Research Innovation Team (WH RITe) is focused on improving health outcomes for women throughout the lifespan. While the group has a broad emphasis on research that impacts the lives of women, our members have specific and diverse research programs; reproductive and pregnancy outcomes, midlife and menopause transition, health promotion, family planning, breast and cervical cancer, HPV prevention, health disparities, rural communities, ethics, use of technology, perinatal mental health, delivery of healthcare services. The WH RITe has two primary goals; 1) Support for members on submission of high quality grant applications for extramural funding of research projects, and 2) Networking and support for building successful interdisciplinary research teams and collaborative projects.

    Faculty: Lisa Taylor- Swanson; Ana Sanchez-Birkhead

  • Transforming Caregiving through Science (TACTUS)

    Our Transforming Caregiving through Science (TACTUS) RITe will unite an interdisciplinary group of investigators with the objective of creating innovations in caregiving science. Our overarching goal is to create synergy by leveraging extant programs of research, clinical and community partnerships and national networks to identify opportunities where we can apply scientific approaches to solving caregiving problems, generating and applying new knowledge. Our definition of "caregiving" will broadly encompass informal caregiving, family caregiver, and forms of paid caregiving with a special emphasis on under-researched and underserved groups. We also aim to translate scientific productivity into action and policy by including investigators with expertise in these arenas.

    Faculty: Kristin Cloyes