Sharon Brown, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Brown is the director of the TCRSS Pilot & Feasibility Core. Her research is focused on diabetes self-management in Mexican Americans and other populations at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. She has had ongoing research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1992. A recent study, funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research/NIH, involved a relatively novel type of meta-analysis. The study was designed as a model-driven meta-analysis aimed at testing an explanatory diabetes model in order to more clearly identify those factors that are most predictive of positive health outcomes, considering race/ethnicity, age, and gender.
Mary Marden Velasquez, PhD
Dr. Velasquez is the co-director of the TCRSS Pilot & Feasibility Core. Her program of research focuses on the development and implementation of interventions using the Transtheoretical Model and Motivational Interviewing. With over 20 years of support from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Velasquez has developed and studied behavioral interventions in the areas of integrated primary care, screening and brief interventions, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, alcohol and other drug abuse, prenatal health, HIV prevention, and smoking cessation.
Suzanne Bakken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI
Dr. Bakken is the consultant of the TCRSS Pilot & Feasibility Core. The goal of Dr. Bakken’s program of research is to promote health and reduce health disparities in underserved populations through application of innovative informatics methods. A major focus of her current grant portfolio is visualization of healthcare data for community members, patients, clinicians, and community-based organizations. A major focus of her current grant portfolio is visualization of healthcare data for community members, patients, clinicians, and community-based organizations.
Nancy L. McCain, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. McCain is the consultant of the TCRSS Pilot & Feasibility Core. Her research in biobehavioral science focuses on testing intervention strategies for stress management in persons with HIV infection and in women receiving chemotherapy for early-stage breast cancer. Through this work, Dr. McCain has significantly contributed to the advancement of knowledge related to biobehavioral mechanisms, measurement systems, and patient outcomes as well as biobehaviorally focused nursing interventions.
Description of Core
The purpose of the Pilot & Feasibility Core (PFC) is to provide junior and/or new investigators with funds to establish their programs of research in self-management interventions that are transdisciplinary in approach.
- Mentor potential pilot investigators in the development of research proposals that are culturally tailored, theoretically sound, and transdisciplinary in approach to improve self-management of chronic diseases.
- Establish a rigorous review and approval process of proposals submitted to RFAs publicized by the PFC. Proposal review criteria will be developed by the TCRSS Center and employed by a committee charged with the scientific review of submitted proposals. The review committee will comprise UT Austin transdisciplinary researchers, investigators from the St. David’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations and external researchers with expertise in self-management science or in innovative technological approaches.
- Oversee and support Center Pilot Investigators’ efforts to obtain regulatory approvals, including institutional review board approval of human subjects research and NINR approval of pilot projects prior to awarding of pilot funds.
- Monitor the progress of Center pilot investigators in meeting specific aims identified in pilot studies funded by the TCRSS Center, as well as in using pilot study findings to build future research studies and acquire major funding.