Cynthia A. Gerhardt, PhD
Deena J. Chisolm, PhD
The Patient-Centered Pediatric Research Program (PC-PReP) prepares postdoctoral fellows to engage in independent outcomes research in child health settings and become leaders in the conduct of patient- and family-centered outcomes research. The training program emphasizes broad conceptual models of health outcomes, which encompass clinical, functional, and economic outcomes. These models and associated methods of assessment are applied to a range of childhood illnesses and pediatric conditions within a variety of research contexts, including clinical trials, observational clinical research, and health services research.
Fellows learn the responsible conduct of research, as well as methods for the design and conduct of research related to a broad range of child health outcomes. Using these tools, they engage in programmatic research in their chosen area of specialization. Emphasis is placed on the development of new and innovative research questions, the dissemination of scientific findings, and the preparation of applications for extramural funding to provide a solid foundation for an independent research career.
Trainees are expected to develop a personalized career development/training program in consultation with their mentors. At a minimum, the training program will include the following required elements:
Optional elements of the training program will include:
Additional resources that are available to trainees include Clinical Research Services, the RINCH Intramural Research Grant Program, and the CCTS Child Health Social and Behavioral Outcomes Core.
Mentors for the training program are drawn from the Center for Biobehavioral Health and the Center for Innovation in Clinical Practice.
Each fellow will have at least one primary faculty member who will help coordinate the fellow’s training plan.