Traci Green, PhD, MSc
Susan Ramsey, PhD
To complement efforts in other Cores supporting the rigorous design and execution of the proposed studies in high risk and vulnerable populations, the objective of the Translational and Transformative (T2) Core is to provide expert support in translating innovative findings to transform the care of opioid addiction and overdose.
The enormity and urgency of the opioid epidemic calls not only for high-quality, pioneering interventions and research but also necessitates rapid and effective communication and dissemination of research findings, to maximize impacts on behaviors of patients, clinicians, healthcare systems and policy makers.
Grounded in multidisciplinary research principles and staffed by researchers with track records that exemplify its objectives, the T2 Core is accessible to all COBRE affiliated projects throughout the arc of research study.
The long-term goal of the T2 Core is to establish a hub of translational and transformative resources capable of supporting junior investigators and COBRE projects as they bridge theory to promising intervention, and research to practice and policy change for opioid addiction and overdose.
- Support the execution of high-quality translational and implementation materials for COBRE affiliated studies
- Develop a culture of excellence and innovation in translational and transformative training and research on opioid addiction and overdose
- Promote and support implementation and dissemination of COBRE-affiliated research study findings
- Research design and study conceptualization including consultation and qualitative research design, designing and planning intervention studies and consulting on dissemination and implementation research designs
- Translational research including guidance on selection and incorporation of behavior change theory into study design, analysis and dissemination
- Assistance in using simulation in research and providing procedures for adapting evidence based interventions for different populations, settings, disease areas, etc.
- Communication supports through the life span of the COBRE research project including branding and promoting of the studies, effectively communicating the studies to media, social media and academic and public forums
- Guidance on ethical, legal, and privacy-related considerations when using technology in research
- Development of functional requirements for technology to be used in a research study
- Assistance finding or selecting a technology vendor for a research study
- Assistance in addressing IRB concerns and considerations regarding the use of technology
- Assistance with data management and management supports including training sessions, qualitative data collection, support conducting qualitative data collection and support performing qualitative data coding and analysis