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Our research and innovation programs focus on prevention, health monitoring and rehabilitation. We have more than 120 faculty members in five different departments who collaborate on research programs that address everything from cardiovascular health to neurological diseases to orthopedics to aging to pediatrics and so much more. We collaborate across our University and with external partners — in the health sciences and an array of other disciplines. We also emphasize the importance of ‘education as research’ and seek better ways to develop a workforce for today’s healthcare; we find better and more innovative ways to teach students and prepare them for careers. Our long term goal is to contribute to a ‘Healthy Delaware’ and develop best practices that advance healthcare across the nation and across the globe.

Research News

Center for Health Assessment Research and Translation Special Seminar:  Integrating patient-reported outcomes and eHealth applications for symptom-monitoring, self-management, and promotion of wellbeing in community-dwelling individuals with disabilities
October 17, 2018 12pm-1:30pm | STAR Health Sciences Complex Atrium

Over the past 15 years, there have been significant advances to the way patient reported outcomes are assessed in clinical populations. However, much work remains to translate these improvements into clinical practice and be utilized to impact patient care and outcomes. We will present a 4-part symposium to describe how systematic assessment and self-monitoring has the potential to improve patient care and be utilized in e-health applications.   The 4 talks will include the following presentations.

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Pamela Kisala, UD Center for Health Assessment Research and Translation, will present an innovative use of important stakeholder feedback (from both patients and clinicians) to develop clinical cut scores and prepare PRO measures for clinical use.

Matthew Cohen, Communication Sciences and Disorders and UD Center for Health Assessment Research and Translation, will address the conceptual and logistical barriers to PRO assessment in speech-language therapy practice.

David Tulsky, UD Center for Health Assessment Research and Translation, will present the development of self-monitoring/self-management eHealth application that links assessment and therapeutic strategies to help individuals with spinal cord injury cope with depression and anxiety.

David Victorson, Associate Professor at Northwestern University, will describe a systematic approach to using mindfulness as a therapeutic treatment of clinical symptoms and present an innovative eHealth approach to mindfulness.

Bio of outside speaker: David Victorson, PhD is a licensed health psychologist and Associate Professor of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He leads the Consciousness In Health Research Lab where he applies innovative methodologies and evidence-based practices to improve health, quality of life (QOL), and wellbeing in medical patient populations (eg, cancer, heart disease, SCI), caregivers, and medical students, residents, and other healthcare professionals. His research focuses on the areas of: 1) contemplative awareness practices (mindfulness, yoga, connection with nature) in relation to indicators of QOL and wellbeing, emotion regulation, and neuroendocrine, immune, and HPA-Axis functioning; 2) digital health solutions to facilitate social connection, self-management and health behavior change; 3) patient-centered outcomes measurement development and validation using advanced psychometric theory, design and applications; and 4) community engaged research partnerships to insure their work is grounded and guided by the wisdom and interests of those most affected by our findings; and 5) multilevel, minimally invasive measurement approaches, including biological, physiological, and self-report.

Dr Victorson’s lab not only studies ways to reduce symptoms and suffering within the context of illness and disease, but also explores, applies, and even re-purposes “out of the box” solutions that have the potential to promote and accelerate healthy lives and wellness, quality of life, meaning and purpose, and overall human flourishing.






Management Skills for Scientist Workshop September 20 and 21, 2018

CHS and the COBRE in CV Health will sponsor an interactive Management Skills for Scientist Workshop September 20 and 21, 2018. The workshop will be presented by Dr. Carl Cohen from Science Management Associates. Dr. Cohen has worked with a number of universities, biotechnology companies, and NIH.

This is an interactive workshop with a somewhat limited capacity. If you are interested in attending please submit a NIH biosketch along with a cover letter that includes a commitment to attend both days of the workshop and a description of your lab group/research team. New faculty should include a description of the team you are building/hoping to build. Submit these documents to Dave Edwards ( by June 15th.

The early deadline is to get the workshop on your calendar for fall planning (i.e. syllabus planning for recording lectures, out of class assignments, etc) so that you can attend both days.

The skills to be learned include:

  • How to reach equitable and fair agreements in difficult situations.
  • How to effectively interact with and manage a wide variety of people, including some who
    you may find “difficult.”
  • How to plan and run productive meetings.
  • How to identify, select and orient the best new hires for your group or team.
  • How to keep scientific and other staff on track and productive by setting useful goals,
    giving helpful feedback and providing informative performance reviews.

Agenda – September 20th
8:30-noon Difficult conversations and interactions in the research workplace: Fundamentals of negotiation
Noon – 12:45 Lunch
12:45 – 4:30 Leading scientific team and project meetings

Agenda – September 21 st
8:30-noon Hiring and retaining your science team. Selecting, interviewing and orienting
Noon – 12:45 Lunch
12:45 – 4:30 Managing your science team: Setting goals, giving feedback and evaluating scientists, technical and administrative staff

Resources for Faculty

CHS Preliminary Data Grant Program

The CHS Preliminary Data Grant Program is focused on aiding faculty in acquiring preliminary data for an upcoming grant submission.  These are not pilot grants instead they are designed to fill gaps in preliminary data to support the aims directly linked to a panned extramural grant submission in the next 12 months.  CHS investigators can request up to $10,000. For more details please contact Dave Edwards (

External Peer Review of Grant Proposals

CHS investigators can apply any time for up to $500 to assist with external peer review of developed extramural proposals.  For more details please contact Dave Edwards (

Grant Writing Support

The UD Research Office recently announced a pilot program to support proposal editing and graphic support for faculty with research workload who have not received federal funding in the last 5 years.  The initial pilot program runs from 5/1/2018 – 6/30/2019.  See the link below for more information.

Contact Dave Edwards ( with any questions

Biostatistical Support

For more information, visit the biostatistics page. 

CHS equipment Fund

The College of health sciences will make funds available  on an annual basis to support the acquisition, repair and/or replacement of shared equipment located and maintained in CHS departments.  The due date for proposals is October 15, 2018.  Please see the RFP and proposal template for more details. 

CHS Equipment Proposal Template
CHS Equipment Fund Details