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Division of Research

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The Division of Research in the Department of Family and Community Medicine supports the generation of research, scholarship and innovations that enhance the quality of care for patients, families and communities.

We are known for our commitment to facilitate the research development of medical students, residents and faculty members. All members of the Division of Research are actively involved in their research, serve as mentors in their areas of expertise and participate in multidisciplinary research pertinent to family and community medicine.

Faculty Position Open: Join an NIH Top 20 funded Department of Family and Community Medicine

Who We Are

The Division of Research has two Ph.D. professors spanning expertise in clinical trials, behavioral health, epidemiology and social sciences. We are supported by a highly trained and experienced group of research coordinators and a senior biostatistician.

The Division of Research is an outstanding resource for training, with two doctoral student research fellows who support the research goals of the department while developing their research projects and future independent research careers.

All clinical faculty members participate in research and several have significant protected time to lead projects and obtain grant funding. In 2017, the department was ranked in the Top 20 for NIH Funding, and in Spring 2019, our Research Director, Dr. Jeffrey Scherrer, received a $3.2 million NIH grant to study chronic opioid use and mood disorders. 

What We Do

In addition to conducting research on actively-funded projects, the division provides hands-on support for Department of Family and Community Medicine faculty, residents and medical students. We help with research design, methods, analyses, presentations, manuscript development and IRB applications, all of which encourage research productivity in our effort to advance evidence-based medicine.


Upcoming and Ongoing Events:  

  • Annual Primary Care Research Symposium
  • The Tuesday Series, which engages faculty, fellows, research staff and doctoral students in brainstorming and professional development, as well as in a journal club. This cycle repeats monthly to engender an exchange of ideas that strengthens existing collaborations, launches new ones and helps junior faculty develop in all aspects involved in an academic research career.
  • Annual North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Conference