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Message from the Chief



The mission and vision of the Rutgers RWJMS Family Medicine and Community Health Research Division is to develop and sustain a vital and productive research environment  that fosters collaborative, trans-disciplinary approaches to promote the health of individuals, families, and communities by improving quality of care and addressing health-related disparities. The Research Division is under the leadership of Shawna Hudson, PhD.  Dr. Hudson is a medical sociologist by training with expertise in combined mixed (qualitative and quantitative) methodological research and development of multi-level health care interventions focused on enhancing care for vulnerable populations—particularly underserved groups including cancer survivors and racial/ethnic minorities in health care settings. There are seven core faculty members in the Research Division with well-developed primary care research portfolios focused on patient centered care and outcomes and understanding barriers and facilitators to dissemination and implementation of evidence based primary care interventions.


Core Faculty:

Elizabeth Clark MD, MPH

Lynn Clemow PhD

Benjamin Crabtree PhD

Jeanne Ferrante MD, MPH

Shawna Hudson PhD

Heather Lee PhD, LCSW

Denalee O'Malley, PhD, LSW


Affiliated Faculty:

Jennifer Amico MD

Ping-Hsin Chen PhD

Manuel Jimenez MD, MS, FAAP

Maria Pellerano MA, MBA, MPH


Research division faculty have chronic disease and content expertise in behavioral health (Clemow, Hudson, Lee, O'Malley), cancer (Hudson, Crabtree, Ferrante, O'Malley), cardiovascular disease (Clemow), obesity (Ferrante), diabetes (Crabtree, Ferrante, Hudson), and substance use (Lee, O'Malley). Affiliated faculty members have expertise in women’s health (Amico, Chen), intimate partner violence (Chen), health literacy and developmental disabilities (Jimenez) and community health (Jimenez, Pellerano).


Our Department of Family Medicine and Community Health’s Research Division has been consistently among the top Family Medicine Departments in the country in NIH funding by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research.  Division research efforts have received major funding through federal and foundation sources, including the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute  (NHLBI), the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ). This funding provides support for a well-established, ongoing line of dissemination and implementation science research that uses mixed methods to examine strategies to enhance quality of care in primary care practices. In addition to our faculty, the Research Division also employees 6 core staff members and a post- doctoral research fellow with expertise in: (1) quantitative data collection/management (e.g., medical record abstraction, automated survey data collection using SNAP, Red Cap, Teleform and Qualtrix) and analysis using SAS and SPSS; (2) qualitative data collection (e.g., depth interviews, field observations, participant observation, focus groups) and analysis using ATLAS.ti; and, (3) practice facilitation. 


Shawna V. Hudson, PhD

Research Division Chief