Message from the Chief

Shawna V. Hudson, PhD 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