Center for Research Implementation and Translation (CRIT)


Harriet Kitzman, RN, PhD, FAAN
Senior Associate Dean for Research


The Center for Research Implementation and Translation (CRIT), housed in the School of Nursing, serves as a central hub for the development of research implementation science.  Specifically, it is a place where multidisciplinary scientists and clinicians come together to focus on challenges and novel methods in the development and implementation of bio-behavior-environment systems research and to inform approaches that direct the efficient and successful adaptation and incorporation of promising treatments into real world practice. CRIT scientists conduct rigorous qualitative, observational, survey and mixed- method studies; in addition to knowledge generation, these studies inform experimental and quasi-experimental hypothesis-driven studies where interventions are tailored, tested and systematically incorporated.  The assumption is that when treatments and delivery systems are shaped to the person and context and offered with treatment fidelity, increased successful treatment utilization by providers and patients can be expected.

Multidisciplinary experts meet bi-weekly in CRIT's Design and Analysis Group for a dynamic exchange of ideas and to discuss/provide group consultation to individual junior faculty and trainees at all phases of the research process. Similarly, qualitative research experts meet with faculty and trainees planning/conducting qualitative studies. Members of this Qualitative Research Group discuss design and methods and assist with reliability and validity checks of data/interpretation as manuscripts are being prepared.  Participants in these groups come from across the University and community.  Similarly, CRIT sponsors Weekly Research and Implementation Seminars which are open to University and community; presentations by faculty and system leaders address completed and in-progress research.

A Bio-Behavioral Lab, in collaboration with Strong Labs, provides state of the art bio and behavioral observation technology for individuals and groups as well as analysis/storage of dried blood spots (DBS).  Housed in the School of Nursing, the DBS lab is certified as a BSL2 facility and has the equipment for DBS and liquid human blood analyses. The versatility and ease of dried blood spot use make it particularly useful for implementation studies where blood samples are obtained in the home or community by the subject or a technician untrained in vena-puncture.  A Supported Living Research Network, made up of agencies that provide support for those unable to live independently, facilitates researcher access to vulnerable population and to health care agencies. Finally, a Research Facilitation Group provides timely access to services for the planning and execution of preliminary and pilot studies.  With a staff of 3 senior nurse clinical research coordinators, 3 senior information analysts and programmers, and support staff, the group provides a broad range of services and training, including:  REDCAP and Survey Monkey utilization; recruitment strategies and services; MIS design and maintenance for tracking study subjects; survey and observational instrument design; data and observational coding systems use; interviewing - including self-administered and interviewer-administered, web-based, and QDS; GEOCODE GIS - mapping to Census Track; coordination of E-record utilization; data processing; establishing/structuring analysis files, and providing descriptive analyses.  The overall orientation of this Group is towards training PIs and team scientists and the efficient completion of preliminary and pilot studies that form the basis for publications and major research proposals.  Funded by the School of Nursing, SON faculty and trainees receive services for peer reviewed studies without charge; others access the services on a cost basis. Referrals are made through the CTSI Navigation Program.

More information can be obtained by contacting the Center at 585-275-8874.