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The Implementation Science Core provides consultation services as a component of the Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research (CCQIR). The CCQIR is comprised of more than 30 core faculty members engaged in local, regional, and national efforts to improve health and healthcare delivery. A robust funding portfolio of approximately $27 million in annual awarded direct costs is supported by NIH, AHRQ, CMS, PCORI, and CDC. Notable projects involve studying implementation of interventions to improve medication reconciliation, reduce hospital readmission, increase healthcare access and retention in care, and build infrastructure for pragmatic trials.

The Implementation Science Core includes faculty and staff with expertise in a wide array of methodological areas including quality improvement frameworks (PDSA, Six Sigma, Lean), systems-level process change (process mapping), Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA), research design (quasi-experimental studies, pragmatic clinical trials, mixed-methods approaches), process evaluation (adoption, fidelity), and data visualization. Core consulting services provide support to investigate the effectiveness of interventions in real-world clinical settings, navigate transformational change needed to incorporate evidence-based practices into routine care, identify and address redundancies and waste in healthcare delivery, quantify feasibility of improvement efforts, and identify methods for sustainability of improvement. The Core further provides services to enhance the rigor of scholarship around implementation science. 

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We offer consultation services for

Implementation science theories, models, and frameworks  (adoption, fidelity, sustainability)                 
Study design (including hybrid, quasi-experimental, and pragmatic clinical trials)
Measure and metric definition
Improvement Science: QI frameworks and tools
Mixed methods program evaluation
Grant and manuscript preparation



Current IS Core Consultants:


Sunil Kripalani, MD, MSc, SFHM

Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research 
Director, Implementation Science Core  
Co-Director, Center for Effective Health Communication

Dr. Kripalani has experience in the development of evidence-based toolkits, mentored implementation programs, qualitative and quantitative evaluation of interventions in clinical practice, and de-implementation of wasteful practices.

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Heather M. Limper, PhD, MPH

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine   
Associate Director, Implementation Science Core 
Assistant Director for Operations, CCQIR

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Beth Prusaczyk, PhD, MSW

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Dr. Prusaczyk’s research focuses on using implementation science to improve healthcare for older adults with a focus on care transitions. She has expertise in implementation science methods including frameworks, strategies, measures, and outcomes. 


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Amanda S. Mixon, MD, MS, MSPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Hospital Medicine

Dr. Mixon's research interests focus on care transitions, the effect of social determinants on readmission rates, and medication errors following hospital discharge.





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Carolyn Audet, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine   
Associate Director, Implementation Science Core 
Assistant Director for Operations, CCQIR

Dr. Audet's research focuses on barriers to HIV testing and treatment uptake in Mozambique




Christopher Lindsell, PhD

Professor of Biostatistics   
Director, VICTR Methods Program
Associate Director, Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research 

Dr. Lindsell has dedicated his career to collaborative biostatistics, research design, and clinical research operations.He is nationally recognized for building clinical research infrastructure and for designing and implementing clinical research in the prehospital and acute care settings.



Please note that any of our Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Science Faculty Member's can serve as an Implementation Science consultant.

VICTR Vouchers Accepted

VICTR Vouchers provide financial support in the form of "micro-grants" (< $2,000) to enable preliminary work and generation of pilot data on clinical translational research projects. Applicants must describe how the research program has the potential to move from patient observations and laboratory discoveries to the bedside (and ultimately to clinical practice).  The submission process is minimal and requests are typically reviewed within two business days. Vouchers are limited to 1 award per year. Animal research is not funded through this mechanism.


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To request Implementation Science Core services, please follow these steps:

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How to contact us

Chaco Hopi Hopi Boot Boot Boot Chaco Hopi Chaco Boot Chaco Chaco Hopi Hopi Chaco Hopi Boot For more information about the Implementation Science Core, please contact
Heather Limper, PhD, MPH ( heather.m.limper@vanderbilt.edu), Associate Director of IS Core.
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