Saint Louis University

Division of Research - Department of Family and Community Medicine
The Division of Research in the Department of Family and Community Medicine supports the generation of research, scholarship and innovations that enhance quality of care for patients, families and communities. It is known for its 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 own research, serve as mentors in their areas of expertise and participate in multidisciplinary research pertinent to family and community medicine.  

Who We Are: The Division of Research currently has 3 PhD professors spanning expertise in clinical trials, behavioral health, epidemiology and social sciences.  We are supported by a highly trained and experienced group of 3 research coordinators and a senior biostatistician.

The Division of Research is an outstanding resource for training with 2 Physician Academic Research Fellows and 2 Doctoral Student Research Fellows who support the research goals of the Department while developing their own research projects and future independent research carears. All clinical faculty participate in research and several have significant protected time to lead projects and obtain grant funding.

What We Do: Faculty developm grand funded research programs relavant to primary care. The division provides hands on support for Department of Family and Community Medicine faculty and residents, as well as 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.

Active research projects involve the following topics and methods:

  • Role of social networks in the physical and mental health outcomes of trauma survivors
  • Acceptibility of trauma screening to primary care physicians and patients
  • PTSD treatment: Effects on health behaviors, cardiovascular and metabolic disease
  • Implementation of SBIRT across multidisciplinary providers
  • Creation of large clinic registries for retrospective cohort designs
  • Prescription opioid management and outcomes
  • Health consequences of mental illness
  • Chronic pain and the interplay with depression and prescription opioids
  • Patient preferences for type of provider relationship in primary care 
  • Disparities in access to care and evidence based treatment
  • Health needs of prison populations 
  • Disseminating the barriers to care experienced by the poor and underserved

A more in-depth description of the research interests and activities of individual members in the Division of Research are presented in their individual biographical sketches.

Other Division of Research resources include:

  • Program Evaluation Unit 
  • Partnership with and mentoring of faculty and residents on research projects
  • Access to clinical data registries and study specific data
  • Multidisciplinary Violence Research Interest Group
  • Family and Community Medicine Primary Care Patient Data Registry
  • Active partnership  across Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine and General Pediatrics to facilitate research productivity
  • Partnerships with Washington University, University of Washington, Henry Ford Health Center, Baylor Scott & White Health Center, Columbia MO VAMC and many others

Research project details and links to ARCHNet and Research Toolbox