The Division of Research in the Department of Family and Community Medicine supports the generation of research, scholarship and innovations that enhance the quality of care for patients, families and communities.
We are known for our 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 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 has two Ph.D. professors spanning expertise in clinical trials, behavioral health, epidemiology and social sciences. We are supported by a highly trained and experienced group of three research coordinators and a senior biostatistician.
The Division of Research is an outstanding resource for training, with two doctoral student research fellows who support the research goals of the department while developing their research projects and future independent research careers.
All clinical faculty members participate in research and several have significant protected time to lead projects and obtain grant funding. In 2017, the department was ranked in the Top 20 for NIH Funding.
What We Do
In addition to conducting research on actively-funded projects, the division provides hands-on support for Department of Family and Community Medicine faculty, residents and 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 Project Topics and Methods:
- The role of social networks in the physical and mental health outcomes of trauma survivors.
- The acceptability of trauma screening to primary care physicians and patients.
- Posttraumatic stress disorder treatment: Effects on health behaviors, cardiovascular and metabolic disease.
- 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.
- Racial 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 big data research study on the relationship between metformin use and dementia.
- Refugee health
- Social determinants of health using geo-coded data
- Barriers to medicattion-assisted treatment for opioid dependence
Other Division of Research Resources:
- ARCHNet (practice-based research network)
- 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, the VA Medical Center in Columbia, Missouri, and many others
Upcoming and Ongoing Events:
- Annual Primary Care Research Symposium
- The Tuesday Series, which engages faculty, fellows, research staff and doctoral students in brainstorming and professional development, as well as in a journal club. This cycle repeats monthly to engender an exchange of ideas that strengthens existing collaborations, launches new ones and helps junior faculty develop in all aspects involved in an academic research career.