Community Engaged Research

This year UMass Dartmouth embarks on a multi-year initiative to support faculty doing Community Engaged Research (CER).  We realize that many faculty members have been working individually with community partners and we would like to bring together the CER community to address common issues and encourage development and external support for CER work. 

Community Engaged Research Coordinator

Robin Robinson, Professor of Sociology and member of UMass Medical School’s Oversight Board for Community Engagement, will serve as Community Engaged Research Coordinator.  In her recent research, Dr. Robinson has joined forces with the Cape Cod Justice for Youth Collaborative and Outer Cape Health Services.  As CER Coordinator, Dr. Robinson will survey faculty and staff to create a searchable database of past, current and anticipated community engaged research. She will develop a process for institutional MOUs between University researchers and community partners to promote stability of community engaged research and take the lead in the activities described below. Mary Hensel and Stefanie Picard, in the Office of Research Development, will provide staff support for the Community Engaged Research Initiative.

Community Research Innovative Scholars Program (CRISP)

CRISP is an expanded program for Community Engaged Research and is funded through the four-year, $17.3 million NIH grant to the UMass Medical School’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science.  As a collaborating member, UMass Dartmouth will take part in CRISP.  The program offers faculty members time, funding and participation in a cohort of mentored faculty from the five UMass campuses.  A call for CRISP proposals is attached. Proposals are due October 30th. Given the short timeframe, please do not hesitate to contact Robin Robinson or Mary Hensel if you need assistance preparing a proposal for submission.

Community Engaged Research Academy

In the spring semester of 2016, a local UMass Dartmouth version of the CRISP program will be available to all faculty working with community partners.  Seed funding and mentored research development will be offered through a CER Academy, limited to 8 faculty members, meeting monthly from February through May. Please keep an eye out for the full schedule and Academy application.

Leaders from UMass Medical School’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science:

  • Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga, CCTS Principal Investigator and UMMS Vice Provost
  • Dr. Ira Ockene, Director of the CCTS Community Engagement program
  • Dr. Stephenie Lemon, Co-Director of the CCTS Community Engagement program
  • Dr. Nate Hafer, CCTS Operations Manager

If you have considered collaborating with UMMS faculty, allied health and related community agencies or taking advantage of facilities at the Medical School, now is the time to meet the CCTS team members who can help you.  All community engaged researchers are welcome whether or not the work has a clinical or translational focus. 
Community Engaged Research Academy RFP

For questions and more information or questions about the Community Engaged Research Initiative, please contact Robin Robinson

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