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Faculty Affiliate Program

CDIS faculty affiliates are a multidisciplinary group of scholars committed to CDIS’ mission to advance implementation research, practice, and education with community partners to achieve local and global health. CDIS faculty affiliates represent four UIC colleges and have access to consultation and assistance from experts in dissemination and implementation science and other topic areas, professional development activities, publication opportunities, and funds to support small travel awards, publication costs, and pilot research.

Faculty affiliates are expected to be ambassadors for the Center, sharing who we are and what we do. Each affiliate presents their research annually, attends works in progress seminars and/or consultations twice annually, and has opportunities to participate in Center cores, lead a working group, assist in grant submissions, and mentor others. Faculty affiliates are selected annually. If you are interested in applying, please contact Geri Donenberg at [email protected]. Current affiliates include:

Bethany Bray, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy

Natasha Crooks, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development Nursing Science
UIC College of Nursing

Brenikki R. Floyd, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences
UIC School of Public Health

Olamide Jarrett, MD MPH
Associate Director of Academic Programs, UIC Center for Global Health
Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine
UIC College of Medicine

Angela Kong PhD, MPH, RDN
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy
UIC College of Pharmacy

Sharmilee Nyenhuis , MD
Associate Professor, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy, Department of Medicine
UIC College of Medicine

Andrea A. Pappalardo, MD, FAAAAI
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
UIC College of Medicine

Dennis Watson, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
Chestnut Health Systems

Summer Internship Program

Since 2019, CDIS has offered a 10-week Summer Internship for undergraduate students and recent graduates. Interns engage in CDIS research projects and participate in a weekly seminar where they learn about implementation science and professional development skills.

Topics include implementation outcomes and frameworks, qualitative and mixed methods approaches, and health equity, as well as how to conduct literature reviews, write cover letters, build a CV, interview for jobs, and set professional goals. At the end of the 10 weeks, interns present on their experience and plans to include implementation science in their future work.

Sign up for more information on the 2022 CDIS Summer Internship

Clinical Psychology Internship Program

CDIS partners with the UIC Clinical Psychology Internship program to provide interns with research training opportunities in mental health, HIV prevention and care, sexual and reproductive health, global health, mHealth, innovative methods, aging, substance misuse, homelessness, and implementation science for youth, adults, and families.

Interns are invited to work with CDIS faculty and staff on current and ongoing projects, grant writing, data collection, study implementation, intervention development and testing, data analyses, and manuscript writing. Opportunities are also available to participate in CDIS Works in Progress seminars, fireside chats, consultations, colloquia, and professional development activities.

Medical Scientist Training Program

In response to the need for accomplished academic medical scientists, the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine offers a combined training program that leads to both the MD and the PhD degrees. The objective of the Program is to train students for careers in academic medicine and research. The Program integrates the medical curriculum with graduate studies in the basic medical sciences. Students pursue original research projects in the laboratories of the University’s graduate faculty along with medical studies in the College of Medicine.

CDIS partners with the UIC Medical Scientist Training Program to give trainees access to research scholars and projects that have direct implications for translational science. In this video, Geri Donenberg describes the Center’s work and opportunities for Medical Scientist Trainees to pursue research projects at the Center.

Volunteer with CDIS

The Center for Dissemination and Implementation Science (CDIS) offers opportunities for students and volunteers to receive experience working on projects that promote health equity in three thematic areas:

  • Dissemination and Implementation Science
  • Urban and Global Health
  • Community-Engaged Research

Our team offers specific expertise in the areas of:

  • HIV prevention and care 
  • Sexual and reproductive health 
  • Mental health 
  • Homelessness 
  • Substance misuse 
  • Juvenile justice 
  • Youth and families 
  • Gender-based violence 
  • Intervention development, adaptation, and testing 
  • mHealth 
  • Aging 
  • Innovative analytic methods 
  • Global health 

If you are interested in working with CDIS, please complete the CDIS Student And Volunteer Application and email it to Claire Corcoran ([email protected]).