About the Program
The Emerging Investigator Guided Research Training Program has a goal of bringing investigators new to CYSHCN research into the field. Junior investigators (within five years of their terminal degree) and experienced investigators who are interested in switching fields are targets for this program.
Length of Program
Through a competitive process, three EIs will each receive the award to help them pay for a 12-month long research project of their choice that maps to the National Research Agenda and MCHB Core Outcomes.
The EI Award provides up to $15,000 to address an important area of concern for the health or healthcare of children or youth with special healthcare needs and their families.
Project Mentor Requirements
Emerging investigators are connected to a project mentor who is a content expert for a 12-month period during which EIs attend webinars, works-in-progress sessions (WIPS), and monthly meetings with their project mentors. EIs are required to have mentors from their home institution to guide them through the day-to-day workings of the project. CYSHCNet Network leaders are also available as content experts and connectors to other researchers from the Network.
Current Emerging Investigator Projects
Emerging Investigator: Denise Lillvis, PhD
Project Title: Examining Factors Associated with Increased Physical Trauma for cyshcn
Family Partners: Ali Perfetti, Jessica Colarusso, Tondelaire Cotton Location: Oishei Children’s Hospital, University at Buffalo
Emerging Investigator: Abby Musial, MD
Project Title: BAD Med: Burden Alleviation using Deprescribing of Medications in CMC
Family Partner: Allison Loechtenfelt Location: Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center
Emerging Investigator: Verenea Serrano, PhD Project Title: Characterizing integrated behavioral health services for young children with medical complexity and their caregivers in primary care Family Partners: SanJuana Dorado, Tanica Hancock Location: Children’s Hospital Colorado
Previous Emerging Investigator Projects
Emerging Investigator: Stefanie Ames, MD
Project Title: Assessment of caregiver experiences and unmet healthcare needs following discharge home after a critical illness in a child or youth with special healthcare needs
Family Partner: Amanda Mueller Location: UCLA/University of Utah
Emerging Investigator: Arda Hotz, MD
Project Title: Use of Durable Medical Equipment and Supplies in Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs
Family Partner: Theresa Applegate Location: Boston Children’s Hospital
Emerging Investigator: Molly Easterlin, MD
Project Title: Understanding the effects of chronic medical procedures in children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease(IBD): A qualitative study of patient,parent, and nurse perspectives
Family Partner: Lauren Agoratus
Emerging Investigators:Morgan Crossman, PhD & Olivia Lindly, PhD
Project Title: High quality health care, IDEA services and adverse family impact for U.S. CSHCN: The role of prematurity in early childhood
Family Partners: Amber Klevin & Kristen Earl
Location: MassGeneral Hospital for Children
Emerging Investigators: Nicole Werner, PhD
Project Title: Creation of an adaptive taxonomy of barriers and facilitators to in-home care of children with cerebral palsy
Family Partner: Barbara Katz
Location: University of Wisconsin, Madison