The Center for the Advancement of Team Science, Analytics, and Systems Thinking in Health Services and Implementation Science Research (CATALYST)

Ann Scheck McAlearney, ScD, MS

About us

CATALYST is a leading interdisciplinary health services and implementation science research program because of efforts in the following areas:

  • Driving solutions to improve care in Ohio and beyond
  • Building and attracting top talent
  • Being a leader in research funding and research quality
  • Creating a collaborative and team science-based environment
  • Improving success rates of funding applications
  • Developing faculty across the College of Medicine and Health Sciences Colleges to successfully perform health services and implementation science research
  • Building the next generation of health services and implementation science researchers
  • Providing appropriate space and infrastructure to facilitate collaboration and team science 

Ann Scheck McAlearney, ScD, MS, is the Executive Director of CATALYST, Associate Dean for Health Services Research, and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Recent news

Sarah MacEwan, PhD, is lead author for two papers looking at Long COVID

Dr. Sarah MacEwan, an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, is the lead author for two new publications focusing on patient experiences and perspectives related to Long COVID. Dr. MacEwan and a team of faculty and staff members designed the qualitative studies; the first, titled "Patient Experiences Navigating Care Coordination For Long COVID: A Qualitative Study," looks at the experiences of patients as they sought care for COVID symptoms affecting their lives at three or more months after infection, while the second, titled "COVID-19 Vaccination Perspectives among Patients with Long COVID: A Qualitative Study," focuses on the varied views on vaccination among individuals with Long COVID. Both papers, supported by a grant from the National Cancer Institute, are open access and available to the public.

Read the care coordination paper Read the vaccination perspectives paper

Ohio State highlights SUSTAIN, featuring work of Daniel Walker, PhD, MPH

What are the most impactful ways of providing healthy food as part of health care to aid in addressing chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and hypertension? That question will be examined in a study titled "SUSTAIN: Promoting sustained behavior change and nutrition security in Medicaid-enrolled individuals with Stage 2 Cardiovascular-Kidney-Metabolic Syndrome," which was recently featured in a news update by The Ohio State University College of Medicine. CATALYST-affiliated Associate Professor Daniel Walker, PhD, MPH, the Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, is one of several experts taking part in the study and is quoted in the article as he discusses the role of access to culturally appropriate food, along with other interventions, to address social needs that are non-medical but related to overall health.

Read the SUSTAIN feature

Our publications 

At CATALYST, our faculty and staff are always hard at work on a number of projects related to team science, analytics, and systems thinking. Our research has been published in a variety of journals, and it is regularly cited in other scholarly work.

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CATALYST is a center focused on advancing research and discovery in the delivery of health services across the continuum of care using a team science approach. 

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Who works with us?

Our faculty includes experts in a number of fields, as well as many skilled staff members who support their work.

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Kirsten Gibbons, the Department Administrator for CATALYST; Ann Scheck McAlearney, ScD, MS, the Executive Director of CATALYST; and Alice Gaughan, MS, the Associate Director of CATALYST, pose with a Brutus statue at a celebration marking their 25 years of service with Ohio State.

What's the latest news?

There are always dozens of projects in progress at CATALYST. Stay up to date with everything going on at the center with our news page, where we post information about grant awards, projects and our overall focus.

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How can I join in?

CATALYST is interested in working with well-trained individuals in health management, health services research, implementation science, public health, or other related T3 research fields.

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Our mission

To catalyze faculty at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center to engage in meaningful health services research (HSR) and implementation science.

In achieving this mission, CATALYST seeks to complement the mission of The Ohio State University College of Medicine “to improve people’s lives through innovation in research” by ensuring that the work of research faculty is impactful for the organization and the populations they serve. CATALYST is being created as a means of fostering a collaborative culture of research while providing the environment that supports success.

Our vision

To develop the infrastructure necessary to ensure extramural funding, improve the quality of scholarship, develop faculty in the area of health services and implementation science research, and increase the educational capacity of the institution while serving to extend the research, education and clinical enterprises of The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Our values

  • Success through collaboration and sustained productivity
  • Leadership with integrity and personal accountability
  • Respect of diversity of people and ideas through openness and mutual trust
  • Innovation through creativity
  • Passion in what we do by engaging with each other through kindness and fun

Our aims

Guided by its mission, CATALYST aims to:
  • Provide a shared HSR infrastructure to provide expedited access to highly trained research support staff and data
  • Promote a team science-based, collaborative environment in which faculty and postdoctoral researchers are highly mentored by successful HSR faculty to be highly productive (both in papers and grants)
  • Enhance the quality and quantity of published research in HSR and implementation science
  • Identify opportunities for extending the educational mission of the College of Medicine
  • Improve the success rate of applications for funding through initial scoping, review and critical assessment so as to improve submitted proposals

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