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


Ann-McAlearney-mainAnn 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.

In the news

CATALYST faculty member Timothy Huerta, PhD, MS, chief research information officer at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, is taking on an additional title as associate dean for Research Information Technology and Chief Research Information Officer. In the role, he will continue his efforts to expand the available information technology research infrastructure.

Read more about Dr. Huerta's expanded role

Ann Scheck McAlearney, ScD, MS – the Executive Director of CATALYST, Associate Dean for Health Services Research, and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine – is featured in an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality grantee profile. The profile offers an overview of her work in connection with the agency, and it was also shared in AHRQ's recent newsletter. Congratulations to Dr. McAlearney on this honor!

Read Dr. McAlearney's profile on AHRQ's website

Dr. McAlearney also serves as a co-principal investigator for the Center to STOP-COVID, a Serological Sciences Center of Excellence supported by a five-year, $10 million grant from the National Cancer Institute in the National Institutes of Health. The effort is studying the long-term effect of COVID-19 on first responders, health care workers and the general population.

Learn more about the Center to STOP-COVID

Our publications 

FPLC-DanCongratulations to lead author Daniel Walker, PhD, MPH, and his co-authors on the publication of their recent paper, Utilization Patterns of a Food Referral Program: Findings from the Mid-Ohio Farmacy, in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. The publication, which also received attention from Wexner Medical Center Media Relations in the form of a recent news release, indicates that people who have received a perception for health food are less likely to fill it if they have not previously visited a food bank when compared to those who have previous experience with food banks. The study will help the Wexner Medical Center address this gap as it expands its partnership with the Mid-Ohio Farmacy.

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. For more details about our continuing efforts to advance research and discovery, click on the links below.

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About us

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CATALYST is a center within The Ohio State University College of Medicine focused on advancing research and discovery in the delivery of health services across the continuum of care using a team science approach. As an innovative and independent center, CATALYST is focused on providing a well-recognized hub for health services and implementation science research efforts.

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Who works with the center?

Naleef Fareed, PhD; Jennifer Hefner, PhD; Daniel Walker, PhD; and Megan Gregory, PhD, collaborate on a project. Our faculty includes experts in a number of fields, as well as many skilled staff members who support their work.

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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. Successful candidates are those with a passion for quality research, with high attention to detail and who can participate actively in collaborative approaches to science.

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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