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.

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

Read more in our Team Spotlight

Recent news

Quatman sisters posing with a statue of Brutus BuckeyeTrio of sisters make Ohio State, CATALYST home

Carmen Quatman, MD, PhD, is an orthopedic surgeon and associate professor of orthopedics in the College of Medicine; her twin, Catherine "Katie" Quatman-Yates, DPT, PhD, is a physical therapist and an associate professor in the Division of Physical Therapy at the College of Medicine's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Both sisters are affiliated with CATALYST, and last summer, their only other sibling, Lauren Teuschler, MEd, joined CATALYST as well as an education resource specialist. The trio was recently profiled by Ohio State Health & Discovery.

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Dr. McAlearney is lead PI for effort to build next generation of health services researchers

CATALYST Executive Director and Family and Community Medicine Distinguished Professor Ann Scheck McAlearney, ScD, MS, will work alongside Department of Neurology Professor Jim Burke, MD, MS, and Department of Internal Medicine Professor Dan Jonas, MD, MPH, on ACCELERATE: Accelerating HSR at OSU, a T32 training program that will receive $1.7 million in funding over five years from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The program will match experienced mentors with exceptional postdoctoral trainees in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment. With a foundational emphasis on health equity, trainees will be equipped to address the most pressing issues in the delivery of healthcare, using data and innovative processes to help people increase their well-being and access to affordable, safe, and effective care throughout their lives.

CATALYST research specialist earns co-first author position on publication

Congratulations to CATALYST Research Specialist Sadie Chen, MLIS, who for her first time shares the first author position on a research paper, “A Qualitative Study of Health Equity's Role in Community Coalition Development.” Published in Sage’s Health Education & Behavior, the article analyzed 321 transcripts of interviews conducted as part of the HEALing Communities Study, an opioid overdose death reduction study, to examine how community coalitions function in the face of a public health crisis. The paper provides suggestions to enhance Community Coalition Action Theory with respect to incorporating health equity as a way to strengthen coalition effectiveness. The work was completed with the guidance of Daniel Walker, PhD, MPH, an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, along with a team of collaborating researchers from other institutions participating in HCS.

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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. For more details about our continuing efforts to advance research and discovery, visit the pages below.

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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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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