Yale University

Core Services

Below, we briefly describe the services offered by CIRA's Cores:

Each Core offers individual and core consultations, as well as a variety of other services and activities to assist in the development of new research collaborations, the conduct of research, and the dissemination of research findings. Call 203-764-4333 to have your request triaged to the appropriate Core or e-mail/call the Core contact listed below directly.

I. Administrative (Admin) Core (Pete Donohue, pete.donohue@yale.edu)

  • Consultations on CIRA affiliation, budget preparation, personnel planning, grant preparation, and interpretation of Federal and University regulations.
  • Use of state-of-the-art equipment (videoconferencing, projectors, laptops, scanning, color printing, transcription machines, digital camera) and comfortable meeting space.
  • Opportunities to collaborate in many disciplines and share research findings with other colleagues through workshops, seminars, meetings and conferences.
  • Informative weekly email bulletin that details Center, University, and local events, and information on conferences, funding, and job opportunities.
  • Internet describing affiliated projects and scientists, Cores and Core activities.
  • Research Dissemination Tools

II. Development (Dev) Core (Katie Doucet, katie.doucet@yale.edu)

  • Peer review process in which a multidisciplinary group of colleagues with a range of expertise provides constructive feedback on proposals and manuscripts to enhance their quality.
  • Opportunity to work with fellows from the NIMH Post- and Pre-doctoral interdisciplinary HIV prevention training program, and international training programs.
  • Opportunities for seed money to undertake HIV prevention research.
  • Support in the development of diversity supplements for eligible CIRA affiliated grants.
  • Opportunity to have a career consultation with leaders of the Center.
  • Opportunity to attend and/or present at Yale/CIRA HIV/AIDS Talks.

III. Interdisciplinary Research Methods (IRM) Core (Raul U. Hernandez-Ramirez, raul.hernandezramirez@yale.edu)

  • Advice in the design/modification of data management systems.
  • Support and consultations for statistical analyses.
  • Help for circumstances where sampling has been problematic (missing data, clustering, unequal, etc.) through the application of Bayesian methods, Generalized Estimating Equations (GEE), and other algorithms.
  • Data mapping, GIS, and spatial analysis using advanced spatial statistics.
  • Development of monitoring and evaluation plans, sensitivity analysis, and other procedures to quantify qualitative outcomes.
  • Training in statistical software and GIS, including an on-site training area where analysis maybe be performed in the context of an IRM Core consultation.
  • Training and installation of LINUX-based open source statistical and GIS software.
  • Training in qualitative data collection and analysis including the conduct of focus groups, individual interviews, and ethnographic observations.
  • Advice in the design of infectious disease modeling and economic analysis of care and prevention programs.

IV. Clinical and Health Services Research (CHSR) Core (Dini Harsono, dini.harsono@yale.edu)

  • Support of multi-disciplinary, collaborative research focusing on HIV and aging, comorbidities and toxicity, and mental health and substance abuse issues.
  • Organization of working groups focused on major thematic areas of research interest. Promotes multi-disciplinary research on these issues by bringing together CIRA-affiliated scientists from varied clinical and health services research backgrounds.
  • Review and development of survey instruments to assess risky behavior and substance abuse in HIV.
  • Organization of mini-conferences around major thematic areas (HIV and aging, comorbidities and toxicity, and mental health and substance abuse). Promotes publication of white papers arising from mini-conferences.

V. Community Research and Implementation (CRI) Core (Daniel Davidson, daniel.davidson@yale.edu)

  • Opportunity to participate in the New England HIV Implementation Science Network.
  • Consultations on: community based research (CBR) methods; dissemination; linkages with community research partners, community based organizations, and scientists; and other community-related issues.
  • Guidance for successful community-university research partnerships.
  • Assistance with the dissemination of research project information and findings to the community.
  • Support of the pilot project grants.
  • Trainings/workshops on community based research related issues as needed.