Research Institute Leadership & Organization
The PAMF Research Institute (PAMFRI) is led by renowned health economist Harold "Hal" S. Luft, Ph.D., Director, Research Institute, who became the Research Institute's Director in 2008. He is assisted by a coordinating council made up of functional leaders and two rotating faculty members.
The Functional Units and their Leaders
- Research Administration
- Methodological and Mentoring Resources Coordination
- Sandra R. Wilson, Ph.D., Senior Staff Scientist
- Information Management Group
- Clinical Research Support Group
In 2013, PAMFRI reorganized to break out of traditional research department silos to facilitate more collaboration among the various investigators on the PAMFRI faculty. The Institute adopted the concept of “clusters” — loose affiliations of researchers who share certain methodological approaches, interests, or study the same patient populations.
Clusters are designed to reduce duplicate effort, foster cooperation, and where appropriate, begin collaborations. One cluster member is charged with communicating with the rest of the cluster, but traditional hierarchies of senior and junior faculty and investigators do not exist inside the clusters.
Clusters are places where investigators can "float" new ideas, seek advice, potential partners, or pass on suggestions. Funding allocations for formal proposal-writing begin with a cluster presentation, but cluster meetings can be used for a wide variety of purposes.
Clusters also are fluid. They may be long-standing or last just a year or two as needed. There is no limit on the number of clusters to which an investigator may belong. Some investigators may belong to one cluster while other investigators may belong to many.
The current research clusters are:
- Cancer Screening & Treatment
- Chronic Diseases (cardiovascular, diabetes, respiratory)
- Clinician Researchers
- Comparative Effectiveness & Cost Analysis
- Delivery systems/Health services outcomes
- Ethnographers &/or Qualitative Methods
- Health Disparities & Cultural Competency
- End-of-life/Palliative Care & Geriatrics/ Transitional Care
- Obesity/Weight Management/Healthy Eating & Physical Activity / Lifestyle/Disease Prevention & Control
- Patient Engagement
- Patient Satisfaction
- Primary Care Delivery/Quality of Health Care Delivery /Outcomes improvement
- Mental Health
- Statistics & Epidemiological Methods
- Technology & Health
- Translating Research to Policy/ Implementation/Dissemination Research