About the Center

at a glance

The Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research engages more than 200 faculty and trainees from across Vanderbilt in research and training initiatives to improve health and health care delivery. Leading more than $57 million in annual awarded funding, faculty represent diverse disciplines including clinical medicine, nursing, public health, informatics, social sciences, management sciences, and the humanities.

Key research foci of the Center include clinical epidemiology and outcomes research; clinical improvement, quality, and implementation research; health economics and decision science; health promotion, disease prevention and management; behavioral health and health communication; pragmatic research and comparative effectiveness research; community health, and health policy. In 2020-2021, CHSR Scholars published 1852 peer-reviewed articles in 694 journals, including 601 articles in journals with an impact factor >4.9.

The Center provides core services related to qualitative research, health communication, and improvement and implementation sciences. The Center also supports several federally-funded training programs for postdoctoral research fellows and junior faculty.

The Center was founded in 2000 and was previously led by Dr. Robert Dittus (2000-2010) and Dr. Russell Rothman (2010- 2020). Comprising more than 40,000 square feet of space at 2525 West End and the Nashville VA Medical Center, the Center provides the ideal environment within which interdisciplinary research can flourish. The Center houses a portion of the CHSR faculty and their affiliated research staff. Multiple large and small conference rooms, as well as virtual meeting platforms, are available to host research seminars, journal clubs, work-in-progress meetings, and research lab meetings. Break rooms and other gathering spaces facilitate investigators to meet and discuss their work. The Center also provides administrative support, grants management support, IT support, biostatistical support, and other services.

Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research
Institute for Medicine and Public Health 
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
2525 West End Avenue | Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Contact : 
Marine Ghulyan, MA
Email: marine.v.ghulyan@vumc.org