Seton Healthcare Family - CHASP Research Collaborative

Seton-CHASP Research Collaborative

Transforming Healthcare through Research Collaboration

In the fall of 2014, Seton Healthcare Family and the Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) at The University of Texas (UT-Austin) at Austin LBJ School of Public affairs established a research partnership to provide $500,000 in funding support to conduct non-clinical health and social policy research studies that would seed innovative, cross-disciplinary research collaborations and help to improve health policy, health care services delivery, and health outcomes for patients.

Seton and UT-Austin share a vision for combining the resources of a major hospital system with the resources and expertise of a nationally-recognized university to launch productive research collaborations that will generate important new knowledge and guidance for improving health policy, health care services delivery and health outcomes.  A central goal of this initiative is to build a long-term partnership that will secure the involvement of high-quality research faculty and personnel, develop infrastructure and capacity for responsiveness to research and community health needs, and leverage other research funding opportunities. Another important objective of the research partnership is to support the active dissemination of research findings to the broader public (as well as in academia) in ways that will maximize the policy and societal impacts of the research.

As part of efforts to meet these goals, the Collaborative launched two rounds of a research grant competition (2015 and 2017) and hosted two related symposiums (2017 and 2016) on Transforming Healthcare through Research Collaboration bringing together researchers, community-based research partners, practitioners, and policymakers. 

The Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) is managing this partnership at UT-Austin in conjunction with a Joint Operating Committee with representatives from the Seton Healthcare Family, CHASP, and Dell Medical School. Please contact us with questions about the Seton-CHASP research collaboration or competition.

    Related Research Projects

    • Effectiveness of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing as a Stress Reduction Treatment for Emergency Responders and Officers. Principal Investigator (PI) is Carolyn Heinrich, research professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Read more.
    • Improving Youth Behavioral Health Outcomes: A Feasibility Trial of Electronic Measurement Feedback and Flexible, Evidence-Based Training. Principal investigator (PI) is Sarah Kate Bearman, assistant professor with UT’s Department of Educational Psychology. Co-PIs are David Heckler, psychologist with the Texas Child Study Center at Dell Children’s, a Seton hospital; and Jane Gray, director of psychology training at the Texas Child Study Center. Read more.
    • Understanding How Human, Communication and Technology Factors Influence Effective and Efficient Electronic Heath Records (EHRs) Use. The PI is Dr. Brenda L. Berkelaar, assistant professor in organizational communication and technology and affiliated faculty with UT’s Center for Health Communication and Center for Identity. Co-PI is Dr. Jay M. Bernhardt, founding director of the Center for Health Communication and a professor of communication studies at UT. Read more.
    • Impacting Acute Trauma: Does a Brief Preventive Intervention Affect PTSD Outcomes? PIs are Dr. Ben Coopwood, director of surgical critical care at UMC Brackenridge; and Stacey Stevens Manser, associate director of the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health in the UT School of Social Work. Read more.
    • Manual and Automatic Analysis of Patients’ Values and Preferences Using Seton Hospital Consumer Assessment for Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Surveys. PIs are Drs. Kenneth R. Fleischmann, associate professor with UT’s School of Information; Bo Xie, associate professor with UT’s School of Nursing and School of Information; and Byron C. Wallace, assistant professor with UT’s School of Information and Department of Computer Science. Read more.
    • Incorporating Resilience-Based Diabetes Self-Management Education into the Group Medical Appointment for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes. The community partner is Dr. Deborah Morris-Harris, CommUnityCare’s chief medical officer. The PI is Professor Mary Steinhardt with Health Behavior & Health Education, Department of Kinesiology & Health Education in UT’s College of Education. Co-PIs are Dr. Susan K. Dubois, medical director with the Family Wellness Center in UT’s School of Nursing; Sharon A. Brown, the Joseph H. Blades Centennial Memorial Professor of Nursing in UT’s School of Nursing; and Hiro Tanaka, exercise physiology professor in the Department of Kinesiology & Health Education in UT’s College of Education. Read more.
    • Transforming Pediatric Healthcare Delivery: Analysis of Texas Medicaid Claims Data to Support an Ongoing Randomized Controlled Trial. PI is Dr. Karen Rascati, Eckerd/Turley Endowed Professor in the College of Pharmacy. Read more.
    • Moving the Needle: Toward Value-Based Integrated Mental Health Services for Patients with Chronic Medical Conditions. PI: James Baker, M.D., M.B.A., Associate Chair for Clinical Integration, Psychiatry, Dell Medical School. Read more.
    • Promoting Positive Parenting for High-Risk Families in Primary Care Settings. PI: Sarah Kate Bearman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Education Department of Educational Psychology. Co-PIs: Michael Mackert, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Health Communication, Associate Professor, Moody School of Communication; Abby Bailin, Ph.D., Graduate Student, Doctorate in School Psychology, Department of Educational Psychology. Read more.
    • Veteran Patient Care at Seton: How does Military Cultural Competence Impact Patient Perceptions of Care? PIs: Elisa Borah, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Social Work; Valerie Rosen, M.D., Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Dell Medical School. Read more.