This core group provides expertise in education, training and career development with special focus on research in diverse populations. Their broad target audience includes career clinical researchers, clinicians, research staff, clinical partners and community members. Workforce Development’s various educational offerings is provided in various formats emphasizing topics in clinical translational research methodology, team science, community-engaged research, research in diverse populations, research ethics, use of digital tools in research, and mentorship.

For the Mentored Career Development in Clinical Translational Science Program (KL2), they administer, provide didactic coursework, mentorship, and K-grant coaching for those Scholars participating in the training program.

Below are listings of our current and future initiatives:

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    Sabrina Derrington Sabrina Derrington, MD, MA, HEC-C Director of Research Ethics Details
    Cecilia Patino-Sutton Cecilia Patino-Sutton, MD, MEd, PhD Director, Workforce Development/Director, Mentored Career Development (KL2) Details
    Eric Pedersen Eric Pedersen, Ph.D. Co-Director for Digital Recruitment and Scholarship Details
    Steven Siegel Steven Siegel, MD, PhD Co-Director, Mentored Career Development (KL2)/Director, Mentoring Resource Center Details

    Team Members

    Elizabeth Burner Elizabeth Burner, MD, MPH, MSci Faculty Instructor Details
    Karen Busa Karen Busa, MS Program Specialist, Workforce Development Details
    Jeanne Dzekov Jeanne Dzekov, BA Program Manager, Workforce Development Details
    Janéy Friend Janéy Friend, MSA Sr. Programs Manager, CHLA Details
    Joyce Javier Joyce Javier, MD, MPH, MS Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Pediatrics, and Population and Public Health Sciences Keck School of Medicine of USC Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Details
    Gary San Angel Gary San Angel Distance Education Specialist / Media Technology, Workforce Development Details
    Tamara Simon Tamara Simon, MD, MSPH, FAAP CHLA Site Principal Investigator, Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI) Details
    Gordon Wimpress Gordon D Wimpress, BS, BA Project Administrator, Media Content and Production Details
    Elizabeth Zelinski Elizabeth Zelinski, PhD KL Grant Advisor, Workforce Development Details

    Core Groups

    Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design Details
    Central Administration Details
    Clinical Research Informatics Details
    Clinical Research Support Details
    Communications Details
    Community Engagement Details
    Evaluation & Improvement Details
    Healthcare Delivery Science Details
    Regulatory Knowledge & Support Details
    Research Development Details
    Workforce Development Details

    NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.