The Center for Implementation Research

What is Implementation Science?

Implementation science (IS) is the study of methods to promote systematic uptake of research findings and other evidence-based (EB) practices into routine clinical care, thus improving health care quality and effectiveness.

The Center for Implementation Research

The Center for Implementation Research (CIR) began as a joint entity between the colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine at UAMS in 2014, and in partnership with the UAMS Translational Research Institute. Over the last four years, CIR has assisted and mentored faculty, residents and students from the colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Public Health in the development of implementation related projects across multiple disciplines.

CIR’s goals are to:

  • Develop and test strategies to facilitate the uptake and sustained use of evidence-based practices across a wide range of health care contexts
  • Support integration of evidence-based practices in community settings and UAMS programs
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of promising practices while preparing for their future implementation by simultaneously documenting barriers and facilitators to implementation
  • Nurture the development of investigators, residents and students interested in implementation and implementation science.

CIR is grounded in the principles of community-based participatory research, with “community” being broadly defined. Projects are being developed and enacted in partnership with multiple stakeholders –e.g., patients, health care practitioners, health care managers, payers, and/or policymakers. The mix of partners varies by scope and needs of each project.

Implementation Science Scholars Program

The Implementation Science Scholar Program funds faculty interested in learning more about how to implement new practice guidelines and/or other implementation or de-implementation approaches that will improve medical care. Click here to learn more about the program.

Program Core Faculty

Geoffery Curran
Geoff Curran, PhD
Director, UAMS CIR
Professor, College of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Practice
Sara Landes, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry
Jeremy Thomas, PharmD
Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Practice
Benjamin Teeter
Benjamin Teeter, PhD
Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Practice