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Faculty Career Development Series

Career Development Series

The ITHS Career Development Series consist of monthly lectures and workshops designed to provide junior faculty and investigators with tools, a forum for discussion, and learning opportunities to help advance their careers.


Topics are selected based on an annual needs assessment.

Example topics include:

  • How to Write an NIH K Award
  • Making the Most of your Mentor Relationship
  • Mastering Public Speaking as a Researcher
  • Communicating your Findings Visually
  • What really happens in an NIH Study Review

Where can I find a CDS event?

ITHS partners with several UW campus and WWAMI regional partners to ensure we reach and engage the translational workforce with each series. CDS events occur across the main UW campus, in the UW Medicine South Lake Union building, and are often captured on video and edited for online distribution to our regional partners. Many of our offerings are also broadcast live as webinars to allow for flexible viewing opportunities. Check out the calendar for specific upcoming event topics and locations.

Upcoming and Past Events

A How-To for Diversifying Your Funding Sources: A Panel Discussion @ UW Medicine SLU, C-Bldg, Orin Smith Auditorium
Dec 5 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm


In recent years, funding sources have shown a higher degree of variability in proportion to grants funded, and it has become more and more challenging to be funded from a single source. Knowing how to expand your prospects across a career to maximize funding opportunities is becoming increasingly important. This session will bring together successful faculty who have navigated different paths to funding and who will share with you their challenges, successes and recommendations.

Schedule of activities

  • 11:30am-11:45am:  Registration and Lunch
  • 11:45am-11:50am:  Welcome and Introduction
  • 11:50am-12:50pm:  Moderated Panel Discussion with Q&A
  • 12:50pm-1:00pm:  Thank you and Feedback Survey

Learning objectives

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify two types of funding sources you could pursue
  • Identify an approach to framing your research interest to apply for non-traditional (NIH) funding sources
  • Identify challenges in attracting funding from varied sources
  • Identify funding sources that have a history of significant funding for clinical and translational research

About the Panelists

Bianca K. Frogner, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Director of the Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS), and Deputy Director of the Primary Care Innovation Lab (PCI-Lab) in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington (UW). Dr. Frogner is a NIH-trained health economist with expertise in health workforce, labor economics, health spending, health insurance coverage and reimbursement, international health systems, and welfare reform. She has experience working with big data such as health insurance claims data and the American Community Survey. Prior to joining UW, Dr. Frogner was an Assistant Professor in the Health Services Management and Leadership Department in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University (GW) from 2009 to 2015. At GW, she was the Deputy Director of the Health Workforce Research Center.

Joanna Glicker, PhD, is Assistant Vice President for University of Washington Corporate and Foundation Relations.

Jeffrey R. Harris, MD, MPH, MBA, currently serves as professor and chair of the Department of Health Services. He continues as an investigator at the UW Health Promotion Research Center, which he directed from 2007 to 2015. Before moving to Seattle in 2001, Dr. Harris served for 20 years with the U.S. Public Health Service and CDC, where he was a co-investigator of a 120,000-person cholera vaccine trial in Bangladesh, led development of the 70-country AIDS prevention program at the Agency for International Development, oversaw development of CDC’s Guide to Community Preventive Services, and served as CDC’s policy director under Dr. David Satcher, its liaison to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and as its lead participant in the development for HEDIS quality-of-care measures by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Dr. Harris is a physician, board-certified in internal medicine and preventive medicine. His research focuses on putting prevention into practice at a scale that increases health equity and makes a difference in population health.

Danielle C. Lavallee, PharmD, PhD, is a faculty member with the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Partnership (PCORP) housed at the University of Washington’s Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. She is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Department of Surgery, where her work focuses on developing novel processes for collecting and reporting patient-reported data to support both clinical and patient decision-making. Dr. Lavallee also leads CERTAIN Patient Voices and the CERTAIN Patient Advisory Network, which incorporate the patient perspective into quality improvement and research activities. She is formally trained in Health Services Research with a specific focus in qualitative methods and patient-centered outcomes research.

Rad Roberts, PhD, is the Director of University of Washington Corporate Relations.


About the Moderator

Larry Kessler, SC.D. is Professor in the Department of Health Services in the School of Public Health. He has over 40 years of experience in health services research.  As chair of the Department of Health Services (UW SPH) from 2009-2015, he directed the teaching program of a department that includes eight separate teaching programs at the master’s and doctoral level. Dr. Kessler is PI of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Partnership (PCORP) funded by AHRQ to train clinicians, scientists, and health care professionals in CER and PCOR.  This program has trained over 50 scholars, many of whom are now making changes in their health systems based on their capacity as health systems researchers.  Dr. Kessler is also the co-lead for the translational workforce development UW CTSA program, the Institute of Translational Health Sciences. He leads the companion CEA study for the STOP2 trial of antibiotic therapy for pulmonary exacerbations in cystic fibrosis. He serves as director of regulatory oversight for the UW Center for Dialysis Innovation, where he also leads the studies on human factors for innovative dialysis technologies.  Dr. Kessler’s recent research has focused on comparative and cost-effectiveness of various treatment strategies, most recently in surgery, back pain, and cystic fibrosis.

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Cite ITHSThe Institute is supported by grants UL1 TR002319, KL2 TR002317, and TL1 TR002318 from the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program (CTSA).

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