Dr. Sharon Horner, Dr. Miyong Kim, and Dean Alexa Stuifbergen



The goal of the Center for Transdisciplinary Collaborative Research in Self-Management Science (TCRSS) is to develop, test, and disseminate innovative self-management solutions to improve the health outcomes of people with chronic conditions. TCRSS is funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Nursing Research (PI: Dr. Miyong Kim; P30NR015335, 09/25/2014 – 07/31/2019).

Broad Aim

  • To provide an environment that will strengthen and expand collaborative intervention research in nursing and related disciplines to improve the chronic disease self-management capacities of individuals, families, and communities.

Specific Aims

  • To provide an infrastructure dedicated to transdisciplinary collaborative research among investigators in nursing and other disciplines in order to improve self-management science.
  • To create synergy that will facilitate the development of nurse scientists who execute high-impact projects in self-management science by providing them with research training and resources as well as expert mentoring in a wide range of approaches such as biobehavior, evolving technology (e.g., engineering, computer science), business principles, and marketing methods.
  • To support transdisciplinary collaborations that will facilitate the development, testing, and evaluation of cost-effective self-management interventions for improving patient-centered care and health outcomes including health-related quality of life for individuals, families, and communities.

These aims will be achieved through the four cores of the TCRSS Center:

Theoretical Model of TCRSS

Theoretical Model - Improve self-care outcomes; Increase Science of Self-management of Chronic Diseaser

Source: Wagner EH. Chronic disease management: What will it take to improve care for chronic illness? Effective Clinical Practice. 1998;1(1):2-4.

We use the modified chronic care model as our theoretical framework to guide the scientific process of our Center. Understanding the influence of all types of resources is critical for constructing ways to enhance self-management support and ultimately improved health capabilities and self-care outcomes of people with chronic illnesses or conditions.