Administrative Core

The Administrative Core of the Center for TCRSS will be responsible for the overall administration of the grant, including guiding and coordinating resources and managing pilot study projects.

Director: Miyong T. Kim, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Kim is the Director of the TCRSS Center and the Administrative Core. Dr. Kim has extensive research expertise and experience in self-management science, and she is experienced in the administration of research centers. As Associate Vice President of Community Health Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin, she has made it a priority to systematically facilitate interdepartmental collaborations among researchers to focus on improving health outcomes, including effective and sustainable self-care strategies for people with chronic conditions.

Co-Director: Alexa Stuifbergen, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean of the School of Nursing

Dr. Stuifbergen is the co-director of the Administrative Core and a member of the Executive Committee for the TCRSS Center. Dr. Stuifbergen has conducted NIH-funded research in self-management of chronic and disabling conditions for the past 20 years. She is currently conducting a novel computer-based cognitive rehabilitation intervention to improve cognitive functioning and self-management skills in persons with multiple sclerosis with funding from NINR (R01NR014362, 2013-2018).

Managing Director: Jacki Hecht, MSN, RN

Ms. Hecht is the Managing Director of the TCRSS Center and has extensive background in designing, delivering, and providing training for motivational interventions to promote self-management for improving chronic conditions. Ms. Hecht assists Dr. Kim, the Core Directors, and Center Investigators in the Center’s day-to-day operations.

Description of Core

The Administrative Core takes the lead role in achieving the major goal of the Center: to develop a sustainable transdisciplinary research infrastructure for nurse scientists to conduct research for enhancing self-management science. This core will centralize research resources and promote collaborations among Center scientists and experts throughout The University of Texas at Austin and the surrounding community.

Primary Objectives

  1. Facilitate relevant interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research within the Center and UT Austin
  2. Contribute to the field of self-management science at the national and international levels by showcasing its efficacy and effectiveness

Specific Aims

  1. Ensure that the objectives of the Center are achieved in a timely manner, utilizing a committee structure.
  2. Promote collaboration among Center Cores and faculty to maximize scientific productivity and use of Center and University facilities and resources.
  3. Ensure optimal use of Center funds and shared resources available for the Center.
  4. Maintain a database of projects funded through the Center and a library of instruments and intervention protocols, as well as a website to communicate and coordinate Center activities and resources.
  5. Develop and execute a long-range sustainability plan to maintain and expand the momentum achieved by Center activities, including developing high-impact research programs for each pilot study.