Cain Center for Nursing Research

Cain Center Services

The Cain Center for Nursing Research was opened in September 1995 for the purpose of strengthening the support services available to faculty for developing their research programs. Located on the 3rd floor of the Nursing building, the Cain Center provides below services to our faculty.

  • Group grantwriting sessions, individual grantwriting consultation, mock study sections, and “think tanks” for faculty submitting research proposals for extramural funding.
  • Support in preparation and submission of extramural faculty research and graduate student research training grant applications.
  • Editing of faculty manuscripts and research proposals.
  • Post-award fiscal management.
  • Individual consultation in research methods and statistics.
  • Individual consultation and group discussion to review summary statements from reviewers of previously submitted proposals.
  • Assistance for faculty and students with obtaining Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for projects involving human subjects.
  • Workshops on grant-related topics of interest for faculty.
  • Notification of research funding opportunities.

Cain Center Lab

The Cain Center Lab has supported the research efforts of faculty and graduate students at the School of Nursing as well as the wider community for several decades. Our hardware includes PCs loaded with statistical software, a qualitative software program, a printer, and a scanner. Our friendly and experienced lab assistants are on hand to help you in many ways. The Cain Center collaborates with the Center for Advanced Research Methods (CARM) to provide statistical services. Please contact the statistical analysts listed on the CARM website for statistical consultations.

School of Nursing Research Committee

  • Is available to provide feedback on Institutional Review Board (IRB) proposals from School of Nursing constituents (e.g., faculty, research scientists, enrolled students) during the planning phase prior to submission to the Institutional Review Board.
  • Can advise early-stage professional-track and tenure-track faculty on human subjects’ research design and quality improvement.
  • Advises the faculty and administrators concerning research-related policies and guidelines for the School of Nursing.
  • Provides general information to students and faculty relative to the University’s human subjects’ protection review and approval process.

Below are important links to IRB resources:

Cain Center: Team

Dr. Kavita Radhakrishnan

Kavita Radhakrishnan, PhD

Office: NUR 3.102H
Phone: 512-232-4710

Heather Becker, PhD

Research Scientist
Office: NUR 3.102N
Phone: 512-471-9097


John Bellquist, PhD

Editor IV
Office: 3.102M
Phone: 512-232-1835

Shelli Kesler, PhD

Director of Statistical Services
Office: 3.426
Phone: 512-232-5292


Karen Michlik, BSocSc

Administrative Asst, Procurement & Purchasing Services  
Office: 3.102L 



Cindy Taylor, MSIS

Sr. Grants & Contracts Specialist
Office: 3.102K
Phone: 512-232-4710


Elizabeth Vanderwater, PhD

Research Development Officer 


Emma S.Cho

Lab Assistant