Cain Center for Nursing Research


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. Some services that are provided through the Cain Center are:

  • 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 Departmental Review Committee (DRC) and 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. Please refer to the Cain Center for Nursing Research Lab Policies and Procedures for detailed information.

Preparing Data for Statistical Analysis: Watch the recording of Dr. Shelli Kesler’s, Associate Professor and Director of Statistical Services, January 12, 2022, presentation on Preparing Data for Statistical Analysis.

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:


Dr. Sharon Horner

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

Dr. Heather Becker

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

Dr. John Bellquist

Office: 3.102M
Phone: 512-232-1835

Dr. Shelli Kesler

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

Cindy Taylor

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

Lab Assistants

Emma Cho

Bo Ra Kim

Research Restart

Below links contain information about UT’s and School of Nursing's phased approach to resuming research operations on campus in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

School of Nursing - Research Restart (EID)

Vice President for Research - Research Restart

Contact Information

Physical Address: School of Nursing 3.102C

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