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2 0 1 7 A N N U A L R E P O R T 43 important health-related research that can improve the lives of people in the U.S. and around the world.” training environment with mentors,” Joyce said. “The National Institutes of Health has changed its definition As one of the few medical schools in the U.S. without an of what clinical research is. The definition today encompasses academic medical center, the College of Medicine’s research much more of what was considered behavioral research in the program is growing in ways that are consistent with its past – and that’s an area of strength for us.” community-based and collaborative approach to medical education. “We have opportunities in our model to engage and train faculty across the FSU campus and elsewhere in clinical The FSU Clinical Research Network continues to provide an opportunity for studies involving a patient population reflecting Florida’s diversity, including the availability of patients from rural and underserved communities often overlooked in clinical studies. research while offering medical students a clinical-research DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR TO LEAD NEW BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CENTER alcohol and food consumption in female The College of Medicine recently took a significant step toward a plan college students who have experienced to expand campuswide collaborations dating or sexual violence. “Her approach cuts across different while enhancing its ability to partner with other top research universities. populations and diagnoses,” said Heather The arrival of Distinguished Endowed Flynn, vice chair for research in the Professor in Behavioral Health Sylvie Department of Behavioral Sciences and Naar to create Florida State’s new Center for Translational Behavioral Research Naar Social Medicine. “For example, she’s not doing an intervention that applies only to may serve as a template for the college’s future growth in HIV risk prevention or only alcohol use or only obesity risk. discovery. Her interventions can affect a variety of outcomes.” Naar brings $17 million in funded projects, the ability to One of those outcomes is likely to be the continued lead large, multi-site studies and a vision for harnessing the growth of a sustainable research model that doesn’t require College of Medicine’s statewide medical education footprint unrealistic infrastructure funding. to include a diverse patient population in translational behavioral research. She’s a trained pediatric health psychologist with significant experience leading health disparities research projects “I believe she and the new center will allow us to be on the national stage in a very broadly focused area of mental health research,” Joyce said. “She has demonstrated an ability to do multi-site involving minority youth. Naar is an internationally known translational research that has a national impact. And she’s expert in the use of motivational interviewing to improve utilizing behavioral interventions to change health outcomes health behaviors. Motivational interviewing is a collaborative, for people in an approach that does not require an academic guiding conversational style meant to strengthen a person’s medical center. She’ll be utilizing a community-based intrinsic motivation and commitment for change. approach, which fits right into our mission and our approach A sample of her 10 active grants and contracts includes projects involving HIV-related self-management among to everything that we do. “She is constantly developing new proposals that are going youth, adherence to asthma medication among urban African- to elevate Florida State University’s reputation for behavioral American adolescents, diabetes care in minority youth and health research.”