The Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at Columbia University announced that Dr. Rachel Shelton, has been named associate director of the Community Engagement Core Resource and director of Implementation Science Initiatives. Dr. Shelton, an assistant professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, has expertise in addressing cancer-related health disparities. She has training in social epidemiology, community-based participatory research, and intervention research as well as expertise and formal training in implementation science, where she focuses her work on the sustainability and adaptation of community-based and health systems interventions.
[Photo: Dr. Rachel Shelton]
Dr. Shelton will also lead the Irving Institute’s initiative on implementation science. This program aims to empower faculty campus-wide by offering training, support, and guidance for innovations in implementation science. Additional components on implementation science will also be added to Training and Education (TRANSFORM) programs for career development and training in multidisciplinary, translational research and team science.
Dr. Shelton has taught a course on dissemination and implementation science at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health for the past 6 years, and spoken nationally and internationally on the topic. She has over 12 years of experience conducting qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods community-based research in the area of cancer health disparities, and has published 60 peer-reviewed publications. Her research has focused on social and contextual factors that influence disparities in cancer and obesity prevention among low-income African American and Hispanic populations, including social networks, social support, and experiences of discrimination and mistrust.