Research Microscope Lab

Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR) Division and Organization

How we're organized

The Division and Center are organized into four research cores and a training lab that support and enhance the conduct of research studies undertaken by faculty investigators. Each of the scientific Cores brings together a multidisciplinary group of faculty scientists with shared expertise in the Core area and who are able to contribute to Core functions from different disciplinary perspectives, stimulating cross-discipline interactions. Core resources are used by and benefit multiple studies conducted by multiple affiliated investigators.
Administration Core

Core Director: Jeffrey A. Kelly, PhD

The Administration Core is the Division's central oversight, planning, and decision-making body. This Core is responsible for CAIR's scientific activities, evaluation and planning activities, Core utilization reviews, inter-Core coordination, and new investigator recruitment. The Administrative Core also solicits input from internal, external, and community advisory committees, maintains budgetary oversight, coordinates overall administrative activities, and oversees planning and resource development.

Qualitative Methods Core

Core Director: Katherine Quinn, PhD

The Qualitative Methods Core serves the needs of faculty investigators related to the design, implementation, analysis, and interpretation of ethnographic research activities. Core members provide expert consultation to investigators who are conducting projects which utilize ethnographic methods, including study design, training and supervision, quality assurance monitoring, and data analysis. The Core also provides educational and training opportunities related to ethnographic methodology, with particular emphasis on their relevance to HIV behavioral research.

Quantitative Core

Core Director: Timothy L. McAuliffe, PhD

The Quantitative Core provides leadership, consultation, support services, and training to investigators and scientific personnel in the areas of data management, biostatistics, research design, and analysis. In addition, the Core performs a leadership role in the conduct of assessment methodology research and the design of data collection instruments, as well as interacting with other Cores in matters related to quantitative models, design, and analysis.

Developmental Core

Core Director: Carol L. Galletly, JD, PhD

The Developmental Core coordinates and provides support for the development of new research initiatives through a variety of mechanisms. The Core solicits applications, reviews proposals, provides formal critiques, and internally funds pilot, preliminary, and special research opportunity studies of high merit that are proposed by investigators. The Core also recruits new investigators to become affiliated with the Division or Center, administers a research mentorship program, and facilitates an internal peer review process. 

Research Training Lab
Co-Directors: Steven John, PhD, MPH, and Katherine Quinn, PhD

The Prevention and Implementation Sciences Training (PAIST) Lab provides interdisciplinary training to predoctoral, doctoral, and medical students in research methods (including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods analysis), literature review, and writing for publication, in addition to offering hands-on experience in prevention and implementation sciences with a focus on community engagement, health equity, and reducing health disparities. Other Lab objectives include recruiting and training researchers from diverse academic backgrounds and under-represented minority populations, providing them with the tools necessary to become independent researchers, and offering training in the responsible and ethical conduct of research with human subjects, especially within technology-driven methods of data collection, storage, and analysis.