Implementation Science Initiative

There is a well-documented gap between research (what we know) vs. practice (what we do), with only a fraction of evidence-based practices, interventions, and research findings routinely applied in real-world healthcare and community settings. Translating new public health and healthcare knowledge and research among practitioners, healthcare providers, patients, and the general public is complex, but critically important. Research is needed to help advance understanding of how to enhance the uptake, reach, and impact of scientific discoveries. Dissemination and implementation (D&I) research is the scientific study of methods and strategies to promote the adoption and integration of proven treatments, programs, and policies into routine use in diverse real-world settings and populations.  Community-engaged research and partnerships with key stakeholders and a foundational focus on promoting health equity are critical components of high impact D&I research. Ultimately, D&I science can accelerate the pace of improving healthcare and health outcomes from research, with CTSA Program hubs well positioned to help advance science in this area.

The Implementation Science Initiative at the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Columbia University’s CTSA Program hub focuses on: 1) increasing awareness of and capacity for implementation science; 2) providing opportunities for education and training; and 3) facilitating research and collaborations in implementation science. We provide the Columbia Implementation Science seminar series with the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Working Group meeting, training and symposia, consultation services, pilot funding, and help build research capacity and connections.


Join Our Working Group

The Implementation Science Initiative holds a regular Working Group meeting of faculty, post-docs, and students across a range of Columbia-wide schools, departments, and organizations. We meet monthly (the second Thursday of each month from 1-2 pm EST). This network of transdisciplinary researchers and practitioners shares a common interest in dissemination and implementation (D&I) science and practice across diverse topical areas, sectors, and contexts (e.g. emergency medicine, HIV, social work, mental health services, public health, cancer screening and treatment, digital health, aging, cardiovascular health, pediatrics, mental health), with efforts both domestically and globally. At monthly meetings, we share new resources for implementation science, have ‘works in progress’, build research capacity and collaboration, and plan collaborative projects, trainings, or events. 

If you would like access to more information from the Implementation Science SharePoint Group and view additional materials, please contact us. The Working Group has compiled resources, curricula, and readings on health equity and anti-racism. If you are unable to access this document, please email us for a copy. 

View the full list of Working Group members.

To join our Working Group or share updates, grants, publications, or events you are aware of that relate to D&I science or practice please contact us:

Additional Resources

Resources for Health Equity & Anti-Racism

External Funding Opportunities

Institutions and Websites

D&I Frameworks, Methods, Interventions

Educational Courses at Columbia University

National and Global Training

Online Programs and Videos


Textbooks and Journals


  • Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice. Edited by Ross C. Brownson, Graham A. Colditz, and Enola K. Proctor, 3rd edition, 2023
  • Handbook on Implementation Science Edited by Per Nilsen and Sarah A. Birken, 1st edition, 2020.


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  • Rachel Shelton, ScD, MPH

    • Director, Implementation Science Initiative
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  • Nathalie Moise, MD, MS

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  • Sapana Patel, PhD

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  • Jason Adelman, MD, MS

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  • Alejandra N. Aguirre, DrPH, MPH

    • Assistant Director, Community Engagement Core Resource
  • Dora Ventura

    • Program Coordinator

Pilot Awardees

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