Our Mission: Our research mission is to transform the discipline of nursing through research, practice and partnerships. To contribute to the social advancement and health of Tennessee, the nation, and the world.

The Center for Research Development and Scholarship (CRDS) at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing achieves its mission by fostering a scholarly environment and offering services relevant to our researchers while considering the future directions and needs of science and other resources within the VU system. It works closely to compliment the services provided by VUMC VICTR.

These are detailed on Star Brite on the VUMC research page. A VUNet ID login is required for access.

Among the current CRDS services available to faculty and postdoctoral fellows:

For more information on these resources for faculty and staff, please visit Services for Researchers.

Organization and Personnel

CRDS is directed by Dr. Mariann R. Piano, Senior Associate Dean for Research. The need for and direction of CRDS’ services are determined through input from the faculty and postdoctoral fellows through formal monthly email solicitations of ideas and quarterly meetings devoted to research support issues to which all faculty and CRDS staff are invited.

The CRDS staff function cooperatively and most have been cross-trained within pre- and post-award grands management areas.

Signature Areas of Research

  • Acute and chronic illnesses
  • Pregnancy outcomes, mother and infant health and family health
  • Innovations in practice models for implementation science
  • Palliative care science
  • Innovations in health technologies
  • Data Science

Research Staff