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Shaun M. Eack, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Work and Psychiatry is the recipient of the 2014 Society for Social Work and Research Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award. The Society recognizes that Dr. Eack's accomplishments reflect innovative scholarship, a rigorous approach to social work research, and work that exhibits an emerging influence in the field, as well as a contribution to advance the profession.

The award will be presented at the Awards Presentation on Friday, January 17, 2014, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm, at the 2014 SSWR Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX.

Congratulations Dr. Eack!

The Clinical Research Scholars Program (CRSP) is a multidisciplinary career development program that is supported by the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) through the KL2 mechanism. The program prepares scientists from a broad range of disciplines, specialties, and subspecialties for independent careers in clinical or translational research. It brings together the collaborative efforts of the University of Pittsburgh schools of the health sciences (the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Public Health, the School of Dental Medicine, the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the School of Pharmacy), the many multidisciplinary research centers at the University, and the extensive clinical entities that comprise UPMC.

The CRSP scholars engage in diverse types of multidisciplinary clinical research, including large and small clinical trials, patient-oriented research, epidemiologic studies, health services research, and translational research. Every scholar has the opportunity to pursue educational offerings pertaining to research ethics and regulations, best practices in clinical research, work in multidisciplinary teams, and management and leadership skills. Mentoring is an integral component of the CRSP and is provided by a team of highly experienced, federally funded senior investigators.

"I've learned a LOT! I am sure without the KL2 training my applications would not have been as competitive."

—2006 Scholar Sara R. Piva, PT, PhD
(recently awarded an Administrative Supplement to her NIH/NICHD/NCMRR K01 award)



News and Information

  • We will be holding an informational session for all interested applicants to the CRSP program on Monday, November 10th, 2014 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM in the Parkvale Building, Room 305 A/B.
  • We are now accepting applications for the CRSP. Click here for important information. Application deadline is 4:00 PM on Monday, February 16th, 2015.
  • Congratulations to CRSP Scholar Brian Feingold, MD, MS who has been awarded the American Heart Association Grant in Aid Award. This two year award provides support for Brian’s MRI study assessing myocardial fibrosis.
  • Congratulations to former CRSP Scholar, Samay Jain, MD, MS and current CRSP Scholar, Ellen Burke Beckjord, PhD, MPH for being selected as two of the three winners of the Pitt Innovation Challenge! Click here to read more.
  • Yael Schenker, MD, MS, has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Junior Scholar Award in Population-Based Cancer Research.
  • Former CRSP Scholar Steven Little is the recipient of the ICRE’s 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award.
  • KL2 alumni Scholar, Shaun Eack is passionate about cognitive enhancement training, which has helped autistic people improve social skills and reduce rigid patterns of thinking. Read more about his approach in this Post-Gazette article.
  • Ellen Beckjord, PhD, MPH Assistant Professor, Biobehavioral Medicine in Oncology was recently interviewed by the HuffPostLive on 10/1/2013 about the government shutdown. She was also quoted in a recent HuffPost article. Congratulations Ellen!
  • Congratulations to our alums, Steve Little and Shaun Eack! Steve Little won the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Shaun Eack won the Distinguished Research Award as a Junior Scholar. Read more here.