To learn more and join one or more of these interest groups, visit our listserv sign-up page. Select "HCSRN" on the drop down, then select the appropriate group(s) to join. 


  • The purpose of the HCSRN Addiction SIG is to provide a forum to promote addiction research and connect researchers interested in topics related to drug and alcohol use and addiction. The Interest Group involves scientists from the HCSRN and its affiliated institutions. Lead, Connie Weisner. Meets at HCSRN annual conference and via teleconference. Listserv: hcsrn-addiction.


  • The purpose of the HCSRN Aging SIG is to provide a forum to promote aging research and connect researchers interested in related topics (e.g., healthier aging, lifestyle interventions, cognitive function, neurodegenerative disease, technologies, frailty/falls, use of prescriptions, and caregiving issues). Lead, Leah Hanson. Meets at HCSRN annual conference and via teleconference. Listserv: hcsrn-aging.


  • The HCSRN’s HIV SIG facilitates related research by providing a forum to discuss ideas, determine needs, and identify investigators that lead to research proposals, sponsored projects, and written manuscripts. Lead, Michael Horberg. Meets at HCSRN annual conference and via teleconference. Listserv: hcsrn-hiv.


  • The HCSRN’s Genomics SIG brings together HCSRN researchers working in genomics to facilitate collaboration and research on the translation of genomic technologies into clinical practice to improve the health of our members. Co-Leads, Alanna Rahm and Janet Williams.  Meets at HCSRN annual conference and via teleconference. Listserv, hcsrn-genomics.

Natural Language Processing

  • The HCSRN NLP interest group provides a forum for those interested in methodological issues relating to the use of natural language processing (NLP) to support research activities. Lead, David Carrell. Listserv: hcsrn-nlp.


  • The HCSRN Obesity SIG fosters collaborative research to address questions that HCSRN obesity researchers are uniquely positioned to answer given our access to integrated data systems, and the ability to conduct multi-level observational and intervention studies. Lead, Jason Block. Meets at HCSRN annual conference and via teleconference. Listserv: hcsrn-obesity.

Patient Engagement Research (PER)

  • The aim of the PER SIG (formerly the Member Engagement Work Group) is to help member research organizations build infrastructure for patient engagement in research, and to develop generalizable tools to enhance engagement efforts. Co-Leads, Sarah Madrid, Leah Tuzzio, Ellis Dillon, and Leslie Wright. Meets annually at the HCSRN conference and bimonthly via teleconference. Listserv: hcsrn-engagement.


  • The HCSRN Training SIG provides a forum for those with an interest in all aspects of training and mentoring scholars who work in health care delivery. Topics of interest to the group include core competencies for delivery system-based scientists, available models and resources for training, and insights/best practices from existing programs. This listserv is hosted by the HCSRN but open to individuals at any organization.  Co-Leads: Julie Schmittdiel & Richard Grant. Listserv: hcsrn-training.

Qualitative Research

  • The HCSRN Training SIG forum may appeal to those with an interest in qualitative and mixed methods research. Participants collaborate, exchange ideas and insights, and strengthen the individual and collective ability of the HCSRN to conduct mixed methods research. This listserv is hosted by the HCSRN but open to individuals at any organization. This listserv will also be used to share announcements, articles, and opportunities that might be of interest. Co-Leads: Bobbi Jo Willoughby, Carmit McMullin, and Scott Stumbo. Listserv: hcsrn-qualitative.





Prevention and Screening

  • The mission of the Cancer Research Network (CRN) Prevention and Screening SWG is to facilitate research within the CRN to reduce the human and economic burden of cancer through improved prevention and early detection. The group's research priorities include: (a) interventions to promote healthy behaviors and improve adherence to medications; (b) comparative effectiveness studies on recommendations for screening; (c) surveillance of diffusion of evidence-based screening technologies and vaccines; (d) research to promote translation of effective interventions into usual care; and (e) etiological studies on environmental and drug exposures and cancer incidence. Project Manager, Nirupa Ghai.

Health Care Quality and Cost

  • The mission of the CRN's Health Care Quality and Cost SWG is to work toward providing accessible, effective, equitable, and affordable patient-centered cancer care. The group's research priorities include: (a) developing strategies to systematize evaluation of care quality and effectiveness leveraging electronic medical record systems; (b) evaluating the comparative effectiveness of cancer treatment strategies; (c) measuring the economic costs and the relative value of intervention strategies to treat cancer; (d) developing systems to engage patients in reporting their experiences of cancer treatment and systematic measurement of patient-reported outcomes; and (e) evaluating the impact of financial barriers on cancer care access, quality and outcomes. Project Manager, Joanna Bulkley.

Epidemiology of Prognosis and Outcomes

  • The Epidemiology of Prognosis and Outcomes SWG aims to make the CRN the most complete and comprehensive data resource for cancer prognosis, treatment and outcomes research in the U.S. The group's research priorities are: (a) personalized medicine; (b) development and evaluation of (multi-level) interventions and comparative effectiveness research in cancer treatment; (c) patient reported measures and outcomes; (d) cancer survivorship; and (e) palliative and end of life cancer care. Project Manager, Michelle Wrenn.

Communication and Dissemination

  • The goal of the Communication and Dissemination SWG is to facilitate CRN-based research focused on cancer-related communication, decision making, dissemination, and implementation. The group's research priorities are: (a) cancer communication; (b) decision making; (c) dissemination research; and (d) implementation research. Project Manager, Vanessa Neerghen.




Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Mental Health Diversity and Health Equity

Mental Health Policy

  • The Mental Health Policy SIG aims to produce credible evidence for the development of health and pharmaceutical policies in private and public sectors in order to improve quality of care and health outcomes among the mentally ill. Lead, Chris Lu

Mental Health - Suicide Prevention

  • The MHRN Suicide Prevention SIG aims to foster research exploring utilization of health services prior to suicide attempt and suicide death; implementing standardized suicide risk assessment; low-intensity interventions for prevention of suicide attempt; use of self-report measures (e.g. PHQ9) to identify suicidal ideation; and provider- and system-level interventions to prevent suicidal behavior. Lead, Brian Ahmedani.

Mental-Physical Comorbidity