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Judith Fifield, PhD

Ethel Donaghue Center for Translating Research
into Practice and Policy (TRIPP)
University of Connecticut Health Center

Judith Fifield is a professor in family medicine at the UConn School of Medicine and a clinical professor of nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

Dr. Fifield is a medical sociologist whose research has focused on health care practice and community oriented translational research (T2), as well as practical benefit interventions to reduce health disparities, especially among African Americans and women. She is the founding director of the Ethel Donaghue Center for Translating Research into Practice and Policy at UConn Health Center, and the Interim Co-Director of the Health Disparities Institute at UCONN. 

She was the PI of the CTSA Planning Grant in 2006, Co-PI of the first CTSA submission in 2008, Co-director of the Community Engagement Core of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS), and Associate Director and COO of (CICATS) from 2008-2012.

She is currently principal investigator on a study to translate her SisterTalk faith based weight loss program for dissemination and implementation in New York City and a NIDDK study (local PI) to prevent Type II Diabetes among ‘at risk’ African Americans. Her recently completed research has included SisterTalk Hartford, a faith-based healthy lifestyle intervention to facilitate weight loss among African American and Black women;, a collaborative planning grant to prepare Community Health Centers for HIT and HIE adoption and meaningful use, and a major evaluation of a demonstration of Primary Care Practices transitioning to Medical Homes. 

In addition to her own research, Dr. Fifield has successfully mentored trainees (doctoral and masters students) postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty through the K-12 mechanism, and she is a frequent member of NIH and AHRQ review panels.