About SCTR

The South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research Institute (SCTR) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) nationwide network that provides the support necessary to bridge the gap between biomedical discovery and meaningful clinical and public health interventions that ultimately influence policy and support better health for all people.

Translational Science Spectrum

The translational science spectrum spans Basic Science (T0), Translation to Humans (T1), Translation to Patients (T2), Translation to Practice (T3), and Translation to Populations (T4)

Translational science is the field that generates scientific and operational innovations that overcome the long-standing barriers along the translational research pipeline-NCATS.

The CTSA Program is a national network of medical research institutions that work together to innovate solutions to barriers across all translational stages (T0-T4) with a goal of delivering better treatments to all people more quickly.

SCTR Programs & Services

Research resources and activities are organized in several programmatic areas that span the stages of translational research, from discovery to implementation. Formal predoctoral (TL1) training and career development (KL2) components are included.

The Support Center for Clinical & Translational Science (SUCCESS) is staffed by a team of experts who provide research navigation and free consultations to clinical and translational research investigators and stakeholders across South Carolina. Visit the SUCCESS Center

The Research Nexus facilitates patient-oriented research and is part of SCTR’s Participant and Clinical Interactions (PCI) Program. Several fee-based research services, including research coordination and management, clinical nursing and laboratory studies, can be obtained through the SCTR Research Nexus. Explore Research Nexus Services

Consultations and services are requested, reviewed, and tracked using the SPARCRequest (Services, Pricing and Application for Research Centers) system, which was developed by SCTR. This request engine and work fulfillment portal provides a storefront for all core research services and resources at MUSC. SPARCRequest is used by many other CTSA programs across the United States. Submit a SPARCRequest

Get to Know SCTR Infographic (PDF)

Our Collaborators

SCTR’s robust network of collaborators includes academic, health care, and community-based organizations across the state that work together to advance translational science.

A visual depiction of SCTR's rich network of collaborators, including institutions, Community Advisory Board, and national organizations


Collaborating Institutions & Organizations- key relationships with collaborators and stakeholders to enhance its statewide impact 

Community Advisory Board- several SC Organizations engage with SCTR to provide insight into community priorities, guide community-engaged research, and serve as a liaisons with community stakeholders

National Collaborations- SCTR contributes to national efforts that advance clinical & translational science and research

Leadership & Organization


Royce Sampson 

Royce Sampson, MSN, RN, CRA
Primary Administrator, Chief Operations Officer & Finance Director

Debi Cain 

Debi Cain
Finance and Grants Administrator

Stephanie Gentilin 

Stephanie Gentilin, MA, CCRA
Director, SUCCESS Center

Dr. Tammy Loucks 

Tammy Loucks, MPH., DrPH
Science Development Officer

Kim McGhee 

Kimberly McGhee, Ph.D.
Science Writer

Theresa Milne 

Theresa Milne
Office Manager

Danielle Hutchison headshot 

Danielle Hutchison, MAOM
Communications Manager

Sydney Bollinger 

Sydney Bollinger
Special Projects Coordinator


Debi Cain | Finance and Grants Administrator
843-792-8768 | caind@musc.edu

Kim Dalrymple | Grants Administrator
843-792-8250 | dalrympl@musc.edu

Eryn Varano | Service Center Manager
843-792-7668 | varanoe@musc.edu

Karl D. Walsh | Senior Grants Administrator
843-792-2053 | walshk@musc.edu

Susan Waltz | Administrative Coordinator II
843-792-1540 | waltzs@musc.edu

The Evaluation & Quality Improvement (EQI) program within SCTR uses evaluation and quality improvement processes to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of clinical and translational research. In addition to collecting, analyzing, synthesizing, and reporting evaluation and quality improvement data, the EQI team works closely with SCTR programs to facilitate their use of these data in their scientific efforts. The EQI program's specific goals are:

    • To work with SCTR personnel to monitor SCTR activities and provide timely feedback to the program directors, faculty, and administrators responsible for SCTR to improve quality and increase efficiency.
    • To determine the effectiveness of SCTR in achieving both short- and long-term goals.
    • To work with SCTR programs and cores to build their capacity for evaluation and quality improvement.


EQI Evaluation Theories

  • Developmental Evaluation (DE) allows for the evolution of evaluation methods and metrics within emergent environments and for rapid-cycle assessments for program adaptation to system and community needs.
  • Utilization-Focused Evaluation (UFE) specifies the intended “meaningful use” of evaluation outcome metrics by the targeted evaluation users.
  • Theories of Constraints Lean Six Sigma (C-LSS) combines primary Quality Improvement (QI) theories and methodologies to formulate an approach in which system constraints are identified (TOC), waste is eliminated from the process (Lean), and the variability within the process becomes stabilized (Six Sigma).
  • Integrations of Team Science-Social Network Analysis (SNA) and Relational Coordination (RC) Theories – SNA is the mapping and measuring of relationships and flows between people, groups, organizations, and other connected information/knowledge entities. The nodes in the network are the people and groups, while the links show relationships or flows between the nodes. RC describes the interdependence between tasks but also between the people who perform those tasks, using three Relational measures (shared goals, shared knowledge, mutual respect) and four Communication measures (frequency, timeliness, accuracy, problem-solving).


EQI Evaluation Model

Results-Based Accountability (RBA)

SCTR RBA matrix has four dimensions – program effort, program effects, quantity of results, and quality of results. Evaluation questions can be grouped into seven different categories:

  1. Effort: How much did SCTR and each of its programs do?
  2. Quality: How well did they do it (e.g., fidelity to best practice)?
  3. Relevance to Target Population: Do SCTR and its programs meet the needs and priorities of the target group? How were those needs identified? Were appropriate stakeholders engaged in planning, implementation, and assessment of results?
  4. Efficiency: Have SCTR and its programs reduced, as appropriate, cost per person, cost per unit of activity, or time to completion with no loss of quality?
  5. Effectiveness: To what extent have SCTR activities led to progress in accomplishing Institute and program aims?
  6. Outcome: To what extent have SCTR and its programs accomplished their aims? Were there any other unintended positive or negative outcomes?
  7. Sustainability: To what extent have SCTR and its programs led to long-term system change?

Contact the Evaluation Team

Jillian Harvey 

Jillian Harvey, Ph.D.
Evaluation Program Director

Rechelle Paranal 

Rechelle Paranal, MSW, MA
Evaluation Manager

CTSA Program

SCTR is funded in part through the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institute of Health, grants UL1TR001450, TL1TR001451, and KL2TR001452.

Additional support for SCTR is provided by:

  • Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Medicine
  • Hollings Cancer Center
  • MUSC Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost
  • MUSC Health Authority


SCTR Research Nexus

96 Jonathan Lucas Street

Suite: 214

MSC Code: 195

Charleston, SC 29425

SCTR Institute

Roper MOB

125 Doughty Street

Suite: 140

MSC Code: 195

Charleston, SC 29403