What is the role of culture, diversity, and community engagement in transdisciplinary translational science?

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Concepts of culture and diversity are necessary considerations in the scientific application of theory generation and developmental processes of preventive interventions; yet, culture and/or diversity are often overlooked until later stages (e.g., adaptation [T3] and dissemination [T4]) of the translational science process. Here, we present a conceptual framework focused on the seamless incorporation of culture and diversity throughout the various stages of the translational science process (T1-T5). Informed by a community-engaged research approach, this framework guides integration of cultural and diversity considerations at each phase with emphasis on the importance and value of "citizen scientists" being research partners to promote ecological validity. The integrated partnership covers the first phase of intervention development through final phases that ultimately facilitate more global, universal translation of changes in attitudes, norms, and systems. Our comprehensive model for incorporating culture and diversity into translational research provides a basis for further discussion and translational science development.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Graham, PW; Kim, MM; Clinton-Sherrod, AM; Yaros, A; Richmond, AN; Jackson, M; Corbie-Smith, G

Published Date

  • March 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 115 - 124

PubMed ID

  • 27012259

Pubmed Central ID

  • 27012259

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1613-9860

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s13142-015-0368-2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England