Clinical and Translational Personas now available!

Evidence-based profiles of roles across the translational workforce are now available through CTS-Personas, a project of the CTSA Program National Center for Data to Health (CD2H), led by Sara Gonzales at Northwestern University.  Each profile details key responsibilities, motivators, goals, software use, pain points, and professional development needs. The Persona profiles cover the spectrum of the translational ecosystem, from basic science to clinical research to community implementation. Personas can be integrated locally to help inform local resources, training opportunities, and communication strategies. The profiles and support documents are available for download now. Learn more at

  • Basic Scientist
  • Biostatistician
  • Center Administrator
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Community-Engaged Researcher
  • Data Analyst
  • Developer
  • K Scholar
  • Librarian
  • Patient Navigator
  • Physician Scientist
  • Research Administrator

Project partners from Northwestern University, Washington University, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Oregon Health & Science University have collaborated on the CTS-Personas project throughout 2019. Inspired by projects such as Collections as Data Personas and Voices of Veterans, the partners created evidence-based Persona profiles by examining CTSA organizational charts and websites, job listings, and literature on the workforce. The team also conducted interviews with people employed in the various roles to supplement and fortify the research with real-life experience. The resulting profiles demonstrate up-to-date, genuine needs and concerns in the CTSA community, and can thereby be a vital resource to design solutions that meet key needs.

CTS-Personas has been managed in an open GitHub repository and is currently accepting new Issues for comment and feedback on the project. The profile documents, user guidebook, and other supplemental information are available on the CTS-Personas website.

Learn more about CTS-Personas and other CD2H projects at:


This project is funded in part by the CTSA National Center for Data to Health (CD2H) and supported by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, Grant Number U24TR002306, to help guide the cultural and technological changes necessary for data and informatics to improve research and health care.