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About Us

Dissemination and implementation research intends to bridge the gap between research, practice, and policy by building a knowledge base about how health information, effective interventions, and new clinical practices, guidelines and policies are communicated and integrated for public health and health care service use in specific settings. (NIH PAR-19-274).  Recognizing the need for increased capacity in D&I research, training and leadership, we established the UC San Diego DISC in 2020 as a center focusing on dissemination and implementation science across UC San Diego Health Sciences. Key activities provided by the UC San Diego DISC include training, consultation, technical assistance, and mentoring to advance D&I science with a local, national, and global impact.

For additional information please contact us at DISC@health.ucsd.edu

Executive Leadership Team

Gregory Aarons

Gregory Aarons
Co-Director
Professor, Psychiatry
Health Sciences
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DISC Management

Borsika Rabin

Borsika Rabin
Co-Director
Assistant Professor, Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science
Health Sciences
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Lauren Brookman-Frazee

Lauren Brookman-Frazee
Director of Education and Training
Professor, Psychiatry
Health Sciences
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Nicole Stadnick

Nicole Stadnick
Director of Dissemination and Evaluation
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Health Sciences
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Clare Viglione

Clare Viglione
UC San Diego DISC Manager
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DISC Internship Program

DISC currently offers undergraduate internships for course credit through the UC San Diego Family Medicine and Public Health Department (Course Number: FMPH199 and FMPH198). E-mail DISC Manager, Clare Viglione, for application instructions at cviglione@health.ucsd.edu. Read the full internship description.

Current DISC Interns:

Jessica Ni

Jessica is a third-year studying Human Health Psychology at UCSD. She is interested in research and hopes to pursue a research career in the future. She is especially interested in D&I research because of how it integrates health research and health practice.

Jillian Abasta

Jillian Abasta is a second-year double majoring in Clinical Psychology and Global Health at UCSD. She is interested in a career in mental health research, specifically investigating effective treatments and preventative measures for mental health disorders. She is enthusiastic about utilizing D&I methods in her future research to ensure interventions are readily accessible and attainable to those in need. 

Kasey Yu

Kasey is a third-year Biochemistry/Chemistry major at UCSD. Outside of class, she enjoys learning about the world through research and team projects. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kasey wanted to learn more about D&I science in evaluating the efficacy of medical interventions and health policy. She hopes to work in environmental health research and policy.

Nicholas Lee

Nicholas Lee is a fourth-year Human Biology Major and Psychology Minor at UCSD. Nicholas is interested in D&I Research because of his life goal of working as a Developmental Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, as he is especially passionate about working with disabled, underserved communities and improving their quality of healthcare.

Sarah Bonomi

Sarah is a fourth-year double majoring in Anthropology and Global Health at UCSD. Her experiences and skillset have made her want to engage in long term dissemination and implementation of research and policy work. Passionate about addressing public health issues specifically for vulnerable populations and children, Sarah wants to ensure that healthcare and preventative measures are in place for community success.