Recruitment Center

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The CTSI Recruitment Center optimizes recruitment and retention of study participants through consultations and services.

A top reason for health research study termination is the failure to recruit participants.

You can contact us for a no-cost consultation at any point in your study, even before submitting for IRB approval. Our services include, but are not limited to, assistance with:

  • drafting a recruitment plan
  • feasibility queries for local and national databases
  • creating materials such as advertisements and phone scripts
  • utilizing social media to access participants
  • referrals for additional CTSI services

Start by requesting a consultation using our online form or emailing Deaven Hough, deavenf@ufl.edu.


Hear from UF investigators

“I wish I had gotten in touch with CTSI earlier, the staff are a delight to work with and the collaboration was very fruitful in terms of recruitment.”

-Emma Weeks, PhD, IFAS

The staff at HealthStreet were always so kind and helpful, helped me greet incoming study participants and were very gracious in helping me make arrangements to meet with participants.

-Lauren Bayliss, PhD, College of Journalism and Communications

ResearchMatch is a great free resource for social science research, especially if the research is also health-related.

-Nikolette Lipsey, MS, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Meet the team

Linda Cottler, PhD, MPH

Co-Director of CTSI Recruitment Center, Founder and Director of HealthStreet, and Dean’s Professor, Department of Epidemiology

Linda Cottler

Janice Krieger, PhD

Co-Director of CTSI Recruitment Center and Director of STEM Translational Communication Center, UF College of Journalism and Communications

Janice-Krieger

Holly Morris, RN, MSN, CCRC, CHRC

CTSI Director of Research Services

Holly Morris

Deaven Hough

CTSI Recruitment Specialist

Deaven Hough

A national connection

The CTSI Recruitment Center will serve as UF’s liaison to the national CTSA Trial Innovation Network Recruitment Innovation Centers and will contribute to the science of recruitment with an emphasis on participation of special populations, the use of innovative methods to disseminate messages about research and its findings, and the engagement of communities in methods to recruit and retain participants into health research that is relevant to them.