A top reason for health research study termination is the failure to recruit participants.
The CTSI Recruitment Center optimizes recruitment and retention of study participants through consultations and services. 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
- creating materials such as advertisements and phone scripts
- accessing participants
- recruiting through social media
Are you a community member looking to participate in research? Find a study, volunteer for a program, and learn more.
Trial Innovation Network
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.
The challenge of recruiting a varied sample of people can make data collection difficult and time-consuming, but HealthStreet gave me access to the people throughout our local community. Furthermore, the staff allowed me to use an office to interview these women, an opportunity that improved the efficiency with which I could interview participants with a location participants could access by bus. 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, MA, College of Journalism and Communications
ResearchMatch is an extremely useful tool. I do research on health information avoidance, and I am able to collect data quickly and easily on ResearchMatch. Volunteers are usually eager to participate and provide feedback, which I greatly appreciate. ResearchMatch is a great free resource for social science research, especially if the research is also health-related. I intend to continue using ResearchMatch for as long as I am able. – Nikolette Lipsey, MS, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Meet the Team
Linda B. Cottler, PhD, MPH, Co-Director of CTSI Recruitment Center, Founder and Director of HealthStreet, and Dean’s Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology
Janice Krieger, PhD, Co-Director of CTSI Recruitment Center and Director of STEM Translational Communication Center, UF College of Journalism and Communications
Holly Morris, MSN, RN CCRC, CHRC, CTSI Director of Research Services
Elizabeth “Biz” Flood-Grady, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate
Lauren Light, Recruitment Coordinator
Questions? Contact Recruitment Coordinator Lauren Light, 352-273-5517.