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Embedded Scholarship

Embedded scholarship is a philosophical approach to transformative health research. Collaborative research occurs when clinicians and researchers have opportunities to work together, and their research is informed by the needs of the delivery system.

Clemson’s top-tier health research faculty members are integrating, or embedding, themselves within the Greenville Health System (GHS) to experience and understand health care problems and delivery. These scholars work with clinicians and health care leaders to develop, create and analyze transformative solutions to the problems in close partnership.

The embedded scholarship initiative includes both a competitive postdoctoral program and a Faculty Fellows program. 

Faculty Fellows

Clemson University engages senior level faculty members in transforming health care through CUSHR Faculty Fellowships. The Fellows serve as leaders in collaborative health research between Clemson and GHS. Each Faculty Fellow is strategically embedded in a GHS department, shifting their focus from their regular teaching duties to developing a comprehensive research agenda with their embedded GHS department.

As part of their fellowship, Faculty Fellows produce research to improve the health of the community with their clinical partners. Their research will also contribute to the rapidly expanding joint Clemson University and GHS collaborative research agenda through publications and presentations.

The CUSHR Faculty Fellows program is a step forward in our commitment to health services research, and the University’s commitment to health innovation.

Every year, new faculty fellows are appointed by a committee.

In 2017, Kristin Scott with the College of Business, Jeff Anker, with the College of Science and Goutam Koley, with the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, are the Clemson University School of Health Research (CUSHR) and Greenville Health System Faculty Fellows. Read more here.

In 2016, Julia Sharp, a professor of mathematical sciences, was appointed a faculty fellow. Read more.

In 2015, Sarah Griffin, Ph.D., an associate professor in Clemson’s Department of Public Health Sciences, was appointed an embedded scholar at GHS. Read more.

Frances Kennedy, Ph.D., Professor and director of the School of Accountancy and Finance, and Joel Williams, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Public Health Sciences Department, were appointed the inaugural faculty fellows. Read more here.

Embedded Scholars

Embedded research assistant professors and postdoctoral fellows are junior research faculty researchers who integrate cutting-edge research methods and experience into the Greenville Health System. The postdoctoral fellows work with a Clemson faculty mentor and a GHS clinical mentor to evaluate, analyze and create solutions to health care challenges. 

The Embedded Postdoctoral Fellows each focus on a specific research area. They are:

  • Robert Allen, Ph.D.

    Robert Allen, Ph.D., Embedded Scholar, School of Health Reserach at Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

    Robert Allen is a research engineer with Greenville Health System’s perioperative services, and former embedded scholar. He is continuing his previous research regarding the impact of resident training on operative time and OR staffing costs. His future research foci include identifying key features of effective surgical teams, better handling callouts, shift changes and patient handoffs with less coordination errors and collaborative research between psychology, industrial engineering, surgery, nursing and anesthesiology.

  • Sharon Holder, Ph.D., research assistant professor

    Sharon Holder, Ph.D., Embedded Scholar, School of Health Reserach at Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

    Health Care Transformation

    Sharon is improving care models for the treatment of young psychiatric cases in the emergency department.

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  • Chelsea LeNoble, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow

    ChelseaPostdoctoral fellow Chelsea LeNoble graduated from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL with a PhD in Industrial & Organizational Psychology in December of 2016. She has recently joined Clemson University’s Department of Psychology as an embedded scholar, where she serves as a liaison with Greenville Health System researchers. Her primary role in this position is to further collaborative research efforts between the two institutions, assisting with current research projects relating to conscious leadership, indices and evaluations of training effectiveness, and leadership and work team enhancement. Chelsea’s research interests include occupational health psychology, self-regulation in the workplace, and employee recovery from work demands. If you would like to know more about her work, you can reach her at

  • Dotan Shvorin, Ph.D.

    Dotan Shvorin, Ph.D., Embedded Scholar, School of Health Reserach at Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

    Dotan Shvorin is a post-doctoral student in the Department of Industrial Engineering at Clemson University. For the last two years he has focused on developing human performance engineering concepts using quality engineering methodologies in conjunction with a game theory approach. Currently he examines localized brain activities and their relationship to performance using an EEG recording and multi-method simulation approach in order to study human disability as well as high performance athletes. Shvorin is also involved in an NSF grant working on an AHRQ grant to improve the flow of the patient, staff, equipment, supplies, and information in the operating room.

  • Joseph Singapogu, Ph.D., research assistant professor

    Joseph Singapogu, Ph.D., Embedded Scholar, School of Health Reserach at Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

    Health Care Transformation

    Joseph is developing and implementing devices and computational tools to measure and enhance the quality of care across a continuum.

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