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 Prisma Health–Upstate 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 Prisma Health–Upstate. Each Faculty Fellow is strategically embedded in a Prisma Health–Upstate department, shifting their focus from their regular teaching duties to developing a comprehensive research agenda with their embedded Prisma Health 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 Prisma Health 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.

Become a Fellow

The Clemson University School of Health Research is looking for its next cohort of Faculty Fellows.

Applications are due to cushr@clemson.edu by July 15, 2022. Download the application. Faculty members with inquiries should contact Thomas Britt at TWbritt@clemson.edu, with any questions.

Meet the Faculty Fellows:

In 2021, Hugo Sanabria, an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, was named as a  Clemson University School of Health Research Faculty Fellow. Read more.

In 2020, Marissa Shuffler, an associate professor in the Clemson University Department of Psychology, was selected as a Clemson University School of Health Research and Prisma Health–Upstate Faculty Fellow. Read more.

In 2019, Emil Alexov, a professor in the Clemson University Department of Physics and Astronomy, was selected as a Clemson University School of Health Research and Prisma Health–Upstate Faculty Fellow. Read more.

In 2018, Thomas Britt, who serves as Trevillian Distinguished Professor of Psychology in the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, and Dev Arya, professor of bio-organic and medicinal chemistry in the College of Science were selected as Clemson University School of Health Research and Prisma Health–Upstate Faculty Fellows. Read more.

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 Prisma Health–Upstate Faculty Fellows.

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

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

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.


Embedded Scholars

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

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

  • Past Embedded Scholars

     • Corey Kalbaugh, Post-Baccalaureate

     • Zachary Klinefelter, Post-Doctorate

     • Sharon Holder, Reasearch Assistant Professor

     • Mirinda Gormley, Post-Doctorate

     • Joseph Singapogu, Research Assistant Professor

     • Robert Allen, Research Assistant Professor

     • Xi Pan, Post-Doctorate

     • Ransome Eke, Post-Doctorate

     • Talayeh Razzaghi, Post-Doctorate

     • Narges Hosseini, Post-Doctorate

     • Ali Hajiaghabozorgi, Post-Doctorate

     • Emily Heberlein, Post-Doctorate

     • Zac Conner, Post-Doctorate

     • Lauren Tyler, Post-Baccalaureate

     • Chelsea LeNoble, Post-Doctorate

     • Susan O'Hara, Post-Doctorate

     • Chris Wilson, Post-Doctorate

     • Dotan Shvorin, Post-Doctorate