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Translating Between Theory and Practice

The Institute for Translational Research in Education, Nursing, and Health Professions was chartered by the University in 2010 and serves as a college-wide umbrella for collaborative research activities by faculty, students, and their community partners. It was established in direct response to Dean Ralph O. Mueller’s articulated vision from 2009: ENHP will become a national model for the integration of education and health sciences with community engagement.

The Institute promotes academic excellence through relevant, community-engaging research and scholarship. Specific initiatives take full advantage of collaborations with two anchor partners that reflect the college’s dual focus, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and the Hartford Public School system, in addition to a broad range of other health and education partnerships. In doing so, various multi- and inter-disciplinary projects contribute to the University's stated desire to be a private university with a public purpose that is anchored in and focused on constituent communities, be they local, regional, national, or international.

Translational investigations – those that are designed to “translate” scientific results into relevant outcomes and invite constituent communities to inform science's directions – are conducted through three distinct but integrated content centers that reflect the college's disciplinary foci: 

Excellence through Relevance

Through the centers, faculty and students have the opportunity to participate in the civic life of our community. Longstanding as well as newly forged relations with community partners afford the sharing of a broad range of skills and services and the opportunity to conduct translational work equally benefitting communities, students, and faculty, thus, illustrating the college’s commitment to Excellence through Relevance.

For more information on the Institute for Translational Research in Education, Nursing, and Health Professions, contact Kevin Ball, Associate Dean for Research and Community, at 860.768.5806 or

Institute for Translational Research Technology and Inquiry Lab<br /> [Photo by Christine Petit]</p>