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Overview of Services

The Qualitative and Mixed Methods Core (QMMC) is an institutional core that will support the performance of rigorous qualitative and mixed methods (QMM) research at the PSCOM/PSHealth. The mission of the QMMC is to provide infrastructure and support for multi-disciplinary, collaborative, translational QMM research and to help incorporate QMM externally funded grant applications. Officially launched in January 2020 and co-directed by Drs. Lauren Jodi Van Scoy and Heather Stuckey, the QMMC will consist of three services for supporting projects with qualitative and/or mixed methods aims.

The QMMC will provide three main services: 1) Study Design/Consultation; 2) Education; and 3) Implementation Services.

1. Study Design/Consultation: A QMMC director will work with the investigator(s) to review study objectives and aims, and provide guidance on how best to incorporate qualitative and/or mixed methods practices to meet the goals of the project.
2. Education: QMMC directors will host regular workshops and hold lectures to support the training of investigators interested in QMM methodologies.
3. Implementation Services: Staff will be trained to assist QMMC users with implementation of QMM research, including interviewing, transcription, coding, IRB procedures, etc.

VISION: To improve the scope, quality, and rigor of qualitative and mixed methods (QMM) clinical and translational research at PSCOM/PSHealth

MISSION: Provide infrastructure and support for multi-disclipinary, collaborative, clinical and translational research that involves qualitative and mixed methods


Heather Stuckey, D. Ed.|Co-Director

Lauren Jodi Van Scoy, MD|Co-Director

Erika VanDyke, MPH|Research Project Manager 

Heather Costigan, BS|Research Project Manager


Location and hours of operation

Hours      Location

8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

     500 University Drive
     Mail code H041
     Hershey, PA 17033


Name Role Phone Email Location
Erika VanDyke
Research Project Manager
500 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033
Heather Costigan
Research Project Manager
500 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033