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CTS-Personas (Phase 2)


CTS-Personas was a CD2H Phase 2 Project. While we have wrapped up our work for now, we're still glad you're here and offer the following resources.

Translational workforce roles and persona profiles

This project encompasses and describes the diversity of roles in the clinical and translational science ecosystem. By identifying CTS roles, establishing a persona to represent each role, and providing each persona with a profile, we have documented the needs, motivations, goals, and pain points in CTS roles that can be used to inform software development, use cases, teaching materials, and more for the CTSA community.

Problem Statement

The concept of the translational workforce is an important one and plays a prominent role in the work and communication of CTSA Program hubs, NCATS, and beyond. However, before our work, a defined list of translational workforce roles in CTS did not exist. Here, we aim to better define the specific roles included in the translational workforce, establish a set of personas to reflect those roles, construct a portfolio of these persona profiles, and disseminate broadly to the CTSA program and to the CD2H for use in development of use cases, communications, training materials, and more.

Project Description

We developed a CTS Persona Portfolio to represent the diverse roles in CTS. The CTS personas reflect the spectrum of translation and the diversity of roles required for successful translation at the local hub level and span across the translational signposts as defined by NCATS of Basic Research → Pre-Clinical Research → Clinical Research → Clinical Implementation → Public Health. By compiling lists of CTS position descriptions and roles, completing research elucidating the needs, motivations, goals, technological proficiency and pain points of those occupying these roles, and condensing the research into easy to understand, one-page Personas profiles, we hope our work assists and informs CTSA program sites, partner sites, and beyond in developing sofware solutions, training and engagement materials, and more.

Alignment to program objectives

Work complete see here

Want to work talk to us?

  • Want to ask a question or just say hi? Please do! If you'are onboard already, you can find us on the #Personas channel on the CD2H Slack

Contact Person

Point person (github handle) Site
Sara Gonzales (@saragon02) Northwestern


Lead(s) (github handle) Site
Sara Gonzales (@saragon02) Northwestern

Team Members

See team members page.


  • Personas 1-pager template
  • Set of Persona 1-pagers, spanning the translational workforce
  • User guide for employing the Personas with sample use cases
  • Bibliography of sources on the CTS workforce
  • Engagement and outreach to the CTSA hubs

Working documents

The project Google Drive folder is accessible to onboarded participants.


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