Office of Research

Message from the Associate Dean for Research and PhD Studies
Dr. Teresa Kelechi, PhD, RN, FAAN

Teresa KelechiResearch and scholarship are integral to the mission of the Office of Research which supports faculty and students to engage in our interprofessional environment to generate, translate and disseminate scientific knowledge that contributes to providing excellence in health care for the citizens of the State of South Carolina and beyond.

The Office of Research:

  • facilitates the conduct of research and scholarly activity by faculty and students
  • provides guidance, assistance and oversight for internal and external grants (pre-award and post-award)
  • fosters collaborations and interprofessional research
  • distributes available resources to support research and implements educational programs that advance research and scholarly activity
  • provides support to enhance dissemination of scholarship

Strategic Collaborations

Working within the only academic health sciences center in South Carolina, our faculty and students lead and partner in collaborative research alliances with colleagues across the MUSC enterprise, such as:

  • Department of Public Health Sciences
  • South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research (SCTR) Institute, a statewide National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Clinical and Translational Science Award Program hub based at MUSC
  • NIH-designated Hollings Cancer Center

As the recipient of a P20 Center Grant, Symptoms Self-Management Center for Pain and Fatigue, supported by the National Institute of Nursing Research, the College is able to leverage technology and bioinformatics to develop and test community-based interventions, for individuals with a variety of chronic conditions. Our global partnerships extend our research and clinical translational and implementation science foci to countries such as India, Africa, and the Caribbean. 

Our Scholarship


Our community of researchers share commonality of dedication towards the pursuit of symptom self-management, over the lifespan, inclusive of family caregiving, and with an appreciation of behavioral and technological influences that impact health outcomes. Our science and scholarship are imparting new knowledge to the next generation of nurse and health sciences researchers. Our research interests, as well as active peer-reviewed research programs are, and have been, supported by several federal funding agencies such as:


  • National Institutes of Health
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Department of Health and Human Services/Administration for Community Living
  • Department of Defense
  • National Institute of Justice
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Health Resources and Service Administration
  • Dept. of Crime Victim Assistance Grants and Violence Against Women Act (VOCA and VAWA)
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center


As well as national foundations and specialty organizations including:


  • The Duke Endowment
  • The David R. and Margaret C. Clare Foundation
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation
  • New Morning Foundation
  • Zero to Three
  • First Steps South Carolina
  • Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina
  • Macy Foundation
  • Jonas Foundation
  • Warren Alpert Foundation
  • Yaschik Foundation
  • Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association
  • TD Bank Foundation
  • American Heart Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • Charleston Research Institute


We actively participate in interdisciplinary translational research with our colleagues across the MUSC campus, which is recognized as one of the top 100 university in the U.S. for funding with over $328 million in sponsored research, including $144 from the NIH.


Funding Portfolio


In FY20-21, the CON funding portfolio included over $5 million in total grant funding across research, education, and practice grants. Of that, more than $2 million was NIH supported grants from the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, and National Institute of Mental Health. As a College, we invite and build collaborations with other researchers at both the national and international levels that share similar areas of interests to contribute meaningfully to implementation science.

Office of Research

Teresa Kelechi, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Dean for Research and PhD Studies

Moby Madisetti, MSc
Director, Office of Research
Research Associate

Alexis Nagel, PhD
Grants Writer
Research Instructor

Raquel Vining
Grants Administrator

Donna Jordan
Administrative Assistant

Additional Resources

Carlos Lopez
Grants Manager

Kathy Franks

Accountant/Fiscal Analyst II