CATALyST K12 - Early Career Scientist Training

Apply to be a CATALyST Scholar

The next scholar admissions round will take place in Spring 2021. If you wish to receive a notification when admissions have re-opened, please contact the CATALYST Program Administrator, Susan Brandzel.


Learn cutting-edge LHS research methods from experienced learning health systems in Washington State

The CATALyST* LHS Scholar Program brings together four learning health systems with deep expertise in translational research: Kaiser Permanente Washington, the University of Washington, the Veterans Affairs (VA) Puget Sound Health Care System, and the Washington State University College of Medicine. Our goal is to provide experience and training that produces independent scientists who will become the future leaders of LHS research that improves quality, safety, equity, and patient health.

CATALyST is one of 11 U.S. Centers of Excellence that comprise the Learning Health Systems K12 training program funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

Why become a CATALyST Scholar?

As a CATALyST scholar, you will get the unique chance to work in rich LHS environments with experienced faculty who are passionate about mentoring future LHS scientists. You’ll also have many opportunities to contribute to new and ongoing LHS studies across our four collaborating health care systems, all of which have diverse populations, services, and care models. By leveraging the longstanding relationships we have with operations partners in care delivery, you will gain valuable hands-on experience in the foundational elements of LHS research. You’ll also have the rewarding opportunity to learn—and use—cutting-edge methods to rapidly implement evidence that improves patient outcomes.

CATALyST program goals, training, and faculty

The CATALyST Scholar Program will train qualified early-career investigators in the innovative methods of LHS science and patient-centered outcomes methodology. We will also engage scholars in new and ongoing LHS research opportunities and provide mentorship to help them develop and achieve their career goals as LHS researchers.


CATALyST Scholar Maggie Ramirez with program co-director Paula Lozano.


CATALyST scholars will receive multidisciplinary didactic and experiential training in:

  • Using core LHS competencies that incorporate patient-centered outcomes research and methods, implementation science, adaptive/pragmatic design, and informatics.
  • Engaging patients and other stakeholders (e.g., health care executives, operational and clinical leaders) from research inception to completion to implementation.
  • Designing and conducting studies in LHS systems to generate, adopt, and apply evidence to improve health care quality, safety and equity.


The CATALyST program is led by Kaiser Permanente Washington’s Diana Buist, PhD, MPH, and Paula Lozano, MD, MPH. Dr. Buist is a senior investigator and director of research and strategic partnerships at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI). Dr. Lozano is a KPWHRI senior investigator, a practicing pediatrician, and associate medical director of research translation at Washington Permanente Medical Group. These leaders bring robust expertise in LHS research, experience in mentorship, and demonstrated collaboration with our regional partners.

In addition, CATALyST includes outstanding training leaders and faculty from diverse clinical and research disciplines across our four partner institutions. These engaged, committed and established mentors have extensive expertise in LHS core-competency domains and patient-centered outcomes research methodology.

View a complete list of faculty and their disciplines (PDF.)

*CATALyST stands forĀ Consortium for Applied Training to Advance the Learning health system with Scholars/Trainees.

The CATALyST K12 Scholar Program is co-sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).


Disciplines of interest

  • Bioinformatics
  • Economics
  • Epidemiology
  • Health services research
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Social & behavioral science


Contact: Susan Brandzel
CATALyST Program Administrator