CATALyST K12 — Early-Career Scientist Training

  • What is CATALyST?

    What is CATALyST?

    CATALyST is a multi-institutional training collaboration that harnesses expertise from faculty and health care delivery systems affiliated with 4 major Washington state-based institutions. Its goal is to inspire, train, and connect scientists in the emerging field of learning health systems (LHS) research.


    We are not currently accepting applications for new scholars.

  • CATALyST WIP calendar

    CATALyST WIP calendar

    The CATALyST community meets for works-in-progress (WIP) sessions twice monthly (second and fourth Mondays). In this learning community environment, scholars and other subject matter experts share research plans, experience, findings, and mentorship in a multi-dimensional, LHS dialogue. All are welcome to attend CATALyST WIPs, which are currently being held virtually.

    Upcoming WIP sessions

  • CATALyST publications

    CATALyST publications

    CATALyST scholars are making an impact in the field of learning health sciences. Check out the latest CATALyST scholar Featured Publication and other LHS publications by current and recently graduated scholars.

    Scholar publications

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

The CATALyST* LHS Scholar Program brings together 4 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 1 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 4 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 and training

The CATALyST Scholar Program trains qualified early-career investigators in the innovative methods of LHS science and patient-centered outcomes methodology. We 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.


Back row from left: CATALyST scholars Leah Marcotte, Kendra Liljenquist, Annie Hoopes, and Kevin Duan. Front row from left: program team members Xoe Amer, Paula Lozano, James Ralston, and Susan Brandzel.​​​

CATALyST scholars 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.

*CATALyST stands for 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