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December 2009

Kelly Canfield

"In the era of evidence based medicine, research is critical to the advancement of our overall health and well-being.”
-Kelly Canfield, NP

Kelly Canfield, NP, has been a member of Upstate Medical University since 2003. She is a master’s prepared Family Nurse Practitioner since 1991 and is currently in her second year of a post-master Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program at Upstate's College of Nursing. For the past 5 years, Kelly has been working in the Department of Psychiatry as a research project manager focusing on addiction research for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The project is a Hepatitis C (HCV) research study titled “Improving Hepatitis C Treatment in Injection Drug Users.” This research project offers current pharmacological treatment to patients with HCV who are also participating in a methadone treatment program. She also provides biomedical clinical research oversight for research projects in areas such as schizophrenia and alcohol abuse/dependence. Kelly is an author and co-author of research presentations and journal publications formulated based on these research studies. In addition, she also supervises research staff, manages all administrative and operational aspects of the research project, manages research databases, and collaborates with biostatisticians regarding data analysis. She also acts as a liaison between the research office and key research professionals at the NIH, IRB offices, affiliated medical facilities, and with other research investigators.

When asked what she likes best about her position, Kelly expressed, “I love the complexities and challenges that accompany the research process. I enjoy the early phases of developing a research idea through the operationalization of the methods, trouble shooting difficulties that impede study progress, and the excitement that can be generated by analysis of the data after years of hard work collecting it. I also love working with the wonderful patients who dedicate not only their time, but themselves to the research process. It can be very fulfilling to help a patient as well as provide new research information to the medical community.”

On her own time, Kelly enjoys spending family time with her husband and 2 and a half year old son.  She is a huge tennis fan and loves to watch the various major tournaments that take place during the summer. In addition her family enjoys spending the summers in the Adirondacks canoeing, swimming and spending time at the beach with their extended family.

When asked what she wants people to know about her, Kelly responded, “I often hear statements from colleagues indicating how complicated or difficult research is, but I would like people to know that I am willing to provide assistance with understanding the many facets of research and encourage them to take part in a least some small aspect of a research process. In the era of evidence based medicine, research is critical to the advancement of our overall health and well-being.”

Kelly, our thanks to you and the Department of Psychiatry for the important contributions you make to our mission of improving the health of the communities we serve through education, biomedical research and healthcare.