CTSI Profile: Joseph McClernon

December 5, 2019

Joseph McClernon joined the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) this year as the director of Evaluation and Strategic Planning. In his new role, McClernon will work with the CTSA PIs and Cores to identify goals and develop strategies to better evaluate and achieve those goals.

McClernon, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has conducted clinical research at Duke since 2001. He leads a center that investigates the underlying causes of tobacco addiction and tests novel clinical and policy interventions designed to decrease tobacco-related disease. While doing this work, he began to leverage more resources and services offered by the CTSI, including the Recruitment Innovation Center, for some of his projects.

“I was really impressed with the quality of services being provided by the CTSI,” he said. “And I liked the people we were working with. The value and enjoyment I got from working with CTSI Cores led me to want to be a part of the team.”

McClernon will help lead CTSI’s Evaluation and Strategic Planning team in the development and evaluation of core and overall institute goals. He and his team are already working on strategies for making metrics tracking more efficient and for effectively communicating the stories behind the numbers. 

Outside of work, McClernon enjoys running and is currently training for the Boston Marathon. He also serves on the board of Life Skills Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides housing, independent living skills training, and wraparound supports to youth facing homelessness in Durham. No matter what he’s doing, he enjoys seeing how what he’s working on can make a positive impact in the community.

“I’ve always enjoyed tackling tough problems” McClernon said. “I get excited about using science to solve tough problems while identifying and implementing strategies for making Duke research more efficient and impactful.”