CTSI Welcomes Mike Landry and Lavanya Vasudevan to Team Science Core

April 28, 2021

Mike Landry and Lavanya Vasudevan
Dr. Mike Landry (left) and Dr. Lavanya Vasudevan (right)

Mike Landry, PhD, and Lavanya Vasudevan, PhD, have joined the CTSI Team Science Core as Faculty Co-Director and Associate Director, respectively. As part of the Core leadership team, Drs. Landry and Vasudevan will work closely with Jonathon Cummings, PhD, Professor of Management in the Fuqua School Business, and core staff, to lead the direction of programs designed to serve as a centralized resource for supporting interdisciplinary and collaborative research teams across Duke University and the Health System. Their diverse experiences in boundary-spanning (e.g., interdisciplinary, international, and inter-sectoral) research, education, and practice will add to the Core’s expertise and capacities in the implementation and recognition of team science activities, skills, and concepts institutionally.

As a health policy and health services researcher, Dr Landry’s research interests are inherently interdisciplinary and collaborative, centering on the translation of rehabilitation research into policy and practice. With joint appointments in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), Dr Landry’s research agenda seeks to understand the supply and demand of rehabilitation medicine and services, and strengthening health policy to bridge the gap. Most recently, his work has focused on the trauma of racism and its implications on health equity within rehabilitation science and medicine. 

Dr. Landry previously served as Division Chief of the Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Division, where he led the rebuilding of that program, now recognized as one of the top physical therapy programs in the United States. During this time he was involved in the creation of an innovative team-based learning curriculum for this program. 

In addition to spanning disciplinary boundaries in his work, Dr Landry also brings experience as a leader spanning national and cultural boundaries through his work as a policy consultant for aid organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO). In 2020, Dr. Landry was the recipient of the Enid Graham Memorial Lecture Award by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association for his outstanding leadership and his contributions in global health and physiotherapy over the past 20 years.

Dr. Lavanya Vasudevan is an Assistant Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health, with a joint appointment in the Duke Global Health Institute. She is no stranger to the CTSI: as a CTSA KL2 Scholar, she brings a unique perspective to the Core’s leadership team. Her research interests focus on addressing complex behavioral issues (e.g., vaccine hesitancy), using innovative technologies such as digital health. She employs a team science approach to her research, owing to its complex and multi-disciplinary nature. As such, she brings a wealth of experience leading and working in interdisciplinary and international research teams, including student and multi-entity teams. She has formal training in mixed methods and implementation science, and has authored research and policy articles. Taken together, her experience and expertise will provide the Core important tools and frameworks for research scalability and sustainability via collaboration and stakeholder engagement.