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Division of Research and Academic Development

Christopher P. Morley, PhD
Christopher P. Morley, PhD
Vice-Chair for Research

The Division of Research and Academic Development (RAD) in the Department of Family Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University focuses broadly on the concepts of research, academics, and development.

Historically, the RAD worked closely with the Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine at Upstate, given joint appointments of research faculty across the two departments, and the deployment of MPH and MD/MPH students on Family Medicine research and quality improvement projects.

In 2016, the Vice-Chair for Research, Dr. Morley, was tapped to serve as interim chair of the Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, and appointed as permanent chair in 2017. Since that time, the RAD has shifted focus to become a collaborative venture between the Departments of Family Medicine and Public Health & Preventive Medicine, with Dr. Morley retaining the Vice-Chair role within Family Medicine.

This arrangement has led to new partnerships, particularly around the development of a new Family Medicine Residency Program at Upstate, with a focus on academic scholarship and the incorporation of a public health certificate option. As the new residency program begins operation, scholarly activity within that residency will be a joint venture between the two departments.

Additionally, the RAD (through the Vice-Chair for Research) will continue to pursue its historical mission and content areas.


RAD works to enhance partnerships with other academic departments and institutions, with a focus on the following research and development areas:

  • Primary Care Medical Education & Workforce Development
  • Practice improvement and practice-based research networks
  • Preventive medicine and interventions
  • Medical ethics, distributive justice in health care, and medical citizenship
  • Evaluation and improvement of medical education
  • Health disparities and health policy
  • Mental/behavioral health in primary care
  • Care for patients with developmental disabilities
  • Integrative care

We view academic development to include the identification of funding for new or existing endeavors; the promotion of scholarship, publication and presentation; and contributions to knowledge and practice of health, medicine and medical education.