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Behavioral and Community-Based Research Shared Resource Facility (BCBR SRF)

  • Mission Statement

    Director: Jessica L. Burris, PhD

    The BCBR SRF plays a key role in helping Markey Cancer Center (MCC) clinician-scientists and researchers by supporting research in clinics focusing on behavioral, psychosocial, survivor­ship, epidemiologic and health services research. Our community research collaborations are facilitated with help from the Kentucky Cancer Program, Kentucky Cancer Consortium, CCTS Community Engagement Core, the Markey Research and Affiliate Networks and other established partners in the community.

    The BCBR SRF offers experienced scientific consultation regarding patient and community-oriented methods such as survey design, outcomes measurement, psycho­metrics, medical chart review, epidemiologic methods, participatory research, clinic and community-based data collection and medical record review.”

  • When should you use the BCBR SRF?

    We are focused on helping UK and MCC investigators with cancer-related behavioral and psychosocial studies within clinic settings. We also support cancer prevention and control research conducted in Markey’s catchment area communities, including Appalachian Kentucky. We encourage investigators to reach out to the BCBR SRF early when developing your project or grant application. This allows our team to brainstorm and plan for the best use of our services and personnel for your project.

    So you need help with your project? The BCBR SRF can assist you with:

    • Survey designs and methodology.
    • Participant recruitment.
    • Data collection in clinic and community settings.
    • Data management and sharing with other SRF’s.
    • Medical chart reviews and data extractions.
    • Engaging with clinical and community partners.
    • Collaborating on resultant presentations and manuscripts. 
  • BCBR Services

    You may reach the BCBR SRF by contacting Manager Joan Kahl at (859) 218-6222 or

    BCBR services are split into Pre-Award and Post-Award categories.


    Pre-Award services provide a range of consultations to help researchers, including behavioral methods and patient feedback in proposed research. The BCBR SRF also offers consultation on community-based research methods, community partners and other Markey Cancer Center (MCC) Shared Resource Facilities (SRFs) to prepare for conducting research studies. Pre-Award consultation services are available to all MCC investigators without charge.  

    • Behavioral Methodology (Qualitative and Quantitative)
    • Patient-Reported Outcomes and Measurement
    • Community-Based Research Methods
    • Linking with MCC Clinics, Community Partners, and other MCC SRFs    


    Post-Award services address plans to initiate clinic and community-based research. The BCBR SRF conducts a range of services such as gathering data in both clinic and community-based settings, participant accrual, tracking and retention efforts, and coordinating efforts with Markey-based clinics, community partners and other MCC SRFs.

      • Participant Accrual, Tracking and Retention
      • Data Collection (Clinic-Based and Community-Based)
      • Coordinating with MCC Clinics, Community Partners, Other MCC SRFs
    • Prioritization of Services

      The BCBR SRF has established a prioritization protocol that guides allocation of BCBR SRF resources, emphasizing support for funded projects led by MCC investigators.

         Level 1: Federal/Nationally-funded projects (e.g., NCI, ACS, DOD, etc.)

         Level 2: Other funded (non-pilot) projects

         Level 3: Markey Cancer Center pilot/feasibility projects

         Level 4: Unfunded projects led by MCC member investigators

         Level 5: Unfunded projects led by non-members of MCC 

    • Request BCBR Services

      You may reach the BCBR SRF by contacting Manager Joan Kahl at (859) 218-6222 or

      The BCBR SRF now uses an online program called iLab to manage service requests and billing. To start using BCBR SRF services, click the link below, which will take you to a landing page with more detailed instructions, including a one-time account setup. Once your account is set up, iLab will enable you to place BB SRF service requests, provide the required approvals, and monitor the progress of your project. 

      Click here for an iLab Overview.

      Returning investigators can log in to iLab here.

    • How the BCBR SRF Furthers MCC Science

      The BCBR SRF provides scientific expertise in the design and implementation of behavioral and community-based research conducted within MCC clinics, the broader MCC research enterprise and community settings. The BCBR SRF will assist with retention and stability of institutional knowledge, leveraging existing network of community partners, and meeting the specific research development and implementation needs of MCC program members.

    • Cost Structure

      Subsidization provided by Markey Cancer Center

      MCC members receive a 33% subsidy for post-award services through BCBR SRF. This subsidy is not available to other UK investigators through the UK College of Public Health.

      The external service providers, especially the academic core facilities, charge 15-20% more for external customers and do not offer any subsidy to MCC investigators.

      To enhance usage, consultation and Pre-Award services are 100% subsidized by MCC for Markey members.

      Cost for Post-Award Services

      The BCBR SRF charges user fees for Post-Award research implementation services, and subsidized rates are available for Markey Members. The BCBR SRF primarily uses an effort coverage approach, percentage effort is determined on a project-by-project basis and varies depending on the amount of time dedicated to the project. When necessary an hourly rate for post-award staff services has been calculated based on Research Associate salary and expenses. The hourly rate for Research Associate effort is the same for all Post-Award services. 

      Post-Award Research Implementation Services

      Membership Status

      Hourly Charges

      Markey Member Rate


      Non-Markey Member Rate


      The BCBR SRF has a second tier of pricing for Professional Post-Award services, which are supplied by the SRF Directors. This tier of pricing starts at $200/hour for external users, $150/hour for UK non-MCC member users, and $100/hour for MCC members which reflects the amount after the MCC Member subsidy.

      Professional Post-Award Services

      Membership Status

      Hourly Charges

      Markey Member Rate


      UK Non-Markey Member Rate


      External, Non-Markey Member Rate


    • Acknowledgement

      Investigators are required to acknowledge the Markey Cancer Center Behavioral and Community-Based Research Shared Resource Facility (BCBR SRF) in any publications that result from the use of behavioral or community based research services or consultation received through the BCBR SRF. For your convenience, you are welcome to use the following statement:

      This research was supported by the Behavioral and Community-Based Research Shared Resource Facility of the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center (P30CA177558).

    • Faculty and Staff

      Jessica L. Burris, PhD
      SRF Director

      jessica burris

      BCBR SRF Staff

      Joan Kahl, MS
      SRF Manager

      Joan Kahl

      Amy Christian, MPH
      Senior Research Associate

      Ami Christian

      Courtney Blair
      Research Associate

    • Organizations

      User Group

      The BCBR SRF maintains a user group that is dedicated to communicating with users about new research opportunities and changes in operations. To join the BCBR SRF User Listserv, please email or call 859-218-6222 with your request.

      Scientific Advisory Committee

      The BCBR SRF benefits from the guidance and feedback of a Scientific Advisory Committee made up of members from each of the four MCC Research Programs, community representatives and content area experts. Meetings are held twice a year and additional communication occurs as needed. John D'Orazio, MD, PhD serves as Chair.

      SAC Members

      • John D’Orazio, MD, PhD, Genomic Instability, Epigenetics and Metabolism Research Program
      • Rachel Miller, MD, Drug Discovery, Delivery, and Translational Therapeutics Program
      • Kathleen O’Connor, PhD, Cancer Cell Biology and Signaling Research Program 
      • Katie Bathje, MA, Kentucky Cancer Consortium
      • Mary Horsley, RN, University of Kentucky Telemedicine
      • W. Jay Christian, PhD, Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program, Epidemiology and GIS
      • Tina Studts, PhD, MSPH, Health Behavior & Measurement
      • Patient Representative, to be named