CTSI Profile: Cheryl Robinson

February 6, 2019

As a senior research aide with the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), Cheryl Robinson has been supporting work by the Translational Population Health Research (TransPop) team. This year, she will also take on responsibility with Duke’s HeadHealth TECH Challenge, sponsored by the National Football League (NFL) and National Football League Players Association (NFLPA).

With TransPop, Cheryl primarily works on Project Baseline, a comprehensive study of human health and the transition to disease. She supports data entry for the study, which helps allow schedulers to contact participants for their annual follow-ups. She also helps support quality control on participant files in preparation for audits and maintains the participant portal with assessment results.

“I started as a concierge with the Project Baseline team,” Cheryl said. “In almost a year, I had virtually met all of the participants. And it’s nice when I get to be a part of the events and meet the participants face to face.”

In her new role working with the HeadHealth TECH Challenge team, Cheryl is excited to keep building on the skills she’s developed on Project Baseline. She’s excited to learn and grow in her new role, as well as work more closely with Melissa Hall, project manager for the HeadHealth TECH Challenge.

Cheryl has been at Duke for almost two years now. She began her research experience while serving in the United States Navy and working on underwater research. She took on her role at the CTSI to expand her skillset and expose herself to new research activities.

“There are so many ways to make vital and useful contributions within my career choices. Being a part of the CTSI community allows me to actively stay in touch with this,” she said.

When Cheryl is not at work, she enjoys spending time with family, decorating, crafting, and helping friends declutter their homes. She’s also learning new recipes - a favorite recent dish is ramen bowls. She appreciates the work-life balance she’s able to strike at Duke, and in particular she feels like a valued member of the CTSI family.

“At the CTSI, I feel like I’m being treated as a whole person,” Cheryl said. “The leadership refers to all of us as team members and values us as individuals, and it’s great to know that I’m playing an important, supportive role.”