Patient Reported Outcomes Survey and Population Research


Overview of Services

The Patient-Reported Outcomes, Survey & Population Research (PROSPR) Shared Resource provides researchers with access to state-of-the-art patient-reported outcome (PRO), quality of life, psychological and behavioral questionnaires and assessment methods. Our services include assisting investigators in identifying existing measures, developing new measures, designing data collection strategies, and conducting psychometric analysis. We also provide fitness and body composition assessments related to energy balance research, including VO2 max testing, accelerometers to measure activity, including the ability to lease accelerometers for a study, anthropometric measurements, physical functioning tests, strength assessments using the Biodex system, DXA scans, gait analysis, and venous blood draws. The PROSPR Shared Resource will also develop databases for questionnaire data entry, participant tracking databases and computer-and-web-based assessments. Additionally the PROSPR Shared Resource maintains a library of existing questionnaires, along with information pertaining to their reliability, validity and scoring.




Susan K. Peterson, PhD, MPH
Core Director
Phone: 713-792-8267



Karen Basen-Engquist, PhD, MPH
Core Co-Director
Phone: 713-745-3123



Carrie Howard, MA, MBA - Core Manager

Carol Harrison, MEd - Sr. Exercise Physiologist

George Baum, MS - Sr. Statistical Analyst

John Yick - Programmer Analyst

Elenita Tamez, MA - Associate Programmer Analyst

Nathan Goodwin - Research Coordinator

Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

Monday - Friday 8:00a-5:00p 

Cancer Prevention Building


Links and Resources

  1. Click here to visit the core website


Name Role Phone Email Location
Susan K. Peterson, PhD, MPH
Core Director
Cancer Prevention Building
Karen Basen-Engquist, PhD, MPH
Core Co-Director
Cancer Prevention Building
Carrie Howard, MA, MBA
Core Manager
Cancer Prevention Building


Name Description
PROSPR Services Request 

Initiate a request with the core for the services listed below.

Project requests should begin with a consultation. Initial consultations usually consist of a brief meeting to discuss the investigator's needs and the type of services required. The Core manager, in consultation with other PROSPR staff, then prepares an estimate of the effort and personnel costs involved. The investigator is provided with a service proposal that must be signed before the start of any work. Issues considered when determining the level of staff and percent effort required are as follows:

  • Research needed to determine the appropriate assessment tools
  • Number of questionnaires to be administered and the length of each of these questionnaires
  • Total patient accrual and data collection procedures
  • Database development needs
  • Data entry requirements
  • Data support for analysis

Please email to schedule a consultation. 


Consultation or Exploratory Meeting

  • Please request a consultation for all new projects.
  • Assistance with grant proposals is provided at no charge, if PROSPR services are included in the grant budget.
  • Select items from our library (e.g., questionnaires in the public domain and validation articles) are provided at no charge.

Data Support

• Design and development of recruitment and participant
tracking databases
• Questionnaire data entry databases
• Computerized randomization modules (either simple or adaptive)
• Computer-assisted data collection instruments and procedures
• Set up of computerized adaptive tests for PROs
• Develop web-based survey administration
• Scoring of questionnaires and preparation of data sets
for analysis
• Psychometric analysis
• Develop data management plans for studies generating
different types of data and from various sources


Energy Balance Research Support

• Cardiorespiratory fitness testing
• Accelerometers to measure activity
• Anthropometric measurements
• Physical function testing
• Strength assessment using the Biodex system
• Assessment of body composition (including visceral
adiposity) using DXA
• Venous blood draw


Clinical Research Support

• Development and maintenance of a PRO questionnaire library
• Questionnaire selection and/or development
• Protocol assistance and submission
• Data collection procedure development
• Data collection by phone, mail, internet, and in clinic
• Qualitative data collection including focus groups
and structured interviews
• Data entry including development of guidelines and
quality control

DE - Data Collection   
DE - Data Entry    
NB - Abstract Writing   
NB - Actigraph Download   
NB - Actigraph Initialization   
NB - Core Related Administrative Tasks   
NB - Core Related Lab Maintenance   
NB - Core Related Library Website   
NB - Core Related Meetings   
NB - Core Related Meetings   
NB - Core/eHealth/EB Related Tasks   
NB - Data Analysis/Data Set Preparation   
NB - Data Entry   
NB - Grant Writing   
NB - Literary Search   
NB - Research Development and Exploration   
NB - Research/Project Support   
DM - Actigraph Data Merge   
RS - Adept Transcription Service   
DM - Actigraph Data Set-Up/Scoring/Actigraph Data Analysis   
RS - Research Support Meeting (Data Support Group)   
DM - Actigraph Download   
RS - Actigraph Related Work   
DM - Actigraph Initialization   
RS - Atlas Software Lease   
DM - Actigraph Maintenance   
RS - ActiLife Software Lease   
DM - Database Application/Development   
RS - Actigraph Belt Lease 

Price is per unit, per month

DM - Database Application/Maintenance   
RS - Actigraph Unit Lease 

Price is per unit, per month

DM - Database Application/Modification   
RS - Actigraph Replacement Fee   
DM - Database Development   
RS - Assistance with Survey Writing and Formatting   
DM - Dataset Preparation/Scoring/Analysis   
RS - Organizing Survey Files/Spreadsheets   
DM - Meeting with Investigators/Project Personnel   
RS - Participant Screening/Recruitment/Consenting   
DM - Qualtrics Data Download/Exporting/Reporting   
RS - Preparation for Data Collection   
DM - Qualtrics Survey Development   
RS - Research Support (Research Coordinator)   
DM - Randomization Database   
RS - Research Support (Sr. Exercise Physiologist)   
DM - REDCap Survey Development   
RS - Survey mail-out procedures   
DM - REDCap Training/Learning   
RS - Core Lab Maintenance (Sr. Exercise Physiologist)   
DM - Research Support   
RS - Core Manager Project Oversight   
DM - IT Web Approval Process   
RS - Project Communication - Sr. Exercise Physiologist   
DM - Research and Development Exploration   
RS - Project Communication - Sr. Stat Analyst/Programmer Analyst   
DM - Data Analysis   
RS - Project Communication/Data Delivery/Project Support   
RS - Poject Communication - Research Coordinator   
RS - Protocol Design/Protocol Assistance/Pilot Testing (Data Support Group)   
RS - Protocol Design/Protocol Assistance/Pilot Testing (Research Support Group)   
RS - Report Programming   
RS - Anthropometrics    
RS - Anthropometrics w/ Skinfold 

Price is per test

NB - DXA Data Analysis   
RS - Biodex 

Price is per test

RS - DXA Scan 

Price is per test

RS - Exercise Session 

Price is per session

RS - GaitRite   
RS - Perometer Assessment for Lymphedema 

Price is per test

RS - Phlebotomy 

Price is per test

RS - Physical Function Battery 

Price is per test

RS - Resting Energy Expenditure   
RS - Exercise Training Session for Investigators/Project Personnel   
RS - Same day cancellation 

Price is for last minute cancellations

Includes hourly rate for Sr. Exercise physiologist to prep and take down of room and equipment for assessment

RS - Strength Testing 

Price is per test

RS - V02 Max 

Price is per test

RS - V02 Max High Risk 

Price is per test



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Members at UT System

Core Name Primary Contact Email Phone Number/Ext
MDACC Bionutrition Research Core

Christine Ranieri, MS, RD, LD 713-794-1295
MDACC Biospecimen Extraction Facility

The Biospecimen Extraction Resource provides a centralized laboratory for standardized, high quality DNA, RNA and protein extraction from blood, tissues, saliva, cells, or other patient derived biospecimens.

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MDACC Bone Histomorphometry Core Laboratory

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MDACC Characterized Cell Line Core Facility

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Keri Sherman 713-792-5743
MDACC Chemical Imaging Research Core

Dodge Baluya 713-794-1661
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Paul Leonard 832-750-1516
MDACC DNA Methylation Core

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Marcos Estecio 713-792-9108
MDACC Gene Editing/Cellular Model Core Facility

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Dr. Junjie Chen 713-792-4863
MDACC Genetically Engineered Mouse Facility (GEMF)

The Genetically Engineered Mouse Facility provides unique models with wide application to basic and translational research. The GEMF supplies indispensable expertise to generate these models in an efficient and cost effective manner using state of the art procedures.

Jan Parker-Thornburg, Ph.D. 713-745-2654, 713-745-1419 (lab)
MDACC High Resolution Electron Microscopy Facility (HREMF)

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Robert R. Langley, Ph.D. 713-792-9142, 713-792-8747 (fax)
MDACC Laboratory Animal Genetic Services

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Fernando Benavides, DVM, PhD, DACLAM 512-237-9343
MDACC Molecular Cytogenetics Core Facility

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Asha S. Multani Ph.D. 713-563-1892
MDACC Monoclonal Antibody Core Facility

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Laura Bover 713-563-3301 or 713-563-2281
MDACC NORTH Campus Flow Cytometry and Cellular Imaging Core Facility

The Flow Cytometry and Cellular Imaging Facility was established to provide access to state of the art cell analysis technology for researchers, and provides cell sorting, analytical flow cytometry, cellular imaging and custom monoclonal antibody mAb conjugations to its users.

Joan Hoover-Zuniga 713-745-1749
MDACC Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility

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John S. McMurray, Ph.D 713-745-3763

PROSPR provides assistance to researchers with collection and assessment of Patient Reported Outcomes, behavioral data, and measures of fitness and body composition.

Susan K. Peterson, PhD, MPH 713-792-8267
MDACC Pharmaceutical Chemistry Facility

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Barbara Czako Ph.D 713-745-2050
MDACC Protein Array & Analysis Core (PAAC)

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Cari Sagum 512-237-9328
MDACC Proteomics and Metabolomics

The mission of the Proteomics and Metabolomics Core Facility is to provide the research community with cutting edge expertise and services for sensitive, precise, and accurate measurement of proteins and metabolites using mass spectrometrybased technologies.p</p>

David Hawke, Ph.D 713-834-6096
MDACC RPPA-Functional Proteomics

Functional Proteomics Reverse Phase Protein Array RPPA Core provides cancer center members with access to a powerful, highthroughput, quantitative costeffective antibodybased assay to characterize basal or ligandinduced protein expression and modification, and timeresolved responses appropriat

Keri Sherman 713-792-5743
MDACC Research Histology Core Laboratory

The Research Histology Core Laboratory includes specialized equipment for immunohistochemistry, fluorescent in situ hybridization FISH, laser capture microdissection, and tissue microarray construction.

Jacqueline Furr 713-792-3119, 713-563-0544 (fax)
MDACC Science Park Flow Cytometry and Cell Imaging Core

The Flow Cytometry and Cell Imaging Core Facility at Science Park provides cutting edge cell analysis resources. These include cell sorting and analytical flow cytometry to phenotype, quantify and isolate cells and confocal microscopy to capture high resolution images.p

Pamela Whitney - Lab 512-237-9427
MDACC Science Park Molecular Biology Core

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Jianjun Shen, Ph.D.
MDACC Science Park NGS

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Jianjun Shen, Ph.D
MDACC Science Park Research Histology, Pathology & Imaging Core

The Science Park Research Histology, Pathology Imaging Core provides investigators with expert imaging and experimental pathology support. Our staff consult with investigators to formulate an integrated imaging, pathology and histology protocol for each study.

Manu Sebastian, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DABT, DECLAM 512-237-9347
MDACC Sequencing and Microarray Facility (SMF)

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Erika Thompson, M.S. 713-834-6381
MDACC Sequencing and ncRNA Program

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Chang-gong Liu, Ph.D. 713-792-2287
MDACC Small Animal Imaging Facility

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Charles Kingsley (713) 563-6709
MDACC shRNA and ORFeome Core

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Dr. Sun, Yutong (713) 792-3677
MDACC siRNA Core Facility

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Core Name Primary Contact Email Phone Number/Ext
The Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry Maciej Kukula
The Shimadzu Center for Bio-Molecular Imaging Jeff Campbell
The Shimadzu Institute NanoTechnology Research Center Nader Hozhabri
Core Name Primary Contact Email Phone Number/Ext
Kleberg Advanced Microscopy Center

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Miguel Jose-Yacaman, Ph.D. (210) 458-6954
Protein Biomarker Core

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Stephan Bach, Ph.D. (210) 458-4466
RCMI Biophotonics Core

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George Perry, Ph.D. (210) 458-4450

University of Texas Health Northeast

Core Name Primary Contact Email Phone Number/Ext
Core Name Primary Contact Email Phone Number/Ext
UTHealth Atomic Force Microscopy

The BioScope™ II microscope has been engineered to facilitate advanced life science research such as imaging, probing and manipulating biological systems at the nanometric scale. We can determine the micromechanical properties of both biological and non-biological samples.

Ana Maria Zaske, PhD 713-486-5418
UTHealth Biomedical Informatics Group (BIG)

We offer services to researchers, including access to clinical data and enhanced subject recruiting, and are involved in multiple local and national collaborations with other groups.

Susan Guerrero 713-500-3926
UTHealth CCTS Biobank

The CCTS Biobank consists of a collection of human samples and related clinical and genomic data that are available for collaborative sharing with qualified researchers and owned by contributing investigators conducting research within the Texas Medical Center.

Mary Hall, MBA, PhD 713.500.2092
UTHealth Cellular Therapy Core

<p>The CTC is an FDA registered facility where tissues are processed to produce cells for clinical applications. It is focused on translating, validating and supporting IND applications at a preclinical level into clinical grade processes.</p>

Fabio Triolo, Ph.D. 713-486-2542
UTHealth Center for Advanced Microscopy

The Center for Advanced Microscopy provides assisted or unassisted state of the art imaging capabilities including three confocal microscopes, fluorescence lifetime imaging, live animal imaging with an IVIS Lumina, flow cytometry, and a liquid handling multiwell plate reader.

Olga Chumakova, Ph.D. 713-500-7495
UTHealth Flow Cytometry Service Center

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Amy Hazen, Ph.D. 713-500-2486
UTHealth Human Genetics Center Laboratory

Megan Grove, MS 713-500-9800
UTHealth Magnetic Resonance Imaging Core

The MR group provides advanced MRI techniques, including selective tissue imaging, magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging, diffusion tensor imaging to neurological disorders, central nervous system trauma, and drug addiction both in humans and animal models.

Ponnada Narayana, Ph.D 713-500-7677
UTHealth Nano Chemistry Service Center

The Nanochemistry Service Center provides provides custom synthesis, labeling, and chemical coupling of DNA thioaptamers and nanoparticles and large-scale, high-resolution 3D printing services.

David Volk, PhD 713-500-3611
UTHealth Proteomics Service Center

The CTPC services provided are designed to identify and quantitate proteins and their modifications in a broad range of research specimens from simple purified protein samples to biomarker discovery and verification in complex mixtures such as cell and tissue extracts, plasma andor other biofluids

Li Li 713-500-2456
UTHealth Quantitative Genomics & Microarray Service Center

The Quantitative Genomics Microarray Core Lab can perform all techniques associated with a qPCR instrument, quantitative Meso Scale ELISAs and microarrays utilizing Illumina and Agilent arrays.

David Loose, Ph.D. 713-500-7440
UTHealth Therapeutic Antibody Core

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Zhiqiang An, PhD 713-500-3011
UTHealth Transgenic and Stem Cells Service Center

Eva Zsigmond, PhD 713-500-2453
Core Name Primary Contact Email Phone Number/Ext
Advanced Nucleic Acids Core Facility

Brian Wickes (210) 567-3938
Bioanalytics and Single-Cell Core

Nameer Kirma (210) 562-4068
Biobanking and Genome Analysis

Teresa L. Johnson-Pais, Ph.D. 210.567.6571
Center for Macromolecular Interactions

Eileen M. Lafer (210) 567-3764
Flow Cytometry Core Facility

Benjamin Daniel 210-567-3911
Mass Spectrometry Laboratory

Susan Weintraub, Ph.D. (210) 567-4043
MicroCT Core Laboratory

Roberto Fajardo 210-567-6176
NMR / Screening

Kristin E. Cano, Ph.D. 210-567-8706
Optical Imaging Facility

Exing Wang 210-562-4062
X-Ray Crystallography

John Hart 210-567-0751

University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston

Core Name Primary Contact Email Phone Number/Ext
Biomolecular Resource Facility

William Russell, Ph.D (409) 772-3579
International Biosafety Training Center

Sharon Walters 409-772-1781
Research Histopathology Core

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Gustavo Valbuena (409) 747-0735
Core Name Primary Contact Email Phone Number/Ext
Clinical Research Unit (CRU)/Investigational Drug Service (IDS) Lisa Fleming, MPA 214.648.2718
Flow Cytometry Facility at UTSW David Farrar 24-648-7315
Genomics Sequencing & Microarray Core Facility Chaoying Liang 214-648- 7329
High Throughput Screening Core Bruce Posner, Ph.D. 214-648-0285
Metabolic Phenotyping Core Ruth Gordillo 214-648-3403
O'Brien Kidney Center: Animal Models Core Lauren Diana Smith 214-648-7222
O'Brien Kidney Center: Cell Biology and Imaging Core Lauren Diana Smith 214-648-7222
O'Brien Kidney Center: Clinical and Translational Research Core Lauren Diana Smith 214-648-7222
O'Brien Kidney Center: Physiology Core Lauren Diana Smith 214-648-7222
Preclinical Pharmacology Core Noelle Williams 214-648-5072
Rodent Behavior Core Shari Birnbaum 214-648-5123
Structural Biology Laboratory
Whole Brain Microscopy Facility (WBMF) Denise Ramirez, PhD 214-648-0203