Faculty Fellows

The goal for the Office of the VP for Research is for the University to be widely recognized as a preeminent research institution generating sustained excellence in research and scholarship and for its culture of seamlessly integrating cutting-edge research thinking into student education. 

To further this goal, the VPR Office is looking for VPR Senior Fellows to help the University increase the size and impact of University research and scholarship.

Senior Faculty Fellow (SFF) Program

The VPR Office is looking to establish a cohort of VPR Senior Faculty Fellows to help the University increase the size and impact of its research and scholarship, consistent with the University’s 2030 Strategic Plan of being recognized both as a “great and good” university.

The goal of the VPR Senior Faculty Fellow program is to build a group of distinguished faculty representing a broad range of prominent research focus areas (listed below) to work closely with the VPR and serve as a think tank organization to generate actionable ideas for collaboratively advance UVA on its path toward research preeminence. The Senior Faculty Fellow will engage appropriate school level leadership to define ideas and articulate them in the form of project proposals for exploration. The proposal will include scope, timeline, and desired budget with justification for the effort to be successful. The proposed areas should be in alignment with the University’s 2030 Strategic Plan and help UVA to become both a Great and Good through its research preeminence. Once a project plan is finalized, the Senior Faculty Fellow will have the opportunity to execute the project, working closely with the senior staff at both the VPR and the Provost Offices.

Desired areas of expertise for the SFFs:

  • Precision Medicine; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Health Sciences; Physical and Natural Sciences; Architecture, Arts and Humanities; Business and Commerce; Law and Public Policy


  • Appointed for one to three years and renewable annually upon mutual agreement
  • The appointment is typically part-time, from 10% to 25%, during the academic year (release time) and a month of summer salary support. Additional support commensurate with the scope of the project and time commitment will be considered.
  • Title: Senior Faculty Fellow
  • Reports to VP for Research (Ram)

For more information, please email Cheryl Wagner.

Current VPR Senior Fellow Catherine Bradshaw

Catherine Bradshaw, Ph.D., M.Ed. is a Professor and the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at the Curry School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia. Prior to her current appointment at U.Va. she was an Associate Professor and the Associate Chair of the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she maintains an adjunct faculty position. She holds a doctorate in developmental psychology from Cornell University and a master's of education in counseling and guidance from the University of Georgia.

Her primary research interests focus on the development of aggressive behavior and school-based prevention. She collaborates on sponsored research projects examining bullying and school climate; the development of aggressive and problem behaviors; effects of exposure to violence, peer victimization, and environmental stress on children; children with emotional and behavioral disorders and autism; and the design, evaluation, and implementation of evidence-based prevention programs in schools. She has led a number of federally funded randomized trials of school-based prevention programs, including Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and social-emotional learning curricula. She also has expertise in implementation science and coaching models and edits the journal Prevention Science. She collaborates on a number of pan-university efforts and initiatives, including the Integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV).

Catherine’s focus is on the Social and Behavioral Sciences and her primary project (s) include supporting Research Achievement Awards for faculty and the creation of a faculty leadership development workshop to support team science and lead major research center proposals. 

Catherine Bradshaw
Dan Addison
Catherine Bradshaw