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Team Science Program

Over the past two decades, translational science has become a team-based endeavor that leverages the strengths and expertise of scientists trained in different fields. Successful teams learn through coaching to commit to interdependence, joint ownership and collective responsibility between and among scientists.

“Team Science” is the study and application of principles, techniques and strategies in order to form, develop, lead and manage groups of individuals who are part of a research project or team. Northwestern is acknowledged as an international leader in Team Science education and practice, establishing both conceptual and methodological strategies aimed at enhancing the processes and outcomes of team-based research. The Team Science Program offers the expertise and resources to help investigators and teams learn the fundamentals of team science and to support teams as they develop and mature.

The Team Science Program offers several different services:

  • Team Assembly: Help to identify potential collaborators provided within Northwestern University and its clinical affiliates, as well as within other institutions
  • Team Launch: Consultation and workshops addressing needed tools and processes to help interdisciplinary teams function efficiently
  • Team Maturation: Consultation on team management, culture, growth, new funding opportunities and transition planning

If you need assistance in team assembly, launch, or maturation activities, please fill out the Service Request Form.


Visit our Resources page for information on how to find collaborators, train in Team Science and more.


It’s very hard to be a Renaissance person in the 21st century. The depth of knowledge in one field is so great that it’s rare to find people who are true experts in many areas. To reach beyond their own knowledge base and solve problems at the cutting edge of science, scientists can benefit from finding new collaborators, including those in other disciplines. Doing so often increases the impact factor of their work.”

Bonnie Spring, PhD, director of the Team Science Program and Center for Behavioral Health

Contact Us

If you need assistance in team assembly, launch or maturation activities, please fill out the Service Request Form. You can contact the Team Science Manager, Alejandra Povedano at 312-503-3415.

Bonnie Spring, PhD

Bonnie Spring, PhD, is professor of Preventive Medicine and director of the Center for Behavior and Health in the Institute of Public Health and Medicine. Dr. Spring’s research program, continuously funded for more than 30 years, incorporates interdisciplinary teams that develop, test and disseminate technology-supported interventions to promote healthy behavior change in diet, physical activity and smoking. She chaired the interdisciplinary National Institute Health (NIH)-sponsored Councils on Team Science and on Evidence-Based Behavioral Practice and served as founding editor and editor-in-chief of "Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, Research." A past president of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, winner of its Research to Practice Translation and Distinguished Research Mentor Awards and winner of the Obesity Society’s E-Health Pioneer Award, she chaired the American Psychological Association’s Board of Scientific Affairs. She has been primary mentor for 23 individual mentored career development awards and is PI of an NIH institutional postdoctoral training program.

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