Betsy Rolland

Position title: Director, Team Science & Research Development


Phone: (608) 265-3185

610 Walnut St, 370E
Madison, WI 53726

Betsy Rolland

Betsy Rolland, PhD, MLIS, MPH, is the Director of Team Science & Research Development for UW ICTR and the UW Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC). She holds a PhD in Human Centered Design & Engineering and a Master of Library & Information Science, both from the University of Washington, and a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

As Director of Team Science & Research Development, Dr. Rolland leads the development of resources and tools to support the expansion of complex team-science projects in both cancer research and translational science. She is available to help researchers build multi-disciplinary teams in response to funding opportunities, identify both potential funding opportunities and potential collaborators for ICTR and UWCCC investigators, and provide evidence-based consultations to existing teams on improving their team processes. Click here for a list team science publications from Rolland and other ICTR leaders.

Dr. Rolland’s research focuses on coordination and collaboration in team-science projects, including how to design, build, and evaluate infrastructure to support complex, multi-investigator initiatives. Before coming to UW-Madison, she was a post-doctoral Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute, where she conducted an evaluation of a cancer prevention-focused research network and studied the grants-making process.

In her previous role as the UWCCC Assistant Director of Population Sciences, she developed new pilot award programs to encourage and build collaboration across the six UWCCC scientific programs and between UWCCC researchers and other campus investigators. She also worked directly with early-stage investigators to support development of their research programs and facilitate new collaborations and partnerships.

In addition to her leadership of local team science initiatives, Dr. Rolland serves as the Principal Investigator for the national Coordinating Center of the Cancer Center Cessation Initiative, an NCI Moonshot-funded project focused on integrating smoking cessation services into clinical care at 42 NCI-designated cancer centers. Among other activities, the Coordinating Center serves as a hub for knowledge integration and sharing of best practices across funded centers nationwide, fostering collaboration and teamwork across the sites. Dr. Rolland is also a founding member of the International Network for the Science of Team Science and a member of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals.

Dr Rolland received the prestigious Team Science Award from the Association for Clinical and Translational Science in 2021. Read more about the awards here or watch her acceptance comments below: