Subject Matter Research Consultants

The Subject Matter Research Consultants (SMRC) are part-time FSU employees who provide consultation on research study development, implementation and  relevant social media trends.


Projects can include:

  • Reviewing and providing feedback on study design and surveys
  • Reviewing and providing feedback on recruitment materials and social media advertising campaigns promoting study enrollment
  • Providing enhancement ideas for interventions utilizing apps
  • Creating audio, visual, and written content for app interventions
  • Assisting with internal testing and monitoring intervention apps for bugs and issues
  • Reviewing and helping design qualitative interview guides
  • Assisting with data analysis such as coding qualitative interviews
  • Supporting dissemination efforts of research findings




In 2021, when the Behavior & Technology Lab (BATLab) existed at UNC-Chapel Hill, the Youth Advisory Board and Youth Advisory Council merged, rebranded, and redefined mutually endorsed guidelines and goals. We also recognized the need to engage youth through all parts of research and as such all members were formally hired as part-time employees and given the title of Research Consultants.

Formal employment recognizes their central importance to research, allows us to better respond to evolving study needs, and offers employees extensive resources and training opportunities. This conglomerate has varying education levels and professional and lived experiences.

In October 2022, the BATLab and the Research Consultants began transitioning to Florida State University, and the Institute on Digital Health and Innovation was birthed. The IDHI continues to establish young people as more integral to research study teams and maximize professional development.


We would like to acknowledge the former staff members who led and facilitated the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) and Youth Advisory Council (YAC) at various points from 2016 – 2021 before the merge. Thank you to Karina Soni, Drew McGee, Afua Osei, and Skye Wilson. We sincerely thank them for their exemplary service.





The formation of this group is unique in that many, if any, research institutions have not yet progressed in utilizing this approach. The Institute on Digital Health and Innovation has sought out and hired young professionals that reflect the target demographic of the studies, which, in turn, enhances the projects and cultivates a reciprocal working relationship for folx from marginalized backgrounds.




The SMRC's short-term goals are:


Goal #1

Continue expanding
content creation and dissemination

Goal #2

Increasing group diversity


Goal #3

Building and strengthening
community partnerships


Goal #4

Maintaining consistent advisement on study designs



Meet the SMRC


Click here to get to know the current members of the SMRC!


Want to learn more about past members of the SMRC? Check out the alumni page.



Tools and Resources


More coming soon!



Connect with the SMRC


Want to consult with the SMRC about a project? Click here to submit a request.