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This academic article aims to provide a fundamental meaning and characteristics of a translational research scientist (TRS). The roles and importance of TRS to the social developers, administrators and policymakers are also discussed. The TRS is defined as an academic staff or researcher who can convert theories and research results into practice. The characteristics of TRS include being a Boundary crosser, Domain expert, Team player, Process Innovator, Skilled communicator, Systems thinker, and Rigorous researcher. TRS is important in project or policy development process. As Evidence-Based Practice is an effective approach for social developers, administrators, and policymakers to develop a project or a policy for solving social problems, TRS is needed as a coordinator who link knowledges from research findings to implementation.
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