As Senior Director of Research Outreach and Compliance, Debbie directs and controls an effective quality assurance (QA) program to promote prevention, detection, and resolution of grants and contracts management noncompliance with federal and state laws and other sponsor requirements. This QA initiative includes training/education, monitoring, auditing, investigations, and corrective action (as appropriate) to ensure and certify compliance with federal and state and external sponsor regulations and institutional mandates.
In addition, she administratively directs the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), Embryonic Stem Cell Research, and the Export Control and Controlled Substances in Animal and Laboratory Research programs. She also directs research integrity educational programs, including the semiannual Responsible Conduct of Research course for Tri-Institutional trainees, faculty, and staff.
Debbie was elected President-Elect of the Society of Research Administrators International (SRAI) in 2019. This is a five-year commitment involving one year as President-Elect, two as President, and two as Immediate Past-President. SRAI is a global research management society providing education, professional development and the latest comprehensive information about research management to over 5,000 members from over 40 countries.
She is also a Past-President of the SRAI’s Northeast Section, the 2011 recipient of the SRAI Excellence Award - Intermediate Level and the SRAI Hartford-Nicholsen Award, and former Editor of the SRAI Catalyst. She is a frequent facilitator and content/curriculum developer in research ethics/compliance and professional development at international, section, and chapter meetings and for webinars and specialized training programs. She was inducted as SRAI Distinguished Faculty in 2012 and served on the SRAI Board of Directors from 2012 to 2015.
Debbie was selected as the Society of Research Administrators International’s recipient of the INORMS Award for Excellence in Research Management Leadership 2020. The award is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions made at the international level to the research administration and management profession. She has presented globally at professional organizations such as ARMA in the United Kingdom, WCRI in Rio de Janeiro, Amsterdam, and Hong Kong, INORMS in Melbourne, Edinburgh and Hiroshima, CAREB in Montreal, PRIM&R, ARIO, and as a webinar presenter for CARA.
Debbie has authored research integrity articles for SRAI’s Journal of Research Administration, the SRAI Symposium (Best Paper Winner in 2005, 2007, 2010) and Research Global Magazine. She has written a book chapter entitled “Building a Responsible Conduct of Research Program to Sustain an Institutional Culture of Research Integrity and Compliance” for a research compliance textbook that was published in 2015.
She was a founding member and serves on the Communications Committee for the Association of Research Integrity Officers (ARIO). In October 2018, she became an adjunct lecturer for CUNY School of Professional Studies, teaching Introduction to Research Compliance, Ethics, and Integrity for an online graduate Masters’ program in Research Administration and Compliance.