Debra Schaller-Demers, MSOM

Senior Director, Research Outreach and Compliance

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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 Tri-Institutional Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, the Institutional Biosafety Committee, and the Export Controls Program.

She also directs the Responsible Conduct of Research course for tri-institutional trainees, faculty, and staff, and other programs to educate and train investigators and staff with respect to new or revised institutional policies, procedures, and other initiatives.

Debbie is a past president of the Society of Research Administrators International’s (SRAI) 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 track leader 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. She currently serves on the Communications Committee for the Association of Research Integrity Officers. She has presented globally at professional organizations such as ARMA in the United Kingdom, WCRI in Rio de Janeiro and Amsterdam, INORMS in Melbourne and Edinburgh, PRIM&R, ARIO, CAREB, 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. In October 2018, she became an adjunct lecturer for CUNY School of Professional Studies, teaching Introduction to Research Compliance, Ethics, and Integrity.