New Course – Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Facilitator Guides

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Organizations have the ability to make an internal determination about the type of training that satisfies the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) training requirements. These facilitator guides help individuals develop and facilitate in-person or virtual RCR training sessions on mentoring, data management, peer review, and authorship. Each guide provides recommended learning objectives, prep work, a video case study to use in a training session, tips and prompts for facilitating productive discussions, alternative scenarios to enhance discussions, other topics to explore during discussions, polling questions to initiate discussions and engage with learners, and potential evaluation questions for learners. These guides complement CITI Program’s RCR Basic and RCR Refresher online courses, which provide comprehensive training on the core norms, principles, regulations, and rules governing the practice of research.



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Meet the Authors

Jim Gould, PhD – Harvard Medical School

Dr. Jim Gould is Director of the Office for Postdoctoral Fellows and a Program Director of RCR Training at Harvard Medical School. He is a content expert on postdoctoral career and professional development, including career coaching, application material critique, job search advice, interview strategies, RCR, and navigating academia.

Ross Hickey, Esq, CIP, CPIA – University of Southern Maine

Ross Hickey is the Assistant Provost for Research Integrity at USM. He has a nationally recognized research compliance office that serves not only USM, but institutions throughout the country. Ross is contacted on a regular basis to provide technical assistance on regulatory compliance and Responsible Conduct of Research matters.

Fariba Houman, PhD – Boston Children’s Hospital

Fariba Houman, PhD, is the Research Compliance Officer at Boston Children’s Hospital. Previously, Fariba directed the Human Research Protections Program at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, and served as Associate Director of the Human Subjects Administration office at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

Chris Mangelli, JD, MS, MEd, CIP – Ball State University

Chris oversees an integrated compliance office responsible for administrating the IRB, IACUC, and IBC committees, as well as the RCR, COI/COC, Export/Deemed Export Control, Bio-safety/Bio-security, and Lab Safety programs. Chris also serves as BSU’s HIPAA Privacy Officer and the Export Control Officer.

Julie Simpson, PhD – University of New Hampshire

Julie Simpson, PhD, is the Director of Research Integrity Services at the University of New Hampshire and an Affiliate Assistant Professor of College Teaching and of Education. Her office administers multiple research integrity and compliance programs. She co-developed and co-teaches a cross-disciplinary graduate seminar on research integrity.

Mary C. Walsh, PhD – Harvard Medical School

Mary C. Walsh, PhD, is Special Advisor to the Rigor, Reproducibility and Responsibility (R3) Initiative at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Investigator of Maidstone Consulting Group (MCG, LLC).