Research Core Team

Bruce Barrett, MD, PhD

Bruce Barrett, MD, PhD – Vice Chair of Research

Responsible for overall coordination and management of Research activities including:

  • Grant and research project planning including: question identification, methodology, analysis
  • Identification of funding opportunities
  • Grant Review
  • Manuscript Review
  • Research Budget
  • Staffing needs
  • Initial statistical analysis requests

Lisa Sampson, MBA – Director of Research Operations

Responsible for assisting with the coordination and management of Research activities including:

  • Research Operations Administration
  • Financial monitoring and forecasting
  • Grant development and monitoring
    • Pre-award
    • Post-award
  • Data analysis and compliance
  • Contract development/oversight
  • Staff coordination and support

Denise RunyanDenise Runyan – Grant Manager

Responsible for management of DFMCH grants and contracts including:

  • Assist faculty in developing & submitting grant applications, contract proposals, progress and final reports
  • Coordinate electronic submissions (WISPER, CAYUSE, GRANTS.GOV, FASTLANE)
  • Award Set-up/Closeout tasks through RSP
  • Monitor grant & contract budgets; keep faculty and appropriate staff apprised of status
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state and university regulations regarding conduct of research
  • Coordination of Effort Certification

Mary ChecovichMary Checovich – Regulatory Specialist – 3830 Alumni Hall, 608-263-2653

  • Develop and monitor a standardized mechanism for IRB submissions that will:
    • Provide advice for department faculty;
    • minimize faculty effort;
    • provide training opportunities;
    • and incorporate administrative preparation and review of protocols, applications, amendments, changes to protocols, one-time use requests, and adverse events.
  • Develop and prepare clinical research protocols, applications, amendments, changes to protocols, one-time use requests, and adverse events for submission to the HS-IRB, MR-IRB, and the VA Research Committee
  • Guide faculty investigators, research coordinators, and staff to ensure compliance with expectations, human subjects requirements, and institutional and regulatory requirements.
  • Submit serious adverse event reports, Data Safety Monitoring Board findings, Investigator Brochure updates, and protocol deviations as required.
  • Assist investigators with federal applications such as Investigational New Drug, Investigational Device Exemption, and Certificates of Confidentiality.
  • Assist investigators with Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative training.
  • Develop patient-oriented materials, such as study subject recruitment flyers, letters, and advertisements.

Nathaniel JavidNathaniel Javid – Administrative Specialist

  • Manage DFMCH faculty publication and presentation listing
  • Provide oversight on DFMCH research website and coordinate updates
  • Assist faculty with CV maintenance and manuscript submission
  • Support for special projects, preparation of reports, PPT presentations, correspondence, proofreading and editing
  • Purchasing and travel arrangements for grant-funded activities
  • Grant Processing/Proposals Support
  • Coordination of the DFMCH Small Grants Program
  • Back-up for WREN administrative activities

Rachel LundwallRachel Lundwall, MA – Research Writing Specialist

  • Identify Potential Funding Opportunities
  • Proposal Planning
    • Find and develop resources to aid proposal prep (templates, checklists)
    • Assist with an action plan and provide project management
  • Writing Support for Academic Outputs (e.g., proposals, manuscripts)
    • Improve document readability through formatting, tables, logic models, etc.
    • Edit for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and word choice
    • Revise for style, logical flow, and persuasiveness

Kate Judge, MSSW

Kate Judge, MSSW – Research and Scholarship Facilitator

  • Provides consultation and hands-on assistance to support junior CHS-track faculty with scholarship activities
  • Helps navigate departmental and campus-wide resources to develop, implement and disseminate scholarship
  • Performs, manages and leads activities to expand research and scholarship opportunities to all faculty
  • Facilitates collaborations to integrate the missions of clinical care, education, and research
  • DFMCH faculty and staff can learn more about DFMCH Research Resources here: