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Research Professionals Network Workshop Series

The Research Professionals Network offers a series of peer-led, collaborative workshops focused on topics relevant to our research professional staff and based in the Joint Task Force for Clinical Trial Competency Framework. Come learn from your colleagues’ expertise and experiences! Workshops are taught by peer staff from the collaborating sites: BMC/BU Medical Campus, University of Vermont (and affiliate Maine Medical Center), University of Florida (and affiliate Florida State University), and Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

Registration is required. You must be a member of your institution’s Research Professionals Network to attend RPN workshops (if you are from BU or BMC it’s easy to become a member… click here! For UF contact Robert Kolb; for UVM contact Kimberly Luebbers; for MUSC contact Diana Lee-Chavarria).  Research professionals who attend the RPN workshops can receive CEUs for this training from SoCRA or ACRP.  Note your interest on the registration form.

Are you interested in leading a workshop? Find more information about leading workshops here!


Below is the schedule for the AY 2021-2022 RPN Workshop series (currently being updated). Register for a workshop by following the title link to the Zoom registration page.  If you are interested in exploring the possibility of leading or co-leading a workshop, we welcome that! Please view this page and contact Mary-Tara Roth (

Workshops will take place via Zoom. Pre-registration is required. Please note that you must use your institutional/work email to register. If you need an exception to this requirement, please contact Mary-Tara Roth at

Remember, you can review materials from past workshops here!

Date Title/Topic
Wed, September 29, 2021, 3:00-4:30 p.m. (90 min. session)
Level: Advanced**
JTF Competency: 8
Investigating Team Science: What it is and how to use team science tools to improve research practice

See here for slides and video from past sessions.

Yulia A. Levites Strekalova, PhD, MBA
Assistant Professor, Health Services Research, UF College of Public Health and Health Professions
Director of Educational Development & Evaluation, UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Learning Objectives:
 1. Describe and identify characteristics of scientific teams.
2. Evaluate opportunities and challenge for team science relevant to their work content.
3. Apply and practice collaboration using Strategic Doing as a team science tool.

More information:
This workshop will introduce participants to the definitions of team science and the science of team science. It will also introduce a hands-on “Strategic Doing” tool, as a method of team science planning and communication. The “Strategic Doing” tool facilitates creating ideas and solutions to complex problems.

Participants will apply the tool to identify assets and develop possible solutions for an example problem: the challenge of professional development of clinical research professionals.

After practicing in the workshop, the intention is to enable attendees to apply Strategic Doing to solve problems intrinsic to daily clinical research activities.

Tues. October 19, 2021, 3:00-4:30pm (90 min session)
Level: Fundamental and Advanced
JTF Competency: 4, 7
Discovering the Secrets of the Research “Dream Team”: Getting it Right from the Start


  • Carly Bridden, MA, MPH, Clinical Research Director, Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit, Boston Medical Center
  • Clare Tyson, MA, CCRA, Manager, Research Coordination & Management South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research (SCTR) Institute
  • MaryBeth Horodyski, EdD, LAT, ATC, FNATA, FNAP, Professor / Director of Research Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand your impact in enhancing the research staff pipeline
2. To ensure excellent job performance of new research staff by using the key areas of the onboarding process
3. To understand key practices in retaining research staff


Mon. November 15, 2021, 3:00-4:30pm (90 min session)
Level: Fundamental
JTF Competency: 4  
Creating a Culture of Quality Assurance 


  • Erica Ellington, CRA, CHRC, CHPC, CCEP, Deputy Compliance Officer and Research Compliance Manager, MUSC
  • Jung Lee, Human Research Quality Manager, BMC/BU Medical Campus Office of Human Research Affairs
  • Jen Holmes, CCRP, Research Navigator, UVM
  • Alie Trainor, MPH, CPH, CCRC, UF

Learning Objectives:
1. Define the purpose of Quality Assurance
2. Describe best practices in the context of Data Integrity and Quality Assurance
3. Demonstrate a Quality Assurance Process, Review, and Response for continuous improvement
4. Apply Quality Assurance processes to create a supportive QA culture for your study team


Tues. December 14, 2021, 3:00-4:15pm

Level: pending

JTF Competency: 2, 4

Topic: Recruitment and Social Media (title to come)


  • Elizabeth Flood-Grady, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor, STEM Translational Communication Center and Manager, Clinical Translational Science Institute Recruitment Center, University of Florida
  • Tara Pittman, MA, CCRP Recruitment Manager, SUCCESS Center South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research (SCTR) Institute Medical University of South Carolina

Learning Objectives (pending):

January, 2022 Topic: Central IRB/Cede Review (title to come)
February, 2022 Topic: Developing Data Collection Forms and CRFs (title to come)
March Topic: Basics on REDCap: A Tool for Data Collection (title to come)
April Topic: Advanced REDCap: Techniques on Creating REDCap forms (title to come)
May Topic: Examination of Remote Research: What have we Learned? (title to come)

**RPN workshops are open to all members. Typically, advanced workshops will begin at a level that assumes attendees have some fundamental knowledge about the topic.
* signifies that the topic/date is tentative.

You can review materials from past workshops here!