Jefferson Clinical Research Institute (JCRI)

The mission of the Jefferson Clinical Research Institute (JCRI) is to provide a centralized service-line approach to cutting-edge, highly effective and compliant clinical research.

JCRI offers a variety of services designed to promote the successful development, implementation, and management of clinical research at Thomas Jefferson University.

JCRI operates under the leadership of the Executive Director, David J. Whellan, MD, MPH, James C. Wilson Professor of Medicine, Deputy Provost for Research Affairs, and Chief Operating Officer, PIER Consortium™.

JCRI Services

JCRI Project Development and Management offers services to support Jefferson faculty investigators in all phases of clinical research, including proposal development, protocol implementation, and preparation and dissemination of deliverables. The Project Development and Management group specializes in investigator initiated studies.

  • Grant proposal development
  • Support for investigator initiated project development
  • Project and data management
  • Administration of Clinicaltrials.gov
  • Preparation and dissemination of deliverables (abstracts, posters, manuscripts)
  • Funding announcements

For questions & inquiries, contact
Melissa McCarey, MPH
Associate Director of Project Development & Management.

JCRI Training and Education offers a robust menu of educational opportunities and support for clinical research personnel and investigators, with the goal of ensuring reliable and compliant clinical research.  The Training and Education team leverages MyJeffHub and collaborates with all research departments, to connect those performing clinical research with colleagues and essential institutional resources.

  • Synchronous, remote conferences:
  • The Road Map to Clinical Research at Jefferson
  • Clinical Research Fundamentals
  • A Competency Based Approach to Clinical Investigator Responsibilities
  • Jefferson Clinical Research Forum
  • Self-paced micro learning modules
  • Recorded presentations
  • MyJeffHub Jefferson Enterprise Clinical Research Community


For questions and inquiries, contact 
Kathleen O’Malley BSN, CCRP
Director of Education and Training

JCRI Systems Team is responsible for implementation, training, and oversight of Clinical Research Systems at Jefferson. This office is responsible for clinical research policies, procedures, and ticket resolution for each of the systems below.

Services

Clinical Research Systems Resources

For questions and inquiries, contact JCRI@jefferson.edu

JCRI Clinical Operations offers services to support our investigators for all types of clinical research, including staffing and managing regulatory compliance. Clinical Operations specializes in industry sponsored trials and also provides as needed coverage for investigator initiated studies.

  • Regulatory and IRB management
  • RN and Non-RN Study coordinator support (Full time, part time, and as needed coverage for employees on leave)
  • Data entry and management

For questions and inquiries, contact
Meckenzie Behr, MPH, CCRC, CHES
Associate Director of Clinical Operations

JCRI Business Operations oversees and manages all pre-award and post-award services for clinical research. All Jefferson faculty seeking funding for clinical research are required work through the office of Business Operations to manage grant applications, contracts, budgets, and Medicare coverage analyses.

  • Federal grant and Industry contract proposal submission
  • Grant administration
  • Budget development
  • Medicare Coverage Analysis
  • Contract Management and invoicing
  • Contract and Grant close-out

For questions and inquiries, contact
Ron Polizzi, MBA CRA
Director of Business Operations

All personnel are located at 833 Chestnut Street, Suite 900 unless otherwise noted.
Mary Klein, PhD, MHA, CRA, CIP
Senior Director, Operations

Email

267-271-9216

Jenny Campbell, MS MBA
Senior Associate Director, Research Billing Compliance

Email

720-413-8355

Kathy O'Malley, RN, BSN, CCRP
Director, Training and Education

Email

856-577-0014

Marisa Cinousis, MBA
Associate Director, Clinical Research Systems

Email

609-519-6271

Meckenzie Behr, MPH, CCRC, CHES
Associate Director,  Project Development and Management

Email

610-653-5709

Melissa McCarey, MPH
Associate Director,  Project Development and Management

Email

267-474-7374

Michael Caggiano
Director, Business Operations
Email

215-603-4878
Ron Polizzi, MBA CRA
Director, Business Operations

Email

856-366-7615

Taylor Herb MS
Regulatory Manager

Email

724-944-4570