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
  • 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.


  • JeffTrial Clinical Trial Management System
    • JeffTrial training is conducted via Zoom. Please submit a ServiceNow request for access        
  • Florence eBinders
    • eBinders training is conducted via Zoom. Please submit a ServiceNow request for access  
    • If you are utilizing eBinders, this must an approved line item on the budget prior to requesting binder creation      
  • Greenphire - ClinCard Patient Remuneration System
    • Users can assign themselves ClinCard training via MyJeffHub Assigned Learning
  • iRIS e-IRB System
    •  Users can assign themselves iRIS training via MyJeffHub     Assigned Learning
  • EPIC CareLink 
    • For EPIC CareLink Remote Monitoring requests, please submit a ticket in ServiceNow.
  • Clinical Research Systems Simulation
    • JCRI’s comprehensive Clinical Research Systems Simulation experience was designed as a supplemental resource to formal training. Its aim is to allow users to navigate a playground environment for each system without the risk of compromising real life data. The simulation highlights essential workflows for research staff and bridges the gap between isolated trainings to improve understanding of how the research systems connect. Please complete this Redcap form and the JCRI Systems team will reach out about how you can start the Clinical Research Systems Simulation.

Clinical Research Systems Resources

For questions and inquiries, contact

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



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



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



Marisa Cinousis, MBA
Associate Director, Clinical Research Systems



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



Melissa McCarey, MPH
Associate Director,  Project Development and Management



Michael Caggiano
Director, Business Operations

Ron Polizzi, MBA CRA
Director, Business Operations



Taylor Herb MS
Regulatory Manager