Regulatory Compliance


Kelly Carroll

Kelly Carroll has more than 20 years of experience teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in psychology and education at institutions including the University of Arkansas and University of Chicago and was a professor of experimental psychology at Mercer University and Berry College. She has designed education and training materials for Northwestern’s clinical research community and assisted study teams in conducting safe and effective studies. She also has many years of experience in the regulatory and compliance arena and was an institutional review board manager. Carroll received her PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Arkansas.

Currently teaching:Clinical Research Design and Methodology
Essentials of Initiating Clinical Research

Valerie Followell

Valerie Followell has more than 15 years of experience in regulated industries. She is the associate director of regulatory affairs for Medline Industries, and prior to that managed global regulatory affairs for Teleflex Medical. She has held both quality and regulatory positions in drugs, biologics and devices at Baxter Healthcare. Followell received her MBA from Webster University, St. Louis.

Currently teaching:Medical Device Regulations

Sheri Jacobsen

Sheri Jacobsen is the director of development training at AbbVie. She has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical research industry, having held multiple roles across all levels of industry including the areas of site investigation, clinical research organization and biopharmaceutical sponsorship. Currently, Jacobsen is responsible for ensuring that all functions supporting global pharmaceutical development at AbbVie have the training needed to execute clinical programs while ensuring regulatory compliance. She has an MA in clinical psychology with a concentration in neuropsychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and a nursing degree.

Currently teaching:Essentials of Initiating Clinical Research

Kimberly Rusk

Kimberly Rusk is the president of Optimyze Research, LLC. She offers a variety of consultative services to academic and community based clinical research organizations, as well as providing administrative support for the rigorous processes involved in conducting clinical research to both industry sponsors and investigators. Rusk has been involved in all aspects of clinical research for several decades, from delivering clinical care to research participants to developing comprehensive training programs and authoring and implementing quality assurance standards and procedures. She previously was the director of the Office of Clinical Research, at the University of Chicago. She received her BSN from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MSHS from George Washington University.

Currently teaching:Responsible Conduct of Research

Karriem Watson

Karriem Watson is a research manager at the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health at the University of Chicago. He has more than 13 years of experience in clinical research, working as a clinical research associate, project manager and coordinator in both academic and industry settings. His research focuses on community engagement in clinical trials and capacity building of community partners and addresses issues about enrollment of diverse populations in clinical trials. He is cofounder and copresident of AcaMED Clinical Research Associates, where he focuses on training investigators and clinical research staff on successful protocol design, execution and recruitment. Watson completed his medical doctorate at St. Luke School of Medicine in Monrovia, Liberia, an MS in basic medical sciences at Wayne State University College of Medicine and an MPH at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Currently teaching:Clinical Research Design and Methodology