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Clinical Research

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.


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.


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.


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