Clinical Research as a Profession with Erika Stevens

Unlike an electrical engineer or a plumber, clinical research roles are not explicitly defined or categorized as such, in government employment databases.

There are no certification or degree requirements to work as a clinical research professional either.

To explore the topic of clinical research as a profession, I invited Erike Stevens on the podcast.

Erika advises life sciences, academic medical centers, hospitals, cancer centers, foundations and health systems process improvement initiatives for productivity, quality and efficiency in operations, cross-functional relationships, administration, manufacturing, and compliance. 

She has over 20 years of research/ R&D experience, serving in roles such as Vice President Research, Senior Managing Director, Director Clinical Trials Office, Director of Clinical Research, Interim Executive Director, Clinical Trials Office and Director of Research Operations. 

Erika holds her B.A. from the University of Vermont, her M.A. from Case Western Reserve University and her M.A. from Temple University.  She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from Case Western University.

Please join me in welcoming Erika on the show.

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