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PSI Lab Welcomes New Team Members

The PSI Lab recently welcomed three new team members—a faculty member, Tristan McIntosh, PhD, a fellow, Bryan A. Sisk, MD, and a staff scientist, Erin Solomon, PhD.

Tristan McIntosh, PhDTristan McIntosh’s work will focus on the ethical issues relevant to topics ranging from organ transplantation and precision medicine to the sharing of qualitative research data. A recent Organizational-Industrial Psychology PhD recipient from the University of Oklahoma, Dr. McIntosh hopes her work with the PSI Lab will help to “answer some of the most pressing questions about ethical issues in medicine and research and to inform best practices in these areas.”



Bryan Sisk, MDBryan A. Sisk is a clinical fellow in pediatric hematology and oncology. His projects focus on understanding and measuring the functions of communication—beyond the simple exchange of information—in pediatric oncology. “I am most excited about the potential to improve the experience of patients and parents during their cancer journey,” Dr. Sisk says of his work with the PSI Lab. “There are so many bumps along the way, but I hope my work will make some of these bumps a bit smoother.”


Erin Solomon, PhDErin Solomon, the PSI Lab’s new staff scientist, is working on the new R01 grant focusing on the adoption of Evidence Based Consent Practices among researcher who conduct research with Alzheimer’s disease patients. She is also currently working on the lab’s ORI study, assessing post-doctoral researchers’ perceptions of their P.I.’s leadership, and the researchers’ correlated job satisfaction, productivity, and research integrity. Formerly a researcher with the Center for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning, and Education at Washington University, Dr. Solomon is looking forward to her role with the Professional and Social Issues Lab and “learning more about this area of research.”

P.I. Program Receives ORI Grant to Expand Recruitment and Assessment Efforts

The U.S. Office of Research Integrity awarded a grant to the P.I. Program to expand its recruitment and assessment efforts. New assessments will examine the work habits of participants. The project builds on work from the recent NIH K01 Award received by Dr. Alison Antes, the P.I. Program’s most recent faculty member, which includes studying the work habits of research exemplars. Drs. Antes and DuBois recently interviewed 52 researchers who conduct high impact research and enjoy a reputation for great leadership and integrity in research. Data from these projects will inform recommendations on best practices for lab leadership and management.

GCP Project

Good Clinical Practice Project Funded by ICTS

The PSI Lab received funding from the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) to conduct a survey of 400 clinical research coordinators to determine how CRCs learn good clinical practice, or GCP. We will validate a 35-item test of GCP knowledge, inventory their learning experiences including CITI and ACRP online modules, their motivation to learn, and work experiences, and identify the correlates of GCP knowledge.

Addressing Ethical and Practical Barriers to Sharing Qualitative Data

PSI Lab Receives NHGRI RO1 Grant

The PSI Lab will examine the ethical and practical barriers to sharing qualitative data. The PSI Lab collaborated with the Institute for Informatics and the ICPSR data repository at the University of Michigan in writing this proposal. The project will examine attitudes of researchers, IRB members, patients, and data curators toward sharing qualitative research data; will develop guidelines for sharing data in a responsible manner; and will develop open access software to assist investigators in anonymizing qualitative research transcripts.

Rules and Compliance

PSI Lab to Examine Role of Culture and Experience on the Perception and Application of Research Regulations, Norms, and Values

The PSI Lab received a grant award from the US Office of Research Integrity to examine “the role of culture and experience on the perception of and application of research regulations, norms, and values.” This project builds upon an ongoing ORI-funded project to validate the Professional Decision-making in Research (PDR) and How I Think about Research (HIT-Res) measures. The project will run from August 1, 2014 through July 31, 2016.

Project Title: The role of culture and experience in the perception and application of research regulations, norms and values

Principal Investigator: James M. DuBois, DSc, PhD: Division of General Medical Sciences; Washington University School of Medicine; Campus Box 8504; 660 South Euclid Avenue; St. Louis, MO 63110-1093. Phone 314-747-2710.

Co-Investigators: Alison Antes, PhD, Division of General Medical Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine; Tammy English, PhD, Department of Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis.

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PSI Lab Receives RO1 Grant

The PSI Lab received a grant from NIH to examine preventing ethical disasters in the practice of medicine.

Human Research Protection 2013 Winner

P.I. Program Wins Innovation Award

The Health Improvement Institute bestowed is Annual Award for Innovation on the Professionalism and Integrity in Research Program for its “P.I. Program Workshop”.

Awards are given for demonstrated excellence in promoting the well-being of people who participate in research. Judges are drawn from academic, compliance, consulting, health services, legal, and research review organizations.