Academic Office of Clinical Trials

At Houston Methodist, we provide leadership for clinical trial operations through the Academic Office of Clinical Trials. Our dedicated staff offers resources to new and experienced investigators to enable them to conduct innovative clinical research.

When it comes to clinical research, our goals are fourfold.
  • We want to provide investigators with experienced and certified research coordinators and regulatory personnel who can give researchers internal and external support in their research
  • We serve as an effective liaison between investigators and industry sponsors
  • We attempt to promote the growth and development of our staff responsible for coordinating clinical trials
  • We pursue efficient integration of clinical research operations throughout Houston Methodist

Scope of Research Services
Scope of our research services is broad and provides regulatory, research coordination and financial support.

Regulatory Support

  • Institutional review board (IRB) submissions
  • Informed consent preparation
  • IRB amendments
  • Regulatory document preparation and management
  • Investigational New Devices (IND) and Investigational Device Exemptions (IDE) applications

Research Coordinator Support

  • Study feasibility
  • Study initiation
  • Investigator meetings
  • Subject screening
  • Subject enrollment
  • Subject follow-up

Academic Office of Clinical Trials Staff
Pauline Todd, MBA, BSN, RN
Director of Research, Academic Office of Clinical Trials and Cockrell Center for Advanced Therapeutics

Marilyn H. Bautista, MPH
Clinical Trials Manager

Eileen Dickman, PhD, MBA, CCRC
Director, Phase 1 Cockrell Center for Advanced Therapeutics

Resa Labbe-Morris RN, MSN, CCRP
Clinical Trials Manager

Lenis Sosa, RN, BSN, OCN
Clinical Trials Manager, AOCT

Jessica Wilson, BS, MA
Clinical Trials Manager, AOCT

Jackye Castello, CMA
Academic Clinical Research Coordinator

Elsie Ford
Academic Secretary II

Financial Support

  • Cost assessment
  • Study budget preparation
  • Study budget negotiation
  • Invoicing
  • Financial reporting
  • Reconciliation of the study cost center
  • Specimen collection 
  • IP accountability 
  • Data collection 
  • Case Record Form (CRF) completion 
  • Clinical Trials Management System (CTMS) entry 
  • Monitoring visits 
  • Study closeout 

Kelly Hart, BA
Financial Analyst

Paula G. Key-Connell, RN, BSN
Academic Senior Clinical Research Nurse

Justin Pokkanthanam
Financial Analyst

June Rodriguez, BS, CCRA
Senior Monitor

Terry D. Schuenemeyer, RN, CCRA
Manager - Regulatory Support Services/Quality Assurance

Melinda Tindel, RN, CCRP
Academic Clinical Research Nurse

Melissa Whipple, RN, CCRC
Academic Clinical Research Nurse

Francine Whittington, RN, BSN
Academic Clinical Research Nurse

Karen Woodard, RN, BSN, OCN, CCRP
Academic Senior Clinical Research Nurse