Regulatory Support & Advocacy Core Personnel

Emily E. Anderson, PhD, MPH, Core Director

In addition to directing the CCTS's Regulatory Core, Dr. Emily Anderson is an associate professor in the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics at Loyola University's Stritch School of Medicine. She teaches research ethics and responsible conduct of research to graduate and medical students. Her areas of interest and expertise include researcher and physician professionalism and misconduct; ethical issues in research with vulnerable populations; informed consent; institutional review board (IRB) policy; and the application of qualitative research techniques to the study of research ethics. Dr. Anderson has published articles in the American Journal of Bioethics, Ethics and Behavior, Journal of Law Medicine and Ethics, Academic Medicine, Accountability in Research, and the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (JERHRE). She serves as associate editor for JERHRE, Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, and AJOB Empirical Bioethics. She also has over ten years of experience serving on six different IRBs and frequently presents at conferences including the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) and Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R). Dr. Anderson has also been a co-investigator on several federally-funded research and educational projects, including the CIRTificiation program.

Rachel Olech, Senior Regulatory Specialist

Before joining CCTS, Rachel Olech spent 17+ years working in the UIC Office for the Protection of Research Subjects, including many years as the Assistant Director and Board member on IRB #3.  This IRB focuses on reviews of biomedical research, with some overlap with social / behavioral sciences.  Areas of specialty include federal, state, and local regulations and policies governing human subjects research, such as DHHS, FDA, and DOD, State of Illinois law (where applicable to research), and research involving vulnerable populations (children, pregnant women, decisionally impaired individuals, prisoners).  Her first 5 years at UIC were spent working as a research coordinator in Hematology / Oncology.  Rachel has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Marquette University, and has professional certification through CIP.