Our Mission

The VCU School of Medicine's Office of Research Administration provides support to all departments and centers with active research within the school as well as represents the school's research administration interests within the university community. We strive to conduct business in an efficient and professional manner, working to improve research administration infrastructure in order to most effectively support the research mission of the university.

How We Can Help

The Office of Research Administration partners with School of Medicine departments, centers and institutes to establish efficient and effective administrative operations

The Office of Research Administration partners with departments, centers and institutes to establish efficient and effective administrative operations, develop best practices for managing research portfolios and provide training and technical support to administrative staff and faculty. We work to ensure compliance with federal, state, university and sponsor policies and regulations pertaining to appropriate administrative and financial management of research projects throughout the award life cycle. Our Office is also responsible for monitoring sponsored programs activity at the school level and assisting departments, centers and institutes to address any compliance concerns.

Learn more about specific areas for providing support:

Clinical Research Administration

Provide central oversight and support for the activation and administrative management of Clinical Research performed in the School of Medicine. Provide administrative approval for all SOM clinical research activated in VCU’s OnCore system. Provide centralized support for clinical research administration: coverage analysis, budget development, and budget negotiation as required at both activation and at amendment.

Business Operations

CT Finance: Provide centralized support for clinical research financial management: central receipt and verification of clinical study billing, sponsor invoicing, sponsor payment reconciliation

Centers/Institutes: Oversee Business Operations/Administration for the following SOM Centers/Institutes: CMI, IWH, VCU Johnson Center, Weil Institute, Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics.

SOM Research Administration Services

The SOM Research Administration Services group (SOMRAS) partners with faculty and staff in School of Medicine departments, centers and institutes in the administrative and financial management of research.

Our mission is to support research and scholarly activity in the School of Medicine by working as a strategic partner with faculty and staff to ensure sound administrative and financial management of research. SOMRAS strives to provide exceptional customer service to departments, centers and institutes in the pre- and post-award administration of research.

Our goals are to...

  • Assist PI's in every step of the proposal process, adhering to School of medicine SOPs and VCU policies;
  • Monitor active awards for potential post-award action items on a regular basis;
  • Ensure expenses are being applied appropriately and compliantly to all active awards;
  • Share with and learn from our peers.

Contacts

The School of Medicine Office of Research Administration is located in Sanger Hall, room 1-043, and in the McGuire Annex, 1st Floor.

Looking for a research administrator in one of the SOM departments, centers, or institutes? Download the Research Administrator Contact List.

Need guidance on obtaining review and signature from the SOM Office of Research Administration? Download our guide to gathering signatures.

Proposal Submission Process

VCU School of Medicine proposal submission process for conducting research

Administrators: to request department-wide access to the RAMS-SPOT proposal submission system, please have your Department Administrator email SOMPROPOSALS@vcuhealth.org and include the Fiscally Administering Unit for which you are requesting access.

Contacts

The School of Medicine Office of Research Administration is located in Sanger Hall, suite 1-043, and in the McGuire Annex, 1st Floor.

Looking for a research administrator in one of the SOM departments, centers, or institutes? Download the Research Administrator Contact List.

Need guidance on obtaining review and signature from the SOM Office of Research Administration? Download our guide to gathering signatures.

Staff

Tricia Gibson, MS, CRA, CCRP

Tricia Gibson, MS, CRA, CCRP

Executive Director for Research Administration

Tricia Gibson, MS, CRA, CCRP

Tricia Gibson, MS, CRA, CCRP

Executive Director for Research Administration

Office of Research Administration

Phone: (804) 828-9275

Fax: (804) 828-7628

Email: tricia.gibson@vcuhealth.org

Cindy Naret

Cindy Naret

Assoc. Dir. for Clinical Research Admin. & Ops.

Cindy Naret

Cindy Naret

Assoc. Dir. for Clinical Research Admin. & Ops.

Office of Research Administration

Phone: (804) 628-3010

Email: cindy.naret@vcuhealth.org

Margaret Phillips, MBA, CRA, CCRP

Margaret Phillips, MBA, CRA, CCRP

Associate Director for Business Operations

Margaret Phillips, MBA, CRA, CCRP

Margaret Phillips, MBA, CRA, CCRP

Associate Director for Business Operations

Office of Research Administration

Phone: (804) 628-6285

Email: Margaret.Phillips@vcuhealth.org

Candice Weber, MA, CRA

Candice Weber, MA, CRA

Assoc. Dir. for Research Administration & Training

Candice Weber, MA, CRA

Candice Weber, MA, CRA

Assoc. Dir. for Research Administration & Training

Office of Research Administration

Phone: (804) 628-0065

Email: Candice.Weber@vcuhealth.org

Elham Almousa

Elham Almousa

Mgr of Clinical Research Administration

Elham Almousa

Elham Almousa

Mgr of Clinical Research Administration

Office of Research Administration

Phone: (804) 827-3913

Email: elham.almousa@vcuhealth.org

Terrence Banks

Terrence Banks

Clinical Research Budget Analyst

Terrence Banks

Terrence Banks

Clinical Research Budget Analyst

Office of Research Administration

Phone: (804) 628-5989

Email: Terrence.Banks@vcuhealth.org

Tamara Barker

Tamara Barker

Research Administrator

Tamara Barker

Tamara Barker

Research Administrator

Office of Research Administration

Phone: (804) 827-0847

Email: tamara.barker@vcuhealth.org

Katie Cappuccio

Katie Cappuccio

Fiscal & Admin Coordinator

Katie Cappuccio

Katie Cappuccio

Fiscal & Admin Coordinator

Office of Research Administration

Phone: (804) 827-0518

Email: Katherine.Cappucio@vcuhealth.org

Jason Elswick

Jason Elswick

Clinical Research Activation

Jason Elswick

Jason Elswick

Clinical Research Activation

Office of Research Administration

Phone: (804) 828-1902

Email: Jason.Elswick@vcuhealth.org

Carolyn Frey, CCRP

Carolyn Frey, CCRP

Clinical Research Activation Coordinator

Carolyn Frey, CCRP

Carolyn Frey, CCRP

Clinical Research Activation Coordinator

Office of Research Administration

Phone: (804) 828-6602

Email: Carolyn.Frey@vcuhealth.org

Cristy Hendren

Cristy Hendren

Financial Specialist

Cristy Hendren

Cristy Hendren

Financial Specialist

Office of Research Administration

Phone: (804) 827-1638

Email: cristy.hendren@vcuhealth.org

Angela Hernandez

Angela Hernandez

CT Financial Analyst

Angela Hernandez

Angela Hernandez

CT Financial Analyst

Office of Research Administration

Phone: (804) 628-3441

Email: Angela.Hernandez-Guerrero@vcuhealth.org

Cindy Kinney

Cindy Kinney

Senior Research Administrator

Cindy Kinney

Cindy Kinney

Senior Research Administrator

Office of Research Administration

Phone: (804) 628-4513

Email: cindy.kinney@vcuhealth.org

Kate Leonard, MA, CRA

Kate Leonard, MA, CRA

Research Administrator

Kate Leonard, MA, CRA

Kate Leonard, MA, CRA

Research Administrator

Office of Research Administration

Phone: (804) 628-1088

Email: kathryn.leonard@vcuhealth.org

Kaye Mangus, MBA, CRA

Kaye Mangus, MBA, CRA

Research Administrator

Kaye Mangus, MBA, CRA

Kaye Mangus, MBA, CRA

Research Administrator

Office of Research Administration

Phone: (804) 628-4159

Email: kaye.mangus@vcuhealth.org

Sara Moggio

Sara Moggio

Business Manager

Sara Moggio

Sara Moggio

Business Manager

Office of Research Administration

Phone: (804) 828-5155

Email: Sara.Moggio@vcuhealth.org

Chuck Reddon

Chuck Reddon

Business Manager

Chuck Reddon

Chuck Reddon

Business Manager

Office of Research Administration

Phone: (804) 827-0510

Email: Charles.Reddon@vcuhealth.org

Letitia Rivers, CCRP, OnCore Certified

Letitia Rivers, CCRP, OnCore Certified

Protocol and Regulatory Coordinator

Letitia Rivers, CCRP, OnCore Certified

Letitia Rivers, CCRP, OnCore Certified

Protocol and Regulatory Coordinator

Office of Research Administration

Phone: (804) 628-3272

Email: letitia.rivers@vcuhealth.org

Eric Szandzik

Eric Szandzik

CT Financial Analyst

Eric Szandzik

Eric Szandzik

CT Financial Analyst

Office of Research Administration

Phone: (804) 827-0633

Email: Eric.Szandzik@vcuhealth.org

John Thrift

John Thrift

Senior Clinical Research Analyst

John Thrift

John Thrift

Senior Clinical Research Analyst

Office of Research Administration

Phone: (804) 628-4769

Email: john.thrift@vcuhealth.org

Julie Tremblay

Julie Tremblay

Research Administrator

Julie Tremblay

Julie Tremblay

Research Administrator

Office of Research Administration

Phone: (804) 828-5937

Email: julie.tremblay@vcuhealth.org