About Us

About Us

The P.I. Program is offered through the Center for Clinical and Research Ethics at Washington University in St. Louis, in collaboration with Saint Louis University faculty through the sponsorship of the CITI Program at the University of Miami.
Funding: The P.I. Program was initially developed as the Restoring Professionalism and Integrity in Research (RePAIR) program with funding from the National Institutes of Health. The P.I. Program currently has funding from the U.S. Office of Research Integrity to engage in program assessment.

Instructors and Staff

James DuBois, PhD, DScJames DuBois, DSc, PhD, Program Director, Program Instructor

Dr. DuBois is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues Lab in the Division of General Medical Sciences in the Washington University School of Medicine. He also serves as Director of the Center for Clinical and Research Ethics within the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science. He is the founding Editor (with Ana Iltis) of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: A Journal of Qualitative Research, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. He completed his PhD at the International Academy of Philosophy in Liechtenstein and his DSc in psychology at the University of Vienna. He is Board Certified Coach specialized in career coaching for researchers.

John Chibnall, PhDJohn Chibnall, Ph.D, Program Instructor

Dr. Chibnall is in charge of survey development and data analysis for the P.I. Program. Dr. Chibnall is a graduate of Saint Louis University, Department of Psychology, where he completed his doctorate in applied-social psychology. He is a tenured professor in the Department of Neurology & Psychiatry, Division of Psychiatry, and Chair of the Biomedical Institutional Review Board at Saint Louis University. He is co-director of the Applied Clinical Skills course for first-year medical students and has been instrumental in curriculum development for the clinical clerkship in psychiatry for the past 10 years.

Jillon Vander Wal, PhDJillon Vander Wal, Ph.D, Program Instructor

Dr. Vander Wal is a Licensed Psychologist, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Director of the Eating and Weight Studies Lab at Saint Louis University where she teaches in the clinical psychology doctoral training program. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Vander Wal’s clinical areas of expertise include the evidence-based treatment of various forms of psychopathology, particularly disorders of eating, depression, and anxiety as well as the promotion of health behavior change.

Cynthia McKennaCynthia McKenna, Program Coordinator

Cynthia McKenna joined the P.I. Program team after serving at Saint Louis University as a Coordinator in the Center for Health Care Ethics.

Development Team

James DuBois, Ph.D, DSc Professor of Medicine; Director, Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues Lab, Washington University, Director, Center for Clinical and Research Ethics

John Chibnall, PhD Professor, Department of Neurology & Psychiatry-Saint Louis University

Elizabeth Heitman, PhD Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology-Vanderbilt University Adapted CITI online modules for the P.I. Program and related test items.

Michael Mumford, PhD Director, Center for Applied Social Research, Professor,Industrial/Organizational Psychology Professor, Management. With the help of David Peterson and Tom Zeni, contributed instructional materials for the seminar.

Raymond Tait, PhD Professor of Psychiatry, former IRB Chair and Director of Clinical Research in Psychiatry; Vice President of Research, Saint Louis University

Project Consultants

Emily Anderson, PhD Assistant Professor of Bioethics, Loyola University of Chicago

Ann Bonham, PhD Chief Scientific Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges

Paul Braunschweiger, PhD Professor of Radiology at the University of Miami and Director of the CITI training programs

John Dahlberg, PhD Director of the Division of Investigative Oversight of the US Office of Research Integrity

John Gibbs, PhD Professor of Developmental Psychology, Ohio State University, Director of the Equipping Youth to Help One Another (EQUIP) program

Bill Norcross, MD Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, University of California San Diego, and Executive Director of the Physician Assessment of Clinical Education (PACE) Program

Joan Rachlin, JD, MPH Executive Director of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R)

William Swiggart, MS, LPS Co-Director, Center for Professional Health at Vanderbilt University

Yi Zhang, JD, RN Assistant Dean Clinical Trails and Co-Director of the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) Regulatory Support Core at Washington University