P.I. Program

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The P.I. Program is a research integrity and professional training research program in the Bioethics Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

Program Development

The P.I. Program was initially developed with funding from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Office of Research Integrity.


All coaches:

  • Hold doctoral degrees in psychology or a related field
  • Have served on oversight boards
  • Conduct federally funded research

Coaches & Staff

James DuBois, DSc, PhD

Program Director, Coach


Dr. James DuBois is the founder and director of the P.I. Program. He completed training as a Board-Certified Coach and has been coaching since 2013. DuBois is the Steven J. Bander Professor of Medical Ethics and Professionalism, Professor of Psychology, and Director of the Bioethics Research Center in the Division of General Medical Sciences in the Washington University School of Medicine. He has received more than $12 million in research and training grant funding from the National Institutes of Health and has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles. He studies ways of improving how researchers obtain informed consent, share data, work with vulnerable participants, and return research results to participants.

Alison Antes, PhD

Alison Antes, PhD

Program Co-Director, Coach


Dr. Alison Antes is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Medical Sciences and Assistant Director of the Bioethics Research Center at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM). She is an industrial-organizational psychologist with expertise in ethical decision-making, leadership, and research integrity. Her research focuses on responsible conduct in research and leadership in research. Dr. Antes teaches in the areas of research ethics, ethics in biostatistics, and leadership. She completed her PhD at the University of Oklahoma.


Jillon S. Vander Wal is a Licensed Psychologist with the Kansas City VA Medical Center. Dr. Vander Wal completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Missouri—Columbia with post-doctoral training at the University of Illinois-Chicago.  She is a former Full Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the APA-accredited Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training Program at Saint Louis University where she served as Director of the Weight Eating and Lifestyle Lab and as a member of the Institutional Review Board. Dr. Vander Wal has had NIH, industry, and private funding with over 100 publications and over 150 presentations. Dr. Vander Wal’s clinical areas of expertise include the evidence-based treatment of psychological disorders. Her program of research includes disorders of eating and weight regulation, health behaviors, psychological measurement, and professional issues.


Steve Mennerick, PhD



Steve Mennerick, Ph.D. is John P. Feighner Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine. His university service includes terms as the Department of Psychiatry’s Vice Chair for Research and interim Division Director for Basic Research.  He currently serves as the Associate Dean for the Roy and Diana Vagelos Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences, overseeing 12 Ph.D. training programs in biosciences.  He has served on several University and School of Medicine governance and oversight committees. His NIH-funded laboratory research is focused on the alteration of mammalian neuronal communication in disease and its restoration with pharmacological treatment. Dr. Mennerick completed his Ph.D. in neuroscience at Washington University and did postdoctoral work in biophysics at Stony Brook University.  He has authored over 150 scientific papers.


Tammy English, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. She is the Director of the Emotion and Relationships Lab and Associate Director of the Transdisciplinary Institute in Applied Data Sciences (TRIADS). Her federally funded research examines emotion and emotion regulation across adulthood into old age. She also serves on the Danforth Campus Committee of Research Integrity. Dr. English received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University.


Emily Schenk

Program Manager


Emily Schenk manages the Washington University School of Medicine’s Bioethics Research Center’s education programs: the P.I. Program and Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course. She possesses two decades of experience at Washington University as a clinical research project coordinator, assisting with project design and coordination of behavioral and psychosocial research projects. She possesses skills in the areas of study recruitment, interviewing, program management, patient education, qualitative data analysis, stakeholder and community engagement, and quality improvement and event organization.


Patti Curran

Communications Coordinator

Patti Curran has more than a decade of experience in design, marketing, and communications. She joined Washington University in May 2019 and serves as the Communications Coordinator for the PI Program and Bioethics Research Center. She assists in managing the design, content, and maintenance of multiple center Websites, as well as creating a variety of informational and educational materials and graphics.