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Julia Kennedy

Julia Kennedy, MPA, CIP


Ms. Kennedy has over fourteen years of experience managing human subject protection programs and overseeing IRB operations. Starting as a Research Associate at the University of Miami, Ms. Kennedy managed NIH-funded studies involving pregnant women and premature infants. Interactions with the IRB spurred an interest in joining the University of Miami Human Subject Research Office, first as an IRB Administrator for both a medical and social science IRBs and then as the Director of Regulatory Affairs and Educational Initiatives. In addition, Ms. Kennedy was responsible for special projects in the Office of Research targeting the long-term improvement of the University’s research-related activities. She also served as the Institutional Biosafety Committee Administrator.

Ms. Kennedy has also functioned as an IRB Manager at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Research Integrity Manager at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and the Director of the Human Research Protection Program for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. Each position adding to her expertise in a wide range of knowledge from high volume clinical research involving children to assuring compliance consistent with the ethical and regulatory framework of a Catholic healthcare system. She has a proven ability to build and lead highly successful teams and programs. Achievements include establishing operational IRBs and infrastructure to support IRB function, developing quality improvement and education programs, and implementing electronic IRB submission and review systems.

Ms. Kennedy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Miami and is a Certified IRB Professional.