New Responsible Research Director Announced

The Office of Vice President for Research

The Office of the Vice President for Research has announced that Lisa Leiden will lead the Office for Responsible Research (ORR) at Iowa State University, effective October 13.

Most recently, Leiden served as the senior director of research administration and clinical trials at Seton Healthcare in Austin, Texas. As the founding director, she was charged with building an administrative research office to house the Institutional Review Board, conflict of interest, and sponsored projects functions in anticipation of a collaboration between Seton and the new Dell Medical School at the University of Texas.

Leiden has worked in the area of research compliance at three medical school campuses: the University of Arizona College of Medicine, the University of Nevada-Reno School of Medicine and the University of Florida-Jacksonville College of Medicine.

“Dr. Leiden has more than 20 years of leadership experience in offices that support responsible research and compliance, including in university and private industry settings,” said Sarah Nusser, vice president for research. “Her extensive experience will be a tremendous asset as she leads our compliance training and further promotes the ethical and responsible conduct of research at Iowa State.”

Previously, Leiden was appointed the first associate vice chancellor of research and sponsored programs at the University of Texas System, serving in the Office of Research and Technology Transfer. She was also the founding director of the Office of Research and Compliance at the University of Texas at Austin.

Prior to moving to Austin, she was the Institutional Review Board manager at the University of Florida-Jackson College of Medicine and an assistant dean of medical education at the University of Nevada-Reno School of Medicine. She began her career in responsible research as a research coordinator at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

“I was born in Ames, and my father earned his Ph.D. at Iowa State, so the town and the institution are hallmarks of my life,” said Leiden. “I’m honored to have been chosen to lead the important platforms of responsible research and work with Dr. Nusser and the ORR staff to serve the research community in meeting the highest standards of research conduct and compliance.”

Leiden has a doctorate in educational psychology as well as master’s (developmental psychology) and bachelor’s (psychology) degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.

In making the announcement, Nusser thanked interim director Kerry Agnitsch for her dedicated leadership of ORR since July 2013, as well as the search committee members for their help in organizing a successful search.