About Us

The Office of Research Integrity enables the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research to maintain broad oversight and knowledge of all integrity and compliance issues relating to the conduct of research at the University of Louisville.  This responsibility includes such issues as monitoring and making recommendations to University officials concerning:  ethical, professional, federal, state and other (e.g. international) policies or requirements relating to research; the overall University infrastructure for research integrity and compliance; education and training relating to the responsible conduct of research and research integrity and compliance; policy and procedural requirements, and their implementation, relating to research misconduct and the federal Office of Research Integrity.

The Office of Research Integrity directs and conducts the University’s program for education and training in the responsible conduct of research, coordinating the implementation of this effort with departments and units within the University, with the objective of ensuring that the responsible conduct of research is maintained at a high priority level in all aspects of research activities.

Staff Members of the Office of Research Integrity

Director: Allison Griffin Ratterman, Ph.D.

As Director, Dr. Ratterman provides overall guidance for the Research Integrity Program at the University of Louisville. Dr. Ratterman first joined Research Integrity in its inaugural year (2001) as a Research Integrity Specialist bringing a background in biological engineering. Since 2001, she has worked to develop and enhance programs and opportunities in the Responsible Conduct of Research as well as cultivating relationships with compliance, unit and department representatives across the Institution.

Research Integrity Specialist: Caroline N. Mills, Ph.D.

Dr. Caroline Mills develops the outreach platforms (website, social media, etc.) for Research Integrity. Caroline has a special interest in the development and success of the post doctoral trainee community and works on special projects of interest to that group. In addition, Dr. Mills assists the Director in the addressing allegations of research misconduct. Dr. Mills also maintains the technical infrastructure for the project management systems for both the Research Integrity area and the iRIS system.

Research Integrity Specialist: Adrienne Lindsay, M.B.A.

Ms. Adrienne Lindsay monitors and assists with ensuring compliance with the University of Louisville Conflict of Interest Policies and Procedures. Adrienne collaborates on enhancements to the disclosure, review and management processes in the Conflict of Interest area. In addition, Adrienne assists the Director in addressing allegations of research misconduct.

Training and Outreach Coordinator: Carla Y. Jones, B.Sc.

Ms. Carla Jones coordinates and develops outreach opportunities and seminars in the areas of the Responsible Conduct of Research. Carla collaborates with other compliance officials to develop educational materials for the overall researcher population. In addition, Ms. Jones serves as the point of contact for the research training records database and providing certifications of completed training.

Research Administration Systems Analyst: Karen Shaughnessy Schultz, BS BA

Karen Schultz serves as the Research Administration Systems Analyst for PeopleSoft Grants Module and has been in this role since PeopleSoft’s inception (May 2003). Karen manages the implementation of upgrades and on-going daily administration of PeopleSoft Grants for the EVPRI Office. In this role she also oversees the internal/external reporting requests for the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation In addition, Ms. Schultz is a Co-Administrator of the integrated Research Information System, iRIS, and has been in this role since its inception in August 2010.

Information Management Specialist - Research Report Coordinator: Elvin G. Leon

Mr. Elvin Leon is responsible for maintaining the functional operations of the research reporting. Elvin assists in GAP analysis, testing and initialization for system upgrades and periodic testing to ensure the integrity between Financials Production and Reporting Systems. In addition, Elvin has joined the integrated Research Information System, iRIS, team.