Date Approved


Date Posted


Degree Type

Campus Only Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department or School

Health Sciences

Committee Member

Stephen Sonstein, Ph.D., Chair

Committee Member

Irwin C. Martin, Ph.D.


There is a movement in the clinical research community to define and develop core competencies for clinical research professionals. This pilot study was conducted to assess the validity of the Joint Task Force's Questionnaire as the appropriate tool for the collection of data to be used in defining job descriptions, educational requirements, boundaries of practice, and promotion criteria for the global clinical research enterprise. The respondents were academic clinical researchers with varying degrees of role responsibilities, experience, and exposure to industry-sponsored clinical trials versus grant-funded, investigator-initiated, and/or sponsor-investigator clinical research. Results from this pilot study validated the Joint Task Force's (JTF) questionnaire for collection of these types of data.