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Suzanne Rivera

Suzanne Rivera

Assistant Professor of Bioethics,
Vice President for Research CWRU 216.368.4515 (o)

Suzanne M. Rivera CV 2017 (PDF)

Research Ethics
Science Policy
Social Inequality in Clinical Trials
Animal Care and Use
Scientific Integrity 

Dr. Rivera is Vice President for Research at Case Western Reserve University, where she has broad responsibility for oversight of the research enterprise. She also is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioethics. In addition to her university duties, she serves on the National Board of the Council on Governmental Relations and the Select Committee on Global Affairs of the National Council of University Research Administrators.

Previously, Dr. Rivera served as an appointed member of the U.S. DHHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Human Studies Review Board (HSRB).  She also served a term as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the National Council of University Research Administrators.

Prior to arriving at CWRU, Dr. Rivera had university appointments at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and at the University of California-Irvine. Before entering higher education management, she spent several years at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, first as a Presidential Management Intern, and later as a Program Specialist with the Administration for Children and Families. She holds a BA from Brown University, a Master of Social Welfare degree from UC Berkeley, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs (health policy emphasis) from the University of Texas at Dallas.


Selected Publications

Rivera, S.M. Clinical Research from Proposal to Implementation: What Every Clinical Investigator Should Know About the Institutional Review BoardJ Investig Med, Dec. 56(8): 975-84, 2008.

Clark, A., Rivera, S.M., and Sheppard, D. et al. Writing Informed Consent Documents and Obtaining Informed Consent. In, Clinical Research: from Proposal to Implementation. McPhaul, M.J. and Toto, R.D., eds. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2011.

Rivera, S.M. Reconsidering Privacy Protections for Human Research. In Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future. Cohen, G. and Fernandez-Lynch, H., eds. MIT Press, Cambridge, 2014.

Rivera, S.M. Privacy vs. Progress: Research Exceptionalism is Bad MedicineHealth Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine, May 24(1):49-64, 2014.

Rothwell, E., Maschke, K.J., Botkin, J.R., Goldenberg, A., Murray, T.H., Rivera S.MBiobanking Research and Human Subjects Protections: Perspectives of IRB LeadersIRB: Ethics & Human Subject Research, 37(2):8-13, 2015.

Goldenberg, A.J., Maschke, K.J., Joffe, S., Botkin, J.R., Rothwell, E., Murray, T.H., Anderson, R., Deming, N., Rosenthal, B., and Rivera, S.M.  IRB Practices and Policies Regarding the Secondary Research Use of BiospecimensBMC Medical Ethics, 16(1), 32, 2015.

Rivera, S.M., Goldenberg, A. J., Mashke, K., Joffe, S., Botkin, J.R., Rothwell, E., Anderson, R., Aungst, H. Investigator Experiences and Attitudes about Research with BiospecimensJournal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 10(5):449-456, 2015.

Rivera, S.M., Nichols, L., Brako,L., Croft, G., Russo, T., Tran, T. CTSA Institution Responses to Proposed Common Rule Changes: Did They Get What They Wanted? Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 12 (2): 79-86, 2017.

Rivera, S.M., Brothers,K.B., Cadigan,R.J., Harrell,H.L.,Rothstein, M.A., Sharp,R.R., Goldenberg, A.J. Modernizing Research Regulations Is Not Enough: It's Time to Think Outside the Regulatory Box. The American Journal of Bioethics, 17 (7), 1-3, 2017.


Dr. Rivera’s Research Ethics Blog