Tonya Ferraro is a Senior IRB Administrator for the Committee on the Use of Human Subjects at Harvard University. She leads the team that guides the Harvard Graduate Schools through the IRB review process.
Prior to joining Harvard, she was a Project Manager and in-house database programmer for the Health Behavior Research Center (HBRC). The HBRC was a National Institute of Health funded center within the Psychiatry Department at the University Of Vermont College Of Medicine that developed technologies to engage patients in their medical care.
Tonya’s educational background includes studying Studio Art at Northeastern University, a metalsmithing apprenticeship, and an interdisciplinary graduate degree from the University of Vermont focusing on research methodologies. She has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level in varying disciplines, ranging from metalsmithing to expository writing.
Tonya is particularly curious about randomized controlled trials in the social sciences, big data, creative approaches, and fostering partnerships within the research community. She is a member of PRIM&R’s Emerging Professionals Working Group.