Delia Wolf Christiani

Dr. Wolf Christiani is the Associate Dean for Regulatory Affairs & Research Compliance at Harvard School of Public Health. She is also a faculty member in the Department of Health Policy and Management. In her role as Associate Dean, Dr. Wolf Christiani is responsible for establishing and implementing a comprehensive Human Research Protection Program, developing and implementing policies and procedures and ensuring faculty and institutional regulatory compliance in the areas of human research, animal research, lab safety, bio-safety and research integrity. She serves as the Institutional Official (IO) for all research involving humans, as well as Environmental Safety Compliance Officer (ESCO) at HSPH. She also oversees efforts in international research, including review of institution collaboration agreements and global research ethics training.

As a faculty member in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Dr. Wolf Christiani teaches courses relating to legal and ethical issues in reviewing, conducting and overseeing human research.

She is a nationally recognized speaker and an accomplished teacher who has served as a faculty member at numerous national conferences sponsored by Public Responsibility in Research and Medicine (PRIM&R), the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program (AAHRPP), among others. She is also a sought-after expert, who has been providing consultation to many institutions in the US, as well as abroad, for the establishment of research compliance programs.

Besides her medical degree from her native country, China, Dr. Wolf Christiani earned a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation and a law degree (Juris Doctor) from Suffolk University Law School. She is a licensed attorney in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Dr. Wolf Christiani also completed a fellowship in Medical Ethics from Harvard Medical School, where she concentrated on ethical issues in conducting clinical research at international sites. As a former clinical researcher, IRB chair and Director for a research quality assurance and improvement at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital for more than a decade, Dr. Wolf Christiani has extensive experience in conducting, organizing, developing, and overseeing the full spectrum of clinical research. Her research interests include legal, ethical, and practical issues in conducting and managing clinical research in different countries.

To contact Dr. Wolf Christiani, please email her at or call 617-432-2148.