Kim Serpico

Kimberley Serpico, EdD, CIP, is the Associate Director of IRB Operations for the Harvard Longwood Campus (HLC) Schools, including Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. In this role, Kim is responsible for managing the convened IRB process at the Harvard Longwood Medical Area Schools. Kim continues in her role as a member of the IRB Review Specialist team reviewing initial applications (not human subjects research, exempt, expedited and full committee), modification requests and continuing renewals.

Kim received her doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University, an MEd in Higher Education Administration and BS in Psychology, both from Suffolk University, and a Graduate Certificate in Legal Studies from the Harvard Extension School. She is presently a post-doc fellow at the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics.

Kim’s academic areas of focus are the educational theory of experience and leading organizational change through improvement science, data analytics, and learning and design. Her professional areas of expertise are the ethical conduct and regulatory compliance of human subjects research, and protection of the rights and welfare of participants involved in biomedical and social-behavioral research. Kim’s research interests include IRB use of outside expertise, IRB application quality, IRB metrics, emerging technologies in research, and experiential models of education for researchers. She has published her work in such journals as AJOB Empirical Bioethics, Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, and Ethics & Human Research, including papers on IRB metrics, outside expertise, and a module within the CITI Program curriculum on the risks of novel technologies in research.

In addition to her professional and research work, Kim serves as Co-Chair of the Harvard Catalyst Emerging Technologies, Ethics, and Research committee where she co-leads a federally funded committee dedicated to enhancing data security and human subjects research involving novel technologies. She is a member of the AEREO Consortium, which aims to advance effective research ethics oversight through empirical research, and has published several papers with this group.

Kim has worked in higher education institutions, and on their IRBs, for over 15 years. Prior to this role Kim served as Senior IRB Review Specialist for ORARC. Prior to joining ORARC in April 2013, Kim worked as a Research Officer in the Committee on Human Studies Office at Harvard Medical School, and was a Research Officer and Human Protections Administrator at both Williams James College and Suffolk University.

To contact Kim, please email her at or call 617-432-7434.