Elizabeth A. Buchanan, Ph.D., has joined Marshfield Clinic Research Institute as the director of the Office of Research Support Services and staff senior research scientist. She will oversee grants, contracts, research compliance and other support services important to the Research Institute.

She earned a doctor of philosophy (ethics and information transfer) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and was most recently the endowed chair in ethics and director for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

“Coming from 22 years in higher education, I am excited to jump in and find my way through this amazing organization," Dr. Buchanan said. “When I've told friends about my move, I continually hear about family members that have worked for Marshfield for many years and have loved it."

Dr. Buchanan's scholarship focuses on the intersections of ethics, regulations, and research. She has written numerous articles and has presented her work on research ethics boards and internet research, social media, and big data, across a wide range of journals and venues.

Dr. Buchanan's own research has been supported by such sponsors as the National Science Foundation, Fulbright, Wellcome Trust, and many institutional and UW system awards.

Dr. Buchanan's recent scholarship includes co-editing a special issue of Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics on ethical issues in social media research; a chapter in IRB Management and Function; commentary in PLOSONE; a paper from her current grant work on humanitarian service learning projects and community ethics in the International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering; and commentary in a forthcoming collection on hashtag research.

“We are very fortunate to have someone of her caliber and experience on our team," said Amit Acharya, B.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., executive director of the Research Institute. “She will be playing an integral role as a key member of the Research Institute administrative leadership team to support the strategic and t​actical operations of the Research Institute."