Featured Member Profile: Denette Roulinson

Welcome to another installment of our featured member interviews where we will continue to introduce you to more of our members—individuals who work to advance ethical research on a daily basis. In honor of Member Appreciation Month, we will be introducing you to a couple of our members each week throughout the month of May.

Please read on to learn more about their professional experiences, how membership helps connect them to a larger community, and what goes on behind-the-scenes in their lives!

Today we’d like to introduce you to Denette Roulinson, institutional review board (IRB) administrator at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur, IL. 

When and why did you join the field?
I joined the field in January 2003 just a few years after I started my family and earned my bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration.

What is your favorite part of your job?
On an abstract level, I like the trust that is bestowed upon me by my colleagues, by the researchers, by the IRB members, and by hospital administration. In a more tangible sense, I enjoy the pre-review process, particularly when it comes to the consent forms.

What do you value in your friends?
With my friends, I value the ability to speak freely and honestly. With my colleagues at work, I appreciate that they understand it’s not uncommon to catch me talking to myself or perhaps singing.

Why did you join PRIM&R?
[Membership] is practical and it makes sense. The educational opportunities are phenomenal, and there certainly are other benefits to being a member as well.

What is your favorite member benefit?
In today’s market, my favorite membership benefits are the discounts given to members for Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) recertification and registration fees for the Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference. I also look forward to reading each issue of the Research Ethics Digest.

What would you say to someone who is considering PRIM&R membership?
PRIM&R membership is very much like research. Once you’re in, you’ll never leave.

What motivates you to maintain your commitment to advancing ethical research?
I love the work we do. It’s important. It’s specialized. And, when done ethically, it is truly life-changing.

Thank you for being part of the membership community and sharing your story, Denette.
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