Faculty Bios

Clinical Research Nursing Conference

Course faculty would be the following instructors:

Course Leader: Jennifer Goldfarb, MSN, RN, CCRP 

Jennifer Goldfarb, MSN, RN, CCRP is a clinical research industry expert and leader with more than 20 years of nursing, clinical research operations, and management experience actively developing and leading innovative and strategic efforts to strengthen the culture of conducting safe, ethical, and efficient clinical research.

Jennifer is an accomplished visionary responsible for building highly successful clinical research infrastructure and developing and implementing processes that align to achieve operational and financial goals. Jennifer’s work experience includes serving in director-level roles at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania overseeing large complex teams at the department and institutional level, facilitating the start-up, execution, and close out of clinical research projects in multiple therapeutic areas. This included direct support and oversight related to contracting, budgeting, budget negotiations, financial management, IND/IDE applications and reporting, staffing support, and recruitment enhancement services. Jennifer provides consultative support to investigators and study teams regarding best practices for the safe, ethical, and efficient conduct of clinical research in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. She is a certified member of the Society for Clinical Research Associates since 2003 and is an elected member of the Board of Directors since 2016. She was elected Treasurer in 2019.

Jennifer is an internationally-recognized expert in clinical research budgeting, staffing, and management; developing tools and conducting training for study investigators, staff, administrators, and financial managers nationwide. She is an invited lecturer at the university and national level for clinical research investigators and staff on the topics of clinical research administration, strategy, operations, and finance. She has participated as invited faculty for several recurring SOCRA clinical research conferences for over a decade, including conferences related to project/program management and investigator GCP/site leadership. Jennifer designed and implemented a 2-day clinical research nursing SOCRA conference in 2019 to meet an unmet need to provide targeted education to clinical research nurses in consideration of the recent ANA scope and standards of practice guidelines.

Margaret McCabe, PhD, RN, PNP 

Margaret McCabe, is the Director of the Center for Pediatric Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In this role she leads nursing inquiry activities for the organization, which includes education and mentorship of staff in the conduct of evidence-based practice (EBP) and clinical research. At the same time Dr. McCabe maintains her own program of research that focuses on using a biobehavioral framework to better understand the symptom of fatigue in children. Dr. McCabe has taught undergraduate and graduate nursing courses at several schools of nursing. Dr. McCabe is a founding member of the International Association for Clinical Research Nurses. Through the course of her career Dr. McCabe has worked in roles providing direct patient care, managing care units for patients participating in clinical research, educating nurses and conducting independent research.

Gunda Simpkins, RN, MSN, MPH, CCRP

Gunda Simpkins is currently a Clinical Research Team Manager at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she started in 2017.  She received her BSN from University of Delaware, an MSN in Nursing Education from Villanova University, and an MPH from University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ/Rutgers University.  Her nursing experience spans mostly Maternal-Child Health, as a Labor & Delivery Staff Nurse, Clinical Nurse Educator, and International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant.  Her research nursing career began seven years ago in a smaller academic medical institution, where she also served as a member of the Institutional Review Board.  She is a member of and certified as a Clinical Research Professional through SOCRA.

Mary Jane Williams, DNP, MPH, RN, NE-BC

Mary Jane Williams, has been the nurse manager of the Clinical Research Unit at the University of Wisconsin’s academic medical center in Madison Wisconsin since 2003. She is a member of the UW Human Subjects IRB and UW Hospital’s Nursing Research and EBP Council. She earned a DNP from Rush University – Chicago, MPH from Tulane University – New Orleans that included additional study at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Public Health in Research Design and Analysis. She earned her BSN from University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Mary Jane’s nursing experience includes adult critical care; nursing education; and research experience that began as a research coordinator for the Department of Cardiology. Mary Jane, along with six other clinical research nurses from across the United States, founded IACRN in 2009. She chairs the organization’s writing committee for the Clinical Research Nurse Scope and Standards of Practice that lead to ANA’s recognition of clinical research nursing as a specialty practice and has served on the IACRN Board of Directors as secretary and president in 2018.