Debra Schaller-Demers MSOM


Debra Schaller-Demers

Debra Schaller-Demers, MSOM currently serves as Senior Director for Research Integrity and Compliance (RIC) and the Research Integrity Officer in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at New York University (NYU). A seasoned leader and collaborator, Debra has over 20 years of experience in research management in higher education and non-profit organizations, with a successful track record in responsible conduct of research including compliance, outreach, and education.

Debra oversees the Office of Research Affairs, including the Responsible Conduct of Research Program; the Office of Conflicts of Interest; and the Office of Human Research Protections, including the Institutional Review Board. Debra is responsible for ensuring compliant research programs and implements a shared vision for openness, integrity, and reproducibility across NYU.

A thought leader in the industry, Debra currently serves as the Immediate Past-President of the Society of Research Administrators International (SRAI), a global research management society providing education, professional development, and comprehensive information about research management to over 5000 members from over 40 countries. She served on the SRAI Board of Directors from 2012 to 2015, is a Past-President of SRAI’s Northeast Section, the 2011 recipient of the SRAI Excellence Award - Intermediate Level and the SRAI Hartford-Nicholsen Award, and former Editor of the SRAI Catalyst. She was inducted as SRAI Distinguished Faculty in 2012.

Debra is a sought-after speaker, facilitator and content/curriculum developer on research ethics/compliance and professional development across the globe. She was selected as SRAI’s recipient of the INORMS Award for Excellence in Research Management Leadership 2020 in recognition of outstanding contributions made at the international level to the research administration and management profession.

Debra came to NYU from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she served as their Vice President, Research Outreach and Compliance. She started her career as the Research Integrity Education Coordinator at Weill Cornell Medical College and served as Weill Cornell’s Research Integrity/Conflicts Manager. Debra received her BA in Fine Art from Queens College, CUNY, and her MS in Organization and Management from Capella University.

As a faculty member of the MS in Research Administration and Compliance program at the CUNY School of Professional Studies, she teaches Introduction to Research Compliance, Ethics, and Integrity and the RAC 699/698/697 capstone.

Recent News

CUNY SPS Dean Silva-Puras posing with 2021 Scholarship Recipient winners April Outen and Adina Hoppenstein

CUNY SPS Honors Scholarship Recipients at 8th Annual Reception

November 04, 2021

On October 27, CUNY SPS honored its 2021 scholarship recipients at the School's first in-person event since the pandemic shutdown.

Debra Schaller-Demers

Debra Schaller-Demers Receives Teaching Excellence Award

February 16, 2021

Debra Schaller-Demers, an adjunct lecturer in the MS in Research Administration and Compliance program, has received the 2021 CUNY SPS Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.