Tufts CTSI’s Research Participant Advocate (RPA) is a trained research specialist who is a resource for study volunteers and a liaison to investigators, study teams, and staff. The RPA is committed to protecting the safety and confidentiality of research participants.

The Research Participant Advocate provides assistance on issues relating to:

  • Informed consent forms and processes
  • Data and safety monitoring plans and boards
  • Participant safety
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Regulatory statutes regarding human subjects
  • Adverse events
  • Participant satisfaction

Who is eligible?

Current, former, and potential research volunteers; investigators and their study teams; and anyone with feedback about Tufts studies involving human subjects.


For current, former, and potential research volunteers

For information about volunteering for clinical studies and trials, and to read the Research Participants’ Bill of Rights, click here.

To learn about clinical research and what it means to be a research volunteer, visit the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), a partner of Tufts CTSI.

Download and share the Research Participant Advocate Flyer (PDF).

Read the Research Participant’s Bill of Rights (PDF).

For investigators and study team members

For information about regulatory consultations, IRB assistance, and Data and Safety Monitoring Boards (DSMBs), click here.

To request research services, consultations, and other resources, please submit a request.

Download and share the Research Participant Advocate Flyer (PDF).



To contact the Research Participant Advocate Patricia A. Normandin, please email rpa@tufts.edu or call 617-627-4255.