Nicki Karimipour

Nicki Karimipour, PhD

Program Manager, Clinical Research Support


In her role at SC CTSI, Dr. Nicki Karimipour is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Clinical Research Support group, administrating various programs based out of the Clinical Research Support office, overseeing a staff of clinical research coordinators, and strategizing ongoing initiatives and outreach. She also assists study teams with the development of strategic plans for participant recruitment, and works with other SC CTSI core groups to leverage existing recruitment tools and collaboratively develop new tools. Dr. Karimipour works in a consultant or project manager role to critically clinical research operations and logistics in order to provide recommendations for process improvement. She is also the Trial Innovation Network Liaison administrator and works to increase collaboration amongst investigators, as well as the number of federally-funded and industry sponsored trials at USC.  

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Professional Background

Dr. Karimipour has a Ph.D. in Health Communications from the University of Florida. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Florida and her undergraduate degrees from Florida State University. Prior to coming to SC CTSI, she worked as the assistant to the Director of Strategy and Communications at the UF CTSA hub. While at UF, her research focused on health-related topics including body image and social media, media coverage of sport-related concussions, hematology, tuberculosis, e-cigarette use, eating disorders, and general health behaviors. She has previous experience working in journalism, public relations, health-related strategic communications, and teaching at the undergraduate level, where she was the recipient of the 2015-2016 UF Graduate Student Teaching Award.


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