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Dr. Caren Frost named new Associate Vice President for Research Integrity and Compliance

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Caren Frost, PhD, MPH, as the Associate Vice President for Research Integrity and Compliance (AVPRIC) effective December 1, 2021. Dr. Frost will succeed Dr. Erin Rothwell who is currently serving the role of Associate Vice President for Research and will assume the role of Interim Vice President for Research on January 3, 2022.

Dr. Frost brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in research integrity and compliance activities to our campus. Dr. Frost received her BA in European & Japanese History at the University of Utah, her MPH in Population & Family Health at Columbia University, and her PhD in Applied, Culture & Medical Anthropology at the University of Utah. Dr. Frost has served as the Associate Director of the Middle East Center (2002-2011), Director of the Center for Research on Migration & Refugee Integration (2016-2019,) Co-Chair of the Institutional Review Board (2015-2020), and other various leadership and committee roles at the university.

In addition, Dr. Frost is a Research Professor in the College of Social Work. Her main research focus is on updating the Circle of Health tool to holistically measure women’s health and wellbeing, as well as developing a tool to effectively measure the concept of “integration.”  Dr. Frost’s work promotes interdisciplinary and collaborative applied research with faculty, students, and community partners. She is currently funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration (two grants that focus on providing training for paraprofessionals and students in the SUDC program) as well as through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (one grant determining how businesses have managed worker health in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic).

In 2019, Dr. Frost joined the AVPRIC team as the Director of the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance. She is also the Research Integrity Officer and the Director of the Office of Quality Compliance. Dr. Frost has spearheaded many research initiatives across campus and revitalized the Office of Research Education. Under her leadership, Dr. Frost collaborated with research administration and leadership across campus to develop the U’s new authorship and research misconduct policies. In addition, Dr. Frost has launched the U’s compliance management toolkit to provide PIs and staff with adaptable tools to effectively manage research activities and standard operating procedures for all research and clinical studies. She also currently leads the AVPRIC’s strategic planning team to develop future initiatives and resources with a mission to provide a positive research climate and infrastructure as the U moves to a $1B research funding model.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Frost as the new AVPRIC. She looks forward to elevating AVPRIC activities and resources for all researchers across campus. We are very excited to partner with Dr. Frost and look forward to advancing the U’s research missions and goals together.

Thank you. 


Erin Rothwell
Associate Vice President for Research

Andrew S. Weyrich
Vice President for Research

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Last Updated: 12/20/21