Joan Butler Joan Butler
Program Director for Clinical Research Administration
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

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Department: Clinical Research and Leadership


Dr. Joan Butler has over 25 years experience in drug development and has held executive, project management, regulatory and clinical research positions within the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Butler was chosen as the industry project manager representative loaned to FDA’s Office of the Commissioner to aid the implementation of the ‘team based managed review process’ within the Centers for Drugs and Biologics for PDUFA implementation for which she received special recognition.


Dr. Butler’s research interests include organizational justice, organizational identification, professional identity, and educational research.  Dr. Butler’s dissertation research focused on organizational justice and organizational identification.  Dr. Butler has published on professional identity and is working on a group publication related to online bioethics education.  Dr. Butler has been an examiner on five dissertation committees and is currently serving as a member for one dissertation within GW’s GSEHD.


Dr. Butler has taught at George Washington University since 2008.  During this time, she continues to serve as the Director, Clinical Research Administration Programs.  Dr. Butler has taught several courses within the graduate Clinical Research Administration program, and has focused on evaluating and updating the curricula in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.


  • Clinical Research Administration
  • Regulatory Affairs

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported a financial interest with the health care related companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the University and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

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