Carolynn Thomas Jones, DNP, MSPH, RN

Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing, Master of Clinical Research Program Director

Carolyn Thomas Jones, DNP, MSPH, RN is Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing with The Ohio State University College of Nursing and the Master of Clinical Research Program Director. Dr. Jones has nearly 30 years experience as a clinical research professional.  She is a founding member of the Joint Task Force for Harmonized Clinical Research Core Competencies and has a research interest in nursing and professional roles in the clinical research enterprise and clinical research core competencies.  She is Immediate Past President for the Consortium of Academic Programs in Clinical Research and is a Consultant Executive Director for the Mycoses Study Group Education and Research Consortium.  A member of multiple clinical research professional associations, she has published widely on clinical research management topics.  


  • 2013-2014 Sparkman Fellow.
  • 2014-2014 Excellence in Teaching, UAB School of Nursing.

Book Chapters


  • 2020. "Chapter 9: Making the case for a project: Needs Assessment." In Project Planning and Management: A Guide for Nurses and Interprofessional Teams, edited by Harris, J.L.; Roussel, L.; Dearman, C.; Thomas, P.L.,
  • 2020. Chapter 5: Navigating the Institutional Review Board (IRB). In Evidence-Based Practice: An Integrative Approach to Research, Administration and Practice: 2nd Edition, edited by Hall, H.R.; Roussel, L.A.,
  • 2020. "Chapter 13: Professional Role Development." In Core Curriculum for Clinical Research Nurses, edited by McCabe, M.; Ness, E.,


  • 2015. "Chapter 6: The Clinical Needs Assessment: Foundations for Application.." In Project Planning and Management, edited by Harris, J.L.; Roussel, L.; Dearman, C.; Thomas, P.,

Journal Articles


  • Ianni, P.; Perorazio, T.E.; Samuels, E.M.; Eakin, B.L. et al., 2020, "The DIAMOND Portal: An innovative platform for sharing translational research workforce training and assessment resources." Journal of Clinical Translational Science Pre-proof, 1-19 - 1-19.
  • Kesling, B.; Jones, C.; Fritter, J.; Neidecker, M.V., 2020, Navigating a career as a clinical research professional: Where to begin?. Clinical Researcher 34, no. 6,
  • Sonstein, S.A.; Brower, R.J.N.; Gluck, W.; Kolb, H.R. et al., 2020, "Leveling the Joint Task Force Core Competencies for Clinical Research Professionals." THERAPEUTIC INNOVATION & REGULATORY SCIENCE 54, no. 1, 1-20 - 1-20.
  • Jones, C.T.; Jester, P.; Croker, J.A.; Fritter, J. et al., 2020, "Creating and testing a GCP game in an asynchronous course environment: The game and future plans.." J Clin Transl Sci 4, no. 1, 36-42 - 36-42.



  • Sonstein, S.A.; Jones, C.T., 2018, "Joint Task Force for Clinical Trial Competency and Clinical Research Professional Workforce Development.." Front Pharmacol 9, 1148 - 1148.
  • Jones, C.; Fisher, C.; Griffith, C.A.; Bailey, J. et al., 2018, "A retrospective pilot study comparing data from monitoring reports to identify staffing influence on protocol deviation rates." International Journal of Clinical Trials 5, no. 1, 30-30 - 30-30.
  • Saunders, J.; Zuspan, R.; Pimenta, K.; Berent, R. et al., 2018, "Recommendations for best research coordinator onboarding and training practices using the Joint Task Force Competency Framework." Research Practitioner 19, no. 3, 43-59 - 43-59.
  • Krueger, J.; Jones, C.; Neidecker, M.V., 2018, "Sponsor-Site Communication in Device Trials: Evolution of a Dedicated Field Clinical Organization Throughout Study Execution." Clinical Researcher 32, no. 8,
  • Hornung, C.A.; Jones, C.T.; Calvin-Naylor, N.A.; Kerr, J. et al., 2018, "Competency indices to assess the knowledge, skills and abilities of clinical research professionals." International Journal of Clinical Trials 5, no. 1, 46-46 - 46-46.
  • Eagan, J.T.; Jones, C.T.; Roubin, G.S., 2018, "Interventional cardiologists: Beware and be aware: An updated report of radiation-induced cutaneous cancers.." Catheter Cardiovasc Interv 91, no. 3, 475-477 - 475-477.


  • Calvin-Naylor, N.A.; Jones, C.T.; Wartak, M.M.; Blackwell, K. et al., 2017, "Education and training of clinical and translational study investigators and research coordinators: A competency-based approach.." J Clin Transl Sci 1, no. 1, 16-25 - 16-25.
  • Saunders, J.; Pimenta, K.; Zuspan, S.J.; Berent, R. et al., 2017, "Inclusion of the Joint Task Force Competency Domains in onboarding programs for clinical research coordinators: Variations, enabler and barriers." Clinical Reseacher 1-1 - 1-1.
  • Balser, S.R.; Jones, C., 2017, "Changes in oncology treatments may lead to changes in clinical trial design: An overview of a basket trial." Clinical Reseacher 18, no. 3, 1-44-50 - 1-44-50.


  • Jones, C.J.; Benner, J.; Jelinek, K.; Namenek Brouwer, R. et al., 2016, "Academic preparation for clinical research roles: A professional pathway." Clinical Researcher 30, no. 6, 34-39 - 34-39.
  • Sonstein, S.; Silva, H.; Jones, C.; Calvin-Naylor, N. et al., 2016, "Global self-assessment of competencies, role relevance, and training needs among clinical research professionals." Clinical Researcher 30, no. 6, 38-45 - 38-45.


  • Jones, C.T.; Hastings, C.; Wilson, L.L., 2015, "Research nurse manager perceptions about research activities performed by non-nurse clinical research coordinators.." Nurs Outlook 63, no. 4, 474-483 - 474-483.
  • Silva, H.; Sonstein, S.; Stonier, P.; Dubois, D. et al., 2015, "Alignment of Competencies to Address Inefficiencies in Medicines Development and Clinical Research: Need for Inter-Professional Education." Pharmaceutical Medicine 29, no. 3, 131-140 - 131-140.
  • Jones, C.; Gladson, B.; Butler, J., 2015, "Academic programs that produce clinical research professionals." DIA Global Forum 7, no. 5, 16-19 - 16-19.
  • Elias, B.L.; Polancich, S.; Jones, C.; Convoy, S., 2015, "Evolving the PICOT Method for the Digital Age: The PICOT-D.." J Nurs Educ 54, no. 10, 594-599 - 594-599.



  • Wilson, L.L.; Rice, M.; Jones, C.T.; Joiner, C. et al., 2013, "Enhancing research capacity for global health: evaluation of a distance-based program for international study coordinators.." J Contin Educ Health Prof 33, no. 1, 67-75 - 67-75.


  • Eagan, J.T.; Jones, C.T., 2011, "Cutaneous cancers in an interventional cardiologist: a cautionary tale.." J Interv Cardiol 24, no. 1, 49-55 - 49-55.


  • Jones, C.; Tornwall, J.; Plahovinsak, J.; Fritter, J. et al., "The use of ePortfolio as an academic evaluation tool for clinical research competencies." Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning

Associated Programs

Master of Clinical Research