Lake Charles Clinical Trials Site Staff
At Lake Charles Clinical Trials we are very lucky to have a qualified research staff that includes four Clinical Research Raters and three Clinical Research Coordinators. We also employ a full-time lab technician, a Regulatory Affairs Specialist, and an Administrative Assistant.
Because our office is privileged to employ so many people, the primary function of each position may be slightly different than that of the industry standard. Our Regulatory Affairs Specialist handles all the study start-up documents for new studies, IRB approval and notifications for new, existing, and previous studies, and manage the required training for each person on staff.
The primary role of the Clinical Research Rater is scale administration for the trial. They will complete the required visit(s) with the patient, as well as all required assessments. They also handle the drug accountability of each trial, except for instances in which the study medication requires blinded personnel. The Clinical Research Coordinators work hand-in-hand with the Raters. The primary role of the Coordinators is to design and complete the source document preparation prior to each study visit. Once the study visit is completed, the Coordinators will enter the source information in either CRF or eCRF format. Once the information is entered, they will answer any queries given by the sponsor.
PHYSICIAN SUB-INVESTIGATORSCharles A. Murphy, III, MD
Dr. Murphy has been a Sub-Investigator with Lake Charles Clinical Trials since 2002. He graduated from Harvard University in 1979 and went on to receive his Fellowship in Child Psychiatry from Brown University in 1990. In addition to serving as Sub-Investigator, he also has a private counseling practice. He has served as Sub-Investigator for over 100 clinical trials.Charles B. Woodard, MD, FACC
Dr. Woodard has been a Sub-Investigator with Lake Charles Clinical Trials since 2006. He received his bachelor’s degree from LSU in 1969 and went on to receive his Doctorate degree in 1973. He was awarded a Fellowship in Cardiology from Baylor College of Medicine in 1978. In addition to his work as a Sub-I, he also has a private practice and serves as a Cardiologist for Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.
SUB-INVESTIGATORS / RATERSSandra I. Viggiani, PhD
Sandra earned her doctorate degree from Fuller School of Psychology, Fuller Seminary in 2016, and currently holds a provisionary license in psychology. She has been with Lake Charles Clinical Trials since 2014, working on a variety of clinical trials including Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and others. She has extensive training in multiple psychological and cognitive rating scales and is fully trained on Good Clinical Practice and the protection of human research subjects.Colleen Smith, RN, BSN
Colleen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from McNeese State University in 1987. She joined Lake Charles Clinical Trials in 2002, working with a variety of diagnoses including schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease, bioplar disorder, autism, and MDD. She has extensive experience with various cognitive and psychological rating scales. Colleen is CPI and CPR certified and is trained in Good Clinical Practice and the protection of human research subjects.Sharon Garrett, LPN
Sharon received her LPN degree at Sowela Community College in 1996 and joined Lake Charles Clinical Trials in 2004. She primarily works with adults and geriatrics, but also has extensive experience with a number of other diagnoses, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety, and ADHD. Sharon has extensive experience with multiple psychological rating scales including the PANSS, MADRS, and MMSE. She is also IV, CPI, and CPR certified, and is trained Clinical Practice and the protection of human research subjects.
CLINICAL RESEARCH COORDINATORSKami Mallett
Kami has worked in the clinical research field since 2004. She has worked with disorders including: Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, osteoarthritis, generalized anxiety disorder, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to her Clinical Research Coordinator experience, she is also a certified phlebotomist. Kami is CPR certified and IATA certified in the Shipment of Hazardous Materials, and has extensive training in Good Clinical Practice and the protection of human research subjects.Kandyce Peveto
Kandyce joined Lake Charles Clinical Trials in 2006. She has worked with patients diagnosed with a variety of conditions, including: Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, generalized anxiety disorder, osteoarthritis, opioid dependency, major depression, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s disease. Kandyce attended McNeese State University from 1989-1992. She is CPR certified and IATA certified in the Shipment of Hazardous Materials, and has extensive training in Good Clinical Practice and the protection of human research subjects.
SUPPORT STAFFMelissa Thibodeaux, BS
Melissa has been with Lake Charles Clinical Trials since 2005. As the site's Regulatory Affairs Specialist, she has managed regulatory documentation for over 200 studies. She is experienced in working with both local and central IRBs, including WIRB, Schulman, Quorum Review, Sterling, and Copernicus Group. She has extensive training in Good Clinical Practice and the protection of human research subjects. In addition to her regulatory responsibilities, Melissa also helps manage various business-related aspects of the site, including human resources, accounts payable, and web management. Melissa obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2003 from McNeese State University.Leenora Lohr
Nora has been with Lake Charles Clinical Trials since 2006 as the site's Phlebotomist and ECG Technician. She has over 15 years of experience in her field. Nora is certified by the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT) and IATA certified in the Shipment of Hazardous Materials. She also has extensive training in Good Clinical Practice and the protection of human research subjects.Deona Davis
Deona currently serves as the site’s Research Assistant, helping Melissa, Kandyce, and Kami with various aspects of document management, with particular focus on safety document processing and dissemination, and data entry. Deona has been with LCCT since 2011 and is experienced with multiple EDC systems and fully trained in Good Clinical Practice and the protection of human research subjects.Jennifer Phillips
Jennifer is the newest member of the LCCT team, serving as the site’s Administrative Assistant since 2017. She is the first point of contact for many of our patients and assists with appointment scheduling and patient-related bookkeeping.