Ivy R. Tillman

PRIM&R Executive Director 



Ivy Tillman, EdD, CCRC, CIP, is the Executive Director of PRIM&R, advancing PRIM&R’s mission of promoting the highest ethical standards in the conduct of research through critical research policy expertise, professional development, and education to its community of professionals.

Dr. Tillman brings over 18 years of leadership in research ethics and oversight, focusing on promoting the trustworthiness of research organizations. As a purposeful leader, Dr. Tillman has developed partnerships with varied stakeholders, bringing varied perspectives and voices together to create programs and initiatives that move research ethics conversations forward.

Prior to joining PRIM&R, Dr. Tillman was the Director of Research Operations at the Mayo Clinic, supporting the IRB, IACUC, and IBC. She also served as IRB Director for Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia, where she provided oversight for the Human Research Protection Program, IRB Operations, and IRB and researcher compliance programs. Dr. Tillman received her Doctorate in Education from Augusta University, her Master of Science in Health Care Management from Troy University, and her Bachelor of Arts in Biology and French from Clemson University.

Dr. Tillman was a site visitor for the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP), a Certified IRB Professional, and a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator.

Dr. Tillman has a long history of service to a broad range of organizations advocating for research ethics, including PRIM&R. She served on the Planning Committee for the 2023 PRIM&R Annual Conference, and was a Speaker at the 2022 PRIM&R Annual Conference, the 2021 Advancing Ethical Research Conference (AER21) and AER20. She also addressed the annual AAHRPP Conferences in 2023, 2022, and 2014. In 2021, Dr. Tillman was a Speaker for a Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Webinar; she served as a Steering Committee Member and Speaker for an OHRP Research Community Forum in Georgia in 2017 and is a member of The Consortium to Advance Effective Research Ethics Oversight (AEREO).