Ivy R. Tillman

PRIM&R Executive Director 



Ivy Tillman, EdD, CCRC, CIP, is the Executive Director of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R). Dr. Tillman is a passionate, multi-faceted educator at heart, bringing more than 18 years of leadership in research ethics and oversight to her role at PRIM&R. 

As a purposeful and creative leader, Dr. Tillman has developed partnerships with multiple stakeholders, bringing varied perspectives and voices together to create programs and initiatives that move the research ethics conversation forward. She is a firm believer that public trust in research is essential, and scientific advancement is a unification point for all communities.  

Prior to joining PRIM&R, Dr. Tillman served as the Director of Research Operations at the Mayo Clinic, supporting the IRB, IACUC, and IBC. Previously, Dr. Tillman held the position of IRB Director for Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia.  

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’s involvement with PRIM&R began in 2005, when she first became an active PRIM&R member. She has a long history of service advocating for research ethics with different organizations including PRIM&R, The Consortium to Advance Effective Research Ethics Oversight (AEREO), and the Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP).  

In her free time, Dr. Tillman enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and empowering women and girls through local advocacy work. She believes education holds transformative power, and actively works to create space for under-represented voices in educational and scientific spaces. As a life-long learner and dedicated advocate, Dr. Tillman’s work highlights her dedication to fostering a holistic approach to ethical conduct in research.