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LEADERSHIP TEAM

INVESTIGATORS

Brett Plyler, M.D. 
Investigator – CRC since 2006
Board Certified General Psychiatry

Dr. Plyler is a board certified psychiatrist with over 15 years of experience as a practicing physician. He has been a Principal Investigator at Chicago Research Center since 2006 and has participated on over 80 clinical trials focusing on mood disorders, sleep, fibromyalgia, and diabetes. In addition to his role as an investigator, he serves as an attending psychiatrist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and maintains his own psychiatry practice in downtown Chicago.

Monika Jaffe, D.O. 
Investigator – CRC since 2013
Board Certified General Pediatrics

Dr. Jaffe is board certified in general pediatrics and joined Chicago Research Center in 2013. She devotes her time to clinical research and maintains experience as a Principal and Sub-Investigator on over 40 clinical trials with both pediatrics and adults. She has research experience in a variety of indications including depression, fibromyalgia, insomnia and diabetes.

Jane Dyonzak, Ph.D. 
Investigator – CRC since 2006
Board Certified by American Board of Sleep Medicine

Dr. Dyonzak is a licensed clinical psychologist and board certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine. She joined Chicago Research Center in 2006 as a Principal Investigator focusing on sleep disorders, and has participated in over 30 clinical trials. She has conducted both privately and publically funded research studies in addition to having numerous publications on sleep disorders. In addition to her duties at CRC, Dr. Dyonzak is partnered with Insomnia Treatment Specialists LLC., is on the staff at Sleep Disorders Center at Holy Family Medical Center, and is a consultant at Evanston Hospital’s Sleep Center.

Seanra Kalil, PA-C
Investigator – CRC since 2016
Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Ms. Kalil is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and is currently licensed in the state of Illinois. She joined Chicago Research Center in 2016 and has served as an investigator on numerous clinical trials focusing on mood disorders, sleep and fibromyalgia. In addition to her work on clinical trials, she serves as adjunct faculty at Northwestern University’s PA program.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Stacy Malm, M.S., LCPC
President & Chief Executive Officer

Stacy co-founded CRC in 2005 and continues to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer. She brings over 20 years of clinical research experience to the company in her leadership role. She is well versed in both clinical trial management and operations. In her daily role as Director of Clinical Research, Stacy leads a team of physicians and allied health professionals in the conduction of complex clinical research protocols across diverse therapeutic areas. Over the course of her career, Stacy has managed over 200 research studies in sleep medicine, psychiatric disorders and general medicine. Prior to her reign in clinical research, Stacy served as lead certified mental health professional at Evanston Hospital after graduating summa cum laude from Bradley University.

Eric C. Malm, M.A., LCSW
Vice President & Chief Operations Officer

Eric Malm co-founded the Chicago Research Center in 2005 and continues to serve as the Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. As a biopharma industry veteran, Eric brings over 20 years’ experience in clinical development, operations and management. He supports a team of industry leaders in phases I through IV clinical trials across broad therapeutic indications. Mr. Malm oversees operational activities at the site, including study start up, enrollment of trials, site certification management and sleep lab operation and management. In addition to founding the Chicago Research Center, Eric is a licensed and practicing social worker in the State of Illinois. He has worked in both the outpatient and inpatient clinical settings after graduating cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts and finally a Master’s from Loyola University.

Ben Romanos, M.A
Clinical Research Manager & Psychometrician

A former case worker and mental health counselor, Mr. Romanos began working in clinical research in 2006 at the University of Chicago.  He joined CRC in 2013 and currently serves as Site Clinical Manager.  He has participated in over 60 trials as both coordinator and psychometrician. His experience includes research in mood disorders, sleep, general medicine and psychiatric disorders.

Chicago Research Center leads the way of privately owned and operated clinical research sites with a highly educated and trained team. This includes clinical research coordinators, research assistants, recruitment specialists, medical assistants, psychometricians and certified sleep technicians. This exemplary team continues to deliver uncompromising care and results that exceed expectations.

Since our inception in 2005, CRC has provided strong leadership and continuity in the research industry. Our staff has participated in more than a 750 clinical trials of various indications and helped guide more than 30 drugs through Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval.