Office of Research


photo of Gloria Waters Dr. Gloria Waters
Vice President and Associate Provost for Research

Gloria S. Waters is Vice President and Associate Provost for Research at Boston University. In this role, she has responsibility for BU’s research enterprise, representing the University to key stakeholders in government, industry and foundations and leading the development and implementation of effective policies and procedures to streamline and manage research.

Prior to her appointment, Gloria served as Dean of BU’s College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College from 2005 to 2013. There, she led dramatic increases in the size, quality, and selectivity of the College’s undergraduate and graduate programs, enhancing student and faculty support and doubling the volume of its research funding.

A Professor of Speech, Language and Hearing Science at BU since 1997, Gloria’s research is in the areas of language and memory processes and includes a sizeable portfolio of federal and foundation-sponsored awards from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Institutes of Health, the Medical Research Council of Canada and the Alzheimer’s Association of America, among others. Before arriving at BU, Gloria served as Acting Director of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill University in Montreal. She received her B.A. in Psychology from McGill and her M.A. in Applied Psychology and Ph.D. in Psychology from Montreal’s Concordia University.

cara-ellis-mccarthyCara Ellis Mccarthy
Assistant VP for Research Initiatives

Cara Ellis McCarthy was appointed the Assistant Vice President for Research Initiatives in April 2010.  In this capacity, Ms. McCarthy works with the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research to support the research community and facilitate research initiatives at Boston University.  She also provides administrative and financial oversight to 16 interdisciplinary centers, institutes and programs reporting to the Office of Research as well as the University’s strategic research partnership with the University of Warwick.  She formerly held two positions at Boston University as the Director of Academic Services in the Office of the Provost from 1996 – 2000 and the Director of Administration and Finance for the Danielsen Institute from 2000 – 2010.  Ms. McCarthy earned her B.A. in Political Science from Boston University.


Office Address
Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research
One Silber Way, 8th Floor
Boston, MA 02215
Tel: 617-353-2595
Fax: 617-353-6580