Behind the Scenes Research Leadership

Coordinating, facilitating, empowering, and managing.

The BU Research office is the engine that keeps research running smoothly. Led by the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research, and the Vice President for Research Finance and Operations, these teams cover a lot. From representing the University to administering and managing, they support all aspects of research at BU.


Dr. Gloria Waters

Vice President and Associate Provost for Research

Dr. Waters is responsible for BU’s research enterprise, representing the University to key stakeholders in government, industry, and foundations. She also develops and implements policies and procedures to streamline and manage research.

From 2005 to 2013, Dr. Waters was dean of BU’s College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College. There, she led dramatic increases in the size, quality, and selectivity of the College’s undergraduate and graduate programs, enhanced student and faculty support, and doubled the volume of its research funding.

A professor of speech, language, and hearing sciences at BU since 1997, Dr. Waters’ research is in the areas of language and memory processes, including a sizable portfolio of federal and foundation-sponsored awards from the US 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, she was acting director of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill University in Montreal. Dr. Waters received her BA in psychology from McGill and her MA in applied psychology and PhD in psychology from Concordia University in Montreal.

Kate Mellouk

Kathryn Mellouk

Associate Vice President for Research Compliance

Ms. Mellouk was appointed in June 2014, after serving in the interim role for one year. She has been with Boston University’s Research Compliance office since 2006, serving as the director of IACUC Affairs and then executive director of research integrity & assurance prior to assuming her current role. She is responsible for ensuring a research environment across Boston University’s Charles River and Medical Campuses that promotes safety, integrity, and ethical behavior and abides by the evolving regulations and requirements established by federal, state, and local funding agencies. She leads the development and implementation of institutional programs and operational strategies for all non-financial regulatory compliance issues governing research to ensure that current University policies and procedures are sufficient to minimize and prevent risk of non-compliance.

Ms. Mellouk received a BA in biology from Boston University and a master of public administration from the University of Michigan’s Gerald Ford School of Public Policy.

Cara Ellis McCarthy


Assistant Vice President for Research Initiatives

Ms. McCarthy was appointed in April 2010. She provides administrative, financial, and staffing planning and oversight to the Research office and the interdisciplinary centers, institutes, and programs reporting to the vice president and associate provost for research. She also develops and facilitates strategic research initiatives for these areas.

Ms. McCarthy formerly held two positions at BU: as director of academic services in the Office of the Provost from 1996 to 2000 and as director of administration and finance for the Danielsen Institute from 2000 to 2010. Ms. McCarthy earned her BA in political science from Boston University.

Mia R. Bott


Business Manager, Research Compliance

Reporting to the associate vice president for research compliance, Ms. Bott was appointed in January 2011 after serving as the financial administrator for more than three years within the Research and Research Compliance offices. In her current role, she is responsible for budget development and oversight of shared services across both the Charles River and Medical Campuses, as well as several units within Boston Medical Center, that ensure the safety of research practices and compliance with federal, state, and local regulations. Additionally, Ms. Bott is responsible for staffing and administration within Research Compliance.

Ms. Bott holds a BA in economics from William Smith College, a master of public administration from Syracuse University, and a master of education from Boston University.

Sarah Hokanson, Ph.D.


Program Director, Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs

Jointly reporting to the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research and the Associate Provost for Graduate Medical Sciences, Dr. Hokanson was appointed in February 2015. She is responsible for providing services and programming for all postdoctoral scholars at Boston University, as well as supporting the development of University policies related to postdoctoral scholarship.

Prior to joining Boston University, Dr. Hokanson was US Deputy Director of Science and Innovation at the British Consulate-General, Boston. Dr. Hokanson holds a BA in Chemistry from Boston University and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her graduate research was supported by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, and she completed a NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cornell University in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. She received an Executive Education Certificate from MIT Sloan School of Management’s Entrepreneurship Development Program in 2014.

Cj Lehr

Cj Lehr

Program Director, Research Communication & Documentation

Ms. Lehr joined the team in November 2014. She is responsible for the communication strategy and online presence of Research at BU. In this role, she works toward streamlined and comprehensive communication of information to the research community, including funding opportunities, policies, events, and other initiatives. She also works with research centers and institutes to facilitate a high-quality and cohesive web presence across all aspects of research.

Prior to joining the Research team, Ms. Lehr worked in account management at Creative Services and as assistant director of editorial and new media in the Questrom School of Business at Boston University. Ms. Lehr holds a BS in journalism from Kansas State University.

Kevin Gonzales


Research Administration Specialist

Mr. Gonzales was appointed in July 2014. In this newly created role, he serves as the operations liaison between the Office of the Provost, Post Award Financial Operations (PAFO), Research Operations, Systems, and Analytics (ROSA), Sponsored Programs (OSP), and other central offices and academic units in order to develop and ensure streamlined and coordinated processes, workflow, and implementation of research policies across these areas. He is a resource to these various offices, administrators, and faculty for troubleshooting issues that may arise.

Mr. Gonzales formerly held the position of senior account coordinator in the Research office from 2012 to 2014. He earned his BS in film and television from Boston University’s College of Communications and his MBA from Questrom School of Business.

Kat Tokarz


Research Communications Specialist

Ms. Tokarz was appointed in August 2014. In this newly created role, Ms. Tokarz develops and implements research communications, events, and initiatives geared toward supporting faculty in identifying significant, priority funding opportunities, including forums for sponsors and funders to visit BU to meet with appropriate faculty. She organizes training and other initiatives for faculty and manages the limited submission grant application process.

Ms. Tokarz previously held the position of executive assistant to the dean and event manager at Sargent College. She earned her BA in international relations from Boston University, and her MA in Russian, Eurasian, and East European studies from Georgetown University.

Maura Monahan


Administrative Coordinator

Ms. Monahan was appointed in September 2014. She handles day-to-day administration tasks in the office, including answering the main phone line, responding to email inquiries, and maintaining the calendar for the vice president and associate provost for research. Her responsibilities also include reviewing expenses for centers reporting to the office as while as event planning, organizing workshops and panels geared toward research faculty, staff, and students.

Ms. Monahan previously held the position of senior program coordinator in the Development Office at the College of Engineering. She earned her BS in economics from the University of Mary Washington and is pursuing her MBA in the evening program at the Questrom School of Business.

Diane Baldwin

Acting Director, Research Finance and Operations; Assistant Vice President, Sponsored Programs

Reporting to the vice president for research finance & operations, Ms. Baldwin joined Boston University as the assistant vice president of Sponsored Programs (OSP) in January of 2014. In this role, she is responsible for providing comprehensive leadership and support to the research community engaged in the preparation, submission, and acceptance of research proposals and awards. OSP is also responsible for the non-financial post-award management of all sponsored awards.

Prior to joining Boston University she served in a diversity of roles at Harvard University for the past 31 years.  Most recently she was the director of university financial services overseeing over $6B in transactions for Accounts Payable/Receivable, Card Services and Payroll. In addition she served as the director of Financial Systems Solutions and Project Director for GMAS, Harvard’s cradle-to-grave grants management system.

Gretchen Hartigan

Assistant Vice President, Post Award Financial Operations

Reporting to the vice president for research finance & operations, Ms. Hartigan was appointed in April 2014 after serving two years as executive director, Costing and Compliance within Post Award Financial Operations.  In her current role, she oversees Boston University’s Post Award Research portfolio including: Cash Management, Effort Reporting, Facilities Cost Analysis, Property Management, Research Administration, and Service Center Administration.

Ms. Hartigan holds a BA in Accounting from Boston College, a Master of Education and a Master of Business Administration from Salem State University.