Community Advisory Board

Back Row: Left to Right: David Lovell, Luis Carlos Garcia, Vosa Cavu-Litman, Kathy Orrico, Jeff Urman, Eyasu Kebede, Ezra Tilahun Yoseph, Mark Hager; Front Row: Left to Right: Rita French, Nancy Brown, Tanya Beat, Alyssa Crooke, Stefanie Bruggeman, Karla Cienfuegos, Yadira DiSiena, Lupe Rodriguez, Andrea Norcia. Not Pictured: Alicia Pinn, Vandon Duong

Our Mission

The mission of the Stanford Community Advisory Board for Clinical Research (CAB) is to build and foster partnerships between researchers and the community to ensure clinical research is participant focused, successful and meaningful. The primary aims of the CAB are to (1) enable community members to participate in the research planning process, including assistance with dissemination of research findings to the community; and (2) provide feedback to researchers on recruitment strategies, including reaching specific populations. Researchers receive direct feedback and guidance at CAB meetings and are provided a summary of the meeting discussion.

Particularly useful were the suggestions on ways in which we could provide value to our participants through involvement in the community.
The CAB put voice to some of our efforts and some concerns we experience internally – it is valuable to have this voice for recommendations come from a neutral party – the  CAB can say things that we may not be able to say as an involved party.
Preparing for and meeting with CAB was a good exercise for me personally because it truly made me think about our projects and barriers to our research.

Community Member Benefits

  • Learn about Stanford's research for increased awareness and education
  • Engage and participate in the research process
  • Provide input feedback, and idea generation
  • Voice priorities and concerns

Investigator Benefits

  • Develop processes that are respectful of and acceptable to the community
  • Optimize recruitment methods and incentives for reaching specific community groups (e.g. underrepresented minorities)
  • Anticipate and reduce barriers to study participation
  • Receive community input on study design and materials
  • Identify channels, partners, and best practices for research dissemination


Nicole Ventre, MS

Operations Chair
Stanford Center for Clinical Research

Rey Naik

Operations Manager
Stanford Center for Clinical Research

Jonathan Shaw, MD

Community Chair
Ravenswood Clinic and Stanford Division of General Medical Disciplines

Judith Prochaska, PhD

Faculty Chair
Stanford Prevention Research Center

About the board

The CAB consists of a diverse group of community members who live, work, seek health care, and/or participate in businesses, organizations, or education in areas surrounding Stanford University.

How Does CAB Work?

Faculty and/or senior study team members present their project to the board, focusing on barriers or perceived barriers to the project in which the community can provide guidance and feedback.  Presenters receive a wealth of feedback from the board.

Who is Eligible to Present at CAB Meetings?

Clinical researchers from across Stanford's School of Medicine are eligible to use CAB to present research ideas, receive guidance on study start-up and design, recruitment methods and materials, incentives and barriers to participation, etc.

More info

To learn more, please contact:

Rey Naik, Operations Manager
Nicole Ventre, Operations Chair

Meeting Schedule

Meetings take place once every other month for a total of 6 meeting per year.

Date Presenter Presentation Title
November 13, 2019 Anisha Patel, MD Healthy Beverage for Lower SES Children 
September 11, 2019 Michael Baiocchi, PhD
Gender-Based Violence Prevention 
July 10, 2019 Jennifer Robinson, PhD Nutrition Studies Group
May 8, 2019 Rebecca McCue Project Baseline Circle-Back
March 13, 2019 Sharon Cardenas Healthy Brain Aging Study
January 9, 2019 Lisa Henriksen, PhD Aspire Project 2: Big City Tobacco Control Study 

CAB Members

Name Location Joined
Alicia Pinn Mountain House January 2016
Alyssa Crooke Sunnyvale January 2019
Ezra Tilahun Yoseph Palo Alto January 2019
Jeff Urman Palo Alto January 2016
Kathy Orrico Menlo Park January 2016
Lupe Rodriguez Oakland May 2017
Mark Hager Atherton January 2016
Nancy Brown Redwood City January 2016
Rita French Palo Alto January 2016
Stefanie Bruggerman Los Altos January 2018
Tanya Beat Belmont January 2019
Vandon Duong Palo Alto, CA March 2019
Vosa Cavu-Litman Redwood City January 2019
Yadira DiSiena Menlo Park January 2018