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Center for Research Team

Center for Research Team

  • William Mobley, Md, PhD

    William Mobley, Md, PhD

    Center Director
  • Douglas Nitz, PhD

    Douglas Nitz, PhD

    Chair, Scientific Review Board
  • Catherine Christian

    Catherine Christian

    Catherine Christian is the Research Program Coordinator for the T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion (TDSIEC). In this role, she provides project management support to research programs within the Center for Research in Empathy and Compassion.

    Before joining TDSIEC, Catherine coordinated clinical research with a focus on active-duty and retired military personnel at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Catherine facilitated the base’s experimental treatment efforts in conjunction with the Office of the Surgeon General.

    Prior to her time at Camp Lejeune, Catherine served as a Clinical Research Coordinator in Baylor College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. While in Houston, Catherine coordinated a large-scale community health initiative that provided behavioral healthcare to over 3,000 Texans affected by natural disasters. Catherine also worked closely with city school districts to increase behavioral healthcare options in area high schools.

    Catherine is passionate about improving healthcare quality and accessibility in underserved communities. She holds a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University.