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Pediatric Clinical Research Office

Pediatric Clinical Research Office

Pediatric Clinical Research Office at Penn State Children's Hospital

Research at the Children’s Hospital includes basic science and clinical investigation in a wide spectrum of pediatric fields. Our research aims to reduce morbidity and increase the success of treatment of many childhood diseases.

Who we are

The mission of the Pediatric Clinical Research Office is to enhance, foster and promote organized clinical research within the Penn State Children's Hospital.

By stimulating clinical research, the Pediatric Clinical Research Office will help Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center meet its goals of patient care, teaching, service and research.

Our office is currently and strives to continue to be active in Penn State University investigator-initiated research, through collaborations between faculty and our office and its research staff. We help investigators initiate new studies and provides recruitment, consent writing, regulatory, budgetary, and data collection assistance where needed. This help may also include administrative, procedural, and case report documentation.

Help is also provided to investigators with industry-sponsored clinical trials. We promote investigator initiated research within central Pennsylvania, trains our staff to promote quality research within Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the adoption of "Good Clinical Practices”.

Contact us

Pediatric Clinical Research Office
Department of Pediatrics, SB35
Penn State Children's Hospital
600 University Drive, P.O. Box 850
Hershey, PA  17033-0850
Phone: 717-531-5656
Fax: 717-531-0486

Cheston Berlin, M.D., Founder, Pediatric Clinical Research Office

Cheston M. Berlin, Jr., MD

Ian M. Paul, M.D., M.Sc., Director

Ian M. Paul, MD, MSc

Jennifer Stokes, Manager

Jennifer Stokes, BSN, RN, CCRC

Amyee McMonagle

Amyee McMonagle, RN, BSN, CCRC
Nurse Coordinator


Jessica Beiler

Jessica Beiler, MPH, CCRC
Project Manager

Amy Shelly

Amy Shelly, LPN
Nurse Coordinator

Julie Vallati

Julie Vallati, LPN, CCRC
Nurse Coordinator

Patricia Carper

Patricia Carper, RN, BSN, CCRN
Nurse Coordinator

Nicole Verdiglione

Nicole Verdiglione
Research Associate

Heather Stokes

Heather Stokes
Administrative Associate

Valentine Balloon Sale benefits CMNEvery year our office sells Valentine’s Day balloons to raise money for our Children's Miracle Network. This helps provide patients and visitors the opportunity to get something special for their loved one if they're unable to leave the hospital.

In 2019, we raised $7,171.40. Over the past 15 years, the sale has raised more than $52,790.70.

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