Robert Bienvenu, Ph.D., RAC, CIP

Dr. Rob Bienvenu's research and teaching interests include: cultural and organizational dimensions of health, regulatory affairs with focus on medical product development, research ethics, community-based research, social theory, science and technology studies, and the history and social organization of sexualities.

Dr. Bienvenu is Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology. He has also served as a faculty member at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Georgetown University, and Indiana University.

Dr. Bienvenu's professional positions outside of academe include policy and regulatory oversight positions within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Defense. He has extensive experience in regulatory affairs and applied research ethics, holds Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC-US) from the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) and is a Certified IRB Professional (CIP).
Summer 2020
ANTH 427/627: Clinical Research for the Social and Behavioral Sciences

How are healthcare products developed today, and what is the role of the social and behavioral sciences in this process? This course provides an introduction to clinical research and the pathways through which medical products are approved by agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Spring 2020
ANTH 417/677: Science Technology, and Medicine

How does something become a scientific fact? What is the social impact of new technologies and medical innovations? Who benefits and who is harmed by the rapid development of modern science, technology, and medicine? These questions are explored by drawing on the fields of anthropology, history, sociology, cultural studies, and science and technology studies to understand the inherent connections between science, technology, medicine, and society.


Research Guide for Clinical Research and Medical Product Development


Recent Publications

Adamo, Joan E., Robert V Bienvenu II, Felipe Dolz, Michael Liebman, Wendy Nilsen, and Scott J. Steele. 2020. “Translation of Digital Health Technologies to Advance Precision Medicine: Informing Regulatory Science.” Digital Biomarkers. 4:1-12.

Adamo, Joan E., Robert V. Bienvenu II, F. Owen Fields, Soma Gosh, Christina M. Jones, Michael Liebman, Mark S. Lowenthal, Scott J. Steele. 2018. “The Integration of Emerging Omics Approaches to Advance Precision Medicine: How Can Regulatory Science Help?” Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. 2(5): 295-300.

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