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Wendy A. Visscher

Privacy Officer and Senior Advisor, Office of Research Protection

Wendy Visscher, PhD, has broad expertise in privacy laws and the ethical issues surrounding research with human subjects. As privacy officer, Dr. Visscher consults with research staff about privacy and data security and the applicability of specific U.S. and international privacy laws, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), to their studies. She also develops corporate-wide training programs and policies for the protection of personal data.

Dr. Visscher is the former director of the Office of Research Protection and is currently a member of RTI's Institutional Review Board (IRB) and a senior advisor to the IRB. She participated on two national Institute of Medicine committees, one focused on research with prisoners and the other on the impact of HIPAA on research.

As an epidemiologist with more than 20 years of research experience, Dr. Visscher's areas of health expertise include heart disease and diabetes in minority communities, drug use in pregnant women, children's mental health, reproductive epidemiology, radiation and cancer, and patient outcomes studies.


PhD, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota; MPH, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota; BA (cum laude), Psychology and Biology, Hastings College.

Latest Publications

West, S.L., & Visscher, W.A. (2014). Ethical oversight, consent, and confidentiality. In Andrews, E.B. & Moore, N. (Eds.), Mann's Pharmacovigilance (3rd ed.) (pp. 37-46). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
West, S.L., Johnson, W., Visscher, W., Kluckman, M., Qin, Y., & Larsen, A. (2014). The challenges of linking health insurer claims with electronic medical records. Health Informatics Journal, 20 (1):22-34.
Guinn, C., Hubal, R., Frank, G., Schwetzke, H., Zimmer , J., Backus, S., Deterding, R., Link, M., Armsby, P., Caspar, R., Flicker, L., Visscher, W., Meehan, A., & Zelon, H. (2004). Usability and acceptability studies of conversational virtual human technology: Proceedings of the 5th SIGdial Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue at HLT-NAACL 2004, Cambridge, MA.
Victor, R.G., Haley, R.W., Willett, D.L., Peshock, R.M., Vaeth, P.C., Leonard, D., Basit, M., Cooper, R.S., Iannacchione, V.G., Visscher, W.A., Staab, J.M., et al. (2004). The Dallas Heart Study: A population-based probability sample for the multidisciplinary study of ethnic differences in cardiovascular health. American Journal of Cardiology, 93 (12):1473-1480.
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