CTSI Spotlight: Eunice Stephens

Eunice Stephens, MPH

Eunice Stephens, MPH, is the administrative director of CTSI’s Clinical Research Services (CRS) - CTSI’S largest program. She provides operational and strategic support to CRS sites and cores services.

What's your role and how long have you worked at UCSF?

I’ve been at UCSF for over 18 years. In those 18 years I have had the opportunity to work in various departments including: Marilyn Reed Lucia Child Care Study Center, Department of Anthropology, History & Social Medicine, and Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) and now CTSI.

How is your work connected to the UCSF mission?

The CRS plays an important role in the UCSF mission by providing infrastructure throughout San Francisco with an array of skilled clinical services, which assists both clinical and behavioral researchers at UCSF, DPH and VA in conducting their studies.           

What are the most rewarding parts of your job?

What I find most rewarding is helping investigators make the seemingly impossible possible. Whether it’s starting a new study on a moments notice, negotiating equipment sharing between departments or coordinating resources for international subjects; helping research happen makes me happy.

What do you like most about your work as Assistant Director of Operations of CRS?

I enjoy the wide range of opportunities and challenges that need to be addressed daily at our sites and cores. There is definitely no chance of getting bored and I’m fortunate to work with such a talented and dedicated team.

What are some things that people may not know about the work you do?

How many institutions, departments and investigators I interact with on a given day. There are a lot of moving parts in coordinating a program with nine locations that sees on average over 2000 participants a month. 

If you chose another career path outside UCSF what would it be?

I would love to own a yarn and tea shop where I could spend my days, with friends, knitting and drinking tea, or I would be an evolutionary anthtropologist.

What's something that your colleagues or members of the UCSF community might be surprised to know about you?

That I’m a really shy! But I make a conscience effort to put myself out there.

What are your favorite things to do with your free time? 

I enjoy reading historical and biographical literature, knitting and classic films. 

CTSI Spotlight is part of an ongoing series that offers an opportunity for faculty and staff to learn more about the wide range of people who make CTSI's work possible. See all featured faculty and staff.