Office of Sponsored Programs and Research

Red Square Clark University Worcester MA



Deborah G. Martin, Ph.DDeborah Martin

Interim Dean of Research

Deborah (“Deb”) Martin is currently serving the University as Interim Associate Provost and Dean of Research. She is a Professor of Geography, with a focus in her own work on urban geography. Her research responsibilities include leadership in developing the research mission of the University. Major responsibilities include: managing the OSPR staff; promoting faculty research; and oversight of regulatory compliance including human participants, environmental health and safety, patents and copyrights, and the University’s conflict of interest policy. The Dean of Research is the authorized signatory for all sponsored programs and research at the University and provides final approvals on major budget related matters.

In her role as Interim Dean of Research, Dr. Martin also works closely with the Corporate and Foundation Relations office in University Advancement and the OSPR on obtaining external funding. Dr. Martin also works closely with the Provost on strategic initiatives and implementation plans for Clark’s research centers and institutes.

Deborah Martin can be reached at (508) 793-7104 or


Diane Sainsbury

Diane Sainsbury

Office Assistant/IRB Coordinator, Office of Sponsored Programs and Research

The Assistant is the first point of contact for IRB related matters and is responsible for overseeing the organization of proposal submissions and the meetings of the IRB.  Additionally, Diane processes research related Non-Employee Affiliations, provides general office support for grant related activities, assists with reporting on indicators of grant activity and updating website content, and provides staff support for Research Board activities including Faculty Development Fund administration.

Diane is with the office part-time and can be reached at (508) 421-3880 or

Mondays through Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.