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Professional Staff

Hawk Tran

Hawk Tran joined NAVREF in 2014 with a background in military health affairs, epidemiology, and public health administration. After an 8 year career in the United States Army as a Health Care Specialist and later on becoming a commissioned officer in the Medical Service Corps as a Medical Operations Officer, Mr. Tran began his civilian career at the Miami-Dade County Health Department as an STD/HIV Epidemiologist where his main activities included conducting disease investigation, implementing disease intervention, and providing community health education. Mr. Tran moved from Miami to Washington, D.C. to complete a short-term assignment at the Pentagon, working in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, Irregular Warfare Division. Mr. Tran holds a Master of Public Health degree from American Public University, a B.A. in International Relations from Florida International University, and a graduate certificate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from the University of South Florida. He is also a graduate of the Health Administration Officer Program at Ft. Sam Houston, TX, and the Tropical Medicine Course at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, MD.

Krissa Caroff

Krissa Caroff joins NAVREF after a 10 year career with VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS), working first as their Research Compliance Officer and then transitioning into a unique role as their Research Education and Policy Coordinator, where she was responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing the  VAPHS research education program for investigators, staff, and committee members. Ms. Caroff also served as the regulatory expert regarding VA and other Federal requirements governing the conduct of human subjects research, and utilized her knowledge to ensure that regulatory and policy updates were disseminated to the VAPHS research community in a timely manner. Her knowledge also allowed her to the serve as the Human Research Protection Program accreditation coordinator for VAPHS.  Before working for VA, Ms. Caroff worked at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for 6 years, working on numerous clinical trials focusing on genitourinary cancer, grief, and anxiety. Ms. Caroff received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master's Degree in Professional Leadership from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA. She is also a Certified Professional Coach and Master Practitioner of the Energy Leadership Index Assessment. 

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