Teri Karcher, Ph.D.


Teri Karcher, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President, Head of Launch Excellence & Chief Drug Development Officer

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Teri is EVP, Head of Launch Excellence and Chief Drug Development Officer, leading a team that collaborates across functions at Parexel to bring operational and commercial insights, innovation, and optimization to study start-up planning and execution. Teri joined Parexel in 2012 and most recently served as EVP, Global Head, Enterprise Account Group and Head of the Partnership Center of Excellence. In this role she led teams that built strategic relationships with biopharmaceutical customers, streamlining ways of working to expedite drug development.

Teri is a dynamic leader with a demonstrated ability to inspire teams, enhance outcomes, and implement transformational change within a global organization. Before she joined Parexel, Teri spent 11 years working in other CROs in increasing levels of leadership in operational and commercial functions. Prior to the CRO industry, she held research faculty appointments in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine and the University of Miami School of Medicine. Teri also provided healthcare services to patients as a Clinical Psychologist. Her time spent with patients and working at investigative sites has fueled her continued passion for finding improved ways of collaborating across our industry to make it faster and easier for patients to receive needed treatments.

Teri received her Ph.D. in Health Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami and her MBA in Business Administration from Arizona State University. She also completed her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Marquette University.