April     Armstrong

April Armstrong, MD, MPH

Director, Clinical Research Support


As Director of Clinical Research Support (CRS), Dr. Armstrong oversees the CTSI core that provides support for developing, activating, conducting and reporting clinical research studies. CRS functions as the single stop for accessing all of the services an investigator may need by offering quality support for every phase of a study, including budgeting, recruitment, and study coordinators. The focus of the CRS team is to assist with non-cancer clinical studies, as CISO at USC supports cancer studies.  Dr. Armstrong also serves as Director for the Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) at USC. The CTU provides expert research services and space necessary to conduct human trials. CTU is especially equipped to conduct early-phase (drug development) and complex mechanistic clinical trials.

Contact Information


Professional Background

Dr. April Armstrong is Associate Dean of Clinical Research at Keck School of Medicine at USC. She also serves as Director of Clinical Research Support and the Clinical Trials Unit for the SC CTSI. In the Department of Dermatology at USC, she serves as Vice Chair of Clinical Research. Dr. Armstrong obtained her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed dermatology residency at the Harvard Dermatology Residency Program. She also obtained a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health. Prior to joining faculty at the University of Southern California, Dr. Armstrong was Vice Chair and Director of Clinical Research at dermatology departments at the University of California Davis and later at the University of Colorado. For her research focus, Dr. Armstrong is particularly interested in the appropriate use of systemic agents, comparative effectiveness research, technology-enabled healthcare delivery, and comorbidities associated with inflammatory skin diseases. She is a federally funded investigator with an extensive clinical trial experience, having led or collaborated on over 120 studies. She has authored over 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications.


Spending time with family

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.