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Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research

Institutional Review Board Overview

Human Subject Research at Washington State University is coordinated through two Institutional Review Boards (IRBs): Behavioral and Biomedical IRB (or IRB 1) and Summer and Ad Hoc IRB (IRB 2).  The WSU Institutional Review Boards are responsible for the review and approval of all research activities involving human subjects.  The IRBs are charged with protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects to ensure that physical, psychological, or social harms or other negative effects are minimized  in compliance with the federal, and state regulations, and university policies.  All research activities involving human subjects conducted by WSU faculty, staff, and students must be approved by the IRBs regardless of the funding source or location and prior to initiating any portion of the activity.  It is especially important that graduate students who use data from human subjects for theses and dissertations be fully aware of this policy.  Failure to comply with IRB review may make it impossible for these documents to be accepted by the Graduate School.  See the IRB website for guidance, training information, and additional IRB resources.

Committee Functions

  • Review research proposals that involve human subjects to ensure that they are in keeping with existing policies and regulations
  • Advise investigators on safeguarding the rights and welfare of human subjects
  • Recommend policies for safeguarding the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in research projects, in accordance with state and federal regulations

Committee Composition

  • The two WSU Institutional Review Boards each shall have at least 5 members, with varying backgrounds to promote complete and adequate review of research activities commonly conducted by the institution:
    • At least 1 member whose primary concerns are in scientific areas and at least 1 member whose primary concerns are in non-scientific areas
    • At least 1 member who is not otherwise affiliated with the institution and who is not part of the immediate family of a person who is affiliated with the institution
    • At least 1 physician (when required by the regulations)
  • Members will be predominantly faculty; however, any WSU staff (including IRB or other Office of Research Assurances staff) and graduate students may be members. Non-affiliated members may be any individual that enhances review of research projects.
  • The IRBs shall be sufficiently qualified through the experience and expertise of its members to ascertain the acceptability of proposed research in terms of institutional commitments and regulations, applicable law, and standards of professional conduct and practice.
  • Individuals who are knowledgeable about and experienced in working vulnerable categories of subjects, including but not limited to children, prisoners, pregnant women, or cognitively impared  persons will be included in the WSU IRBs when protocols involving vulnerable participants are reviewed.
  • The IRBs may not have a member participate in the IRBs’ initial or continuing review of any project in which the member has a conflicting interest, except to provide information requested by the IRBs.
  • The WSU IRBs may, at their discretion, invite individuals with competence in special areas to assist in the review of issues which require expertise beyond or in addition to that available on the IRBs. These individuals may not vote with the IRBs.

Committee Tenure

IRB members, including the chairs,  will be appointed for terms of up to three years. Members are appointed by the President upon recommendation of the Vice President for Research (VPR).

At WSU appointment authority has been delegated in writing to the VPR.

Committee
Membership: Behavioral and Biomedical IRB

Lazarus, Andrea (Scientific)
Assistant Vice President
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Co-Chair: 2020-2023
Committee term end: 2023

Barry, Christopher (Scientific)
Department of Psychology
Co-Chair: 2020-2023
Committee term end: 2023

Levien, Terri  (Scientific)
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Vice Chair: 2020-2023
Committee term end: 2023

Kabasenche, William Paul  (Non-Scientific)
School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs
Vice Chair: 2020-2023
Committee term end: 2023

Ahmed, Ayesha (Scientific)
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Alternate member for Scientific Members
Committee term end: 2023

 

Ambrosi, Tom
Information Security Services
Consultant, Information security/data security
Ex-Officio

Bender, Naomi 
Native American Health Sciences
Consultant, Native American issues
Ad Hoc reviewer

Bracket, Heather (Non-Scientific)
Office of Research Assurances
Alternate member for Non-Scientific members
Ex officio

Carbonneau, Kira (Non-Scientific)
College of Education
Committee term end: 2023

Crossno, Joseph 
Office of Research Assurances
Consultant, Human Research Protection Regulations
Ex-Officio

Haalas, Gwen (Scientific)
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Health Sciences Spokane
Alternate Member for scientific members
Committee term end: 2023

Hansen, Devon (Scientific)
Sleep and Performance Research Center
Committee term end: 2023

Heine, Carl (Scientific, Physician)
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Alternate Member for scientific members, or physician members
Committee term end: 2023

Hicks, Barry (Non-Scientific)
Community Member
Committee term end: 2023

Hildebrand, Kasee (Scientific)
College of Education, Athletic Training Program
Committee term end: 2023

Jandhyala, Malathi  (Non-Scientific)
Office of Research Assurances
Committee term end: 2023

Kluzik, Mike  (Non-Scientific)
Office of Research Assurances
Alternate Member for Non-Scientific members
Ex oficio

Krebill-Prather, Rose (Non-Scientific)
Social and Economic Research Center
Alternate Member for Non-Scientific members
Committee term end: 2023

Le, Lena (Scientific)
Social and Economic Research Center
Alternate member for scientific members
Committee term end: 2023

Lokensgard, Ken (Non-Scientific)
Center for Native American Research and Collaboration
Native American representative
Committee term end: 2023

Lutze, Faith (Non-Scientific)
Criminal Justice and Criminology
Alternate Member for Non-scientific members
Committee term end: 2023

May, Thomas (Scientific)
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Committee term end: 2023

Muller, Clemma (Scientific)
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Alternate Member for scientific members
Committee term end: 2023

Nelson, Lonnie (Scientific)
College of Nursing
Alternate member to Scientific members
Native American Representative
Committee tern end: 2023

Neumiller, Joshua (Scientific)
Pharmacotherapy, Health Sciences Spokane
Consultant, Pharmacotherapy and clinical trials
Ad Hoc reviewer

Paterson, Neil (Non-Scientific)
Office of Research Assurances
Alternate member for Non-Scientific members
Ex officio

Phelps, Johanna  (Non-Scientific)
Department of English, WSU Vancouver
Committee term end: 2023

Postma, Julie (Scientific)
Associate Dean for Research
College of Nursing
Alternate Member to scientific members
Committee term end: 2023

Quinlan, Robert  (Non-Scientific)
Department of Anthropology
Committee term end: 2023

Saunders, Aaron (Scientific, Physician)
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Committee term end: 2023

Schillinger, Andrew
Office of the Attorney General
Consultant, Legal Counsel, HIPAA compliance
Ex-Officio member

Shrope, Nancy  (Non-Scientific)
Alternate to Community members
Committee term end: 2023

Spradin, Alex (Scientific)
Department of Psychology
Alternate Member to scientific members
Committee term end: 2023

Strong, Zoe Higheagle (non-Scientific)
Executive Director, Tribal Relations
Special Assistant to the Provost
Native American representative
Alternate Member for non-scientific members
Native American Representative
Committee term end: 2023

Suchy-Dicey, Astrid (Scientific)
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Alternate Member to scientific members
Committee term end: 2023

Thorburn, Kim  (Scientific, Physician)
Community member
Committee term end: 2023

Van Son, Catherine (Scientific)
College of Nursing
Alternate Member to scientific members
Committee term end: 2023

Wheelock, Rory
Information Security Services
Consultant, Information security/date security
Ex-Officio, Alternate to Tom Ambrosi

Committee Membership: Summer IRB

Lazarus, Andrea (Scientific)
Assistant Vice President
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Co-Chair: 2020-2023
Committee term end: 2023

Barry, Christopher (Scientific)
Department of Psychology
Co-Chair: 2020-2023
Committee term end: 2023

Levien, Terri  (Scientific)
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Vice Chair: 2020-2023
Committee term end: 2023

Ahmed, Ayesha  (Scientific)
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Alternate Member for scientific members
Committee term end: 2023

Ambrosi, Tom
Information Security Services
Consultant, Information security/data security
Ex-Officio

Bender, Naomi
Native American Health Sciences
Consultant, Native American issues
Ad Hoc reviewer

Brackett, Heather (Non-Scientific)
Office of Research Assurances
Alternate member for non-scientific members
Ex-Officio member

Carbonneau, Kira  (Non-Scientific)
College of Education
Committee term end: 2023

Crossno, Joseph 
Office of Research Assurances
Consultant, Human Research Protection Regulations
Ex-Officio member

Haalas, Gwen  (Scientific)
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Health Sciences Spokane
Alternate Member for scientific members
Committee term end: 2023

Hansen, Devon  (Scientific)
Sleep and Performance Research Center
Committee term end: 2023

Heine, Carl (Scientific, Physician)
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Alternate Member for scientific or physician members
Committee term end: 2023

Hicks, Barry (Scientific)
Community Member
Committee term end: 2023

 

Hildebrand, Kasee (Scientific)
College of Education, Athletic Training Program
Committee term end: 2023

Jandhyala, Malathi  (Non-Scientific)
Office of Research Assurances
Committee term end: 2023

Kabasenche, William Paul (Non-Scientific)
School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs
Alternate Member to non-scientific members
Committee term end: 2023

Kluzik, Mike (Non-Scientific)
Office of Research Assurances
Alternate member for Non-Scientific members
Ex-officio

Krebill-Prather, Rose (Non-Scientific)
Social and Economic Sciences Research Center
Consultant, Ad Hoc reviewer

Le, Lena (Scientific)
Social and Economic Sciences Research Center
Alternate member for Scientific members
Committee term end: 2023

Lokensgard, Ken (Non-Scientific)
Center for Native American Research and Collaboration
Native American representative
Committee term end: 2023

May, Thomas (Scientific)
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Committee term end: 2023

Mueller, Clemma (Scientific)
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Consultant, Ad Hoc Reviewer

Lutze, Faith  (Non-Scientific)
Criminal Justice and Criminology
Alternate Member for Non-Scientific members
Committee term end: 2023

Nelson, Lonnie (Scientific)
College of Nursing
Alternate Member to scientific members
Native American Representative
Committee term end: 2023

Neumiller, Joshua (Scientific)
Pharmacotherapy, Health Sciences Spokane
Consultant, Pharmacotherapy and clinical trials
Ad Hoc reviewer

Paterson, Neil (Non-Scientific)
Office of Research Assurances
Alternate Member for non-scientific members
Ex officio

Phelps, Johanna (Non-Scientific)
Department of English, WSU Vancouver
Committee term end: 2023

Postma, Julie (Scientific)
Associate Dean for Research
College of Nursing
Alternate member for Scientific members
Committee term end: 2023

Quinlan, Robert (Non-Scientific)
Department of Anthropology
Committee term end: 2023

Saunders, Aaron (Scientific, Physician)
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Committee term end: 2023

Schillinger, Andrea
Office of the Attorney General
Consultant, Legal Counsel, HIPAA compliance
Ex-Officio Member

Shrope, Nancy (Non-Scientific)
Alternate to Community Members
Committee term end: 2023

Spradin, Alex (Scientific)
Department of Psychology
Alternate Member to Scientific Members
Committee term end: 2023

Strong, Zoe Higheagle (non-Scientific)
Executive Director, Tribal Relations
Special Assistant to the Provost
Native American representative
Alternate Member for non-scientific members
Committee term end: 2023

Suchy-Dicey, Astrid (Scientific)
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Alternate Member to scientific members
Committee term end: 2023

Thorburn, Kim (Scientific, Physician)
Community Member
Committee term end: 2023