The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a university-wide committee formally appointed by DePaul's President to review all research activities involving human subjects conducted by DePaul faculty, staff, or students. The IRB is made up of a diverse group of DePaul faculty and staff with representatives from various colleges, schools, and departments, as well as a local community representatives. 

The IRB fulfills DePaul’s contract with the federal Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) to ensure that all human subjects research (whether federally-funded or not) conducted by DePaul faculty, staff, and students complies with the federal regulations (45 CFR 46) and adhere to the statement of principles contained in the Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research (The Belmont Report). IRB approval affirms the methodological and ethical quality of the research, and it is the primary responsibility of the IRB to review research activities that involve human subjects or their data to ensure that: 

  • The risks to the participant are outweighed by the possible benefits to the participant and/or the importance of the knowledge to be gained or its benefit to society.
  • The rights and welfare of each participant will be adequately protected.
  • Informed consent is obtained by adequate and appropriate means, when applicable.
  • Long-term research protocols are reviewed at least annually.
  • The participant is fully aware of his/her rights, risks, benefits, and the nature of the procedures.


DePaul University's Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) is #00000099.

IRB Members:

​​Jennifer Loncola Walberg, IRB Chair College of Education
​Neil Vincent, IRB Vice-Chair ​Social Work
​Diana Alfaro ​Office of Research Services
​Mojdeh Bayat ​College of Education
​Jessica Bloom ​Office of Research Services
​Leah Bryant ​College of Communications
​Jessica Choplin ​Psychology
​Ruth Gannon-Cook ​School for New Learning
Caron Jacobson​, Community Member, Prisoner Representative
​Morag Kersel ​Anthropology
​Craig Klugman ​Health Sciences
Young-Me Lee
School of Nursing
​Susan Loess-Perez ​Office of Research Services
Cynthia Putnam
College of Computing and Digital Media
​Joseph Tariman ​School of Nursing
Kimberly Quinn
​Lisa Tarr, Community Member ​Unaffiliated