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About Us

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 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 comply 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, when applicable.
  • The participant is fully aware of his/her rights, risks, benefits, and the nature of the procedures.

Federal Wide Assurance

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
Randi Belisomo, Community member, Bioethics Unaffiliated
Jessica Bloom Office of Research Services
Leah Bryant College of Communications
Joanna Buscemi Department of Psychology
Jessica Choplin Psychology
Ruth Gannon-Cook School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Bradley Hoot Modern Languages
Caron Jacobson, Community Member, Prisoner Representative Unaffiliated
Craig Klugman Health Sciences
Susan Loess-Perez Office of Research Services
Cynthia Putnam College of Computing & Digital Media
Shannon Simonovich School of Nursing
Joseph Tariman School of Nursing
Lisa Tarr, Community Member Unaffiliated
Philip Yates
Mathematical Sciences