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Institutional Review Board

Diane Burgermeister, PhD, RN – Nursing
John Critchett, PhD – Business
Deborah Dunn, EdD – Director
Matilda Isaac-Mustapha, PhD – Business
Rachel Mahas, PhD – Nursing
Monica Miller, PhD – Religious Studies
Carly Nowicki, PhD – Biology
Kelly Rhoades, PhD – Hospice
Patricia Rouen, PhD, RN – Community Representative
Steven Schwartz, JD – Education
Sue Sharma, PhD – Education
Kenneth Thiel, PhD – Psychology, Chair

Institutional Review Board Charge

The purpose of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to demonstrate the respect and value for human dignity held by Madonna University through ensuring that the rights and welfare of human subjects are protected in biomedical or behavioral research. The Committee follows Federal Regulations set forth by the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS).

The IRB is a faculty standing committee. That is, the Faculty Affairs Committee appoints members of the IRB on a rotating basis for 3-year terms at the beginning of each academic year. Board representation includes faculty from the five academic divisions, the Director of the Center for Research, and one outside (non-university) member.

IRB Objectives:

  • Review proposals for adherence to DHHS guidelines for the protection of human subjects involved in research activities conducted by students, faculty, and staff sponsored by Madonna University.
  • Review proposals for adherence to DHHS guidelines for the protection of Madonna University students, faculty, and staff as subjects of research activities conducted at Madonna University by external agencies.
  • Assist in reducing Madonna University’s exposure to legal liability that could arise if unethical practices were used in research projects involving human subjects.
  • Maintain protocol to allow for systematic review of applications for use of human subjects for research purposes (exempt, expedited, and full review).