The Institutional Review Board (IRB) — Human Subjects ensures that the rights and welfare of participants in research projects are protected and that the risks to participants are reasonable in relation to the benefits.
All members of the University community conducting research with human subjects must complete a review and approval by the St. Mary’s University Institutional Review Board. For more information on the IRB process and federal guidelines for research, current students, faculty and employees can visit the IRB page found in Gateway under SPARC (Sponsored Projects, Academic Research and Compliance).
Human Subject Certification
All primary researchers and IRB members must have a current certification of completion of Human Subjects Research training from the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) to participate in research involving human subjects. Certifications are valid for three years from the date of completion shown on the CITI Certificate of Completion. Researchers must submit copies of their certificate of completion with the IRB Proposal Review Application.
Detailed instructions for creating a CITI user account are provided on the SPARC page under IRB in Gateway.
Human Subject Review Board
Academic Year 2015-2016
Dan Ratliff, Ph.D. – Chair – Professor – Graduate Studies
Dmitriy Khon, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor – Science, Engineering and Technology
Andrew Getz, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor – Science, Engineering and Technology
Melanie Harper, Ph.D. – Associate Professor – Graduate Studies
Marcie Issaacs – Non-affiliated member – UTHSC-SA
John Schmolesky – Professor – School of Law
Jillian Perucci – Assistant Professor – Humanities and Social Sciences
Pedro Lopez, Ph.D. – Professor – Humanities and Social Sciences – Ad hoc Prisoner Representative
Patricia Cubeta Zibluk, J.D., GCMS – Ex-officio
Sheri King, Ph.D. – Director of Student Development
Quorum must have at least one, non-scientific member present. For proposals under SubPart C (Vulnerable Populations, Prisoners) Quorum must have at least one, non-scientific member and a prisoner representative.
Policies and Procedures
External Researcher Guidelines (for individuals not currently affiliated with St. Mary’s)
Human Subjects policy
Class Project Policy form
Syllabus Insert – IRB Class Projects Policy
Dan Ratliff, Ph.D.
Institutional Review Board Chair
Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
Counselor Education and Family Life Center, Room 204
210-438-6400, Ext. 6407