Institutional Review Board

Our Institutional Review Board (IRB) was established to protect the rights of human subjects who volunteer to participate in research. The IRB exists as a safeguard to promote the ethical and responsible treatment of participants in research.

MCLA requires that all research involving human participants must be reviewed and approved by the IRB before any research may be started. Guiding the review process is the application of federal and state laws and regulations outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations Title 45 Part 46 (45 CFR 46), and the ethical principles of the Belmont Report as the criteria for the review of all research studies.

All researchers must complete the online NIH Office of Extramural Research training course.

IRB Review Dates

Full Review - 4 weeks
Exempt and Expedited Review - 2 weeks

IRB Members

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, IRB Chair
Adrienne Wootters

Associate Professor, Biology
Ann Billetz

Professor, Psychology
Thomas Byrne

Institutional Research Analyst
Jason Canales

Associate Professor, Education
Dale Fink

IRB Documents

IRB Questions

If you should have any questions please feel free to contact one of the committee members or email the IRB at