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Human Subjects Research Committee

March 17, 2020: Please see letter to the community
from IRB Chair Jeff Christensen regarding
Human Subjects Research and COVID-19

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Lewis & Clark’s Human Subjects Research Policy protects the welfare of human subjects recruited to participate in biomedical or behavioral research.

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a specially constituted review body established to protect the welfare of human subjects recruited to participate in biomedical or behavioral research. Any member of the Lewis & Clark community planning to conduct research using live human participants must have that research reviewed and approved by the IRB prior to research initiation. This requirement holds for all research involving human subjects, whether this research is funded or not, as well as for student projects such as independent study and senior thesis projects involving human participants. The IRB reviews all research proposals to ensure compliance with human subjects protocols and adherence to professional ethical standards. The IRB serves as a resource, providing guidance in fulfilling the obligation to plan and conduct all research involving human subjects with the highest scientific, humane, and ethical principles. 

Lewis & Clark’s Federalwide Assurance (FWA) number is FWA00013631. 

Committee Membership (2020-21)
Jeffrey Christensen, PhD - Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology, IRB Chair
Mark Duntley, PhD - Dean of Religious & Spiritual Life
Dana Fischer, PhD - Nonaffiliated Member
Jennifer LaBounty, PhD - Associate Professor of Psychology
Erik Nilsen, PhD - Associate Professor of Psychology
Barbara Safriet, JD - Visiting Professor of Law
Brenda Valles, Assistant Professor and Program Director
Todd Watson, PhD - Associate Professor of Psychology

Read McFaddin, IRB Administrator. Contact:

Institutional Official: David Reese, Vice President, Chief of Staff, General Counsel and Board Secretary

Meeting Schedule: The IRB typically meets ten times each year, the last Thursday of every month except July and December.

Training Requirements
Research involving animals requires additional training. Lewis & Clark subscribes to online training modules through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).  See step-by-step instructions for registering and using CITI, and a course guide to help you select the appropriate modules for your research. 


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    Lewis & Clark College’s Human Subject Research Committee (HSRC). Also known as Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Federal Purposes.

    Human Subjects Research

    The HSRC/IRB does not have a physical address. Please submit all applications and questions to the email address listed.