Human Subjects Research Committee

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. 

Current Committee Membership
Amy Rees, PhD - Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology, IRB Chair
Justin Crest, PhD - Non-affiliated Member
Elizabeth Denevi, PhD - Assistant Professor with Term of Educational Leadership
Ben Gaskins, PhD - Associate Professor of Political Science
Heather Miner, PhD - Assistant Director of the College Advising Center

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. 

In addition, researchers may find the Human Research Protection Training and these mini-tutorials, both offered by the HHS Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), of interest.


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