IRB Reviewer Resources

Training Steps for New IRB Reviewers

The SJSU IRB has an expedited review process in which a single IRB reviewer evaluates a research protocol to determine whether the protection of human subjects in research has been ensured. Full review by all committee members can be selected when needed. To begin reviewing IRB protocols:

  1. Notify the IRB coordinator and the current IRB chair (see contact info below) that you have been appointed to serve on the IRB. The IRB coordinator will provide you with a packet containing samples of previously reviewed protocols and instructions for protocol review.

  2. Complete the online IRB training course and send the IRB coordinator a pdf copy of your training certificate. Make sure that you select the course for IRB reviewers.

  3. Review the SJSU Human Subjects Policy

  4. Review IRB procedures, forms, and related materials on this website.

Reviewer Availability and IRB Meetings

  • Communicate your availability to the IRB coordinator; if you will be out of town for a longer period of time, please notify the coordinator, so that protocols are not sent to you. Keep in mind that extended periods of unavailability result in other reviewers having to take more protocols. Reviewers are expected to return protocols that they have reviewed to the IRB coordinator within a couple of weeks or sooner.

  • IRB meetings are usually held once a month. The meeting schedule and location will be determined by the IRB chair at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. A reminder email will be sent out  prior to the meeting. Please be sure to check your email in case a meeting is canceled.

IRB Meeting Schedule - Fall 2014

9:30 - 10:30am in SH 107 on the following dates:

September 26, 2014
October 24, 2014
November 14, 2014
December 12, 2014

IRB Contact and Membership Information

Alena Filip
IRB & Thesis Coordinator
Office of Graduate Studies & Research, 0025
Administration Building, Room 223

Dr. Maureen Smith
IRB Chair and Professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Development

Dr. Pamela Stacks
Institutional Officer and Associate Vice President of Graduate Studies & Research

Current IRB members: Committee membership information is posted and updated on the Academic Senate website.

Federal Regulations

Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)