IRB: Reviewer Training

Training Steps for New IRB Reviewers

The SJSU IRB has an expedited review process for minimal risk research 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 by the individual reviewer or when the research is greater than minimal risk. To begin reviewing IRB protocols:

  1. Notify the Human Protections Analyst and the current IRB chair (see contact info below) that you have been appointed to serve on the IRB. The Human Protections Analyst will provide you with a training packet that outlines the responsibilities of IRB members and contains samples of previously reviewed protocols and instructions for protocol review.

  2. Complete the mandatory online training course for IRB reviewers through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). After creating and account with CITI using your SJSU email address, select San Jose State University Courses. Click on "add a course or update learner groups." Go to question #2 and select "IRB Members." Once you have completed the training, email a pdf copy of your transcript report to the Human Protections Analyst.

  3. Read the SJSU Policy for Protection of Human Research Subjects (pdf).

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

 

Reviewer Availability and IRB Meetings

Communicate your availability to the Human Protections Analyst; if you will be out of town for a longer period of time, please notify the analyst, 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 Human Protections Analyst 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 2017

The IRB will meet from 9:30 - 10:30am in the Cultural Heritage Center of the MLK Library (Room 525) on the following dates:

September 15, 2017
October 20,2017
November 17, 2017
December 15, 2017

IRB Meeting Schedule - Spring 2018

The IRB will meet from 9:30 - 10:30am in the Cultural Heritage Center of the MLK Library (Room 525) on the following dates:

February 16, 2018
March 16, 2018
April 20, 2018
May 18, 2018


IRB Contact and Membership Information 


Alena Filip
Human Protections Analyst
Office of Research, 0025
408-924-2479
Alena.Filip@sjsu.edu

Dr. Bernd Becker
IRB Chair and Psychology and Counselor Education Librarian
408-808-2348
Bernd.Becker@sjsu.edu

Dr. Pamela Stacks
Institutional Officer and Associate Vice President of the Office of Research
408-924-2272
Pamela.Stacks@sjsu.edu

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

Federal Regulations

In addition to having thorough knowledge of SJSU policy for protection of human research subjects, IRB reviewers are expected to be familiar with the corresponding federal regulations posted on the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) website.

Code of Federal Regulations 45CFR46 Policy for Protection of Human Research Subjects

OHRP Institutional Review Board Guidebook

Other Useful Documents

IRB Review Criteria Worksheet