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 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 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 IRB coordinator.

  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 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 2015

The IRB will meet from 9:30 - 10:30am in SH 332 on the following dates:

September 18, 2015
October 16, 2015
November 20, 2015
December 4, 2015

IRB Contact and Membership Information

Alena Filip
IRB Coordinator
Office of Research, 0025
Administration Building, Room 223A

Dr. Wendy Quach
IRB Chair and Professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders

Dr. Pamela Stacks
Institutional Officer and Associate Vice President of the Office of Research

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