***Beginning July 1, 2012, all faculty, staff, and students conducting research that involves humans must complete all six (6) IRB training modules PRIOR to submitting an IRB application.***

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee established according to federal regulations and charged with the protection of human research subjects. All research involving human participants must be reviewed and approved prior to the initiation of research, including the recruitment of participants.  No exceptions.

The purpose of an IRB review is to assure, both in advance and by periodic review, that appropriate steps are taken to protect the rights and welfare of humans participating as subjects in the research. To accomplish this purpose, IRBs use a group process to review research protocols and related materials (e.g., informed consent documents and investigator brochures) to ensure protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects of research.  Guidelines for human subjects research and a description of the IRB are in the faculty handbook.

The IRB application process is purely electronic.  Applications submitted to the IRB should be sent via email from the faculty or faculty mentor's MyWashburn email account to irb@washburn.edu.  Be sure to include the following with your application, if applicable:

  • consent form(s)
  • surveys/instruments
  • letter or email of approval from authorized individual if the study is being conducted outside Washburn University

To Self Register for the IRB course, navigate to your Desire2Learn homepage. This can be done by selecting the My Home link on the upper left anywhere in D2L.

  1. From the homepage navigation bar, select Self Registration.
  2. Under Self Registering Course Offerings, select the link for IRB (Institutional Review Board).
  3. Under Description, select Register.
  4. Under Registration Form, your first name, last name, and email will populate the corresponding fields. Select Submit.
  5. Under Confirmation, select Finish.

IRB Chair:

Marian Jamison, PhD
Professor, School of Nursing

IRB Administrative Assistant: Andrea Clifton, School of Nursing.

Please send all inquiries to Dr. Marian Jamison at irb@washburn.edu.

IRB Committee (August 2023):

  • JuliAnn Mazachek, President, Washburn University
  • Jennifer Ball, Associate Provost, Academic Affairs
  • Marian Jamison, Faculty, School of Nursing (Chair)
  • Alexander Myers, Faculty - Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Tucker Jones, Faculty - Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Julie Boydston, Faculty - Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Carson Kay, Faculty - Comm. Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Michael McGuire, Faculty - Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Sangyoub Park, Faculty - Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Valerie Peckham, Faculty - Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Beth O'Neill, Faculty - Social Work, School of Applied Studies
  • Amy Memmer, Faculty - Criminal Justice & Legal Studies, School of Applied Studies
  • Rhonda Boeckman, Faculty - Allied Health, School of Applied Studies
  • Tom Hickman, Faculty - School of Business
  • Tracy Davies, Faculty - School of Nursing
  • Lara Rivera, Faculty - School of Nursing
  • Michele Reisinger - School of Nursing
  • Shawn Leisinger, Associate Dean - School of Law
  • Levi Clark, Graduate Student Reviewer - Social Work
  • Mia Albert, Student Reviewer - Political Science and Communications
  • Hunter Castillo, Student Reviewer - Communications
  • Pat Munzer, External Reviewer
  • Dan Petersen, External Reviewer
  • Shirley Waugh, External Reviewer
  • Amie Ungerer, External Reviewer
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