Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Participants

The use of human subjects in Towson University faculty, staff or student research requires approval by the appropriate University review committee. This committee, the IRB, appointed by the President, is comprised of volunteers from Towson University's faculty and staff and at least one member of the community. The current chair of Towson University's IRB is Dr. Debi Gartland, Professor of Special Education. The IRB is responsible for reviewing research involving human subjects to ensure compliance with all governmental regulations with the use of human subjects. Approval of the IRB must be obtained prior to the involvement of human subjects in research, and for any modifications to the project after IRB approval which would impact the human participants. Applicable federal regulations are detailed in Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 46.


The Office of Sponsored Programs & Research is the first point of contact regarding human subjects research at or involving Towson University faculty, staff, or students. Phone: 410-704-2236, or email:

Members of the Towson University Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Participants
(effective 7/1/14)

  • Personnel
  • Dr. Debi Gartland, Chairperson
  • Dr. Elizabeth Katz
  • Dr. Patricia Alt
  • Dr. Melissa Groves
  • Dr. Peggy Korczak
  • Dr. Beth Merryman
  • Dr. Stacy Spaulding
  • Dr. Scot McNary
  • Dr. Bethany Willis Hepp
  • Dr. Devon Dobrosielski
  • Dr. Todd Moyer
  • Department
  • Special Education
  • Psychology
  • Health Sciences
  • Economics
  • Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology & Deaf Studies
  • Occupational Therapy & Occupational Science
  • Mass Communication & Communication Studies
  • Educational Technology & Literacy
  • Family Studies
  • Kinesiology
  • Mathematics


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