Institutional Review Board

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research is the first point of contact regarding human subjects research at (or involving) Towson University faculty, staff or students.


On January 19th, 2017 final revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, aka The Common Rule, were published. The new rule takes effect on January 19th, 2018. The Towson University IRB has been working diligently to develop procedures and guidelines that will comply with the new regulations by this deadline. You can read more about some of the changes you can expect to see here. All applications will continue to be processed as normal until January 19th, 2018. 

The use of human subjects in Towson University faculty, staff or student research requires approval by the appropriate university review committee, the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB is appointed by the president, and is comprised of volunteers from Towson University's faculty and staff, and at least one member of the community. 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.


Towson University Institutional Review Board Members

Have questions that may be related to your academic major or discipline? Contact your IRB college representative.  


IRB Administration

Compliance Specialist –Ashley Dawson - OSPR Staff

Chairperson – Elizabeth Katz, Ph.D. - Psychology

Vice Chairperson – Bethany Willis Hepp, Ph.D. - Family Studies


College of Liberal Arts

Harjant Gill, Ph.D. - Anthropology
Bruce Mortenson, Ph.D. - Psychology


College of Business & Economics

Melissa Groves, Ph.D. - Economics


College of Education

Deborah Gartland, Ph.D. - Special Education
Scot McNary, Ph.D. - Educational Technology and Literacy
Lijun Jin, Ed.D. - Elementary Education


College of Health Professions

Devon Dobrosielski, Ph.D. - Kinesiology
Peter Lisman, Ph.D. - Kinesiology
Peggy Korczack, Ph.D. - Audiology
Saradha Ananthakrishnan, Ph.D. - Audiology


Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics

Todd Moyer, Ed.D. - Mathematics



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Towson University Information

Federal-Wide Assurance Number — FWA00003648, expires 9/2021

IORG Number — IORG0002307

IRB Number IRB00002844