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What is the Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

"The Institutional Review Board is an administrative body established to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of the institution with which it is affiliated." (DHHS, OPRR, Protecting Human Research Subjects: Institutional Review Board Guidebook)

Human subjects research is defined as any activity intended to obtain and record information from or about individuals for research purposes.

View the following presentations for more information on Adelphi's Institutional Review Board.

- IRB Workshop 2011 (PDF 74KB)

Policy and Procedures
In accordance with federal policy, Adelphi University established its Institutional Review Board (IRB) to protect the welfare of study participants. The IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications, or disapprove research activities that fall under federal regulations and local institutional policy.

It is Adelphi policy that all research conducted by faculty, administrators, undergraduate, and graduate students be reviewed by the IRB. This includes studies that make use of surveys, interviews, experimental designs that involve human subjects, and any research that involves children or other vulnerable populations such as the incarcerated or mentally impaired.

The IRB meets monthly, with one summer meeting in late June/early July. All IRB submissions are required to be submitted no later than the 10th of the month preceding the meeting. Please send 15 copies to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Social Work Building, Room 116 and email a complete copy of your protocol to The forms can be obtained from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, from your faculty representative on the committee, or you can download them.
- IRB Review Forms (PDF 82KB)
- IRB Review Forms (DOC 20KB)

All Study protocols reviewed and approved by the Adelphi IRB are valid for one year, therefore, investigators must resubmit their protocols using the continuation form. In addition to continuation review, please use this form if your study will require modifications since its original approval.
- Continuation/Modification Form (PDF 8KB)
- Continuation/Modification Form (DOC 24KB)

2014-2015 IRB Membership

The IRB is currently co-chaired David Prottas, Ph.D., associate professor, Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, and Robert Otto, Ph.D., professor, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education. Faculty from each of the Schools and Colleges (at least two members) are represented on the IRB: Nicholas Koumbiadis, D.B.A., and David Prottas, Ph.D., Robert B. Willumstad School of Business; Carolyn Springer, Ph.D., and Laura DeRose, Ph.D., Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies; Michael O’Loughlin, Ph.D., Robert Otto, Ph.D., and Lawrence Raphael, Ph.D., Rita Verma, Ph.D., Ruth S. Ammon School of Education; Patricia Donohue-Porter, Ph.D., and William Jacobowitz, Ed.D., College of Nursing and Public Health; Jacqueline Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor, College of Arts and Sciences; and Philip Rozario, Ph.D., School of Social Work.


IRB Workshop Video

Watch the video below to know more about what an Institutional Review Board is and what it does at the University.

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Mary Cortina
Social Work Building, Room 121
p - 516.877.3259
f - 516.877.3297
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Virginia Bruchhauser
Social Work Building, Room 119
p - 516.877.3161
f - 516.877.3297
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