The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews all research involving human subjects to ensure protection, privacy, autonomy, dignity and informed consent for research participants. The protection of human subjects is a shared responsibility among researchers, advisors, and the University and the IRB has developed a process to assist in achieving the best possible research outcome.
Faculty, staff, students, and cooperative partners engaged in research and scholarship at St. Catherine are part of a community committed to sound, ethical teaching and learning experiences that serve a larger purpose and benefit the health and well-being of society.
St. Catherine University's human subjects research program is administered by Sponsored Programs, Research and External Engagement (SPREE).
The St. Catherine University IRB is responsible for conducting initial and continuing review of all research that involves human subjects at this institution. Investigators cannot begin research with human subjects until a complete application has been submitted to the IRB, reviewed and approved. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) application process is conducted through an online software system called Mentor IRB available to all University faculty, staff, and students.
The Research Involving Human Subject Policy of the IRB describes the guiding principles and regulatory requirements necessary to ensure the rights, dignity, welfare, and privacy of the human subjects in all research conducted on behalf of the St. Catherine University.
Human subject research is integrated more broadly with a system and policy around research integrity, which includes the following policies found on the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs page:
The main purpose of the IRB is to ensure that all research involving human subjects is conducted in accordance with ethical principles and federal guidelines. Education of those involved in the research process is considered essential to achieving this purpose. CITI is a provider of online, peer-reviewed research integrity education. The IRB requires investigators and faculty/research advisors to fulfill the human subjects research education requirement using CITI.
Investigators must complete only one of the Human Subjects Research courses provided within CITI. St. Kate's offers three different Human Subjects Research courses within CITI, each appropriate to their field of research: biomedical, social & behavioral, or education action research.
CITI offers additional training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and Financial Conflict of Interest, but you only need to complete these optional modules if they are required by an individual department, based on your research funding, or by the IRB after review of your application.
|Lynda Szymanski||Deciding Official||Interim Provost||651.690.6720|
|John Schmitt||IRB Chair||Doctor of Physical Therapy Program||651.690.7739|
|David Chapman||IRB Co-Chair||Doctor of Physical Therapy Program||651.690.7826|
|Amy McKenna||IRB Coordinator||Office of Research and Sponsored Programs||651.690.6204|
|Kira Dahlk||IRB Administrator||Office of Research and Sponsored Programs||651.690.8820|
IRB Review Board
|Laurel Bidwell||Social Work||651.690.6704|
|Carie Cox||Public Health||651.690.6621|
|Kari Hartwig||Physician Assistant Studies||651.690.6113|
|John Fleming||Occupational Science, Occupational Therapy||651.690.6951|
|Carol Geisler||Masters of Holistic Health||651.690.7789|
|Nancy Koski||Community Representative|
|Sammi Korinek||MPH Candidate|
|Mary Jeanne Levitt||Community Representative|
|Catherine Marrs Fuchsel||Social Work||651.690.6146|
|Nanette Hoerr||Nursing - DNP||651.690.6057|
|Sharon Radd||Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership||651.690.6189|
|Bonnie Riley||Occupational Therapy Assistant Programs||651.402.4460|
|Joyce Yukawa||Master of Library and Information Science||651.690.8661|
The IRB Committee meets to review requests for Full (Level III) applications. All IRB applications and supporting documents must be submitted through Mentor IRB.
Meeting review slots are limited. Full Reviews are scheduled based on the order in which they are received. Once the meeting agenda is full, additional full reviews will be scheduled in the next available meeting. For exempt and expedited application reviews, the process takes about three to four weeks from final application submission (including faculty advisor approval) to a response from the IRB, unless additional questions and/or documents are required. During periods of high volume of applications, reviews may require an additional one to two weeks.
Until you have received written notice that your research has been approved, you must not begin to collect data or interact with human subjects.