Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The St. Catherine University IRB is a committee established to review and approve research involving human subjects. We strive to ensure that all human subject research be conducted in accordance with all federal, institutional, and ethical guidelines.

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).

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Apply for IRB Approval

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.

Access Kateway IRB site (faculty/students)

Human Subject Research (HSR) Policy

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:

  • Compliance Checklist
  • Financial Conflict of Interest
  • Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship
  • Debarment and Suspension

CITI Training: HSR Education

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.

IRB Committee

IRB Administration

Lynda Szymanski Deciding Official Interim Provost 651.690.6720 Email
John Schmitt IRB Chair Doctor of Physical Therapy Program 651.690.7739 Email
David Chapman IRB Co-Chair Doctor of Physical Therapy Program 651.690.7826 Email
Amy McKenna IRB Coordinator Office of Research and Sponsored Programs 651.690.6204 Email
Kira Dahlk IRB Administrator Office of Research and Sponsored Programs 651.690.8820 Email

IRB Review Board

Laurel Bidwell Social Work 651.690.6704 Email
Carie Cox Public Health 651.690.6621 Email
Kari Hartwig Physician Assistant Studies 651.690.6113 Email
John Fleming Occupational Science, Occupational Therapy 651.690.6951 Email
Carol Geisler Masters of Holistic Health 651.690.7789 Email
Yasemin Gunpinar Education 651.690.6313 Email
Anne Maloney Philosophy 651.690.6753 Email
Anaya Mitra Psychology 651.690.8614 Email
Catherine Kelly Education 651.690.6726 Email
Nancy Koski Community Representative
Sammi Korinek MPH Candidate Email
Vicky Larson Nursing 651.690.6588 Email
Mary Jeanne Levitt Community Representative
Catherine Marrs Fuchsel Social Work 651.690.6146 Email
Andrea Olson Psychology 651.690.8794 Email
Nanette Hoerr Nursing - DNP 651.690.6057 Email
Sharon Radd Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership 651.690.6189 Email
Bonnie Riley Occupational Therapy Assistant Programs 651.402.4460 Email
Joyce Yukawa Master of Library and Information Science 651.690.8661 Email

Committee Meetings

The IRB Committee meets to discuss requests for Full Review applications. All IRB applications and supporting documents must be submitted through Mentor IRB two weeks prior to the next IRB Committee meeting. 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.

Exempt and expedited application reviews do not require the IRB Committee to meet and 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.

IRB Committee Meeting Dates AY18-19


Thursday, August 30 11:00-12:30
Wednesday, Sept 12 1:30-3:00
Friday, September 28 1:00-2:30
Friday, October 12 1:00-2:30
Wednesday, October 24 1:30-3:00
Wednesday, November 7 1:30-3:00
Wednesday, November 28 1:30-3:00
Friday, December 14 1:00-2:30


Wednesday, January 16 1:30-3:00


Pending Scheduling