St. Kate's IRB COVID-19 update
Effective May 10, 2021, research and quality improvement projects involving face-to-face interaction with participants can be conducted in-person as long as the primary investigator submits an in-person interaction addendum and outlines how they will follow existing local COVID-19 restrictions (city/county), including the St. Kate’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan (masking, social distancing, cleaning, etc).
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. St. Catherine University's human subjects research program is administered by Sponsored Programs, Research and External Engagement (SPREE).
Apply for IRB Approval
Investigators cannot begin research with human subjects until a complete application has been submitted to the IRB, reviewed and approved. The IRB Application Process webpage contains information to help investigators navigate the IRB application process including directions, forms, links, and templates.
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.
Human Subject Research (HSR) Policy
The Research Involving Human Subject Policy 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 within a system of policies around research integrity which can be found on the SPREE Policy and Compliance webpage.
CITI Training: Mandatory HSR Education
Education of those involved in the research process is considered essential to ensure that all research involving human subjects is conducted in accordance with ethical principles and federal guidelines. The Mandatory Research Education Policy requires all primary investigators (PI), Co-PIs, research assistants, and faculty advisors to complete Human Subjects Research (HSR) training. Additional training is outlined in the policy but the IRB does not require training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI). Researchers only need to complete the RCR or FCOI courses when directed by the SPREE office.
CITI is the chosen provider for online, peer-reviewed research integrity education. The IRB requires researchers to complete one track under the Human Subject Research course: Biomedical Investigators, Social Behavioral Investigators, or Education Action Research.
|Name||IRB Committee role||Department||Phone|
|Dianne Oliver||Deciding Official||Associate Provost for Academic Affairs||651-690-6720||Email Deciding Official Dianne Oliver|
|John Schmitt||IRB Chair||Doctor of Physical Therapy Program||651-690-7739||Email IRB Chair John Schmitt|
|David Chapman||IRB Co-Chair||Doctor of Physical Therapy Program||651-690-7826||Email IRB Co-Chair David Chapman|
|Amy McKenna||IRB Coordinator||Office of Research and Sponsored Programs||651-690-6204||Email IRB Coordinator Amy McKenna|
|Kira Dahlk||IRB Administrator||Office of Research and Sponsored Programs||651-690-8820||Email IRB Administrator Kira Dahlk|
IRB Review Board
|John Fleming||Occupational Science, Occupational Therapy||651-690-6951||Email John Fleming|
|Carol Geisler||Holistic Health||651-690-7789||Email Carol Geisler|
|Yasemin Gunpinar||Education||651-690-6313||Email Yasemin Gunpinar|
|Kari Hartwig||Public Health||651-690-6113||Email Kari Hartwig|
|Catherine Kelly||Education||651-690-6726||Email Catherine Kelly|
|Nancy Koski||Community Representative|
|Mary Jeanne Levitt||Community Representative|
|Anaya Mitra||Psychology||651-690-8614||Email Anaya Mitra|
|Leso Munala||Public Health||651-690-6265||Email Leso Munala|
|Andrea Olson||Psychology||651-690-8794||Email Andrea Olson|
|Sharon Radd||Organizational Leadership||651-690-6189||Email Sharon Radd|
|Maria Tice||Nursing (MSN)||651-690-6575||Email Maria Tice|
|Joyce Yukawa||Library and Information Science||651-690-8661||Email Joyce Yukawa|
|Katrice Ziefle||Nursing||651-690-6155||Email Katrice Ziefle|
The IRB Committee meets to discuss requests for full review applications. The majority of IRB applications submitted to the St. Kate's IRB do not require a full review and can be submitted at any time. Full review IRB applications and supporting documents must be submitted through Mentor IRB two weeks prior to the next IRB Committee meeting. 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. IRB meetings are listed on the SPREE webpage at the bottom under Department Events. If you do not see an upcoming IRB Committee Meeting contact IRB@stkate.edu.