The Importance of Institutional Review Boards in Research

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Instructor: Devin Kowalczyk

Devin has taught psychology and has a master's degree in clinical forensic psychology. He is working on his PhD.

If you think a researcher just runs an experiment, then you didn't know they would run the risk of losing both their position as a researcher and possibly their freedom. The importance of the Institutional Review Boards keeps them safe.

Institutional Review Board

If you talk to a doctoral student conducting research, ask them about IRB, a shorthand reference for the Institutional Review Board. If you don't know anyone like that, I can tell you that they will get wide and wild eyed and begin to mumble things that might be an ancient curse of some kind. The Institutional Review Board is tasked with reviewing accurate information about research proposals to ensure they protect human and animal rights and that they fall in line with federal, state, local, and ethical guidelines. IRB typically consists of three to five professionals in an institution, although it would not be unheard of to have more, who review research proposals of the institution. You can think of it like a job interview board and you as the applicant. Sometimes your application is enough to get you a job, while other times you might have to come in.

Process of IRB

Remember that crazy graduate student foaming at the mouth when you mentioned IRB? The reason this happens is that IRB processes can be arduous and frustrating. We will walk you through it and then discuss why it is important for the process to be in place. Remember that this is a process that can be as short as two weeks or as long as six to eight months, and anytime it is returned to you, the process starts over.

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