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Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research

The Protection of Human Subjects is based on U.S. federal law and key principles defined in the Belmont Report.   The TCU Institutional Review Board (“IRB”) oversees human subjects research at TCU and plays a key role in promoting adherence to ethical principles, professional standards, and applicable law related to human subjects research. The IRB reports to the Associate Provost of Research.

The IRB develops standards and reviews proposed projects to ensure compliance with TCU policy related to provisions for health, welfare, privacy, dignity and human concerns in research involving human subjects.  Areas of concern include health, welfare, privacy, dignity and human concerns when research involves human subjects.  See the IRB Policies, Procedures and Forms for information about protocol review and approval.

Training.  All investigators (faculty, staff and students) are required to complete the CITI Program training in human subjects protection prior to conducting research using human subjects.  This training requirement applies regardless of whether such research receives external funding, and it applies to all academic levels.  This training expires every four (4) years.

The CITI Program is an on-line training program and can be found at  Detailed instructions regarding how to create an account can be found on the Training and Professional Development page.  Contact the Office of Research at with any questions.

Submission Deadlines.  There are no submission deadlines for exempt and expedited IRB applications. Rather, exempt/expedited reviews occur on a rolling basis by submitting documentation to Full committee applications are reviewed monthly with meeting dates and deadlines presented below.  The IRB only meets once during the summer.

Grant proposals that include human subjects research must have IRB approval prior to funding.  Principal Investigators are advised to submit protocols to the IRB as soon as a fundability notice is received from the grantor or, in the case of internal grants, when the proposal is submitted.

Scheduled Meetings

Please see the following schedule of meetings and deadline dates:

Proposals Submitted By: IRB Meeting Date:
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Friday, September 8, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017 Friday, October 13, 2017
Monday, October 16, 2017 Friday, November 10, 2017
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Friday, December 8, 2017
Friday, December 15, 2017 Friday, January 12, 2018
Monday, January 15, 2018 Friday, February 9, 2018
Thursday, February 15, 2018 Friday, March 9, 2018
Thursday, March 15, 2018 Friday, April 13, 2018
Monday, April 16, 2018 Thursday, May 10, 2018
Friday, June 15, 2018 Friday, July 13, 2018

(The IRB only meets one time during the summer.) While student research is encouraged at both undergraduate and graduate levels, only TCU faculty may submit protocols directly to the Institutional board.  Students should contact their department chair or adviser regarding Departmental Review Board review of student protocols.

IRB protocols should be submitted electronically to for distribution to Board members.  Please send one pdf of the protocol including all supporting documents and the word document for the approval form.

IRB Members

Name Dept Year
Cathy Cox, Chair (PSYC) (2018)
Sally Fortenberry, Co-Chair (FAME) (2022)
Michael Faggella-Luby, chair-elect (EDUC) (2021)
Dennis Cheek, Past Chair (NURS) (2020)
Anna Petursdottir (PSYC) (2018)
Kristen Carr (COMM) (2021)
Kylo-Patrick Hart (FTDM) (2020)
Jonathan Oliver (KINE) (2022)
Angela Thompson (SOCI) (2019)
Matthew Johnson, ex officio (MENTAL HEALTH)
Stacy Pickett, alternate Prisoner Advocate (CSCD-Tarrant County) and Non-TCU-affiliate
Rodney Thompson, alternate Prisoner Advocate and Non-TCU-affiliate
Dru Riddle, alternate (NRAN)
Lorrie Branson, liaison (RESEARCH)
Tim Barth, Administrative Oversight Interim Associate Provost for Research