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The Institutional Review Board (IRB)

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Purpose of the Institutional Review Board

The IRB's purpose is to regulate all research activities involving human subjects on the campus of Kennesaw State University, ensuring that people who participate in research are treated ethically and in compliance with all federal and state laws and regulations.

What is Research?

Research is defined as a planned investigation designed to test a hypothesis, permit conclusions to be drawn, and thereby to develop or to contribute to generalizable knowledge. Generalizable knowledge is knowledge that has implications for a broader group of people or that will be used to influence policy or practice.

What Must the IRB Review?

Kennesaw State University requires prior review and approval to be obtained from the IRB for all research involving human participants, including plans to gather data from participants for master’s theses and other student projects. Any administration of a substance or stimulus, interview, test, use of records that identify living individuals, or observations of non-public behavior must be approved by the IRB.

The IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications (to secure approval), and disapprove research proposals and to suspend or terminate research that is not conducted in accordance with the IRB's requirements or that has been associated with any possible harm to subjects.

All researchers not affiliated with Kennesaw State University must request permission to recruit research participants on the Kennesaw State University campus. Click here to view information on how to apply for permission.

Student research involving human subjects cannot be conducted without supervision by a Faculty Advisor as well as IRB oversight.

IRB review standards are based on federal regulations and guidelines.

Does my project require IRB Review?

To determine if a research project requires IRB Review, use the IRB Oversight Decision Tree.

If the project requires IRB Review, follow the Application Instructions.

Many common issues are addressed by our Frequently Asked Questions and responses.

Contact the IRB Administrator for assistance.

Federal Wide Assurance

The KSU IRB holds a Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) of Compliance with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) under number 00004584.

KSU's IRB is registered with OHRP under IRB00001072. Kennesaw State University’s FWA expires on August 4, 2016.

IRB Contacts

Deanna Hendrickson, CRA
Director, Research Compliance

(470) 578-2268

Dr. Christine Ziegler
IRB Director & Chair

(470) 578-6407


Kennesaw State University
Institutional Review Board
1000 Chastain Road, #0111
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591

Kennesaw State University
Department of Psychology
1000 Chastain Road, #2202
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591


IRB Meeting Schedule

KSU's IRB meets the third Tuesday of each month from 12:30-1:30 p.m. In FY 2015, the board will meet in the Carmichael Student Center, Building 5 (third floor), Room 301 on the following dates:

August 19, 2014

September 16, 2014

October 21, 2014

November 18, 2014

January 20, 2015

February 17, 2015

March 17, 2015

April 21, 2015

Proposals to be reviewed by the full board must be received at least one month in advance of the meeting at which a review is to be conducted. Send electronic copies of proposals and all related files to See application submission instructions.

Research involving more than minimal risk, or involving the use of research participants who are under 18 years of age, prisoners, or who for some reason are unable to give informed consent for their participation, will generally require several weeks for approval. Many low-risk proposals qualify for expedited review and do not require review at a regular IRB meeting. These types of proposals are reviewed throughout the month.

Please note that the board does not meet during the months of May, June, July, or December. Proposals requiring full board review that are submitted during these months may require additional time for review and approval. Also, be aware that reviews are not conducted when Kennesaw State University is closed for business. Researchers should ensure that proposed studies are submitted well in advance of the date that the research project is scheduled to begin to allow for initial review, submission of possible revisions, and final approval.

Members of the Institutional Review Board

  • Mei-Lin Chang, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Applied Quantitative Research & Educational Analysis
  • Stanley Dysart, M.D.
    Orthopedics, Sports Medicine (Pinnacle Orthopedics & Sports Medicine)
  • Jillian Carter Ford, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Social Studies Eduation
  • Danielle Fraser, RN
    Clinical Nurse Specialist, Critical Care (WellStar Health System)
  • Lisa Ganser, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Kimberly Gray, Ph.D.
    Professor of Curriculum & Instruction
  • Patricia Hart, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Nursing
  • Pam Marek, Ph.D.
    Professor of Psychology
  • Stuart Napshin, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Management & Entrepreneurship
  • Rajnish Prasad, M.D.
    Cardiovascular Disease, Critical Care Medicine (WellStar Health System)
  • Estella Chen Quin, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Biology
  • Divesh Sharma, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Accounting
  • LeeAnna Spiva, Ph.D.
    Director of Nursing Research (WellStar Health System)
  • Deanna Womack, Ph.D.
    Professor of Communication
  • Christine Ziegler, Ph.D.
    Professor of Psychology (IRB Director and Chair)

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