Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Subjects Research

Thank you for visiting the website for the LC IRB.  This page contains basic information about the IRB.  Use the menu to the left of this page to navigate the pages of the site.  Contact the IRB Director, Dr. Sharon Foreman-Kready, at IRB-HS@lynchburg.edu, with questions about the information on these pages. 

 

The purpose of the LC IRB is to perform ethical review of proposals for human subjects research, and to provide leadership in the development of and education on policies and procedures for the responsible and ethical conduct of human subjects research. The primary concern of the LC IRB is the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in research conducted at or by researchers affiliated with Lynchburg College. The LC IRB shall be responsible for reviewing, taking action on, and monitoring all proposed research activities conducted by the students, faculty, staff, or other agents/affiliates of Lynchburg College based on current federal, state, institutional or other regulations regarding research and/or investigational activities in human subjects. The President of Lynchburg College serves as the signatory official for the Lynchburg College IRB. The information herewithin (and also found in the IRB Charter and IRB Policy and Procedure Handbook) is consistent with Lynchburg College Faculty Handbook 2.3.3, Institutional Review Board (IRB).

  

Registrations and Assurances

Federal Registration Organization #:  IORG0006657
IRB Federal Registration #:  IRB00007987
Federalwide Assurance #:  FWA00020527

IRB Director and Chairperson

Dr. Sharon B. Foreman-Kready

Research Integrity Officers (RIOs)

Dr. Julius Sigler, Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs
Dr. Sally Selden, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Dr. Sharon B. Foreman-Kready, Director, Institutional Review Board

Sigatory Official

Dr. Kenneth Garren, President

Membership

The IRB (also referred to as ‘the Board’) consists of at least seven faculty who have current experience in scientific research. Pursuant with federal regulations: At least one of the members of the Board must be a community member who is not affiliated with the College and who is not part of the immediate family of a person who is affiliated with the College; and at least one of the members must be someone whose primary teaching and research are in nonscientific areas (as defined by OHRP). Membership reflects federal regulations for IRB membership as further stated in 45 CFR 46.107 – IRB Membership. The President appoints an IRB Director who serves as a voting member of the Board and serves as Chairperson of the Board. The President and the Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs or her/his representative serve as ex-officio members of the Board.

Selection of Members

The IRB Director is responsible for making recommendations to the President for faculty and community members of the Board. The members of the Board, including the IRB Director, are appointed by the President. Interested faculty members are recommended by the Faculty Steering Committee to the IRB Director, who will in turn work with the President to identify faculty to appoint to the IRB.

Term of Members

Members of the Board serve two-to-four year terms, depending on the needs of the IRB as necessary to maintain compliance with federal regulations on IRB membership. Term recommendations are made to the President by the IRB Director. Members of the Board may serve multiple terms.

List of Members

Term 8/1/14-7/31/15 Term 8/1/14-7/31/16 Term 8/1/14-7/31/17
Tom Bowman, PhD, ATC, PES
Associate Professor, Athletic Training
School of Health Sciences and Human Performance
Price Blair, PhD
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy
School of Graduate Studies
Sara Bennett, PhD, MBA
Assistant Professor, Finance
School of Business and Economics
W. Allen Moore, PT, PhD
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy
School of Graduate Studies
Deanna Cash, PhD, EdS
Assistant Professor, Education
School of Education and Human Development
Karen Eaton, PhD, MA
Assistant Professor, Music
School of Communication and the Arts
Nancy Overstreet, DNP, GNP-BC, CWOCN
Director, MSN Program
Assistant Professor, Nursing
School of Health Sciences and Human Performance
Alisha Marciano, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychology
School of Science
Laura Henry-Stone, PhD
Assistant Professor, Environmental Science
School of Science
Jane Gerdy, MEd
Community & Non-Affiliate Member
Executive Director, Elizabeth's Early Learning Center
Gabriel Santos, PhD, MA
Associate Professor, Sociology
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Michael Williams, PhD
Assistant Professor, Counselor Education
School of Education and Human Development
Stephanie Merk, MSW, LMHP-E
Community & Non-Affiliate Member
Social Worker, Emergency Crisis Services Team
Horizon Behavioral Health Group
Sharon B. Foreman-Kready, PhD, MSW
Director and Chairperson
Assistant Professor, Human Services
School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty who are interested in serving on the Board should indicate interest via the Faculty Committees link on myLC. The LC IRB is not a faculty committee and is not an entity subject to faculty governance – it is a Board whose members are appointed by the President of the College and is subject to federal, state, and institutional governance and regulations. However, the Faculty Committee link is how the Faculty Steering Committee shall make its recommendations to the IRB Director regarding membership. Faculty can also contact the IRB Director at IRB-HS@lynchburg.edu to express interest.

Meetings

Full Board Meetings: Members of the Board are expected to attend at least three-quarters of all regularly schedule full board meetings. These meetings are scheduled for once per month during the regular academic year (September – May). These meetings are held in person, and can be attended via teleconference or webconference if arranged at least one week ahead of time with the Director.

Expedited Review Panels: Members of the Board are expected to participate in all monthly expedited review panels consisting of a group of four or more IRB members. These panels utilize Moodle as a forum for reviewing and making recommendations for action and determination.

Committees of the Board

Members of the Board are to express interest in committee involvement to the IRB Director.

Executive Committee – to be comprised of the Director, one member of the Board who identifies as a social/behavioral science researcher, and one member of the Board who identifies as a health science/biomedical researcher.

Policy Committee – to be comprised of three or four members of the Board, including the Director.

Education and Outreach Committee – to be comprised of three members of the Board, including the Director.

Ad Hoc Committees – as appointed by the Director.