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Institutional Review Board

What is IRB?

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is an administrative body established to protect the rights, welfare and privacy of human research subjects who participate in research activities. The IRB at NMHU is charged with the responsibility of reviewing, prior to its initiation, all research (whether funded or not) involving human participants. IRB has the authority to approve, disapprove, monitor, and require modifications in all research activities that fall within its jurisdiction as specified by both the federal regulations and institutional policy.

IRB Membership

  • David Pan, PhD – Department of Psychology (IRB Chair) – – 505-454-3375 – Lora Shields 249
  • Robert Karaba, PhD – School of Education
  • Linda LaGrange, PhD – Department of Psychology
  • Lara Heflin, PhD – Department of Psychology
  • Jennifer O’Brien, PhD – Outside Community Member
  • Paul J Sedillo, PhD – School of Education

The IRB Process

  1. Do I need IRB approval? In accordance with procedures set forth by the National Institutes of Health (Office of Extramural Research), NMHU requires that all investigators and other study personnel, including all persons who are responsible for the design, conduct, data analysis or reporting of research that involves human subjects receive and complete training on Human Subject Research Protection. Training must be completed before the University will approve a project protocol or release project funds.
  2. Where do I do I go to receive training? NIH offers a free, two-hour on-line tutorial on Protecting Human Research Participants .You will have the option of printing a certificate of completion from your computer upon completing the course. Contact IRB for additional resources if needed.
  3. What types of human subject research require IRB approval? Any research or scientific investigation that involved human subjects and which may be intended to contribute to generalizable knowledge or used for publication shall submit a request for review and approval from the IRB. (See NMHU Research Handbook, Section 7.5 for a listing of research requiring IRB approval.)
  4. What human subject research is excluded from IRB review requirements? Examples of human subject research not requiring IRB review include, but are not limited to: research using only publically accessible materials, historical artifacts or documents, and records that lack personal identifiers.
  5. Does an expedited IRB review process exist? Research activities that present no more than minimal risk to human subjects, and involve only procedures listed in one or more of the categories listed in NMHU’s Research Handbook in Section 7.7., may be reviewed by the IRB through the expedited review procedure

IRB Review Schedule

Any research proposals that need Full Committee review need to be submitted to the IRB Chair ( two weeks before a Full Committee meeting at minimum.  If the proposal is submitted less than two weeks before a scheduled Full Committee meeting, it may not be reviewed until the following meeting.


Fall 2018 Full Committee Meetings

Friday, October 5, 10:30am

Friday, November 2, 10:30am

Friday, December 7, 10:30am

IRB Forms

For new IRB proposals (Full and Expedited Review), use these forms:

Consent Form Template (using this form is not required if you have created your own Consent Form):

For exempt research:

For NMHU IRB proposals that need to be renewed: