Institutional Review Board

What is the Institutional Review Board?

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is an administrative body established to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of the institution with which it is affiliated.

The IRB is charged with the responsibility of reviewing, prior to initiation, all research involving human participants. The IRB is concerned with protecting the welfare, rights, and privacy of human subjects. The 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.

The IRB board at Western Seminary is made up of four members that include the director or assistant directors of the doctoral and Th.M programs and a representative from the counseling program. The chair of the IRB committee is appointed by the Academic Dean.

Steps for Research Candidates

  1. Watch Western’s IRB training video.
  2. Complete the PHRP online training (you will need to purchase this course).
  3. Consult with your first reader about the research questions/topics that you will use with the research candidates.
  4. Complete the docxIRB application. (Refer to our pdfsample consent form to help you develop your informed consent form for application item #22.)
  5. Go to OneDrive and set up a folder where you can upload documents including the NIH certificate.
  6. Share the folder with Dr. Mary Aguilera – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  7. Dr. Aguilera will contact you to set up a zoom meeting to go over any questions
  8. Dr. Aguilera will review the application and consult with committee members as necessary

Dr. Aguilera will let you know in writing a decision regarding the research.