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Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Committee for Human Research Participation (CHRP)

The IRB is a faculty-led group that oversees review of research involving human participants sponsored by Linfield University.

To accomplish this purpose, the IRB committee uses a group process to review research protocols and related materials to ensure protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects of research.

The IRB for Human Participants has the authority to review, approve, reject or require changes in research or related activities involving human participants. Research reviewed by the IRB may also be subject to other review by officials at Linfield University; however, rejected applications may not be overturned by any other officials at Linfield University. The IRB committee’s primary role is to ensure the protection of human participants as subjects of research at Linfield University.


Submit applications to

Applications may be submitted on a rolling basis during the academic year. Please allow up to three weeks for the IRB to process your application.

Category File Name File Type
Application information IRB Application Word
IRB Sample Authorization Agreement Word
  IRB Sample Informed Consent Form Word
  IRB Sample Debriefing Template Word
  IRB Modification Form Word
  IRB Incident Report Form Word
  Continuation/Completion Form Word
Decision trees and flowcharts Does Your Project Require an Application to the Linfield University IRB? Decision Tree #1  PDF
  Does Your Research Involving Secondary or Existing Data, Documents or Biological Specimens Require Review by the Linfield University IRB? Decision Tree #2 PDF
  IRB Flowchart Word
IRB submission checklist for researchers IRB Checklist PDF

IRB committee roster

  • Megan Kozak Williams, chair, associate professor of psychology
  • Kay Livesay, associate professor of psychology
  • Yanna Weisberg, associate professor of psychology
  • Marcella Gowan, associate professor of nursing
  • Kevin Curry, assistant professor of journalism and media studies
  • Ashlie Johnson, assistant professor of psychology
  • Rilee Macaluso, community
  • Emily Kosderka, assistant professor of health and human performance