Institutional Review Board (IRB)

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Michelle DuBois (Chair, Biology)
Janet Ainsworth (Law)
Jeffrey Anderson (non-voting, Community-Based Research Consultant)
Karen Carlos (Community Member)
Janiece DeSocio (Nursing)
Colette Hoption (Albers/Management)
Douglas Latch (Chemistry)
Andrea McDowell, Ph.D. (IRB Administrator, ex-officio, alternate)
William Parkin (Criminal Justice)
Stefan Shipman (External member)
Michael Spinetta (Psychology)
Galen Trail (Sport Administration and Leadership)
Ashli Tyre (Education)
Mike West (Prisoner Advocate)
Matthew Whitlock (Theology and Religious Studies)


The Seattle University Institutional Review Board (IRB) is charged with approving research proposals involving human subjects for the purpose of ensuring that the rights of these subjects are protected.


The IRB is accountable to the Provost who appoints the chair and the members.


The IRB will meet on a monthly basis during the academic year. A meeting may be canceled at the discretion of the IRB chair if no full board protocols are to be reviewed. Meeting dates will be announced on the IRB Website.


The membership of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is constituted so as to assure a broad range of competencies and includes at least one non-scientist member and one external member with no direct relationship to the University. The IRB has twelve voting members (including the chair), appointed for staggered one-to-three year terms. Due to the nature of the work and the complexity of federal rules and regulations for research involving human subjects, IRB members can be reappointed to additional terms indefinitely at the discretion of the Provost. The IRB Administrator serves as an ex-officio member and a voting member alternate if needed.

Reports To


Chair or Contact Person/Telephone Number

Michelle DuBois, IRB Chair/x5951/ 

Andrea McDowell, IRB Administrator/x2585/


The IRB, formerly known as the Human Subjects Committee, has been in existence since 1993. Researchers involved in human subjects research submit protocols to the IRB for the appropriate review based on the Seattle University IRB policies and procedures.