The USU Institutional Review Board is an independent committee charged with the ethics and regulatory review of human subjects research that is proposed or carried out by USU affiliates. The IRB must have membership that contains subject matter experts for the kinds of research that are commonly proposed at USU. Below, members are sorted by College and Department. Click on an individual to learn more about their expertise.

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Human Research Protection Program

Degree: JD
Scientific status: Scientific member
Expertise: Economically disadvantaged populations; legal compliance; political institutions; K-12 college preparation & readiness
Experience: Current or former member of three State Bar Associations (FL, SC, UT); experience & authorship regarding courts; former member of the College Access Network of Utah Steering Committee; former Diversity Officer at Utah State University
Affiliation: Employee – affiliated
Member status: Member
Term: Ongoing

Degree: M.A.
Scientific status: Scientific member
Expertise: Biology and environmental sciences; public lands management; geography and geosciences; science education; economically disadvantaged populations; regulatory requirements surrounding research with human participants
Experience: B.S. in Botany and Plant Biology; M.S. in Geography and Human Interactions with the Environment; publications in the spatial and social dynamics of urban agriculture; research experience with: plant anatomy and genetics, vegetation assessment and habitat monitoring; environmental and natural resources education experience with: preK-12, undergraduate and graduate students; work experience with low income, homeless, food-insecure, African American and Latinx populations  
Affiliation: Employee – affiliated
Member status: Member
Term: Ongoing

Degree: J.D., LLM
Scientific status: Non-scientific member
Expertise: Women’s rights, reproductive rights, public interest law with a focus on homelessness prevention, immigration, human rights violations of economically disadvantaged populations, international law
Experience: B.A. in Political Science (International Relations focus); J.D. with a focus on public interest law; L.L.M. in International Human Rights Law with a research focus in women’s reproductive rights in the international legal sphere; work experience with indigent, homeless, elderly, genocide survivors, and immigrant populations; work experience relating to rights violations in Tibet and the US-Mexico border
Affiliation: Employee – affiliated
Member status: Alternate for scientific members with expertise in regulatory and ethical requirements governing human subjects research, law, underrepresented and low-SES populations
Term: Ongoing

Degree: PhD
Scientific status: Scientific member
Expertise: Biology; molecular biology; biomedicine; genetics; animal research; clinical trials
Experience: BSc in Biology; MS in Biochemistry; PhD in Biomedicine; post-doctoral experience in clinical trials in low resource settings with vulnerable populations; publications related to basic science and clinical research
Affiliation: Employee – affiliated
Member status: Alternate for scientific members with expertise in regulatory and ethical requirements governing human subjects research, Biology; molecular biology; biomedicine; genetics; animal research; clinical trials
Term: Ongoing

EEJ College of Education & Human Services

Psychology

Degree: Ph.D.
Scientific status: Scientific member
Expertise: Children; families; Spanish-speaking participants; Latinos; economically disadvantaged populations
Experience: Professor of Psychology; President-elect, National Latina/o Psychological Association; licensed psychologist (UT, PR); PI on research grants; experience on APA Ethics Committee; bilingual/bicultural Latina
Affiliation: Employee – affiliated
Member status: Member
Term: 3rd term as Chair expires Jul, 2021

Degree: Ph.D.
Scientific status: Scientific member
Expertise: K-12 children; adults; economically & educationally disadvantaged populations; women; cognitively impaired children & adults
Experience: Full Professor & Department Head of Psychology; licensed/certified school psychologist (UT); Member, UT Assoc. of School Psychologists; research on interventions for children with behavior disorders; provision of clinical services to families & children with behavioral, physical, and mental disabilities
Affiliation: Employee – affiliated
Member status: Member
Term: 6th term expires Jul. 2019
Special Education & Rehabilitation
Degree: Ph.D.
Scientific status: Scientific member
Expertise: Special education; autistic populations; children with autism; journal editorial staffing; children with disabilities; home-based rehabilitation programs
Experience: Associate Professor; founder of early behavioral intervention program for children with autism; experience with assessment and treatment of aberrant behavior; extensive teacher trainings, especially in special education
Affiliation: Employee – affiliated
Member status: Alternate for scientific members with expertise in typically developing or disabled children
Term: 3rd term expires Jan. 2020
Degree: Ph.D.
Scientific status: Scientific member
Expertise: Persons with disabilities; vulnerable populations, school-aged children, school staff; economically & educationally disadvantaged populations
Experience: Ph.D in Special Education; Department Head of Special Education & Rehabilitation Department at USU; former teacher of children with disabilities; Professor of Special Education; Former editor of the Journal of Direct Instruction; owner of a private school for children with disabilities
Affiliation: Employee – affiliated
Member status: Member
Term: 5th term expires July 2020
Teacher Education & Leadership
Degree: Ph.D.
Scientific status: Scientific member
Expertise: Elementary education; educationally & economically disadvantaged populations
Experience: Associate Professor, School of Teacher Education & Leadership; research related to curriculum & instruction; research in perspective consciousness, queer theory, postcolonial theory, & social justice; National Council for the Social Studies advisory board member
Affiliation: Employee – affiliated
Member status: Member
Term: 2nd term expires Feb. 2021
Instructional Technology and Learning Science
Degree: Ph.D.
Scientific status: Scientific member
Expertise: Problem based learning and problem centered pedagogies, technology teacher professional development, learning analytics, meta-analysis
Experience: PhD in Instructional Technology, Department Head of Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences at USU, former editorial board member for the Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem Based Learning
Affiliation: Employee – affiliated
Member status: Member
Term: 1st term expires May 2020
Kinesiology & Health Science
Degree: Ph.D.
Scientific status: Scientific member
Degree: Ph.D.
Scientific status: Scientific member
Expertise: Neuroscience, Kinesiology, Biomedical, Human Movement, Clinical Populations
Experience: Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Health Science; Active researcher in sensory motor neuroscience of human movement; Active reviewer for several neuroscience journals; Teaches both undergraduate and graduate students
Affiliation: Employee – affiliated
Member status: Alternate Member for those with experience in Health Sciences, movement, clinical research 
Term: 1st term expires Oct 2021
Degree: Ph.D.
Scientific status: Scientific member
Affiliation: Employee – affiliated
Member status: Member
Communication Disorders & Deaf Education

Degree: Ph.D.
Scientific status: Scientific member
Expertise: 
Experience: PhD 
Affiliation: Employee – affiliated
Member status: Member
Term: 1st term expires Nov 2021

Unaffiliated Members

Degree: Ph.D.
Scientific status: Non-Scientific member
Expertise: K-12 aged children; school leadership; educationally and economically disadvantaged children & adults
Experience: Principal of Sky View High School; Ph.D. in math education; experience teaching abroad; experience with FERPA, IDEA, guardianship & custody
Affiliation:  Volunteer – unaffiliated
Member status: Member
Term: 4th term expires January 2020

Degree: B.S.
Scientific status: Non-Scientific member
Expertise: K-12 aged children; school leadership; educationally and economically disadvantaged children & adults, mental health, school mental health programs
Experience: Former Guidance Counselor for Bear River Charter School; degree in School Counseling; experience with FERPA, IDEA, PPRA, school coordinating teams, PBIS. 
Affiliation:  Volunteer – unaffiliated
Member status: Member
Term: 1st term expires June 2022

College of Humanities & Social Sciences

English
Degree: Ph.D.
Scientific status: Scientific member
Expertise: Rhetoric and composition; computers in writing; English Education/secondary school English/language arts. Enrollment management.
Experience: Professor of English; 13 books (inluding research methods in writing studies) and numerous articles and chapters; Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) Fellow; U.S. Professor of the Year-Utah; charter board member of international writing centers organization; journal editor; consultant-evaluator. Teaches research methods in English Studies.
Affiliation: Employee – affiliated
Member status: Member
Term: 1st term expires June 2020
Sociology, Social Work, & Anthropology
Degree: Ph.D.
Scientific status: Scientific member
Expertise: Neighborhoods, Community Development, Community-Based Participatory Research, Housing Justice, Refugee populations, Treatment & Etiology of Violence
Experience: Assistant Professor of Social Work, Teaches Research Methods at Undergrad and Grad level, Numerous original research articles published in high impact, cross-disciplinary journals, Center for Women and Gender Early Career Award Recipient, Journal Reviewer, Nonprofit Board Member, Numerous Federal and Foundation Grant Awards, Research Consultant for City and County Governments, Evaluator for numerous Nonprofits
Affiliation: Employee – affiliated
Member status: Alternate for those with experience in social work, social science, survey methodology, underrepresented populations
Term: 1st term expires June 2020
Political Science
Degree: Ph.D.
Scientific status: Scientific member
Expertise: American political institutions; political behavior; social science research design and methodology.
Experience: Assistant Professor of Political Science; membership in several political science professional organizations; journal reviewer for multiple high-impact political science journals; publications in high-impact journals using and discussing social science research design and methods; professional awards for original research; grant recipient of NSF, Social Science Research Council, American Political Science Association awards. 
Affiliation: Employee – affiliated
Member status: Alternate for those with experience in social science research design and methods; political behavior; American institutions
Term: 1st term expires October 2021

College of Agriculture & Applied Science

NDFS
Degree: Ph.D.
Scientific status: Scientific member
Expertise: Epidemiology; children; adults; pregnant women; vulnerable populations; economically & educationally disadvantaged populations; Native American populations
Experience: Epidemiologic field research in Thailand & Philippines; Director of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies at USU; refugee studies; Japanese & Caucasian men studies; longitudinal studies of dementia; studies of genetic factors in etiology of hip fractures
Affiliation: Employee – affiliated
Member status: Member
Term: 6th term expires May 2019
Degree: Ph.D.
Scientific status: Scientific member
Expertise: Experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in nutrition and instruction; medical dietetics
Experience: Registered dietician; member, American Dietetic Association; member, UT Dietetic Association; member, American Society of Nutrition Education; member, American Society of Epidemiologic Research; Assistant Professor in Nutrition & Food Sciences
Affiliation: Employee – affiliated
Member status: Alternate for those with expertise in nutrition instruction and epidemiology
Term: 3rd term expires Jan. 2021

Engineering

Engineering Education
Degree: Ph.D.
Scientific status: Scientific member
Expertise: Engineering design thinking, engineering curriculum development, adult learning cognition, engineering education professional development and technical training; international experience working on technical training and engineering projects funded by the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and U.S. Department of Labor, USAID
Experience: Professor, Engineering Education; American Society for Engineering Education, member
Affiliation: Employee – affiliated
Member status: Alternate Member for those with experience in education, hard sciences, engineering
Term: 1st term expires May 2020

Ex Officio Members

Degree: Ph.D.
Scientific status: Ex officio Member
Expertise: Experience working with federal regulations
Experience: Member, Institutional Biosafety Committee
Affiliation: Employee – affiliated
Member status: Non-voting member
Term: Ongoing
Degree: Ph.D.
Scientific status: Ex officio Member
Expertise: Experience working with federal regulations; development and implementation of policies; compliance assessments and investigations; mediation and conflict resolution.
Experience: Director, Research Integrity and Compliance; site visitor for the Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs
Affiliation: Employee – affiliated
Member status: Non-voting member
Term: Ongoing