Institutional Review Board

The purpose of the IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of animal subjects and human participants in research activities conducted by Central Methodist University faculty and students.The IRB ensures that proposed research includes humane treatment of animals; that physical, psychological, and social risks to research participants are minimized; and that the risks are commensurate with the importance of the research and/or the knowledge to be gained.

Federal Definition of Research: Research is a systematic investigation--including research development, testing, and evaluation--designed to develop or contribute to generalized knowledge. Activities which meet this definition constitute research for purposes of this policy, whether or not they are conducted or supported under a program which is considered research for other purposes. For example, some demonstration and service programs may include research activities (from 45 CFR 46.102).


Dr. Kristan Erdman (CGES)
Dr. Rita Gulstad (Administration)
Dr. Elizabeth Page (Social Sciences)
Dr. Anna Slusarz (Natural Sciences)
Dr. Travis Smith (Humanities)
Dr. MaryAnn Winn (Nursing)

CITI Program Ethics Training and Certification

The CITI Program provides an online ethics training course for researchers planning a study involving human participants. To register, select the institution (Central Methodist University) and provide the requested information. Several modules are available for study, review, and completion. Once you have completed the modules, you can print your ethics certificate. Please include your ethics certificate with your IRB submission. Beginning July 1, 2021 all researchers listed on IRB proposals must have a current CITI certification for their proposal to be considered by the IRB.

Federal Regulations Regarding Research Regarding Protection of Human Subjects

Documents and Links

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