Any research involving human participants conducted either at Stonehill College or under its sponsorship at another location, must be reviewed and approved by the College's Institutional Review Board.

COVID-19 Statement 

Given the continuing health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, all human research must consider safety protocols. This includes course related research projects (e.g., research methods, capstones, other class-related research that involve human participants). All researchers must submit protocols to the IRB for review. Research should be moved to remote or online whenever possible. Any face-to-face research needs to have very strict and thoughtful procedures in place (e.g., social distancing, masks, cleaning procedures). The IRB will be carefully reviewing all applications for detailed procedures related to participant safety. If you have any questions, please contact IRB chair, Nicole Capezza.

IRB Policies and Procedures

I. Institutional Review and Approval

II. IRB Administration

III. Definitions

IV. Types of IRB Review

V. Exempt Review Categories

VI. Expedited Review Categories

VII. Informed Consent

VIII. Procedures for Applying for IRB Review at Stonehill  (Updated 1/1/20)

IX. Review and Approval

X. Responsibilities of Investigators

XI. Reporting Misconduct and Noncompliance

Fall 2021 Meeting Schedule

For an application to be considered at a particular meeting it must be received by the corresponding due date listed below:

IRB Proposal Due Dates IRB Meeting Dates
August 25, 2021 August 30, 2021
September 8, 2021 September 13, 2021
October 13, 2021 October 18, 2021
November 3, 2021 November 8, 2021
December 1, 2021 December 6, 2021



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Dr. Nicole Capezza, Chair

Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Margaret Niznikiewicz, Member

Harvard Medical School, Boston VA Medical Center

Dr. Erin O'Hea, Member

Professor of Psychology

Mr. Brian Oles, Member

Director of Institutional Research and Assessment

Dr. Elif Sisli Ciamarra, Member

Associate Professor of Business Administration

Ms. Bonnie L. Troupe, Member

Director, Office of Academic Development

Dr. Erica Tucker

Associate Professor of Anthropology

For questions about the IRB process, please contact:

Nicole M. Capezza

Nicole M. Capezza

Associate Professor of Psychology

Academic Development

Duffy Academic Center – 119

The Office of Research, Grants & Sponsored Projects serves the faculty and staff of the College in helping to obtain external funding for scholarly research, academic program and curriculum development, and community service projects.