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The Ramapo College of New Jersey Institutional Review Board (IRB) is made up of peer researchers and external members of the larger community and charged with providing an initial and continuing review of research proposals involving human subjects. The IRB assures that the rights of determination, privacy, and confidentiality are maintained through its procedures, and it strives to protect subjects from undue harm by upholding the minimum risk requirement. The IRB will review applications for the use of human subjects and it will evaluate each within the guidelines of the Ramapo College Human Subjects Policy. The committee must review and approve the proposed human research project giving consideration to:

  • Sensitivity to students’ ability to give informed consent within faculty research while they are enrolled in that faculty member’s course(s).
  • The degree of risk and whether the benefits outweigh the risks.
  • Protecting human rights and welfare.
  • Obtaining voluntary informed consent.
  • Providing debriefing about protocol and contact information for possible complaints, as appropriate.
  • Whether researchers are competent and qualified.
  • The overarching considerations stipulated by the Belmont report and the Common Rule: Respect for persons, beneficence, and justice.

Board Members

Members of the Ramapo College IRB are appointed by the Provost. The chair and co-chair of the committee serve 2 year terms.

Jacqueline Braun
Chair–  Assistant Professor of Psychology
Phone: (201) 684-7730

James Woodley
Co-Chair–  Associate Professor Strategic Management
Phone: (201) 684-7317

IRB Committee Members

  • Christina Chung, Associate Professor of Marketing, ASB
  • Elaine Patterson, Professor of Nursing, TAS
  • Erick Castellanos, Associate Professor of International Studies, HGS
  • Jeremy M. Teigen, Professor of Political Science, HGS
  • Leah R. Warner, Assistant Professor of Social Psychology, SSHS
  • Scott Frees, Professor of Computer Science, TAS
  • Maya Poran, Associate Professor of Psychology, SSHS
  • Lysandra Perez-Strumolo, Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology, SSHS
  • Gordon Bear, Professor of Social Psychology, SSHS (Retiree)
  • Jacqueline Braun, Assistant Professor of Experimental Psychology, SSHS
  • Kathleen Burke, Assistant Dean of Nursing, TAS
  • Marcia Sexton, Technology Services/Archives Librarian, Library
  • Naseem Choudhury, Associate Professor of Psychology, SSHS
  • Dr. J. Christopher Mendler, Medical Doctor
  • Michael Unger, Associate Professor of Political Science, HGS
  • Vasundhara Chakraborty, Assistant Professor of Accounting, ASB
  • Yong Bum Kim, Assistant Professor of Accounting, ASB
  • Kristin Kenneavy, Associate Professor of Sociology, SSHS
  • Shaziela Ishak, Associate Professor of Psychology, SSHS
  • Rikki Abzug, Professor of Management,  ASB
  • Desislava Budeva, Associate Professor of Marketing, ASB
  • Lisa Cassidy, Associate Professor of Philosophy, HGS
  • Joseph Cataliotti, Associate Professor of Neuropsychology, SSHS
  • Donna Gibson, Professor of Psychology, SSHS
  • Martha Ecker, Professor of Sociology, SSHS
  • Ellen Kaiden, Professor of Teacher Education, SSHS
  • David Seth Kirshner, Community Member
  • Tom Lueck, Assistant Professor of Journalism, CA
  • Joel Mosbacher, Community Member
  • Christopher Reich, Associate Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, SSHS
  • Dennis Rockett, Community Member
  • Nicholas Salter, Associate Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, SSHS
  • Rowlett Neel Scott, Associate Professor of Digital Filmmaking, CA
  • Gurvinder Khaneja, Director of Institutional Research, Institutional Research
  • Romulo B. Magnaye, Assistant Professor of Management, ASB
  • James Woodley, Associate Professor of Strategic Management, ASB
  • Erin J. Augis, Professor of Sociology, SSHS
  • Melody L. Hyppolite, Assistant Professor of Social Work, SSHS
  • Seon Mi Kim, Assistant Professor of Social Work, SSHS
  • Changhee Lee, Assistant Professor of Accounting, ASB
  • Tammi Redd, Assistant Professor of Management, ASB
  • Mark S. Skowronski, Assistant Professor of Management, ASB
  • Malavika Sundararajan, Assistant Professor of Management, ASB
IRB Review Process
  1. Researchers should read the Ramapo College Human Subjects Policy on the use of Human Subjects in Research.
  • Does your research involve live humans at Ramapo College or affiliated sites about whom the investigator obtains data? If yes, continue, if no, IRB approval not needed. (“obtaining data” is defined as gaining information through intervention, interaction, or in any way gaining identifiable private information).Examples of categories of research with human subject that need IRB approval:
    • Facultyor staff research projects (including those which are funded).
    • Research by an investigator not affiliated with Ramapo College of New Jersey who proposes to involve Ramapo College of New Jersey students, staff, or faculty as subjects in the proposed research project.
    • Undergraduate student research within Honors and independent study projects.
    • Graduate student research projects.
    • Studies expected to result in publication, presentation outside the college, or public dissemination in some other form.
    • Research conducted outside the college if it involves: minors (i.e. persons under the age of 18); a targeted population of adults whose ability to freely give informed consent may be compromised (i.e. persons who are socio-economically, educationally, or linguistically disadvantaged, cognitively impaired, elderly, terminally ill, or incarcerated); pregnant women and/or fetuses who may be put at risk of physical harm; a topic of a sensitive or personal nature, the examination or reporting of which may place the research participant at more than minimal risk, or any type of activity that places research participants at more than minimal risk.
    • Undergraduate research projects that have a low likelihood of being presented in a forum outside of the College do not need to undergo IRB review unless the risk exceeds minimal risk. However, all human subject research done by undergraduates is the responsibility of the course instructor, who is required to undergo the online training provisions listed in section 6.7 of the Ramapo College IRB Policy. (If the data collected in the context of a course is for classroom use only, the Ramapo IRB suggests the instructor use a “best practices” instructor course research approval form and that the instructor act as the research review chair with responsibility for reviewing the project).
  • Complete online education/ethics program designed by the University of Montana.
  • Secure all necessary documents such as approvals for outside sites, and consent form.
  • Complete and submit the application form to the Chair of the IRB. All applications will be reviewed by a panel as quickly as possible. Every panel will consist of either the IRB chair or co-chair, one non-affiliated community member, and at least three faculty members from the standing committee. Panelists will be selected based on germane subject expertise.
  • The IRB Chair will contact the applicant when the review has been completed.

If you have specific questions about a particular review or general questions concerning research with human subjects at Ramapo College, please contact the IRB chair.

Applicants can also email questions or applications to


IRB Application

Please email forms or questions to the IRB committee using this address:

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