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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Across all disciplines on campus, Earlham students and faculty engage in collaborative and independent research projects that involve humans as subjects. Previous researchers on campus have investigated physiological and behavioral responses after learning about radon risk, collected oral histories about men’s experiences with masculinity, and conducted focus groups and interviews with stakeholders about improving the local farmer’s market.

The responsibility of the members of Earlham’s IRB is to make sure that all research involving human subjects is ethical, whether that research is conducted on our campus or by members of our campus community in locations off campus. Earlham’s values espouse respect for all persons and our IRB is one way we safeguard this value.

The members of Earlham’s IRB are as follows:

  • Rachael Reavis (Teaching Faculty), Convener, Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Dakota Collins (Administrative Faculty), Associate Director of Annual Giving
  • Cathryn Dickman (Administrative Faculty), Director of Wellness Programs
  • Bill Engle, Retired Reporter for the Palladium-Item, Richmond
  • Jason Elliott (Administrative Faculty), Assistant Director of Public Safety
  • Selina Hardt, Student, Earlham College
  • Lara Kalifeh, Student, Earlham College
  • Tim McLarnan (Teaching Faculty), Professor of Mathematics
  • Kelly Szott (Teaching Faculty), Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • Belen Villareal (Teaching Faculty), Assistant Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies

Students and faculty conducting research involving human subjects should begin by reading through the IRB Guidelines & Procedures document and successfully completing the Ethics Training Module. If you have questions or concerns, please contact

Guidelines & Procedures

Ethics Training Module

Additional forms and examples can be downloaded below

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