Institutional Review Board

All research involving human subjects conducted at or through Dickinson State University must have Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval prior to project initiation. This is true regardless of whether or not external funding is received. DSU students conducting research must be mentored by a faculty member. Federal regulations for human subject research established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and described in the Code of Federal Regulations 45 CFR 46.

2017-2018 IRB members

  1. Dr. Suzanne Russ, Associate Professor of Psychology (Chair)
  2. Dr. Karen Hale, Associate Professor of Sociology
  3. Dr. Debora Dragseth, Professor of Business
  4. Ms. Lucy Meyer, Associate Professor of Nursing
  5. Dr. Chris Hertler, Practicing Clinical Psychologist (community representative)


To complete an IRB application, please complete the appropriate forms below and email them to Each member of the research team must submit a National Institutes of Health training certificate. The IRB meets Mondays during the 2017-2018 academic year to review requests that are received by noon the previous Monday. Requests for review in summer or on designated breaks will be handled as they are received.