Institutional Review Board

The role of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to review all proposed research involving human subjects to ensure that subjects are treated ethically and that their rights and welfare are adequately protected.

The IRB (members listed below) is composed primarily of faculty members from disciplines in which research involving human subjects is integral to that discipline's work, researchers whose primary interests are non-scientific, as well as members from the community. The human subjects review process is administered through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

All faculty and staff (both full-time and part-time) using human subjects or identifiable, private information about human subjects to conduct research within the course and scope of their duties are required to have prior approval from the IRB before research is initiated. Projects must be approved regardless of whether or not the research is funded and regardless of the source of funds. This policy also applies to students whose research is conducted under the advisement of a faculty member. All research proposals must be reviewed by the IRB and no individual, other than the IRB Chair,or the Chair’s designee, may verify a proposal as a study exempt from federal regulations or outside the regulations’ scope.    Research that is conducted without IRB approval is not in compliance with Lipscomb University policy and federal regulations. In these circumstances a non-compliance report will be sent to the Provost for further action.

Please refer to this website for the most current policies, procedures, forms and IRB meeting times.

Questions should be directed to the Chair of the IRB, Dr. Justin Briggs (, or to the IRB (

IRB Members

  • Justin Briggs, Psychology, Chair
  • Pat Cole, community member
  • Ken Durham, Bible & Ministry
  • Kent Johnson, Exercise Science
  • Jeff Lee, Pharmacy
  • Dorcas Mansell, community member
  • Megan Parker Peters, Education
  • Michelle Steele, Civic Leadership
  • Richard Thompson, Pharmacy
  • Paul Turner, Psychology
  • Cayce Watson, Social Work
  • Roger Wiemers, Education