Institutional Review Board: Training and Certification

Ongoing education in the ethical treatment of research participants, the components of informed consent, and the handling of research materials and data is an important component of research and scholarship. We require that all investigators - especially student investigators - involved in research undergo formal training in current thought and issues in this area.

More information . . .

There is an excellent book on ethics written by the Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) and the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences and Education (BCSSE) called Protecting Participants and Facilitating Social and Behavioral Sciences Research (2003). It is available in its entirety ONLINE or you can order a copy of the book. It has good practical suggestions on how to enhance your research and protect your subjects and is a great thing to read while you are in the proces sof designing your research.

There is a great deal of information available on the ethical treatment of human research participants, including how to use accessible language in consent forms, past ethics conventions, and federal guidelines. Links to some of these sources are available through the Penn State Hershey IRB.

Contact the IRB


IRB Members

Here are seven representatives on Bard's Institutional Review board:
six faculty from the College plus one community representative.
Please feel free to contact any of us if you have any questions about the IRB process.
  • Tabetha Ewing
  • Allison McKim
  • Jennifer Phillips
  • Pavlina Tcherneva (chair, tchernev@bard.edu)
  • Mark Sasvary (community representative)
  • Mark Halsey (administrative representative)
If you have questions about your proposal, contact the IRB chair.

E-mail: irb@bard.edu