The mission of the Homewood Institutional Review Board (HIRB) is to protect the rights and welfare of human research participants recruited to partake in research activities through compliance with the federal regulations and institutional policies and procedures.

The members of the HIRB include Johns Hopkins University faculty with expertise in various academic disciplines and a member from the community that is unaffiliated with Johns Hopkins University. The primary concerns of at least one member are nonscientific. The diversity of HIRB members’ expertise and experience enables them to represent the academic disciplines in the divisions served by HIRB, community views and attitudes, and nonscientific perspectives when evaluating the acceptability of proposed research.

Committee members will have an understanding of basic ethical principles, the regulatory requirements, and the mechanics of serving on the IRB. Committee members will conduct prospective and continuing review of proposed research activities according to DHHS regulations 45 CFR 46 and federal, state, and local laws, and institutional policies and procedures.

All HIRB members must complete the online training program for IRB members available through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).

HIRB usually meets the first Tuesday of every month.

Homewood IRB Roster
  • Chair: Michael McCloskey, PhD, Cognitive Science, KSAS
  • Nathan Bos, PhD, Applied Physics Lab
  • Camille Bryant, PhD, School of Education
  • Mounya Elhilali, PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, WSE
  • Laura Evans, MA, CIP, Homewood IRB Director, WSE, KSAS
  • Lisa Feigenson, PhD, Psychological and Brain Sciences, KSAS
  • Karen Karp, PhD, School of Education
  • Renee Marlin-Bennett, PhD, Political Science, KSAS
  • Jean McGarry, MA, Writing Seminars, KSAS
  • Amy Shelton, PhD, School of Education
  • Marc Stein, PhD, School of Education
  • Community/Non-Scientific Representative: Rabbi Steven Schwartz, The Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Senior Rabbi’s Chair, Beth El Congregation
Alternate Members
  • Deborah Carran, PhD, Developmental Psychology, School of Education
  • Mary Louse Healy, MS, Research Administration, KSAS
  • Sandra Newman, PhD, Health Policy and Management, BSPH

Documents & Resources for Members

Related Documents & Resources

  • Educational & Ethical Principles

    An introduction to the Homewood IRB (HIRB) can be found by reviewing the document: PDF Document: Navigating the IRB.

    Investigators and HIRB Members are required to understand and apply the highest ethical standards to the review and conduct of human participant research. To ensure these objectives, investigators and HIRB members are required to complete training in the protection of human research participants through the online course offered by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) and should select the most appropriate module under “Human Subjects Research”.

    Proof of completed training must be on file with or provided to HIRB before applications will be approved. Certification must be renewed every five years. The IRB does not require training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) or Good Clinical Practice (GCP), although you may be required to take this for other purposes or may choose to take one or both of these for your own personal knowledge.

    Investigators from other institutions should contact the HIRB office for alternative training options.

    Additional educational opportunities include briefings by the HIRB office; local, regional, and national meetings and courses; and online forums, newsletters, and other publications. For more information about these resources, contact the HIRB office at or 410-516-6580.

    The rights and safety of individuals participating in research are assured through adherence to widely-accepted ethical principles that have been established for biomedical experiments and extended to behavioral research. These ethical principles are set forth in The Belmont Report, the Declaration of Helsinki, and The Nuremberg Code.

  • Electronic Homewood Institutional Review Board (eHIRB)

    eHIRB is a paperless, electronic method to submit, track, and review the scientific, regulatory, and compliance information required for the safe conduct of human subjects research at Homewood. The system provides a platform for the IRB and other research compliance committees to share critical information regarding the submission and review of new applications, amendments, continuing reviews, reportable events, and study closures.

    Read Additional Electronic Homewood Institutional Review Board (eHIRB) Information
  • Guidance on Recruitment and Consent of Mechanical Turk (MTurk) Workers in Research

    All HIRB researchers should read and follow the comprehensive Dynamo Guidelines for Academic Requesters.

  • HIRB Glossary

    This is a glossary of IRB-related terminology.

    View the Document
  • HIRB Standard Operating Policies & Procedures

    The Homewood Institutional Review Board (HIRB) Standard Operating Policies & Procedures manual contains guidelines for the operation of HIRB. HIRB is the central component of the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) for those divisions within Johns Hopkins served by HIRB. The manual is an important resource for HIRB and HRPP members, investigators, and HIRB staff.

    Please note that the Policies and Procedures manual is currently under revision, but a previous version is below.

    View the Document
  • Instructions for HIRB Training Through CITI

    All faculty, staff, and students who conduct human subjects research must complete the CITI training. In addition, Homewood IRB members must also complete CITI Training. Please read the instructions so you take the correct CITI training.

    View the Document
  • Navigating the IRB

    A Primer for Students, Faculty Members Acting as the PI of a Student Initiated Project, and Individuals New to Human Participants Research.

    View the Document
  • NIH-Funded Clinical Trials

    NIH-Funded Human Subjects Research: As of January 1, 2017, NIH-funded investigators and their research staff who are involved in the conduct of clinical trials (both FDA regulated drug or device studies, as well as behavioral interventions), as defined by the NIH, must complete Good Clinical Practice (“GCP”) training.

    This policy is effective and applies to both new applications, and on-going programs.

    The NIH definition of a clinical trial is “A research study in which one or more human subjects are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions (which may include placebo or other control) to evaluate the effects of those interventions on health-related biomedical or behavioral outcomes.”

    This definition encompasses trials that do not involve drugs or devices, and investigators should review the NIH definition for more detail.

    JHU investigators and their research staff who may be subject to this NIH requirement should complete the CITI GCP training module in myLearning, or demonstrate compliance through providing a certificate of other acceptable GCP training to ORA and/or the JHM IRB.

  • SACHRP Guidance on Internet Research

    Considerations and Recommendations Concerning Internet Research and Human Subjects Research Regulations, with Revisions

    Final document, approved at SACHRP meeting March 12-13, 2013

    The purpose of PDF Document: this document is to provide a starting point for the development of FAQs and/or Points to Consider regarding the conduct and review of Internet research.