Institutional Review Board

The DeSales IRB Committee has the responsibility and full capabilities to review and monitor biomedical and socio-behavioral research that involves human subjects in which DeSales is engaged before the involvement of human subjects may begin.

It is established to provide ethical review of research, and to assure that the rights and welfare of the human subjects are adequately protected in research and federal regulations are followed. Members include researchers, non-researchers and one member of the local community.

Researcher Required Training

Anyone - faculty, staff or student - working with human subjects in research projects at DeSales University will need to complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training modules. 

Please use the DeSales address (2755 Station Ave, Center Valley PA 18034) and main phone number (610-282-1100).  Please choose “Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges” as your affiliated organization. 

After creating your profile click “Add a Course to Update Learner Groups”. Under Question 1: Human Subjects Research please then select  “Social & Behavioral Research Investigators” and complete all required modules in this online course. You may find that some of the optional modules are relevant to your research and if so we encourage you to complete those modules as well. Upon completion if you return to the main menu you will see your official completion date and will have the opportunity to print your completion report. 

If you are a previous user, please change your affiliation to Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges.

The site is fairly easy to use.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email the IRB Chair, Dr. Sonya Echols, sonya.echols@desales.edu, 610-282-1100 x2750.

Create your new CITI account »