Institutional Review Board (IRB) For Human Research Participants Protection

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Research Participants Protection is a federally mandated committee. Its purpose is to protect the rights and welfare of all persons recruited to participate in research activities associated with UWF.

UWF policy requires that all educational, training, or research activities involving human participants must be reviewed by the IRB prior to the recruitment of participants and initiation of data collection. This requirement applies to all research-related activities involving human participants at any UWF campus or conducted by any UWF faculty, staff and/or student.

In reviewing proposals, the UWF IRB is guided by the ethical principles outlined in the Belmont Report - respect for persons, beneficence, and justice. Only research that abides by these principles will be approved by the IRB.

To all investigators: It is a violation of regulations to initiate the research project prior to receiving IRB approval. Therefore, it is important that proposals be submitted to the IRB in a timely manner and with consideration of upcoming IRB meetings whenever the project involves completion deadlines (i.e. for publishing or thesis/dissertation submission). UWF asks that investigators please allow up to 4-6 weeks for IRB review.

IRB Regulations, Policies & Procedures
IRB Meeting Schedule
IRB Application & Reporting Process
Mandatory Training for Investigators
IRB Forms & Documents
IRB Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Congratulations to the UWF IRB for Excellent Performance for 2012-2014

Congratulations are due to the UWF Institutional Review Board (IRB) members for their outstanding performance record for 2012 to 2014. The UWF IRB has sustained a three-year record averaging a one week or less turn-around response time for research application requests that are submitted in complete form and an average of 25 IRB applications completed per month during the three-year period. In addition, those few IRB applications that require full board review are processed within a 2 to 3 week period with applicants and advisors invited to attend the full board meeting for discussion and information. In addition, the UWF IRB members are committed to educating the UWF community (faculty, staff, and students) concerning the IRB Process and related Research Integrity Principles. IRB Members contribute their time and expertise by request for classroom presentations and/or consultations with faculty and staff. These excellent performance metrics identify the UWF IRB as a highly effective operating board. All IRB meetings are open to the public and are held the third Wednesday of each month from 3:00pm to 4:00pm in Building 85 Conference Room 102. The members of the board for the UWF IRB include the following representatives:

  • UWF Office of Research Integrity: Kristal Hall (Research and Sponsored Programs)
  • Chair: Dr. Carla Thompson, Associate Professor, Research & Advanced Studies
  • Dr. Wilson Maina, Associate Professor, Philosophy
  • Dr. Susie Jans-Thomas, Professor, Research & Advanced Studies
  • Dr. Giang-Nguyen Nguyen, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education & Educational Leadership
  • Dr. Katherine Johnson, Associate Professor, Criminal Justice
  • Dr. Ludmilla Cosio Lima, Associate Professor, Exercise Science and Health
  • Dr. Sarah Luczyk, Director, Student Affairs
  • Dr. Lisa Blalock, Associate Professor, Psychology
  • Dr. Angela Blackburn, Assistant Professor, Nursing
  • Dr. Felicia Morgan, Associate Professor, Marketing & Economics
  • Dr. Green Waggener, Assistant Professor, Exercise Science & Health
  • Dr. Kyle Hurst, Director of Research & Assessment, Hurlburt Field, Community Representative

For more information concerning the UWF IRB, please contact the UWF Research Integrity Office at or at 850-474-2609.

Want more information about the IRB process?  

To schedule an in-person presentation for your class or group, please call the Research Integrity Coordinator at 850-474-2609 or email

The University of West Florida maintains a Federalwide Assurance (FWA) for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research and is a registered IRB with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP).

FWA Number: FWA00002657
IORG Number: IORG0001310