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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.

Please be aware that the UWF IRB is only accepting emailed applications to You must use the Word application versions below. Paper copies will no longer be accepted. Electronic signatures are permitted for all IRB documents.

IRB Committee Meetings and Members

All IRB meetings are open to the public. Meetings for the Fall 2021 Semester will be held the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00pm to 3:00pm (Central) in Building 85, Room 102.

Upcoming Meetings

  • September 15, 2021
  • October 20, 2021
  • November 17, 2021
  • December 15, 2021
  • Spring 2022 TBD

IRB meetings are reserved for the review of applications in which participants are exposed to "greater than minimal risk." The UWF IRB cannot guarantee that such applications submitted close to meeting dates will be reviewed at the upcoming meeting. Therefore, it is recommended that all applicants submit IRB applications well in advance of the proposed project start date.

Applications referencing "minimal risk" studies are reviewed on a continuous basis.

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations is requested to advise UWF by contacting the ADA Program Office 850.474.2694, 711 (TTY), visit or email at least two (2) business days prior to the event.


The members of the UWF IRB for Human Research Participants Protection include the following representatives:

  • Chair: Dr. Carla Thompson, Professor, Educational Research and Administration
  • Dr. James Arruda, Professor, Psychology 
  • Dr. Gayle Baugh, Associate Professor, Management
  • Dr. Angela Blackburn, Associate Professor, School of Nursing
  • Dr. Ludmilla Cosio Lima, Professor, Exercise Science and Health
  • Dr. Bruce Davidson, Associate Professor, Accounting
  • Dr. Wesley Farr, Lecturer, Public Health 
  • Dr. Kathrine Johnson, Associate Professor, Criminal Justice
  • Dr. Stephen LeMay, Associate Professor, Commerce
  • Dr. Giang-Nguyen Nguyen, Associate Professor, Teacher Education & Educational Leadership 
  • Andre Ryland, Community Member
  • Pennie Sparks, Risk Management Coordinator
  • Dr. Susan Walch, Professor, Psychology (On Sabbatical for 2021-2022 School Year)

Want more information about the IRB process?  

For more information concerning the UWF IRB or to schedule an in-person presentation for your class or group, please contact the Research Compliance Officer at 850-474-3484 or email

The University of West Florida maintains a Federal Wide 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