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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a standing committee at the University of Dayton established in compliance with federal policy for the protection of human subjects in research. The University of Dayton operates under Federalwide Assurance No. FWA00015321 (expires October 2025).

Learn more about the latest information on research during COVID-19:

Guide for Activities Involving Close Interaction with Human Participants under COVID-19

IRB Mission & Guiding Principles

The IRB ensures that the rights and welfare of research subjects are protected as described in Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research (“The Belmont Report”).  The IRB is governed by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) federal guidelines for protection of human subjects in research found in 45 CFR 46 and referred to as the “Common Rule.”  The purpose of the IRB is to ensure that:

  • No research activity sponsored or conducted by University of Dayton researchers unduly endangers the safety, comfort, or privacy of human subjects;
  • The rights and privacy of subjects are protected during and after the research;
  • Participation in research is voluntary and the right to withdraw at any time is provided;
  • The researcher and the University are protected from ethical and/or legal liability;
  • Research involving human subject(s) is supervised by qualified persons, including qualified clinicians for all study-related healthcare decisions, and by at least one faculty or staff member in the case of student-led research.
  • Non-exempt research projects are subject to continuing IRB review.

All research that involves human subjects must be reviewed by and must receive approval from the IRB prior to subject recruitment and data collection.  If you are not sure if your research qualifies as “human subjects research”, please contact us at

The IRB cannot review research that has already been performed or is being performed.

The University of Dayton IRB Roster (August, 2020):

Matt Day, Ph.D., IRB Co-Chair - Physical Therapy
Kurt Jackson, Ph.D., IRB Co-Chair – Physical Therapy
Danita Nelson, IRB Administrator – Office for Research

Anne Crecelius, PhD. - Health and Sport Science 
Mark Fuchs - Environmental Health and Safety
Melissa Ginn, B.A., CCRC – Community Member
Allison Kinney, Ph.D. - Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Angela Kohnen, M.D. - Community Member
Benjamin Kunz, Ph.D. - Psychology
Layla Kurt, Ph.D.  - Counselor Education & Human Services
Megan Reissman, Ph.D - Mechanical Engineering
Charles J. Russo, J.D., Ed.D. - Educational Leadership
Julie Walsh-Messinger, Ph.D. - Psychology


All APPLICATIONS and QUESTIONS should be directed to: Danita Nelson,, or (937) 229-3515.


Office for Research

Daniel J. Curran Place
1700 Patterson Blvd
Dayton, Ohio 45419 - 7758