Research & Sponsored Programs

Institutional Review Board

Use of Humans as Research Subjects

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In Brief

Activities that involve humans as subjects of study are subject to review and approval by a University committee known as the Institutional Review Board or IRB.

Proposed research that poses minimal risk to subjects may qualify for expedited review. Under an expedited review, research can commence upon receipt of written authorization from the IRB administrator based upon the review of a single IRB representative without the review of the full IRB committee.

Proposed research that poses greater than minimal risk to subjects requires full review before the IRB committee.

Projects that do not involve interaction with human participants may be exempt from IRB review.

Get guidance in identifying whether your project qualifies for expedited review or is exempt from IRB review.

IRB submissions require an Informed Consent form. The Informed Consent form serves to advise prospective participants about the proposed study and any known benefits or risks associated with participation. Get guidance in preparing an "Informed Consent Form".

Special Note to Hofstra Student Researchers: Students who wish to conduct research involving humans must submit their proposal to the IRB through a faculty advisor.

About the IRB

Hofstra University's official policy governing the use of humans as research subjects is published as Faculty Policy Series # 36.

All research involving humans as subjects conducted under the aegis of Hofstra University will be guided by the principles of the Belmont Report. All externally sponsored research involving humans as subjects, both Federal and non-Federal, shall be conducted in full compliance with Federal Policy, published as Code of Federal Regulations Title 45, Part 46 (effective November 16, 2015), a document often referred to as the "Common Rule."

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Hofstra University IRB Membership

IRB Committee Chairperson
Dr. Daphna Motro
Associate Professor
Department of Management & Entrepreneurship.

Ms. Kelcey Edwards
Assistant Professor
Radio, Television, Film

Dr. Jase Bernhardt
Associate Professor
Geology, Environment and Sustainability

Dr. Michael Cassara
Associate Dean for Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice
Associate Professor of Nursing at Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Science Education at Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Adjunct Associate Professor (Master of Science in Health Professions Education) Hofstra University School of Health Sciences

Dr. Janet L. Dolgin
Maurice A. Deane School of Law

Dr. Adam M. Gonzalez
Associate Professor
Department of Health Professions

Dr. Rebecca Grossman
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology

Dr. Thomas Kwiatkowski
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Assistant Dean for Simulation
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell 

Dr. Salvador Rojas-Murillo
Assistant Professor
DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science

Dr. Jennifer Saleta 
Associate Dean for Administration,
Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing & Physician Assistant Studies

Dr. Daphna Motro
Associate Professor
Department of Management & Entrepreneurship

Dr. Shane G. Owens*
Licensed and Board-Certified Psychologist
*Community Member

IRB Administrator
Ms. Sofia Kakoulidis
Vice Provost for Research and Sponsored Programs
Office of the Provost
Telephone: (516) 463-6810
Fax: (516) 463-6505

Submit Your Project

1. Get IRB Proposal Forms


2. Training in Basic Human Participants’ Protection

All persons conducting human subjects research must participate in a formal human participants’ training program before project approval is granted.

To provide documentation of training, Hofstra's Institutional Review Board requires completion of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program. Register for the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative Program.

Help for CITI Learner Registration

3. SUBMIT Your IRB Proposal

SUBMIT Your IRB Proposal Through Hofstra's Portal

Paste all documents into a single file and submit. Once you upload your proposal using the link above, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive the email, please contact your IRB representative directly using the membership list above or email