Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Human Research Protection Program

× Updated COVID-19 and Research Guidance (Effective September 3, 2021) 

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is overseen by the UT Tyler Human Research Protections Program (HRPP) which is responsible for protecting the rights and welfare of research participants, as well as ensuring excellent scientific research is conducted ethically and in compliance with all federal, state, local regulations, and institutional policies.

The purpose of the UT Tyler IRB is to review research proposals that involves human beings before the research is initiated to ensure ethically-conducted research for the protection of human subjects. Proposals are reviewed based on the ethical principles outlined in the Belmont Report: beneficence, justice and respect for persons. The principles are reflected as standards of practice in the Code of Federal Regulations established by the Department of Health and Human Resources, Title 45.


New Information as of 9/1/2022

The Institution Review Boards (IRBs) of the main campus and HSC campus are finalizing the integration of their programs. The Human Research Protections Program is happy to announce that effective Thursday, September 1, 2022, the transition from the Cayuse IRB online platform to the IRBManager online platform will be complete. Beginning September 1, all IRB related activities will be conducted through the IRBManager platform. All active studies have now been loaded into the IRBManager system and researchers can access their information at any time. The Cayuse IRB system will no longer be available for use after August 31, 2022.


For additional information about the IRBManager and New User Accounts, please click here.


IRB Contacts:

IRB Forms

Resources for Researchers

Training Modules: Protection of Human Subjects in Research

IMPORTANT: All PIs and co-investigators must complete CITI training before any IRB submissions are approved. Please visit the Training page for more details and login information.

IRB Handbook

Office of Human Research Protection Information

Resources for IRB Members

IRB Members

  • David Pearson, Ph.D.,Pharmacy; IRB Chair
  • Christopher Thomas, Ph.D., Education
  • Danice Greer,  Ph.D., Nursing
  • Fredericka Brown, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering
  • Lauren Kirby, Ph.D., Psychology
  • Leonard Brown, Ph.D., Computer Science
  • Neil Dong, Ph.D., Health and Kinesiology
  • Phillip Dancy, Ph.D. (External Member)
  • Richard Helfers, Ph.D., Social Sciences
  • Marina Astakhova, Ph.D., Management and Marketing
  • Chet Thomas, (External Member)
  • Ashleigh Day, Ph.D., Communication