Research with Human Subjects (IRB)

Should your research project involve human subjects, approval must be obtained from the California State University, Los Angeles Institutional Review Board-Human Subjects (IRB) prior to beginning the project. This applies to all kinds of projects, including biomedical, behavioral, survey, and educational projects, and it includes both funded and unfunded research projects by faculty, staff and students. The purpose of the review is to assess risk to and protect the rights of human research subjects, in accordance with federal regulations. For more detailed information about the IRB and its procedures, you may download the IRB Regulations, Procedures and Application Guidelines below.

Revised Common Rule Campus Announcement
Is My Project Human Subjects ResearchIRBNet Submission Process
 IRB Meeting ScheduleIRB Workshops
CITI TrainingNon-Affiliated (External) Investigators
Oral HistoryPublic Data Waiver 
  • Request for Convened  Full Committee  (more than minimal risk) applications should be submitted to ORSCA at least 30 days prior to the IRB meeting (see the IRB Meeting Schedule).

  •  Exempt and Expedited applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

  • IMPORTANT: Students planning to conduct research for a thesis or culminating project involving human subjects are highly recommended to submit their applications no later than week 4 of the semester prior to anticipated graduation. For example, a student intending to graduate during Spring Semester 2020 would submit the application by week 4 of Fall Semester 2019.


Office of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities
Library North 2026B

Claire Riner, MPA, CIP, ECoP
Research Support Services Coordinator
[email protected]
Research Support Analyst
Research Affairs Analyst

Allison Mattheis, PhD
Associate Professor 
Division of Applied and Advanced Studies in Education
IRB Liaison for Research with Human Subjects (Faculty only)
King Hall A2036  |  323-343-4344
[email protected] 

Dr. Allison Mattheis, a faculty member in the Division of Applied and Advanced Studies in Education, CCOE, teaches qualitative research methodologies and works on interdisciplinary mixed methods research with collaborators. Dr. Mattheis is the IRB liaison for research with human subjects and has IRB office hours by appointment for faculty. If you seek specifics about recruitment, and data collection procedures--e.g. surveys, interviews, focus groups, review of work samples, etc.--you may want to reach out to her.