Research with Human Subjects (IRB)

If a research project involves 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.

Contact Information

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

Elia Amaro, M.S.A., CIP
Research Support Services Coordinator

[email protected]

Claire Bakewell, M.P.A., CIP
Research Support Analyst

[email protected]

Research Affairs Analyst



Allison Mattheis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor 
Division of Applied and Advanced Studies in Education
IRB Liaison for Research with Human Subjects (Faculty only)
King Hall A2036

[email protected] 

Introducing Dr. Allison Mattheis, Associate Professor, as IRB Liaison for Research with Human Subjects

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