North Shore Community College encourages faculty, staff and students to pursue scholarly research. To support this research NSCC operates an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure that appropriate standards are met in the treatment of human subjects. The IRB is registered with the federal Office for Human Research Protection (OHRP) which is part of The Department of Health and Human Services. This registration and the assurance associated with it (Federalwide Assurance) means that NSCC protects the rights and welfare of human participants in research according to federal regulations and approved practices. The ethical principles that are fundamental to a federally registered Institutional Review Board are:
Respect for Persons represented by informed consent
Beneficence represented by risk/benefit assessments
Justice represented by the fair selection of research subjects and fair selection of outcomes
The IRB is charged with reviewing, approving or requiring modifications in research using human subjects conducted by, or through, NSCC. The IRB does not evaluate the merits of the research or research design but is solely responsible for assuring compliance with ethical standards for the informed consent, confidentiality, and risks related to participants. To learn more about the IRB process and how to apply for IRB review for your research project, please follow the links on the left.
About the Institutional Review Board
NSCC's Institutional Review Board is composed of 11 active voting members from various backgrounds.
Walter Stone, Ed.D., Asst Dean of STEM and Education (Chair)
Laura Rubin, Ph.D., Dean of STEM and Education
Neal DeChillo Ed.D., Associate Provost Salem State University
Kristin Erbetta Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Behavioral Science
Margaret Figgins-Hill, Ed.D., Associate Professor; Coordinator Women in Transition
Karen Hynick, Ed.D., Vice President of Academic Affairs
Laurie LaChapelle. M.Ed., Assistant Vice President Planning, Research, Grants and Assessment
Ed O'Sullivan, Director of Programs & Operations, North Shore Workforce Investment Board
Christine Shaw, Ph.D. Academic Director, Merrimack College
Madeline Wallis, M.Ed., Vice President for Human Resource Development
Jermaine Williams, Ed.D., Vice President of Student Affairs
IRB contact: Walter Stone
Phone: 978-762-4000 extension 6292
The IRB schedules meetings to review applications as needed throughout the calendar year. Please email the Chair with specific questions about the application process or about timelines for review.