Welcome to the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects

USF Campus

The following pages and links will provide information and resources for working with the University of San Francisco's Institutional Review Board for Protection of Human Subjects.  These resources are provided to all University students, faculty and staff that plan to conduct research with human subjects. 

Research conducted by University of San Francisco affiliates using human participants is overseen by the IRB. Its purpose is to facilitate human subjects research and to ensure the rights and welfare of human subjects are protected during their participation.  

Please review our COVID-19 IRB guidelines for more information on conducting your study during this time.

What Needs IRB Approval? 

All Human Subjects Research conducted by students, faculty and staff of the University must receive approval from the IRB.  If your research meets the definitions of both research and human subjects, you must complete the IRB process. Review more information on our What Needs IRB Approval page

What is the IRB Process? 

The entire application and review process is accomplished online through the IRB website, AxiomMentor. The AxiomMentor site will be the main conduit for sending and receiving notifications and correspondence for applicants and advisors. Complete details on the IRB process can be found on our IRB Process page

How do I Submit an IRB Application? 

All IRB protocol applications are submitted through the IRB website, AxiomMentor. All students applying to the IRB must have a faculty advisor in order to submit an application. Complete details for submitting an application can be found on our How to Submit an Application page

The IRBPHS operates under the auspices of:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP)

Office of the University Senior Associate Provost

In conjunction with the USF Office of Contracts and Grants

Dr. Colette Cann, School of Education

Dr. Hsiu-Lan Cheng, School of Education

Dr. Aline Hitti, College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Richard Greggory Johnson III, IRB Chair, School of Management 

Dr. Gloria Lee, Public Member

Christy Lusareta, M.A., IRB Coordinator (ex officio)

Dr. Bruce M. Price, School of Law

Dr. Ricardo Villarreal, School of Management