The Trinity College Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews research involving human participants that is led by Trinity faculty, staff, students, or guests, or is conducted on our campus, or uses college data. Our mission is to foster the ethical treatment of human research participants, and to safeguard their welfare, rights, and privacy in accordance with federal and state laws.

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Step 1: Start an online form for any research involving living human subjects. All applicants must answer short introductory questions to determine if your project requires IRB review. Based on your answers, the online form will:
• allow you to proceed without further review, OR
• ask you to complete the entire form for IRB reviewer.
The online form requires a Trinity login. Off-campus guest applicants must email irb@trincoll.edu to request a special username and password.

Step 2: Read definitions when answering questions on the form.

Step 3: Ethics training online (CITI or NIH), if required by form.

Step 4: Learning tools and templates to complete your application.

Please DO NOT open multiple tabs or browser windows at the same time in order to click between tabs or windows to copy from the original to the renewal. Instead, grab a PDF copy of your original application and copy and paste what you need from the PDF.

To request an IRB Modification or renewal for a current application: go to the original application and click on the RENEWAL feature, located in the Options column. This will copy information from the original to a new application and create a link to the original. Make necessary changes to the personnel, or any other section, and click on the submit for review button.

To request Trinity IRB reciprocal approval for a study that has already been approved by another federally-recognized IRB please contact the Trinity’s IRB administrator. You will be asked to supply a copy of your institution’s IRB approval and any relevant documents such as consent forms or flyers.

See Policy Manual for background and details.

Questions? See definitions and learning tools, then email irb@trincoll.edu.

IRB Administrator:
Mark Hughes
Associate Director for Grants and Fellowships
Grants Office
(860) 297-2162

IRB Committee:

Laura J. Holt, Associate Professor of Psychology (IRB Chair)

Laurine Bow, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Yale School of Medicine

Daniel Douglas, Director of Social Science Research and Lecturer in Sociology

Taylor Ford, LMSW, Statewide Youth & Family Coordinator, FAVOR Inc.

Brianna Halladay, Assistant Professor of Economics

Timothy Landry, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Religious Studies

Kathy Mallinson, Administrative Assistant  for Interdisciplinary Science

Reo Matsuzaki, Associate Professor of Political Science

Sonia Cardenas, Dean of the Faculty, VP for Academic Affairs
(signatory official – ex-officio, non-voting member)