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To ensure that participant hazards are kept within acceptable moral and ethical parameters when human subject research is conducted involving Cedarville University faculty, staff, and students.


The oversight of research involving human subjects at Cedarville University springs from our common commitment to the principles of human value and human dignity arising from God's Word (Psalm 8; Genesis 1:26-28; Psalm 139: 13-16). Our respect for human life at all stages, from conception until death, requires the implementation of careful, concise internal standards to protect individuals participating in research initiatives from intentional or unintentional harm, and to affirm their value as fellow bearers of God's image. It is our intention to be in compliance with federal and international standards in regard to research involving human subjects provided they are consistent with that Biblical commitment. The policy statement available through the link below should be reviewed by any researchers prior to submission of a research proposal. Please submit your completed proposal and all supporting documents to: "Institutional Review Board" via email.

Committee Membership 2018 - 2019

Voting members of Cedarville's Institutional Review Board include:

  • Dr. Douglas Anderson - Professor of Pharmacy Practice (IRB Vice-Chair)
  • Dr. Aleda Chen - Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
  • Dr. Sharon Christman - Professor of Nursing
  • Ms. Kristi Coe - Assistant Professor of Library Science
  • Dr. April Crommett - Associate Professor of Exercise Science
  • Dr. Merideth Hoagland - Assistant Professor of Linguistics
  • Dr. Elisha Injeti - Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Pastor Jay Lucas - Senior Pastor of Grace Community Church, Washington Court House, OH (IRB Community Member)
  • Dr. Michael Sherr - Professor of Social Work
  • Dr. Dennis Sullivan - Professor of Pharmacy Practice (IRB Chair)
  • Dr. Felisha Younkin - Assistant Professor of Psychology

Non-voting members of Cedarville's Institutional Review Board include:

  • Dr. Marc Sweeney - Dean, School of Pharmacy (IRB Institutional Official)
  • Mr. Brad Pauley - Laboratory Technician (IRB Administrative Assistant)