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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.

Committee Membership 2019 - 2020

Voting members of Cedarville's Institutional Review Board include:

  • Dr. Douglas Anderson - Professor of Pharmacy Practice (IRB Vice-Chair)
  • Dr. Jon Austin - Associate Professor of Marketing
  • 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
  • Dr. Christine Kim - Assistant Professor of International Studies
  • Dr. Joshua Kira - Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology
  • Dr. Michael Sherr - Professor of Social Work (IRB Chair)
  • Pastor Ken Winters - Lead Pastor of Heritage Fellowship Church (IRB Community Member)
  • Dr. Felisha Younkin - Assistant Professor of Psychology

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

  • Randall McKinion, Assistant Vice President for Academics (IRB Institutional Official)
  • Mr. Brad Pauley - Laboratory Technician (IRB Administrative Assistant)