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IRB: Research with Community Individuals and Organizations

Friday, November 12, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Virtual Event

The Center for Community Health Partnership & Research (CCHPR) invites researchers and community members to discuss the IRB process with campus experts. Join Carissa Minder and Mitchell Saulisbury-Robertson of the Human Resource Protection Office (HRPO) for a Collaborative Café centered on working with the IRB and tips to make the process easier.

Attendees can expect to:

  • Learn to determine if a research project involves human subjects, is research that requires IRB approval
  • Learn what community engaged research is and determine when community partners are engaged research
  • Understand the differences in working with HRPO/IRB as an individual researcher vs as an organization/team involved in research
  • Outline the steps and timeframe for IRB application, approval, and monitoring when conducting research with engaged community partners
  • Hear helpful tips to include community researchers in the IRB process and to make the process seamless

This event is free to attend. However, space is limited, so please register in advance. Due to the increasing spread of the Delta COVID-19 variant, this event will be held virtually.

Event Type

Meetings & Conferences


Humanities & Society, Medicine & Health



Institute for Public Health
Event Contact

Emily Hickner | ehickner@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Carissa Minder

Associate Director, Human Resource Protection Office (HRPO)

Carissa Minder is the Associate Director of the Human Research Protection Office at Washington University in St. Louis. She has a Bachelor’s in Nursing and a Masters in Clinical Research Management from Washington University. Carissa has been with HRPO since 2011 and oversees the single IRB functions in addition to her other duties. She also serves as an Ambassador for the SMART IRB project which is a CTSA funded project to harmonize and streamline the IRB review process for multi-site research. Prior to starting at HRPO, Carissa was a research coordinator for many years.

Mitchell Saulisbury-Robertson

Assistant Director of Social-Behavioral Research and Expedited Review, Human Resource Protection Office (HRPO)

Mitchell Saulisbury-Robertson is the Assistant Director of Social Behavioral Research and Expedited Review with the Human Research Protection Office at Washington University in St. Louis. Mitchell has a Bachelor’s in Sociology. He has been with HRPO since 2013 and oversees the Expedited Review Team, which is responsible for reviewing minimal risk research, and minor changes to research that is greater than minimal risk. Mitchell is a member of the Danforth IRB/ HRPO Advisory Committee and the WU International Research with Human Subjects Committee. Prior to starting at HRPO, Mitchell was IRB Manager at Northwestern University, where he was responsible for managing both full board and expedited review for the Biomedical IRB Office.

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