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Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Bridgewater State University should be consulted when an investigator obtains data through intervention or interaction with a living individual or accesses identifiable private personal information. The university’s policy on the use of human subjects encompasses research development, testing and evaluation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.

The purpose of the IRB is to protect the rights, dignity, welfare and privacy of human research subjects at the university by adhering to the principles of the Belmont Report as well as the regulations of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and its subordinate agencies and offices in reviewing all human subject protocols.

The IRB is committed to advancing responsible conduct in research, ethical treatment of human research subjects, and ensuring that the right of every human being to voluntary, informed consent to research is respected. All human subjects research carried out at the university or under its auspices must be reviewed and approved by the IRB prior to the start of the research.

Chair: Dr. Elizabeth Spievak, Department of Psychology
Executive Secretary: Mia Zoino, Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects


Dr. Victoria Bacon, Department of Counselor Education (not an active member during 2014-15 academic year)
Dr. Darcy Boellstorff, Department of Geography
Dr.  Elaine Bukowiecki, Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Dr.  Ken Dobush, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders
Dr. Karen Fein, Department of Social Work
Dr.  Martin Grossman, Department of Management
Ms. Pamela Hayes-Bohanan, Maxwell Library Services/Reference Services
Dr. Tina Jameson, Psychology
Dr.  Peter Sietins, Department of Management


Elizabeth R. Spievak, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
Hart Hall, Room 336
90 Burrill Avenue
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, Massachusetts  02325
Office: 508.531.2154
Fax: 508.531.1761