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Tackle the Challenges of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Application Process with Two IRB Members


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Faculty:
Brie Pileggi-Valleen, Psy.D., LP |  Jennifer Harrison, Ph.D., LP
Duration:
1.0 Hour
Format:
Audio and Video


Description

The role of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to protect human subjects, and to ensure that research is conducted in a safe and ethical manner. As such, research reviews are guided by three main principles identified in The Belmont Report: Respect for persons, beneficence, and justice. Ensuring protection of individuals’ rights as research participants can be quite a complex task, especially as this relates to federally-protected vulnerable populations, such as children, pregnant women, and prisoners. In addition, careful consideration of the risks and benefits for a proposed study is essential and can require that certain provisions are in place to mitigate such risks. As a result, the review process can be rigorous, as IRBs are considered gatekeepers for the protection of human subjects. If unfamiliar with the process, the IRB application can seem daunting. This presentation, led by two primary reviewers with expertise in mental health, aims to introduce participants to the importance, function, and process of IRBs. Basic elements of an IRB application will be discussed, to include categories of certification and levels of review, vulnerable populations and appropriate protections, certification requirements, recruitment considerations, elements of informed consent, waivers of consent, and conflicts of interest. In addition, recommendations will be offered to more comprehensively address essential elements of the application as well as insight provided to avoid common mistakes.

Introductory: Assumes post-doctoral education status and limited familiarity with topic.

Objectives:

  1. Identify the ethical principles outlined in The Belmont Report and explain their relevance to IRB reviews.
  2. Describe the IRB process and the basic elements of an application.
  3. Identify the basic expectations of various content areas of the IRB application.

Credits


CE

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

 


CE Credit This session qualifies for 1.0 CE credit. You must attend the full program to receive continuing education credit.

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Faculty

Brie Pileggi-Valleen, Psy.D., LP Related seminars and products


Brie Pileggi-Valleen, Psy.D., LP, earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) at Argosy University. She is a licensed clinical forensic psychologist for Direct Care and Treatment – Forensic Services (DCT-FS) in St. Peter, Minnesota. Her work includes completing forensic evaluations in the areas of competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, civil commitment, and general and sexual violence risk assessment. Dr. Pileggi-Valleen also provides supervision and is involved in coding and entering data to create a database for future research analysis. In addition, Dr. Pileggi-Valleen is a board member at Solutions IRB, where she specializes in the areas of mental health, and correctional and international studies. She is also a Pearson Education Field Examiner, wherein she administers psychological assessments to assist with data collection for test standardization and norm development, and to update measures.

The speaker has indicated no conflicts of interest.


Jennifer Harrison, Ph.D., LP Related seminars and products


Jennifer L. Harrison, Ph.D., LP is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist for Direct Care and Treatment – Forensic Services (DCT-FS) in St. Peter, Minnesota. As a forensic examiner, she specializes in forensic evaluations to include competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, civil commitment, and general and sexual violence risk assessment. Dr. Harrison also serves as a consultant with specialty in the delivery and implementation of a cognitive behavioral treatment known as Michael’s Game, a card game for the treatment of delusional ideas, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She serves as adjunct faculty for the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University, and teaches doctoral-level courses in meta-analysis and distance learning teaching methods. She also actively publishes meta-analytic research.

The speaker has indicated no conflicts of interest.


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