Office of Sponsored Research


In order to be compliant with the federal regulations governing human subject research, the IRB is composed of members from a variety of disciplines, as well as a local community member. IRB members are appointed by the Academic Vice President & Provost of the University, and they serve three-year terms.The IRB assists faculty, staff, and student researchers with the development of research protocols that minimize risks to participants, ensure appropriate procedures for obtaining voluntary and informed consent, provide adequate protections for vulnerable populations, and protect participants’ privacy.

Current members of the JCU Institutional Review Board:

  • Elizabeth V. Swenson, Ph.D., J.D.
    IRB Chair
    Professor, Psychological Science
  • Mary E. Beadle, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Communication and Theatre
  • Denise Ben-Porath, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Lindsay Calkins, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Economics & Finance, Boler School of Business
  • Erica M. Kennedy, MBA, CRA
    Director of Sponsored Research, Ex officio, non-voting member
  • James Krukones, Ph.D.
    Interim Academic Vice President, Institutional/Signatory Official
    Professor, History
    Ex officio, voting member
  • Carole Moran Krus, M.S., C.I.P
    IRB Administrator
    Ex officio, voting member
  • John Rausch, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Education & School Psychology
  • Elizabeth A. Stiles, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Political Science
  • Mark Storz, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Education & School Psychology
  • Therese Sweeney-Drake, Esq.
    Non-affiliated, community member

IRB Meetings

The IRB schedules three meetings in each semester (Fall and Spring). Full Board reviews must be reviewed and voted on during a fully convened IRB meeting, when a quorum is present. Please see the IRB Administrator for the date of the next meeting.

The John Carroll IRB does not meet over the summer break, but Expedited reviews and Exempt determinations can be done during the summer months.