Institutional Review Board (IRB)


About the IRB Process:

Orange County Department of Education has an Institutional Review Board (IRB) that formally reviews and approves research activities in education in order to ensure that they comply with federal regulations to protect the dignity, rights, and welfare of human subjects. Consequences of not protecting participants' rights include:

  • Discontinued funding
  • Refusal to publish findings
  • Legal action against the investigator and/or their institution

To protect participants’ rights the IRB must review and approve research projects involving human subjects where there may be an element of risk before research activities are conducted. The IRB strives to provide a prompt and thorough review in line with other accredited organizations. It only weighs the risks and benefits of the research as it relates to protecting human subjects; it does not judge the scientific merit or social sensitivity of the research. The IRB is available for consultation to help strengthen proposed research in the areas of research design and methods, protecting vulnerable populations, minimizing risks to subjects, informed consent, protecting subjects' privacy, and maintaining confidentiality of data.

The IRB maintains an active Federalwide Assurance complying with the requirements of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) regulations and is committed to the ethical principles for the protection of human research subjects of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice contained in the Belmont Report of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research (1979).

Click here for more details on the IRB Review Process.pdfIRB Review Process.pdf  

IRB Membership

The Orange County Department of Education Institutional Review Board consists of volunteer professionals from: the Orange County Department of Education; Orange County educators; and experts in the fields of education, prevention, Whole Child support programs, legal issues, and research methods. Current members include:

  • Lauren Duran, MA Ed.; Orange County Department of Education, Program Specialist
  • Brad Darling, Ed.D.; Pearson Education, Delivery Executive
  • Mohammed R. Forouzesh, Ph.D., MPH, CHES; California State University, Long Beach, Professor
  • Doug Grove, Ph.D.; Multi-Dimensional Education, Partner
  • Philip H. Morse, Ph.D.; Los Angeles Unified School District, Retired
  • Laura Rogers, Ed.D.; Orange County Department of Education, Retired
  • Stephanie Schneider, Ph.D.; Orange County Department of Education, Retired
  • Lucy Vezzuto, Ph.D.; Orange County Department of Education, Coordinator
  • Daria Waetjen, Ed.D.; Orange County Department of Education, Retired

New members are welcome!

Click here for more details on IRB Membership Requirements.pdfIRB Membership Requirements.pdf