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Institutional Review Board

Gratz College is committed to fostering a number of core values which include compassion, social responsibility, and respect for the dignity of each person. In conducting research, investigators must uphold these values in their interactions with human subjects, as well as comply with applicable federal regulations. As such, the College has established an Institutional Review Board (IRB). The purpose of the IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities. Students and faculty doing research involving human subjects MUST submit a proposal to the IRB.

Before submitting a proposal to the IRB, students and faculty must first obtain a Certificate from the PHRP.  You must go to the PHRP (Protecting Human Research Participants) web site and sign up for the Training. You can access the web site at the following link:

You have to pay to take the training and to receive the Certificate. BE SURE TO DOWNLOAD A COPY OF YOUR CERTIFICATE AFTER YOU TAKE THE TRAINING. YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF THE CERTIFICATE BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR PROPOSAL TO THE IRB. The PHRP Certificate is valid for 3 years. If you have not submitted your proposal to the IRB within the 3-year period, you must reapply for the PHRP Certificate again.

IRB Members for the academic year 2021-2022:

Ruth Sandberg, Ph.D., IRB Chair
Debbie Aron, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
Karen Galardi, Ed.D. (external member)
Naomi Housman, Ed.M.
Honour Moore, Ed.D.
Philip Moore, M.F.A., Ed.D.


Ruth Sandberg, Ph.D.
Gratz College IRB Chair
7605 Old York Road
Melrose Park, PA 19027
215-635-7300, ext. 168