Policies and Membership

Policies

The Roger Williams University HSRB policies are influenced by the guidelines of federal regulatory agencies; however, the RWU HSRB is ultimately the agency responsible for creating and overseeing these policies. The RWU HSRB applies a single standard to the evaluation of research involving human subjects. This standard is comprehensive and has considered the upcoming revisions to the Common Rule (Revisions to the Common Rule).

Our policy applies to all human subject research and is defined in this document. Please review this document to familiarize with the RWU HSRB policies.

HSRBPolicy2019.pdf

Membership

According to federal guidelines (45 CFR, part 46), HSRB membership must include at least five members with various backgrounds to promote complete and adequate review of research. At a minimum, one member must be an individual whose primary research is scientific, one member must be an individual whose research is non-scientific, and at least one member must have no affiliation with Roger Williams. Additional members should represent more than a single area or profession.

The Roger Williams University Human Subjects Review Board (HSRB) includes individuals from the RWU faculty and administration and one member from outside of the University.  Membership beyond the minimum requirement at RWU is a function of our diverse research community and supports the diverse scope of research at RWU.  

Responsibilities of the Director

  • review and oversight of all research proposals submitted to HSRB;
  • lead the process of developing and refining Board guidelines and processes;
  • communicate to the faculty changes in guidelines as well as meeting times and Board rulings;
  • schedule and chair meetings;
  • maintain the information on the website; 
  • maintain all HSRB records and archives;
  • ensure University compliance with federal guidelines and regulations

Susan M. Bosco
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Professor of Management 
401-254-3175
sbosco@rwu.edu 

Director:  Becky Spritz (8/24/2019 - )
Assistant Dean, Feinstein School of Social and Natural Sciences
Professor of Psychology and Public Health
401-254-3664
bspritz@rwu.edu

Committee Members

Selby Conrad (7/1/2018 - 6/30/2021)
Assistant Professor, Psychology
401-254-5501
sconrad@rwu.edu

Farbod Farhadi (1/4/2021 - 12/31/2024)
Associate Professor, Business Management
401-254-5668
ffarhadi@rwu.edu

Brian Hendrickson (1/4/2021 - 12/31/2024)
Assistant Professor, Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
401-254-3243
bhendrickson@rwu.edu

Rachel McCormack (1/4/2021 - 12/31/2024)
Professor, Elementary Education
401-254-3019
rmccormack@rwu.edu

Adam Moore (7/1/2020 - 6/30/2023)
Assistant Professor, Elementary Education
401-254-3078
amoore@rwu.edu

Jason Patch (?/?/2020 - ?/?/2023)
Professor, Anthropology/Sociology
401-254-5723
jpatch@rwu.edu

Jeffrey Renzi (1/2/2019-6/30/2022)
Associate Director of Planning and Research
Rhode Island Department of Corrections
401-462-0373
jeffceleste@cox.net

CJ Ryan (7/1/2020 - 6/30/2023)
Associate Professor of Law
401-254-4575
@rwu.edu

Erin Tooley (7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022)
Associate Professor, Psychology and Public Health
401-254-3506
etooley@rwu.edu