Human Subjects Research

COVID-19 Guidance for Human Subjects Research

Download the COVID-19 HSR Guidance Updates PDF for important COVID-19 specific information before resuming or initiating human subjects research at Wake Forest University.

The Wake Forest University Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee of faculty, staff, and community members that reviews research about living people. They are charged with protecting the rights and welfare of human participants involved in research conducted under the auspices of Wake Forest University, in accordance with its Federal-wide Assurance and IRB Policies and Procedures.

Do you need IRB approval for your proposed research activity?

If you are gathering information about living individuals, you may be conducting human research.

Don’t risk noncompliance with University policy or federal regulations! Contact for guidance and documentation of the determination. Only the IRB can make this determination.

Remember, no research activities involving human participants (including advertising or recruiting) can take place until the research application is reviewed and approved by the IRB.

Please note that most applications (those that qualify for Flex, Exempt, or Expedited level review) can be submitted anytime and are reviewed in the order submitted. Applications requiring review by the Full Board should be submitted by one week before the meeting to be considered for that month’s agenda.

Fall 2022 IRB Full Board Meeting schedule:

Please note that if no full board agenda items are submitted by one week before the meeting, the meeting may be cancelled:

  • August 9, 2022 (submit by August 2)
  • Sept 13, 2022 (submit by Sept 6)
  • Oct 11, 2022 (submit by Oct 4)
  • Nov 8, 2022 (submit by Nov 1)
  • Dec 13, 2022 (submit by Dec 6)

Contact IRB

General Inquiries

John V. Petrocelli, Chair 
Department of Psychology

Jeanie Baird, CIP
Associate Director for Human Research Protection and Human Protections Administrator

Jocelyn Pagel
Human Research Protections Specialist

306 Reynolda Hall
Wake Forest University
PO Box 7528
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7528