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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

IRB Board Members



The IRB operates under two Boards, IRB X and IRB FC. The members of each Board are listed below.

IRB - X Members

Name Dept Reviewer Expertise

Laura Caulfield, PhD

Chair, IRB-X



Maternal and child health, nutrition, and child health surveillance information systems


Stella O Babalola, PhD



Strategic communication, gender issues, adolescent reproductive health, and qualitative audience studies

Precious T Davis, PhD Unaffiliated  Community member
Stephan Ehrhardt,  MD EPI Clinical trials, prevention and treatment of infectious disease
Nicholas Ialongo, PhD MH Child mental health, developmental psychopathology, violence prevention
Vanya Jones, PhD HBS Program evaluation; injury prevention; violence; health education; youth fighting; health behavior; urban youth; mentoring; parents; school health; older adults

Ann Skinner, MSW


Survey research methods, patient-reported outcomes, mental health services research, health services research, mentally ill, elderly

IRB - FC Members

Name Dept Reviewer Expertise

Joanne Katz, SCD

Chair, IRB-FC


Epidemiology, ophthalmology, biostatistics, community trials, blindness, visual impairment, glaucoma, cataract, trachoma, refractive error, ocular trauma, micronutrients, reproductive health

Sherry Adeyemi Unaffiliated  Community member 
Joseph Ali, JD IH  Bioethics, research ethics, digital health, capacity strengthening consent, health policy and systems research, disease surveillance

Michele Decker, SCD


Social epidemiology, gender-based violence (e.g., sexual assault, intimate partner violence, sex trafficking), its prevention, and its implications for sexual and reproductive health (e.g., STI/HIV, unintended pregnancy), using qualitative and quantitative methods.

Anna Durbin, MD


International health, clinical trials, vaccine trials, phase 1 and 2 trials, flaviviruses, malaria, infectious diseases

Joe Gallo, MD


Mental Health, depression in older adults, medical comorbidity, mixed methods in health services research

Margaret Himelfarb, MPH


Community member 

Jill Owczarzak, PhD


Qualitative research methods medical anthropologist with expertise in exploring the influence of cultural, social, and political forces on health disparities

Vivian Rexroad, Pharm D


Drugs, herbal, biological, vitamins, medications

Tiffany Roundtree


Community member 

Andrea Ruff, MD


HIV, pediatrics, TB