IRB Liaisons

What is an IRB liaison?

An IRB liaison (or department representative) is responsible for administratively reviewing all initial applications prior to their submission to the IRB for review. This includes ensuring that the following is included in a protocol prior to submitting to the IRB: appropriate signatures, all required documents, proper training records, and analysis of scientific merit.

What does an IRB liaison look for during the review?

The review of an IRB liaison includes ensuring that all necessary components of your initial application are complete. Please use this checklist to ensure that all required items are included prior to sharing the project with your IRB liaison.

How to Sign as a liaison Quick Reference

Why do I need my IRB liaison?

By conducting an administrative and scientific merit review of the submitted documents, the IRB liaison review can facilitate a quicker turnover from submission to approval. When components of applications are missing, the time it takes to approve a project significantly increases.

Please Note: The liaison is not required to sign any subsequent amendments or continuing reviews.

What if my department does not have a liaison?

If you do not see an IRB liaison listed for your department, please contact your Department Chair to act in this role for your submission. If a department wishes to add or change an IRB liaison, please contact Andrea Dragan at adragan@umd.edu


College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
College of Arts and Humanities
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Robert H.Smith School of Business
College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences
College of Education
A. James Clark School of Engineering
Philip Merrill College of Journalism
College of Information Studies
School of Public Health
Research Centers and Institutes
Campus Programs and Centers
School of Public Policy

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College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department Liaison
Agricultural & Resource Economics Pamela Jakiela
James Hanson
Aleida (Ally) Delgado
Nutrition & Food Science Thomas Castonguay
Plant Science & Landscape Architecture Angus Murphy

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School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Department Liaison
Architecture, Planning, and Preservation Casey Dawkins
Gerrit Knapp(alternate)
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College of Arts and Humanities

Department Liaison
American Studies Jan Padios
Communication Nicholas Joyce
Shawn Parry Giles(alternate)
English Kevin Nesline
Linguistics Jeffrey Lidz
Music Patrick Warfield
School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures Kira Gor
Steven Ross(alternate)
Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies Lisa Nathans
Women's Studies Lamonda Horton-Stallings

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College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Department Liaison
Anthropology Thurka Sangaramoorthy
Christina Getrich
Criminology & Criminal Justice Min Xie
Economics Katharine Abraham
Yusufcan Masatlioglu
Geographical Sciences Martha Geores
Government & Politics James M.Glass
Antoine Banks(alternate)
Hearing & Speech Sciences Sandra Gordon Salant
Nan Bernstein Ratner(alternate)
Joint Program in Survey Methodology Frauke Kreuter
Rupa Eapen
Stanley Presser(alternate)
Psychology Tracy Riggins
Lea Dougherty(alternate)
Sociology Alan Neustadlt
Joan Kahn(alternate)

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Robert H.Smith School of Business

Department Liaison
Decision & Information Sciences, Marketing, Operations Management Yajin Wang
Accounting, Finance, Management & Organization Vijaya Venkataramani

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College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Department Liaison
Cell, Biology & Molecular Genetics Errica Philpott
Computer Science Sharron McElroy
Physics TBD

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College of Education

Department Liaison
Counseling, Higher Education & Special Education Joan Lieber
Ellen Fabian
Nelly Stromquist
Human Development & Quantitative Methodology Kevin Dunbar
Teaching, Learning, Policy & Leadership Janet Walkoe

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A. James Clark School of Engineering

Department Liaison
Fischell Department of Bioengineering Teresa Moore
All other Engineering Departments Robert Briber

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Philip Merrill College of Journalism

Department Liaison
Journalism Linda Steiner
Ronald Yaros

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College of Information Studies

Department Liaison
Library & Information Studies Diane Travis
Susan Winter(alternate)

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School of Public Health

Department Liaison
Behavioral & Community Health Robert Feldman
Michelle Stoebenau
Center for Health Equity Mary Alice Garza
Center for Health Literacy Dushanka Kleinman
Epidemiology & Biostatistics Cher Dallal
Family Science Norman Epstein
Mia Smith-Bynum(alternate)
Health Services Administration Luisa Franzini
Kinesiology J Carson Smith
Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health Donald Milton

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Research Centers and Institutes

Department Liaison
Center for the Advanced Study of Language Hana Kabashi
Earth System Science Interdisciplinary center(ESSIC) Victor Peguero
Institute for Governmental Service & Research Richard Engstrom
Maryland Cooperative Extension Teresa McCoy
Chenzi Wang
Maryland Population Research Center Sangeetha Madhavan
Andres Villareal
National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) Amy Pate
Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) Program Tracy Riggins
Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC) Scott Roberts
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences Angela Richmond

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Campus Programs and Centers

Department Liaison
Division of Information Technology Marcio Oliveira
Gemstone Kristan Skendall
Frank Coale(alternate)
Honors College Traci Dula
Honors Humanities Khalid Long
Libraries Gary White
Daniel Mack
Stamp Student Union & Campus Programs) Sophie Tullier
Undergraduate Studies Douglas A.Roberts
University Counseling Center Yu-Wei Wang
Yi-Jiun Lin(alternate)

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School of Public Policy

Department Liaison
Public Policy Philip Joyce

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