Community Engagement Review Board (CERB)

Board Members

  • Alexa S. Dietrich, Ph.D., M.P.H. Chair, Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Margarita Sanchez, Ph.D., Vice-Chair, Associate Professor of Spanish
  • Patricia Tooker, R.N., M.S.N., F.N.P., Dean for Integrated Learning, Associate Professor of Nursing
  • Laurence Nolan, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology
  • Kim McLaughlin, Psy.D., United Activities Unlimited (Community Member)

is an institutional review board (IRB) responsible to review community-based research done under the auspices of the college and to ensure that, in each project, human participants are treated in a just and ethical manner.

CERB was created to have jurisdiction over any and all Service Learning, Civic Engagement, Experiential Learning, or other community-based research regardless of location, including the collection and analysis of data that utilize the participation of human participants in those projects that may be construed as research. In this context “research” refers to many types of information collected with living human subjects that may find their way into any public domain (e.g. presentations, publications, websites (including e-portfolios, Facebook, or other personal sites)).

CERB welcomes submissions from all members of the Wagner community regardless of academic discipline.

Wondering if you need to use CERB? Or another IRB? Download this CERB decision tree.

If you are still in doubt about the need to go through the CERB application, please contact the current chair.

CERB is registered with the federal Office of Human Research Protections (Wagner College  IRB #3 - Community Research IRB). The files below will provide additional information about CERB and the application and review process.

CERB proposals must be submitted online through the form linked here. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.

Click here to review CERB Policies.

Status Report for Approved CERB Projects (Apply for substantive changes to an approved CERB project, update the status of a project, or report the completion of a project.)

Research in communities may involve different processes that can achieve informed consent. This link shows a written sample informed consent form (you may edit this to suit your purposes). IF you believe an oral consent process is appropriate to your research project you must explain your reasoning and describe your procedure for obtaining informed consent. In most cases a script for oral consent must be submitted.

Research approved by CERB must conform to the principles of the Belmont Report (Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research). You must review these principles prior to the submission of your CERB application.