IRB Committee

Ferris State Institutional Review Board (IRB) approves all research projects involving human subjects. The IRB's responsibilities include overseeing the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects' involved in research. Committee members are composed of Ferris faculty, staff and community members with various backgrounds and research interests. Human subject research continues to grow on campus; if you have an interest in getting involved on the committee, contact 


Committee Member College Department
Katie Axford, Pharm.D Pharmacy
Mike Ennis, Ph.D. Education
Liza Ing, Ed.D Education
Josh Lotoczky, OD Optometry
Brian McDowell, OD Optometry
Becky Morrison, M.Div. Community Member
John Pole, OD Optometry 
Lisa Singleterry, Ph.D., MSN Nursing
Donna Smith, Ph.D. Humanities
Christopher J. Richmond, Ph.D., LMFT, LP Counseling Center
Stephanie Thomson, Ph.D (Chair) Humanities
Gregory Wellman, R.Ph., Ph.D. Pharmacy

Administrative Support: 
Maureen Wawsczyk, Academic Research Specialist; Integrity & Compliance 


IRB meets monthly during the academic year and as needed during summer semester.
Meetings are open to the public, except during a committee vote; investigators are encouraged to attend full board review meetings to clarify any questions or concerns members may have regarding their proposal. 



Contact Information:
Ferris State University Institutional Review Board
220 Ferris Drive, PHR 308
Big Rapids, MI 49307
 PHONE: (231) 591-2553    FAX: (231) 591-2226
updated 12/2014