Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Tulsa Community College Institutional Review Board is a committee that reviews research that uses human subjects. Our primary purpose is to ensure that human research subjects are protected. This includes protecting the privacy, respecting autonomy, preserving dignity, minimizing risks while maximizing benefits, and providing adequate information to make informed decisions. The TCC IRB also ensures that the benefits and risks of research are equally distributed and that vulnerable populations such as children are given extensive protection.

In addition to promoting quality research, protecting human subjects also protects the researcher, the advisor, and the College. Through IRB review, the IRB assists researchers in developing the best possible methodologies to ensure the best possible research outcomes.


The mission of the Tulsa Community College Institutional Review Board is to assist faculty, staff, and student researchers in meeting the highest ethical and professional standards for the use of human subjects in scientific research.


Dr. Alicia MacKay - Co-Chair - Associate Professor, Psychology, TCC
Dr. Jennifer L. Ivie - Co-Chair - Director, Institutional Research & Assessment, TCC
Candida Barlow - Member - Assistant Professor, Nursing, TCC
Rachel Bright - Member - Assistant Professor, Nursing, TCC
Wilmon Brown - Member - Educational Researcher, Institutional Research & Assessment, TCC
Dr. Chandra Carpenter - Member - Assistant Professor, Biology, TCC
José Dela Cruz - Member - Dean, Student Affairs, TCC
Neil Enis - Member - Assistant Professor, Life Sciences, TCC
Dr. Lisa Leifield - Member - Assistant Professor and Research Coordinator, Child Development, TCC
Dr. Heekyeong Park - Member - Assistant Professor, Psychology, TCC
Shaun Peevsasser - Member, Assistant Professor, Sociology, TCC
Dr. Gay Phillips - Member - Assistant Professor, Sociology, TCC
Sabrina Ripp - Member - Associate Professor, Mathematics, TCC
Dr. Jerilyn Schultz - Member - Associate Professor, Psychology, TCC
Dr. Phil Smith - Member - Assistant Professor, History, TCC
Dr. Penny Stack - Member - Assistant Professor, Allied Health, TCC
Dr. Mackenzie Wilfong - Member - General Counsel, TCC

**If you are interested in joining the IRB Team, please contact one of the co-chairs.

If you are unsure if you need to complete an application, our Interactive Decision Tree can help.  To complete the application, click on Download the IRB Application.

Note: Completing or Submitting an IRB application does NOT submit any requests to Institutional Research and Assessment for data or surveys. You must complete the IR&A online service request form AFTER you have received IRB approval for your study.

Allow at least two weeks for processing your IRB application. Follow the link below for an illustration of the process and timeline for IRB approval at TCC.

Human Subjects Research Approval Process and Timeline

Do I need to complete an application?

IRB Policies & Forms

Submit completed application

For questions or more information, contact Dr. Jennifer L. Ivie or Dr. Alicia MacKay at