Guidelines for Research Involving Human Subjects

All research involving human subjects must be reviewed and approved by the University's Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Subjects.

All researchers whose work requires human subjects must be certified by completing the online CITI training. All psychology students working with human subjects must also attend the IRB Orientation Workshop provided by the department.

For complete information about IRB requirements and training, refer to the Office of Research Integrity and Assurance website.


Junior and Senior Concentrators

You will be required to attend the IRB Orientation Workshop prior to submitting your study for approval. An email will be generated to all concentrators.

All research involving minors must be coordinated with the Human Subjects Administrator. All student-led research must have a faculty member identified as the principal investigator on their research application. The individual designated as PI must be eligible to serve as a PI at Princeton.


Informed Consent

Subjects must sign an informed consent form before involvement in any research. Subjects under 18 years of age require parental consent, as well as a minor assent form for studies that are not part of the subject pool.

Students who participate in studies for course credit must be 18 years of age. All participants will receive an information sheet which includes contact information for both the Principal Investigator and the Office of Research Integrity and Assurance.


Field Research

Research in a setting outside Peretsman Scully Hall or the Princeton Neuroscience Institute (e.g., schools, camps) requires additional approvals. Contact the Human Subjects Administrator for information and assistance in setting up the necessary approvals.