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 CITI training. All psychology students working with human subjects must also complete the certification 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

A student's faculty adviser must review and sign the completed questionnaire before it is submitted to the IRB. All correspondence directed to subjects who will participate in the research must also be countersigned by the faculty adviser.

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 in research will receive an information sheet which includes the research title, contact information for the principal investigator, and the office phone number and email address for the Office of Research Integrity and Assurance.

After the study has been completed, signed consent forms should be sent to the Human Subjects Administrator.

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.