Webinar: Assessing and Mitigating Risk in SBER

Wednesday, March 20 | 1:00-2:15 PM ET

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The risks associated with social, behavioral, and educational research (SBER) are often hard to identify, inconsistent, subjective, and unpredictable. Even the most experienced reviewers struggle with identifying and quantifying the potential harms. During this webinar, speakers will provide foundational knowledge and strategies for identifying, assessing, and mitigating SBER risks. Using illustrative case studies from diverse areas of SBER, speakers will discuss how SBER methods and context may exacerbate subject vulnerabilities, and suggest ways to tease out the risks these studies introduce. Once identified, they will explore practical application of common mitigation strategies, preparing attendees to carefully tailor guidance for researchers and IRBs.


  • Brief overview of SBER: themes, strategies, and common research methodologies
  • Regulations and standards for assessing risk in research
  • Identifying risks in SBER: sources of risk vs. types of risk
  • Assessing risk level (minimal, greater than minimal, minor increase over minimal, etc.)
  • Evaluating whether risks are reasonable in relation to benefits
  • Strategies to mitigate risk through study design, informed consent, privacy measures, and more
  • Common challenges, pitfalls, and gray areas in SBER risk determination

What will I learn?

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Understand risk as defined in the regulations and as applied to SBER
  • Implement strategies for mitigating risk in SBER
  • Appreciate the complex nature of risk assessment and mitigation in SBER

Who should attend?

This basic-level webinar will benefit IRB professionals and members who are new to reviewing SBER as well as those seeking a refresher on core principles and practices.

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Amy-Ben-AriehAmy Ben-Arieh, JD, MPH is the manager of research integrity and compliance at the The Fenway Institute (TFI) at Fenway Community Health. She is a member of Harvard Catalyst's Regulatory Committee and subcommittee on SBER, and a member of Portsmouth Regional Hospital's IRB. Prior to joining TFI, Amy served for several years as an associate chair of Partners Human Research Committee. Her educational background is in health law, bioethics, and human rights.

Lara-SlobodaLara Sloboda, PhD is the operations manager for the Tufts University Social, Behavioral, and Educational IRB. In this role, she works with researchers and IRB committee members to help facilitate and support the review of human subjects research. She reviews IRB protocols, works with research members to develop sound research studies, serves as an expert resource to IRB members, and ensures compliance with regulations related to human subjects research. Dr. Sloboda received her PhD in Psychology from Tufts University. Her research focused on using mathematical models to measure implicit and explicit memory retention in older and younger adults. In addition to her role with the IRB she is also an instructor in the department of psychology.

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