Webinar: IRB Review of Research Involving Prisoners: Foundational Frameworks and Present Challenges

February 20 | 1:00-2:15 PM ET

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Prisoners who participate in research are considered a vulnerable population and are afforded additional protections under subpart C of HHS regulations, 45 CFR 46. It’s critical that IRB members understand the historical and ethical basis of the regulations in order to make informed decisions around the challenges and gray areas associated with including individuals who are, or have been, incarcerated in today’s research context. For example, what are the regulatory requirements when a subject becomes incarcerated during the course of the study? Are parolees considered prisoners in the context of research? What types of activities can and cannot be conducted inside a prison, and what requirements and expectations exist around privacy and confidentiality for people who are, or have been, incarcerated? During this webinar, speakers will provide an ethical, regulatory, and historical foundation in order to equip IRB members to address such questions.


  • Regulatory requirements in subpart C of the Common Rule, IRB membership requirements, and key definitions
  • Historical context and its influence on current regulations and practices
  • Role of the prisoner advocate on the IRB, and strategies and tools to ensure this member’s effectiveness
  • Practical applications: Examples of the kinds of research that may be allowable under Subpart C, and ethical dilemmas when a situation involves a subject whose status as a prisoner is not clear-cut

Learning Objectives

After viewing this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the regulatory, ethical, and historical factors that shape the ethical conduct of research with prisoners
  • Apply the regulations in today’s research climate

Who should attend?

This webinar will benefit IRB professionals and members who review research with prisoners.

Continuing Education

Webinar participants holding the Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) credential may apply 1.25 continuing education credits towards CIP recertification. Learn More »

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Sarah ArchibaldSarah Archibald, PhD earned her doctorate in public policy (specialization: health policy and criminological policy) from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Dr. Archibald also earned Masters’ degrees in sociology (specialization: criminology and deviance) and regulatory science from George Mason University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) respectively. Dr. Archibald has a graduate certificate in research ethics from UMB, a bachelor's degree in sociology from SUNY College at Buffalo, and she is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP). Currently, Dr. Archibald is the research integrity officer for UMB and serves as the program director for the Research Administration Certificate Program. She teaches graduate level courses in legal, ethical, and regulatory issues and in the past has taught undergraduate criminology-related sociology courses at UMBC. Dr. Archibald has five years of experience in research administration (grants and contracts) and 12 years of experience in research compliance.

Jessica RoweJessica Rowe, MA, MS, CCRP is the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) manager for WellSpan Health (WSH). Ms. Rowe oversees all aspects of the HRPP including the IRB and Quality Assessment program. Ms. Rowe provides strategic direction for the WSH HRPP, including establishing goals, maintaining accreditation, implementing policies and procedures system-wide, and reviewing human subject research protocols for regulatory compliance. Ms. Rowe also serves as the HIPAA reviewer for research conducted at WSH. During her 12 year tenure at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), she held numerous positions in the research field, including as a member of the UMB IRB. Ms. Rowe has extensive experience in human subject research compliance, IRB, quality assessment, and coordination. Rowe routinely presents at national and local conferences, and is passionate about human subject protections and research education.

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