2012 Webinar: Update from the Department of Justice

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The National Institute of Justice (NIJ)—the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)—is dedicated to improving the knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. Data from NIJ research grants is archived in the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), which is housed within Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan. Only de-identified data can be stored without the participant’s consent, and privacy requirements for studies that are funded by the DOJ were recently updated to include this provision.

During this webinar, representatives from the NIJ discussed:

  • An overview of DOJ operations and regulations for DOJ grantees, prospective grantees, and their institutional review boards (IRBs)
  • Research within the DOJ and the NIJ, and how that research is reviewed for human subjects protection and confidentiality
  • DOJ Confidentiality Statute 42 USC 3789g, Privacy Regulation 28 CFR Part 22, and interaction between DOJ privacy requirements and  other Federal or State laws, such as state mandatory reporting laws, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) and HIPAA
  • Data archiving: National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the opportunities for secondary data analysis therein, and how the data archiving process is reviewed for regulatory compliance


This entry-level webinar was of interest to individuals working in human subject protections or in compliance at institutions that currently receive DOJ funding or are interested in applying for it, and to individuals at institutions or IRBs that review DOJ funded research.


Patrick M. Clark, PhD
Patrick Clark is a senior social science specialist with the crime, violence and victimization research division at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and program manager for the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD). Dr. Clark has been at the NIJ since 1999, and prior to that, he consulted for state and local governments and organizations in development and evaluation of social policies and programs. His involvement with human subjects regulations began in the late 1970’s as a graduate student member of his university’s institutional review board.  He holds a BA in psychology from University of Michigan, an MA in experimental psychology from California State University, and a PhD in psychology from Michigan State University.

Cheryl Crawford Watson, JD, MPA
Cheryl Crawford Watson has served as the human subjects protection officer at the NIJ since 2004. Beginning in 1987, Ms. Watson identified criminal justice innovations, designed multi-site research demonstration programs, and implemented national level program models for NIJ. Her current responsibilities include management of NIJ’s regulatory compliance program for confidentiality and human subjects protection and providing legislative and legal analysis on a variety of agency issues. Ms. Watson holds a BA in criminal justice from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and an MPA and a JD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Certificates of Attendance

Certificates of Attendance were made available at the conclusion of the webinar. To access the certificate, you must first complete the online evaluation. Such certificates are useful for obtaining continuing education (CE) credits (not Continuing Medical Education credits) from professional associations. Note that guidelines concerning CE credits may differ, and you should consult the appropriate professional association representative for further guidance.

CE Credit for Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) Recertification
Webinar participants holding the CIP credential who wish to apply credits from this webinar toward CIP recertification may submit the Certificate of Attendance they received upon completing the online evaluation as documentation of their participation. Participation in this 90-minute webinar counts as 1.5 CE credit hours.

For recertification by CE, CIPs must complete 30 documented hours of continuing education. At least 15 of the 30 hours must either carry credits issued by a recognized accrediting body or have received advanced recognition from the Council for Certification of IRB Professionals (CCIP). Credits from PRIM&R webinars have received such advance recognition, and may be counted towards these 15 hours.

Additional information about CIP recertification can be found here.