The primary purpose of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities and conducted at Lake-Sumter State College.  The IRB is charged with the responsibility of reviewing, prior to its initiation, all research (whether funded or not) involving human participants.  The IRB has the authority to approve, disapprove, monitor, and require modifications in all research activities that fall within its jurisdiction as specified by both the federal regulations and institutional policy.

Individuals may contact the IRB by emailing

IRB Committee Members

Member NameMember Role
Dr. Mark DuslakCo-Chair
Dr. David WaltonCo-Chair
Dr. Amy AlbeeMember
Ms. Judith HaarsMember
Ms. Karen HogansMember
Mr. James JacksonMember
Ms. Amber KarlinsMember
Dr. Peter OlenMember
Dr. Robin WalterMember
Dr. Sanford ZelnickCommunity Member
Dr. Michael VitaleVP Academic Affairs, Cabinet Liaison

Meeting Schedule

The LSSC IRB will meet as necessary to review submitted research proposals that are not deemed Exempt by the Co-Chairs. Faculty on nine-month contracts are not required to attend meetings in May, June, and July. When deemed appropriate by the Co-Chairs, business may be conducted asynchronously, especially during the summer semester, though such action shall not replace real-time discussions that are required for certain IRB actions.

Faculty & Staff Information

Information specific to LSSC faculty & staff can be found on the IRB’s Intranet Site.