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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Message from IRB chair

Dear all,

I would like to announce our new Chair of the Institutional Review Board at Texas State University, Dr. Russell Lang, Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education.

Dr. Lang has been a member of Texas State University’s IRB for over 13 years. As a member of the IRB, he has served as a substitute chair and lead mulitple subcommittees. Dr. Lang has extensive experience as scientific advisor for a range of national and international organizations including the Organization for Autism Research, American Speech and Hearing Association, and Fonds National de La Recherche of Luxembourg among others. He is an Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor, or Board member for 12 international peer-reviewed scientific journals, which has provided experience and perspective on a wide range of research approaches. Dr. Lang’s own research and expertise in the education and treatment of children with intellectual and developmental differences contributes to his perspective regarding risks and needs of vulnerable populations. Finally, he directs the College of Education’s Clinic for Autism, Research, Evaluation and Support (CARES) and teaches the Ethics course in Autism program. These responsibilities involve developing a service model and curriculum that includes training and mentoring students about responsible research conduct as guided by the federal government.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Lang as IRB chair.






Texas State University, by action of the President, has established an institutional review board (IRB) to review human subject research. This board is supported by Research Integrity and Compliance(RIC). The IRB reviews research that is conducted or supported by the Texas State University faculty, students or staff in order to determine that the rights and welfare of the human subjects are adequately protected. The IRB is guided by the ethical principles described in the 'Belmont Report' and by the regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found at Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 46. Texas State maintains an approved Federal wide Assurance (FWA00000191) of Compliance with the Office for Human Research Protection (OHRP).

Mission Statement

The mission of the Texas State IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects conducted or supported by Texas State University. To accomplish this, the IRB shall review, approve the initiation of, conduct periodic review, and monitor research involving human subjects.

Contact Research Integrity and Compliance for assistance or additional information at 512-245-1423 or