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  • Emily Anderson
  • Judith Birk
  • Doug Bruce
  • Elizabeth Buchanan
  • Michelle Feige
  • Julia Gorey
  • Abel Kho
  • Andy Kondrat
  • Yvonne Lau
  • Ivor Pritchard
  • Bernadette Sánchez
  • Greg Scott
  • Amy Terpstra
  • Neil Vincent
  • Mary Jane Welch


Emily E. Anderson, PhD, MPH, is currently Assistant Professor in the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics at Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine. She received her BA from University of Notre Dame, her MPH from the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois and her PhD in health care ethics with a certificate in empirical research from Saint Louis University.   Dr. Anderson’s research focuses on ethical issues in community-based research, innovative educational strategies for research ethics and human subjects protection, and improving informed consent processes. She has over a decade of experience serving on multiple IRBs, and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics and Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics.


Judith Birk, JD, is the Director of the Medical School Institutional Review Boards (IRBMED) at the University of Michigan. She is responsible for daily operational oversight and regulatory compliance of the five IRBs that comprise IRBMED. She also serves on numerous committees and working groups in support of the U-M Human Research Protection Program. From 2003-2012 she was the Director of the U-M Health Sciences and Behavioral Sciences IRBs and has held positions in other research and clinical support capacities at the U-M and served on numerous policy, compliance, ethics, and regulatory committees.
Doug Bruce

Douglas Bruce, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences, DePaul University received his PhD in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research investigates how social processes such as stigma and marginalization function as social determinants of health behavior among sexual minority male youth. His research also focuses on the secondary prevention needs of youth living with HIV/AIDS. He has extensive experience working with diverse communities in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment and substance use treatment and has developed community-based participatory research partnerships with sexual minority male youth experiencing homelessness and the providers who work with them.


Elizabeth Buchanan, PhD, is Endowed Chair in Ethics and Director of the Center for Applied Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She serves as Leadership Director and Vice-Chair of the UW Stout's Institutional Review Board. She has presented her National Science Foundation-funded research on IRBs and Internet research to the Secretary's Advisory Committee to the Office for Human Research Protections in 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014, and was a primary contributor to the SACHRP Recommendations on Internet Research. She has also presented at the Office for Human Research Protections Community Research Forums, and has done professional development work with many IRBs throughout the US. She has been on the Faculty of the Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research roster since 2008. As of 2012, she has been a member of the PRIM&R Conference Planning Committee, and Co-Chair of PRIM&R’s SBER 2015 conference. Elizabeth is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility.


Michelle Feige, MSW, LCSW-C, is the Executive Vice President of the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP). As a member of AAHRPP’s senior management team, Ms. Feige assists the President and CEO of AAHRPP by providing strategic and substantive contributions to all aspects of AAHRPP's operations and global organization.

Prior to joining AAHRPP, Ms. Feige spent eight years as the Senior Public Health Advisor in the Division of Education and Development at the Office for Human Research Protections. At OHRP, Ms. Feige worked to provide the research community with guidance and education regarding the HHS regulations for the protection of human subjects through presentations and quality improvement activities.

Ms. Feige also spent eight years working in the Office of the Clinical Director at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at the NIH. She was a founding member of a group of senior clinicians who started a novel program at NIMH designed to provide an extra layer of protection to research subjects with severe psychiatric illnesses. Before NIH, Ms. Feige spent several years as a study coordinator conducting psychiatric clinical trials at Georgetown University Hospital.  

Ms. Feige received her M.S.W. from the University of Michigan, and her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.

Julia G. Gorey 

Julia G. Gorey, JD, serves as a Public Health Analyst in the Division of Policy and Assurances, Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She assists in the formulation of regulatory interpretation and policy affecting 45 CFR 46, the HHS regulations for the protection of human subjects. Among her general policy responsibilities is the review and approval of research involving incarcerated subjects under subpart C of the HHS regulations. Ms. Gorey also serves as Executive Director of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP), a group which provides expert advice and recommendations to the Secretary on the conduct of research involving human subjects, with particular emphasis on vulnerable populations.

Ms. Gorey moved to OHRP in 2003 from the National Institutes of Health Neuroscience Center at St. Elizabeths, where she managed the Single Positron Emission Computerized Tomography Laboratory of the National Institutes of Mental Health, and later served as the Radiation Safety Officer. Her experience with psychiatric patients and human subject research led her into the field of research bioethics. Ms. Gorey holds a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, with a certificate in health law and policy.



Dr. Abel Kho is an Internist and Medical Informatics Researcher focused on the development of implementation of clinical information sharing networks to improve clinical care. Dr. Kho completed his medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and a residency and Chief Residency in internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He completed a National Library of Medicine Biomedical Informatics Fellowship at the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis and continues AHRQ funded research there as a Regenstrief Affiliated Scientist.

Abel is currently Assistant Professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. Abel is the PI and Co-Executive Director of the Chicago Health IT Regional Extension Center (, which assists over 1500 doctors in Chicago to achieve Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs).  He developed an electronic registry and real-time alerting system to enable infection control providers to track drug-resistant infections across Indianapolis, which has been in continuous use since 2007 and has recently expanded to include coverage of multi-drug resistant gram-negative organisms. He served as co-Chair of the Informatics Work Group for the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) consortium, and continues to lead Northwestern’s Informatics and electronic phenotyping efforts in eMERGE 2. Over the past several years, he has lead efforts to integrate EHR data across multiple institutions in Chicago, a project which currently includes clinical data from seven institutions spanning over 5 million unique patients. He is co-PI and Informatics lead for the PCORI funded Chicago Area Patient Centered Outcomes Research Network (CAPriCORN), which will further expand the clinical data network to 10 institutions in Chicago. He is an active member of the American Medical Informatics Association and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.


Andy Kondrat, MPhil, is a bioethicist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He is also a doctoral candidate in the Philosophy Department at Loyola University Chicago, writing a dissertation titled “Moral Distress and the Health Care Organization.”

Andy has served as an instructor or teaching assistant for courses on medical ethics at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, the UIC College of Dentistry, and Loyola University Chicago. He has also been an alternate member of the Institutional Research Board for the NorthShore University Health System in Evanston, Illinois. His work has been presented in conferences across the country, and most recently he gave two presentations at the 2014 meeting of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities.

Andy received his BA in philosophy from Boston College and his MA in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago, defending a Master’s paper titled “The Role of the Patient’s Values and Narrative in Clinical Ethics Decision Making.”


Yvonne Lau, MBBS, MBHL, PhD, serves as the Director of the Division of Education and Development (DED) at the HHS Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) whose mission is to enhance the protection of human subjects in HHS-conducted or supported research by developing and providing educational materials and training on human subjects protection to those involved in the biomedical and socio-behavioral research enterprise.

Dr. Lau was the Extramural Research Integrity Officer at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and had also worked as the Human Subjects Specialist at the NIH’s Office of Extramural Programs, as well as served on the Institutional Review Board of the MedStar Health Research Institute of Maryland. Prior to coming to the U.S., Dr. Lau was a Consultant Surgeon with the Hospital Authority of Hong Kong and founded Hong Kong’s first multidisciplinary breast center and breast cancer patient support group.

Dr. Lau received her medical degree from the University of Hong Kong, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom and Foundation Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine. She obtained her Master in Bioethics and Health Law (MBHL) and her PhD in Bioethics from the University of Otago, New Zealand.


Ivor Pritchard, PhD, is the Senior Advisor to the Director of OHRP in the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) in the Department of Health and Human Services. He came to OHRP in 2004 from the Institute for Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education, where he was a Senior Research Analyst. He joined the U.S Department of Education in 1986. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston University. Dr. Pritchard’s authored or co-authored publications include “Students as Research Subjects” (with Koski, in The Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 2014); “How Do IRB Members Make Decisions? A Review and Research Agenda” (Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 2011), “Searching for ‘Research Involving Human Subjects’: What is Examined? What is Exempt? What is Exasperating?” (IRB: Ethics & Human Research, 2001); “Travelers and Trolls: Practitioner Research and Institutional Review Boards” (Educational Researcher, 2002); Ethical Standards of the American Educational Research Association: Cases and Commentary (Strike et. al., 2002); and “Power, Truth and Justice in Youth Participatory Action Research: Ethical Questions” (Practicing Anthropology:  A Career-Oriented Publication of the Society for Applied Anthropology, 2004.) His research interests are in research ethics and federal policy, moral and civic education research and practice, and education policy.


Bernadette Sánchez, PhD, earned her PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in Community and Prevention Research. She is an Associate Professor of Community Psychology at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. She conducts research on the role of mentoring relationships in the positive development of urban, low-income youth of color. She uses both quantitative and qualitative methods in her community-based research. Bernadette is working on multiple research projects examining informal and formal mentoring relationships in the educational experiences of urban, low-income adolescents as well as investigating youth’s perspectives about how adults should best engage youth in their programming and in building relationships with them. She is a member of the Research Board for the National Mentoring Resource Center.

Greg Scott

Greg Scott, PhD, is an associate professor of sociology and the director of the Social Science Research Center at DePaul University. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Video Ethnography, the first-ever journal for the peer review of ethnographic films and videos. At DePaul, Greg teaches courses on ethnographic documentary film production, photographic/visual sociology, and qualitative research methods. Since 1989 Greg has produced and/or directed more than 50 documentary films, many of which have been broadcast on television (e.g., National Geographic Network, BET Network, MSNBC). Greg received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1997.


Amy Terpstra, MSW, is the Director of the Social IMPACT Research Center at Heartland Alliance. Amy’s work focuses on researching and disseminating knowledge on issues related to poverty and human services and empowering nonprofit professionals to access, analyze, interpret, and communicate data and research to help realize their missions. In her 10 years with IMPACT, she has led a diverse portfolio of studies including an examination of the racial wealth gap, several evaluations of subsidized employment programs, a study of the long-term outcomes of youth media programs, a needs assessment of public housing residents with barriers to employment, and a child nutrition needs assessment, among others. Amy also serves in an adjunct capacity teaching research methods to undergraduate students. Amy holds a master’s degree in social work from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Neil Dr. Neil Vincent is an associate professor in the Department of Social Work at DePaul University. Currently he is the Vice-Chair of the IRB at DePaul. He teaches research methods and has conducted community-based qualitative research projects in the areas of intimate partner and community violence.

Mary Jane Welch, DNP, is the Director of the Human Subjects’ Protection Program and an Associate Professor at Rush University Medical Center. She received her B.S. in Nursing and M.S. in Psychiatric Nursing and Healthcare Management from St. Xavier University. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Rush University with a focus on executive leadership and systems theory and management.

Dr. Welch’s years of experience treating and researching serious mental illness across the life span developed her interest in research ethics and a commitment to advocacy and protecting the rights of human subjects; specifically those with mental illness. These interests led to her current positions. It was in these roles that Dr. Welch led the implementation of the electronic research management system at Rush and the successful preparation and application to the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, IncÒ. While leading these projects, as part of her doctoral work, she invented the aggregation program Master Project© , and the business concept, Study Centered Research™.

Jane has published numerous articles, chapters and presentations on the subjects of research ethics, research administration and multiple topics related to serious mental illness.

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