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Candice A. Yekel

  • Associate Vice President for Research, Director

Benjamin D. Behler

  • Quality Management Assistant

Katherine Bode-Lang

  • IT Trainer

Susan Bowser

  • COI Compliance Specialist

Melissa Conrad

  • IACUC, IBC, UIC Assistant

Cristi Crestani

  • Administrative Support Assistant

Sara Dries

  • Education Assistant

Danielle Fasick

  • Functional/Business Analyst

Philip Frum

  • IRB Analyst

William Greer

  • Associate Director

Sara Horn

  • Assistant Director

Cecelia Irvin

  • IBC/UIC Compliance Specialist

Julie James

  • IRB Analyst

Tracie Kahler

  • Senior IRB Program Leader

Stephanie Krout

  • IRB Program Coordinator

Joanna Lyons

  • Assistant Director, Quality Management

Alexandra Marquis

  • COI Compliance Specialist

Jodi Mathieu

  • IRB Analyst

Sarah Matthews

  • RA10/COI Assistant

Eugene Matullo

  • IACUC Coordinator

Joyel Moeller

  • Senior IRB Program Leader

April Ripka

  • Functional/Business Analyst

Jodi Rodgers

  • Assistant to the Associate VP for Research, Office Manager

Clinton Schmidt

  • Assistant Director

Susan Seman

  • COI Assistant

Sharon Shriver

  • Assistant Director - Educational Programs

Justin Snyder

  • Quality Management Coordinator

Debra Thurley

  • Director of Research Compliance

Courtney Whetzel

  • IRB Analyst

Brad R. Woods

  • Research Ethics Educator

Laura Young

  • Lead Business Process Analyst

Office for Research Protections

The 330 Building, Suite 205, University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-1775 • Fax: 814-863-8699 •

The Office for Research Protections (ORP) at Penn State partners with researchers and seven University review committees to facilitate a culture of outstanding integrity, responsibility, and trust in Penn State research. This is accomplished through a shared responsibility among the ORP and the Penn State research community to ensure that research at the University is conducted in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations and guidelines that protect human participants, animals, students, and personnel involved with research. The ORP also protects the integrity of research conducted at Penn State by offering education and training to faculty, staff, students, and the community; guiding and assisting researchers with management of real or perceived conflicts of interest; and supporting investigations and corrective actions related to non-compliance and misconduct.

go-arrow.jpg ORP Organizational Chart

go-arrow.jpg Research Protections Policies, Guidelines and Compliance Information

ORP Mission Statement

The Office for Research Protections (ORP) at The Pennsylvania State University, "where research and integrity come together", originated in 1990.

Our mission:

  • endorse a model for conducting outstanding research
  • promote trust and respect among researchers, compliance committees and the community
  • facilitate a partnership of shared responsibility

How we accomplish our mission:

  • commit to customer service
  • assist in the preparation of protocols
  • prescreen all protocols
  • schedule reviews
  • maintain records of review proceedings for seven University compliance committees:
    • Two Institutional Review Boards (IRB);
    • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC);
    • Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC);
    • University Isotopes Committee (UIC);
    • Individual Conflict of Interest;
    • Institutional Conflict of Interest.