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ORP staff is available to help you Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm. If you would like to schedule a meeting to discuss your study, please call us in advance to make an appointment. If you would like to request that a representative from ORP attend one of your meetings or conduct a classroom presentation, please contact the Associate Director.

Waul House, 2nd Floor
Office Phone: 617-552-4778
Office Fax: 617-552-0498
Email: irb@bc.edu

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Hiram Brownell

Hiram Brownell, Ph.D.
IRB Chair


Hiram is a faculty member of the IRB and currently serves as Chair. In that role, he works closely with the staff of the IRB and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research on a range of policy and procedural matters. Hiram is a professor in the psychology department, with scholarly interests in the cognitive effects of acquired brain injury and methodology.  He lives in Newton with his family, cat, and dog.

Dr Erin Sibley

Erin Sibley, Ph.D.
Associate Director


Erin oversees the work of the IRB and IACUC in the Office for Research Protections. She received her PhD in Applied Developmental & Educational Psychology from the Lynch School of Education and was a postdoc for the City Connects intervention at the Center for Optimized Student Support. She lives in Natick with her husband and toddler daughter. 

Jay Cortellini

Jay Cortellini, J.D.
Senior IRB/IACUC Administrator


Jay enjoys helping researchers comply with regulatory requirements and ethical principles concerning research involving human or animal subjects. Jay earned his J.D. at BC and worked for several years at a teaching hospital, where he served as, among other things, the hospital's IRB and IACUC administrator.  Jay lives in North Attleboro, MA with his family.

Meghan Zugibe

Meghan Zugibe
IRB Administrator


Meghan works with researchers to ensure their submissions are in the best possible shape before sending to an IRB reviewer.  Meghan earned her B.F.A. in Theatre Design/Technology from Penn State University.  She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling in the Lynch School of Education. She lives in Norwood, MA with her husband and golden doodle.

Stephen Partin

Stephen Partin
Graduate Assistant


Stephen is the office assistant and a Master's student in Political Science. He is from Oregon and loves wilderness backpacking.