» Institutional Review Board Members

The Institutional Review Board at Chapman University is composed of faculty and staff representing a cross-section of academic disciplines including the physical, social and behavioral sciences, as well as members representing the administration and the community. The IRB is currently housed under the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs Administration.

IRB Board Members

Randy Busse

Randy Busse, Ph.D., Board Co-Chair

Dr. Busse is an Associate Professor of School Psychology in the College of Educational Studies.

Michelle Cleary

Michelle Cleary, Ph.D., Board Co-Chair

Dr. Cleary is an Associate Professor in the Athletic Training Educational Program in the College of Educational Studies.

Christopher Bader

Christopher Bader, Ph.D.

Dr. Bader is a Professor in the Department of Sociology in the Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. He is also a Board Member of the Institute for the Study of Religion, in the George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics.

Siu Fun Wong

Siu Fun Wong, Pharm.D. 


Dr. Wong is a Professor in the School of Pharmacy.  She is also the Associate Dean of Assessment. 

Susan Emerson

Susan Emerson

Susan is the non-affiliated community member.

Alternate Members

Riva Tukachinsky

Riva Tukachinsky, Ph.D. 


Dr. Tukachinsky is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Souhiela Fawaz

Souhiela Fawaz, Pharm.D. 


Dr. Fawaz is an Assistant Professor in the School of Pharmacy

Joshua Finkle

Joshua Finkle

Joshua is an alternate non-affiliated community member.


Natalie Del Rio

Natalie Del Rio

IRB/FCOI Administrator
Natalie Del Rio specializes in providing oversight for research using human subjects.

Cathryn Lucas

Cathryn Lucas

Human Research Protection Officer (ex-officio)
Cathryn Lucas is Associate Director of the Office of Research Compliance.

Tom Piechota

Tom Piechota, Ph.D., PE

Institutional Official
Tom Piechota is the Vice President for Research.


Note: Members are appointed for a 3-year term and may renew appointment for one additional term.

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