Proposed ‘Common Rule’ Changes Clarify Requirements for Social, Behavioral Research
The U.S. government, in announcing its latest step toward overhauling the federal rules governing human-subjects research, is proposing some clear, modernized standards requested by social and behavioral scientists. The Department of Health and Human Services
Data ‘Salvation’ for Suicide Research
A psychological scientist renowned for developing evidence-based treatment for suicidality warns that standard interventions for suicidal behavioral — including hospitalization — are largely unsupported by science.
Confidentiality, Privacy, and Institutional Review Boards
Anthony E. Kelly is Professor of Educational Psychology at George Mason University and is a Senior Advisor to the Directorate of Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation. Kelly’s interest in research methodology
A New Day for Human Subjects Research Participation
No, the recent Facebook mood-manipulation flap is not the reason — but more on that later. A recent government initiative will likely change human subjects protection programs for the better. When does that ever happen
‘Sensitive’-Topics Research: Is It Really Harmful to Participants?
One undesirable side effect of the mental hygiene movement and the overall tradition of dynamic psychiatry has been the development among educated persons of what I call the “spun-glass theory of the mind.” This is
Re: ‘ABCs of IRBs’
The incident at Virginia Commonwealth University as reported here is sobering: a 450 percent increase in IRB administrative personnel (2 to 9), a 250 percent increase in lRB membership (20 to 50), and a 1,875