Use of Human Research Participants

The IRB Application Process

All UCA research using human subjects must be approved by UCA’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). All applications for IRB approval submitted by Psychology faculty and students must first be reviewed and approved by the Department of Psychology and Counseling’s Human Subjects Committee (HSC).

Institutional Review Board (IRB) information and forms

Using the Psychology Participant Pool

The Department of Psychology and Counseling maintains a pool of voluntary student participants using experiment scheduling software at The pool may be used by Psychology faculty and students who have IRB approval to conduct their research.

If you have questions about HSC approval or the participant pool, contact Dr. Marc Sestir, Human Subjects Committee Chair –  Phone: 450-5433 Email:

If you have questions about IRB approval or your rights as a human subject, contact the UCA Research Compliance Coordinator – (501) 852-7460; e-mail: