Human Subjects Research

IRB Members and Contact

Elizabeth Bell Canon
IRB Committee Member since 2016

BA in Philosophy, University of Florida; PhD in Linguistics, University of Georgia

Assistant Professor of English

Experience with conducting language-related research in the Humanities

Kendra Lau
IRB Community Representative Member since 2017

B.S. in Chemistry, Missouri Western State University; M.S. in Science Education, Northwest Missouri State University; Ed.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, University of Missouri - Columbia

Director of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment for St. Joseph School District

Experience reviewing research proposals submitted to St. Joseph School District for projects involving data collection with SJSD students and their families.

Sue Godboldt
IRB Member since 2016

PhD in Criminal Justice and Criminology

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Experience conducting research independently, with colleagues, and with students

Jon Mandracchia
IRB Chair since 2016

PhD in Counseling Psychology

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Experience conducting research and reviewing IRB proposals with a protected population (i.e., prisoners)

Dana McDaniel
IRB Member since 2016


Assistant Professor, School of Nursing & Health Professions

Experience with clinical trials in the oncology setting

William Russell
IRB member since 2016

PhD in Health & Exercise Science

Associate Professor in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

Research experience in sport psychology, teach research methods at the undergraduate, graduate level

Kristen Walton
IRB Member since 2016

PhD in Physiology

Associate Professor of Biology

Experience conducting research in science education

The IRB consists of six employees of Missouri Western State University from a variety of backgrounds plus one community member.