CIP Council

About the CIP Council

The Council for Certification of IRB Professionals (CIP Council) is charged with overseeing the examination content, eligibility guidelines, and recertification guidelines for the Certified IRB Professional credential. The CIP Council is made up of a group of certified, volunteer subject-matter experts who reflect the diversity of skills, expertise, and backgrounds of the HRPP/IRB field. The CIP Council works closely with both PRIM&R and with PSI, the company that provides professional testing and management services, in developing exam questions and examinations.

Council member responsibilities include drafting and editing exam questions; reviewing exam forms; and reviewing exam and recertification applications. The CIP Council works with PRIM&R and PSI to ensure that exam content, as well as the eligibility and recertification criteria, align with current practice.

The CIP Council is overseen by the Certification Committee of the PRIM&R Board of Directors. The Certification Committee puts out calls for new members approximately every eighteen months. Council members serve three-year terms, with an option to renew.  


Kelley O’Donoghue, MPH, CIP
Associate Vice President for Human Subject Protection
University of Rochester

Chris Witwer, CIP
Policy Analyst
National Institutes of Health Intramural Research Program

Staff Liaison

Jennifer Jost
Certification Assistant

Maeve Luthin
Associate Director of Professional Development



Elizabeth Dayag, BA, MLS, CIP
IRB Manager
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth

Ross Hickey, JD, CIP, CPIA
Assistant Provost for Research Integrity
University of Southern Maine

Hallie Kassan, MS, CIP
IRB Director
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Elizabeth Kipp Campbell, PhD, CIP
Director of Research Compliance

Hiromi Martorano, PhD, CIP
Assistant Director of Exempt and Expedited Review
Mass General Brigham

David C. Matesanz, JD, CIP
Senior Counsel, Research Studies

Lori Roesch, CIP
Research Integrity Manager
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Katie Sellers, CIP
HRPP Director
East Tennessee State University