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.  


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

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


Staff Liaison

Maeve Luthin, JD
Associate Director for Professional Development


Paula Bistak, DMH, RN, MS, CIP, CHRC
Executive Director, Human Subjects Protection Program
Rutgers University    

Elizabeth Kipp Campbell, PhD, CIP
Director of Research Compliance

Hallie Kassan, MS, CIP
Director, Human Research Protection Program
Northwell Health    

Scott Lipkin, DPM, CIP
Chief Research Officer
Baptist Health South Florida Hospital

Hiromi Martorano, PhD, CIP
IRB Program Manager
SCL Health    

David C. Matesanz, JD, CIP
Director, Research Compliance and IRB Administration
Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Karl M. Nelson, PhD, CIP
Chair, Human Research Review Board
EMMES Corporation    

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

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