Collaborative discussions are not unique to the research ethics community. One can assume that every day, all over the world, there are many groups sitting in rooms trying to come to consensus on issues.
Given our near-universal constraint of time in a day, and the range of knowledge in any given room, these discussions can—often inadvertently—lean towards “groupthink,” where the attempt is made to minimize conflict, and in doing so reach a consensus without considering all viewpoints. Think of it as one of those “everyone agree?…[brief pause]…good, moving on...” situations.
When this happens, some in the group may feel uncomfortable dissenting, and a decision is made without considering all opinions. [...] Read more
Due to PRIM&R’s unique position in the research ethics field, we are often approached by organizations and investigators who wish to tap into the PRIM&R community for their specialized skills, unique perspective, and dedication to conducting research with human subjects to the highest standards. This post is one such example of that. Nancy Shore, PhD, senior consultant at Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) and principal investigator, and her study team would like the assistance of the PRIM&R community in furthering their research, which is co-sponsored by CCPH and the University of New England (UNE) with support from a grant from the Greenwall Foundation. Read on to see how you can help.[...] Read more
By Vinisha Bhatia, research associate, Staff Development and Knowledge Management at Innovations for Poverty Action
As an IRB Coordinator for an international research and policy nonprofit, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), I had the opportunity to attend PRIM&R's IRB Administrator 201 course during the 2015 Spring Regional Meeting in April. My goal was to learn more about IRB administration and review processes in order to apply this knowledge to my organization's work in social and behavioral research in the international development sector. [...] Read more
Edward "Pat" Pattullo, retired director of the Center for the Behavioral Sciences at Harvard University, passed away on May 7, 2015. He was 92.
From the age of 19, Pat navigated the globe with the American Field Service, the British Eighth, and later the British Indian Army. He returned to the United States in 1947, where he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago. In 1957, Pat was recruited to Harvard University by Nathan Pusey and became assistant dean to McGeorge Bundy. After a short time at York University in Toronto, Pat returned to Harvard in 1965 as the director of the William James Hall Center for the Behavioral Sciences, a position he held until his retirement in 1987.
When [...] Read more
By Nora Murphy, membership assistant
Welcome to another installment of our featured member interviews where we introduce you to our members—individuals who work to advance ethical research on a daily basis. During May, Member Appreciation Month at PRIM&R, we are featuring a new member interview every week! Please read on to learn more about Carole Ehleben, EdD, senior partner at Consultants for Evaluation and Applied Research (CEAR).
Nora Murphy (NM): When and why did you join the field?
Carole Ehleben (CE): By way of background, I'm the senior partner and [...] Read more