Who Serves on the Institutional Review Board?

  • The Institutional Review Board members serve on a volunteer basis and are profiled below.

    The minimum composition of the board is established by institutional policy. The chair is a faculty member elected from within the board. The policy regarding board membership is described in the IRB Guidebook.


    Jennifer Roberts, PhD (University of Nebraska), professor, Department of Criminology. Dr. Roberts has served as the chair of the IRB since 2014 and was the expedited review coordinator before that. Within the Department of Criminology she teaches a variety of courses across the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research interests include the study of violence and the use of the survey methodology with criminological samples. She may be contacted by email at jroberts@iup.edu or by phone at 724-357-5610.


    Kristy Chunta, PhD, RN, ACNS, (West Virginia University), associate professor, Department of Nursing and Allied Health. Dr. Chunta is a licensed registered nurse (Pennsylvania) and holds certification as a clinical specialist in medical-surgical nursing. She earned her diploma in nursing from the Conemaugh School of Nursing; Bachelor of Science in Nursing and School Nurse Certification from the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown; and Master of Science in Nursing with role preparation in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Chunta teaches undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral courses. She is vice president of the board of trustees for the Lucas Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides support to families who have lost a newborn. Her research interests include recovery of open-heart surgery patients, transition to clinical practice, and simulation. Chunta is a reviewer for clinical, research, and nursing education-based journals, including the American Journal of Nursing, Heart & Lung, and Nurse Education Today. She can be reached by email at kchunta@iup.edu or by phone at 724-357-2408.

    Chauna Craig, PhD (University of Nebraska–Lincoln), professor, Department of English. Dr. Craig received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with honors (Montana State University), a Master of Arts degree in English (Arizona State University), and a PhD in English (University of Nebraska-Lincoln). She has served IUP as director of Women’s and Gender Studies and as dean’s associate of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She teaches a variety of writing courses and serves on dissertation committees for the Composition and TESOL and Literature and Criticism doctoral programs in English. She can be reached by email at Chauna.Craig@iup.edu or by phone at 724-357-2261.

    Hilliary Creely, JD, PhD, (Brown University), assistant dean for Research, School of Graduate Studies and Research. Dr. Creely received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in biology, (George Washington University), a JD and Certificate of Specialization in Law and Technology, (University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law), and a PhD in molecular biology (Brown University). Prior to joining IUP, Creely was an American Association for the Advancement of Science Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. She was also a California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Stem Cell Fellow in Law, a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany, a Max-Planck-Institute Postdoctoral Research Fellow, and an NIH pre-doctoral institutional training grant funding recipient. Creely can be reached by email at hcreely@iup.edu, or by phone at 724-357-2655.

    Hayden Gerhart, PhD (Kent State University), assistant professor, Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science. Dr. Gerhart is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He currently serves on the State Advisory Board of the NSCA in Pennsylvania and is an active member of the regional ACSM chapter. He holds certification through the NSCA as a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a tactical strength and conditioning facilitator. He is also a certified exercise physiologist through the ACSM and a certified Level 1 CrossFit instructor. Gerhart instructs courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level within the Sport Studies, Exercise Physiology program. His scholarly interests include strength and conditioning and environmental physiology and he specializes in recognizing both acute and chronic effects of exercise in diseased populations, recreational exercisers, and tactical/special operations personnel. Gerhart can be reached by email at hgerhart@iup.edu or by phone at 724-357-4035.

    David Hanna, Presbyterian minister, Calvary Presbyterian Church. Mr. Hanna earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development and Youth Services from Eckerd College in Florida while also pursuing a secondary major in philosophy with a specialization in ethics. He then completed a Master of Divinity degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. Hanna serves as a member of the regional Presbytery Administrative Team. He has served on a Presbytery-level commission to oversee theological students in preparation for ministry and currently mentors a theological student. Before his current pastoral assignment, Hanna served churches in Florida, Virginia, and Michigan. He may be contacted at revdjh50@icloud.com.

    Paul Hawkins (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), Applied Research Lab director. Mr. Hawkins has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Crime, Law, and Justice (Pennsylvania State University) and a Master of Arts in Criminology (Indiana University of Pennsylvania). He is currently a criminology doctoral candidate (Indiana University of Pennsylvania). As a doctoral candidate, Hawkins taught a variety of undergraduate courses for the Department of Criminology, including criminological research methods and race, ethnicity, social structure and crime. As a former IUP-ARL lab assistant, he provided research design and statistical analysis consulting services to students, faculty, and staff throughout the IUP community. His research interests include evaluating the effectiveness of criminal justice programs (e.g., drug market interventions, fugitive apprehension programs) and the application of stochastic modeling to legal decision-making. He may be contacted by email at phawkins@iup.edu or by phone 724-357-3055.

    Bethany Jackson, Administrative Staff, School of Graduate Studies and Research. Ms. Jackson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Grove City College and she manages the IRB Office. She can be reached by email at bjackson@iup.edu or by phone at 724-357-7730.

    Kelli R. Paquette, Ed.D. (Wilmington University), Professor and Chairperson, Department of Professional Studies in Education. Dr. Paquette is an IUP alumnus, earning her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. She is a former Delaware elementary school teacher certified in Grades K-6 (Pennsylvania) and Grades 1-8 (Delaware), and she is also certified as an elementary school principal, reading specialist, and program specialist ESL. Dr. Paquette teaches undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral courses in her department. Her research interests include literacy development and research-based best instructional practices. She is a reviewer for Early Childhood Education Journal and presents at various international, national, and regional conferences. She can be reached by email at kpaquett@iup.edu. or by phone at 724-357-2400.

    Margaret Reardon, PhD (Florida International University), associate professor, Department of Psychology. Dr. Reardon received her BA in psychology from State University of New York College at Geneseo, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from Florida International University with a focus on legal psychology. She teaches courses in statistics and research methods at both the undergraduate and graduate level, along with undergraduate courses in her area of specialty such as Forensic Psychology and Actual Innocence. Dr. Reardon’s current scholarly interests include juror evaluations of forensic evidence, perceptions of police use of force, and beliefs in justice. Dr. Reardon is a member of American Psychology-Law Society, and the Association for Psychological Science and regularly consults on legal cases involving eyewitness evidence.

    Timothy Runge, PhD, NCSP (Pennsylvania State University), associate professor, Department of Educational and School Psychology. Dr. Runge teaches courses in behavioral interventions, assessment of student learning, and theories of learning applied to academic instruction. Additionally, he supervises interns, practicum students, and student clinicians working with children and families referred to IUP’s Child Study Center. Runge’s research interests include behavior support at the individual, classroom, and schoolwide level; literacy assessment and instruction; and curriculum-based assessment. Runge and fellow co-principal investigator Mark Staszkiewicz have conducted annual large-scale program evaluations of Pennsylvania’s School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports initiative since 2008. Results of his research have been presented at state and national conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals. Runge serves on the Executive Board of the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania and is a member of the PA State Leadership Team for Positive Behavior Support.

    Melissa Swauger, PhD (University of Pittsburgh), associate professor, Sociology. Dr. Swauger has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology (IUP) and a Master of Arts in Social and Public Policy (Duquesne University). Swauger teaches courses that enhance awareness and understanding of diverse groups and cultures. She has served as a research associate for the Mid-Atlantic Research and Training Institute (MARTI) and the instructor of record for the MARTI Summer Institute. Her current scholarly interests include service learning, gender, race, and social class inequalities, feminist qualitative research methods, and ethical research with vulnerable populations. She can be reached by email at mswauger@iup.edu or by phone at 724-357-0158.