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Research Ethics

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University research is governed by policies and practices that ensure the protection of research participants, researchers (faculty, students, and staff members), the university, and the public. These policies and practices cover research involving humans, the use of animals, controlled goods, and hazardous materials, among others.

Please note that research may not begin before all University approvals/certifications, institutional requirements, or governmental authorizations are obtained.

Individual researchers, in addition to being governed by internal policies and procedures, may be governed by external ethical guidelines imposed by professional associations such as the Canadian Psychological Association or the Canadian College of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as the guidelines of Canadian and other regulatory agencies, such as the Health Protection Branch of Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

All funded or unfunded research involving humans, animals, or controlled goods undertaken at Ryerson University facilities and conducted by Ryerson University faculty, students, and staff is subject to review and approval.

Due to the on-going circumstances related to COVID-19, both of the REB open office hours and biweekly office hours are currently suspended until further notice. However, the REB is still available virtually to answer any questions you may have regarding your research as it relates to research ethics.

REB Open Office Hours

Every Thursday - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Due to the pandemic, the REB will now be hosting virtual office hours via Zoom. To attend, please click on the following link: 

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Meeting ID: 949 1974 0301 

Please drop in if you have any questions. No appointment necessary.


Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation 
1 Dundas Street West, 11th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z3

Asher Alkoby, LL.B., LL.M., S.J.D.
Chair, Ryerson University Research Ethics Board
(416) 979-5000 ext. 2491

Todd Girard, PhD
Vice Chair, Ryerson University Research Ethics Board
(416) 979-5000 ext. 2646

Zakiya Atcha, MSW
Research Ethics Manager
(Ethics, Animal Care, Controlled Goods, Undergraduate Ethics)
416-979-5000 ext. 4841

Toni Fletcher (on leave)
Research Ethics Coordinator
(Ethics, Animal Care, Controlled Goods)

Danielle Christie, BA
Research Ethics Administrator
(Ethics, Undergraduate Ethics)

Farid Pesteh, BA
Research Ethics Administrator
(Ethics, Animal Care)
416-979-5000 ext. 2963

E. Nilushi de Silva, BASc
Research Ethics Administrator

To access the online ethics submission and review system, log into your my.ryerson account and go to the "Research" box.

Research Ethics Board

The Research Ethics Board (REB) approves, rejects, proposes modifications to, or terminates any proposed or ongoing research involving humans that is conducted by faculty, staff, or undergraduate students of the university so as to protect research subjects and ensure that research is conducted in an ethical manner. No research on humans shall be undertaken without the prior approval of the REB.

The REB shall:

  • Interpret and apply the Tri-Council Policy Statement and relevant legislation.
  • Establish guidelines and procedures consistent with the Tri-Council Policy Statement and relevant legislation.
  • Facilitate research by consulting with and assisting researchers.


Name Faculty/Expertise
Asher Alkoby, LL.B., LL.M., S.J.D. Ted Rogers School of Business Management (Law & Business)


Name Faculty/Expertise
Todd Girard

Ex-Officio Members (non-voting)

Name Faculty/Expertise
Toni Fletcher (on leave) REB Coordinator
Zakiya Atcha REB Manager
Farid Pesteh REB Administrator 
Danielle Christie REB Administrator
Ethige Nilushi De Silva REB Administrator
Dinez Clarke
Research Ethics Intern
Mina Alam Research Ethics Intern

Faculty and Staff Representatives

Name Faculty/Expertise
Alexandra Fiocco Arts (Psychology)
David Day Arts (Psychology)
Chris Macdonald Ted Rogers School of Management (Business Ethics)
Michael Baumtrog Ted Rogers School of Management (Business Management)
Daniele Bertolini Ted Rogers School of Management (Law)
Aurelia DiSanto Community Services (Early Childhood Studies)
Purnima George
Community Services (Social Work)
Henry Parada
Community Services (Social Work)
Susan Preston Community Services (Social Work)
Richard Meldrum Community Services (Occupational Health & Safety)
Esther Ignani Community Services (Disability Studies)
Restiani Andriati Digital Media Projects
Jeff Yokota Engineering and Architectural Science (Aerospace Engineering)
Karthi Umapathy Engineering and Architectural Science (Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering)
Naomi Eichenlaub Library
Damien Lee Arts (Sociology)/ Indigenous
Sean Bellaviti Arts (Philosophy, Ethnomusicology)
Zahava Rosenberg-Yunger Ted Rogers School of Management (Health Services Management)
Lorena Escandon Communication & Design (Creative Industries)
Yukari Seko
Communication & Design (Communication & Culture)
Sumit Bhatia Cybersecurity / Staff
Costin Antonescu Science (Chemistry & Biology)
Miranda Kirby Science (Physics)
Nagina Parmar Science (Biomedical Science)


Name Faculty/Expertise
Bryanna Hines Graduate Student (Early Childhood Studies)
Maya Atlas Graduate Student (Psychology)
Jeanine Lane Graduate Student (Psychology)
Bailee Malivoire Graduate Student (Psychology)
Aledia Hayes Graduate Student (Philosophy)
Tim Mt. Pleasant Undergraduate Student (Philosophy/Indigenous)

Community Members

Name Faculty/Expertise
Nazanin Ayon  Criminology
Allyson Aritcheta Psychology
Faith Donald
Ricky Rodrigues Social Work/Sociology
Andrew Willis Business Management

Ad Hoc / Advisors

Name Faculty/Expertise
Nancy Walton Past Chair / Ethicist (Nursing / E-Learning Director)
Lynn Lavallée Past Chair / Ethicist (Indigenous Resurgence)
Patrizia Albanese Past Chair / Ethicist (Sociology, Arts)

Note: There is currently a vacancy in the Faculty/Expertise role within FCAD.