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    Office of Practice & Learning
    Institutional Review Board

    Phone
    IRB Administrator: 512-776-2202
    or 512-657-4129

    InstitutionalReviewBoard@dshs.texas.gov


IRB Members and Staff

 Primary Members

Name Affiliation
Shannon Brown, JD DSHS Office of General Counsel
Affiliated Non-Scientist / OGC Rep
Tara Das, PhD, MPH, MLIS DSHS Vital Statistics Section
Vital Event Expertise / Affiliated Non-Scientist
Estrellita Doolin, JD, MBA Seton Healthcare
Unaffiliated Non-Scientist
Trudy Krause, DrPH UT School of Public Health
Unaffiliated Scientist
Hye-Chung Kum, PhD TAMU School of Public Health
Unaffiliated Scientist
Stephen Pont, MD, MPH
Chairperson
DSHS Office of Science and Population Health
Affiliated Scientist
Gary Rutenberg, PhD Retired Health and Human Services Commission
Unaffiliated Scientist
Charles Shumate, DrPH DSHS Birth Defects Epidemiology & Surveillance
Melanie Williams, PhD DSHS Cancer Epidemiology & Surveillance
Affiliated Scientist
Alan Shafer, PhD Health and Human Services Commission
Affiliated Scientist
Christopher Webb, PhD DSHS MCH Epidemiology Unit
Affiliated Scientist

Alternate Members

Name Affiliation
Natalie Archer, PhD DSHS Environmental Epidemiology & Disease Surveillance
Affiliated Scientist
DeLawnia Comer-HaGans DSHS Center for Health Policy and Performance
Affiliated Non- Scientist
Jennifer Karnik Fox, MPH DSHS Vital Statistics Section
Vital Event Expertise Affiliated Scientist
Benjamin Ukert TAMU School of Public Health
Unaffiliated Scientist
Kim Vernon, JD Seton Healthcare
Non-scientist/Non-affiliate/Prisoner Rep
Phillip Lupo, PhD, MPH Baylor College of Medicine
Unaffiliated Scientist
Bonny Mayes DSHS Zoonosis Control Branch
Unaffiliated Scientist
Mathew Turner PhD, MPH DSHS Center for Health Statistics
Affiliated Scientist

Non-voting Members

Name Affiliation
Manda Hall, MD DSHS Community Health Improvement

IRB Staff

Name Affiliation Contact
Jessica Ortman DSHS Office of Practice & Learning institutionalreviewboard@dshs.texas.gov
512-657-4129
Cynthia Dang DSHS Office of Practice & Learning Cynthia.Dang@dshs.texas.gov
512-776-3865
Cristina Garcia, PhD DSHS Office of Practice & Learning Cristina.Garcia@dshs.texas.gov
512-439-9666
Courtney Dezendorf, M.Ed. Director, DSHS Office of Practice & Learning
Interim Authorized Institutional Official
Courtney.Dezendorf@dshs.texas.gov
512-776-3751
Authorized Institutional Official Vacant
Last updated October 18, 2021