Dr. Lacey Sischo

IRB Administrator and Assistant Director of Sponsored Programs
211 Bush Brown Hall
700 Northern Boulevard
Greenvale, NY 11548-1327
Office: 516-299-3591
Fax: 516-299-3101
Email: Lacey.Sischo@liu.edu

Submit applications to:
irb-brooklyn@liu.edu (Brooklyn Campus) OR
irb-post@liu.edu (Post Campus)

Research Training


All Long Island University faculty, staff, and students conducting research are required to have appropriate training (including continuing education every three years) in the responsible conduct of research and research ethics. This training should be completed through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) at www.citiprogram.org. The training is in the following basic areas: conflict of interest (COI), responsible conduct of research (RCR), human subjects research (HSR), and/or animal care and use (ACU).

Conflict of Interest (COI) and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) 

All LIU faculty, staff, and students conducting research with human subjects are required to complete appropriate human subjects training. In the past, the IRB has accepted online training through NIH. As of September 26, 2018, NIH no longer offers this training. Based on this change and in light of LIU’s ongoing commitment to conducting exemplary research, we are offering (and will soon be requiring) CITI training for all of the individuals participating in a study. The IRB will continue to accept NIH training certificates until January 1, 2019. After January 1, 2019, all new IRB applications and renewals will require participating individuals to submit CITI training certificates. Of the courses offered by CITI, all individuals conducting human subjects research will be required to complete 1) a protection of human subjects (SBE or biomedical--see below)  course and 2) the responsible conduct of research course. 

Further, all “investigators” involved in PHS sponsored research will be required to complete 1) Financial Conflicts of Interest; Overview, Investigator Responsibilities, and COI rules, 2) Institutional Responsibilities as they Affect Investigators, and 3) Conflicts of Commitment and Conscience. All “investigators” involved in non-PHS externally funded research will be required to complete Conflicts of Commitment and Conscience. “Investigator” is defined as any person responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of research.

Additionally, all individuals participating on NIH, NSF and USDA grants who are required to take RCR training must complete the CITI RCR basic training course. NIH requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research. NSF requires that all undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in a research project receive appropriate training and oversight in the responsible conduct of research. USDA requires Institutions that conduct USDA-funded extramural research foster an atmosphere conducive to research integrity, bear primary responsibility for prevention and detection of research misconduct, and maintain and effectively communicate and train their staff regarding policies and procedures.

Additional training may be required depending on the nature of research. CITI training is provided at no cost and will need to be renewed every three years.

Human Subjects Research (HSR)

All Individuals involved in human subjects research are required to complete the appropriate Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Human Subjects Research (HSR) course. HSR is divided into two courses: 

  • Social-Behavioral-Educational (SBE) Researchers and Students Working with Human Subjects
  • Biomedical Researchers and Students Working with Human Subjects

Protections training. For expedited and full protocols, team members not covered by another institution’s IRB are required to complete LIU’s training. They may access the training by creating an account with CITI at www.citiprogram.org and have to select “Long Island University” as their affiliated institution when creating their institution profile. You do not need an LIU e-mail account to create an institution profile.

HSR team members affiliated with another institution: Researchers covered by another institution’s IRB have to complete their institutions’ required training.

Animal Care and Use (ACU)

All Individuals engaged in research involving animal care and use are required to complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Animal Care and Use (ACU) course(s). These courses are designed to meet the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) requirements for basic training in the humane care and use of animals.

  • Laboratory Animal Research

ACU Research team members not affiliated with LIU: Team members not covered by another institution’s are required to complete LIU’s training. They may access the training by creating an account with CITI at www.citiprogram.org and have to select “Long Island University” as their affiliated institution when creating their institution profile. You do not need an LIU e-mail account to create an institution profile.

Other Important Information

Optional modules: Various optional modules are not included in the required courses above (e.g., research involving minors, research in public elementary and secondary schools, and internet research). Faculty researchers may require their students and others on the research team to complete the appropriate optional modules if a particular research protocol involves these topics. The Human Subject Institutional Review Board (IRB) committee or the Institutional Animal Care and Use committee (IACUC) will notify researchers of these additional requirements on a case-by-case basis. 

A minimum passing score of 80 percent is required to meet the training requirement. The basic course may require 1-2 hours to complete depending on the curriculum selected. You do not have to complete the courses in one sitting and may use multiple logon sessions to complete the modules. You will need to keep a record of your login information to return to the course site.

The Refresher Course: CITI training must be renewed every three years and updated training is required before new applications, amendments, continuing reviews, or requests to add research team members are approved by the IRB or IACUC. The CITI program will send an automatic e-mail reminder at least 60 days before your training expires. 

Getting Started

Go to www.citiprogram.org. Click the "Register" button located on CITI's home page to create an account and select “Long Island University – Post” OR“Long Island University – Brooklyn” OR“Long Island University – Global” as the affiliated institution when creating your profile. There is no fee for the courses if you are affiliated with LIU.

Steps to add a course:

Step 1: After setting up the account, the Main Menu page should display.

Step 2: Click "Add a Course" under the heading My Learner Tools for Long Island University.

Step 3: Select to complete the Conflict of Interest Course (required for “investigators” involved in PHS sponsored research).

Step 4*:Select Responsible Conduct of Research Course “All Learner Groups – Responsible Conduct of Research.”

Step 5*: Select the learner group based on your role and the type of human subjects activities you will conduct (will likely be “Social-Behavioral-Educational Researchers and Students Working with Human Subjects”).  

Step 6: Select if you would like to complete any of the Laboratory Animal Research Courses.

Step 7: Select if you would like to complete the Good Clinical Practices Course.

Step 8: Select if you would like to complete the Information Privacy Security Course.

Step 9: Click “Submit.”

Step 10: The Main Menu page will reappear, click the course title to access the modules.

 *Required courses for all LIU faculty, staff, and students conducting research with human subjects.

Any technical questions or problems, please contact support@citiprogram.org. Other questions, please contact the IRB Administrator, Dr. Lacey Sischo, lacey.sischo@liu.eduor 516-299-3591.