Ethics in Research

The following resources from ASHA, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other sources provide information on ethical guidelines, human subject protection, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process, fostering diverse and harassment-free research environments, and more.

ASHA Resources on Research Ethics

ASHA Code of Ethics (2016)

ASHA Board of Ethics Issue Statement:  Ethics in Research and Scholarly Activity (2018)

    JSLHR Research Integrity Supplement (2011)
    A supplement to the February 2011 issue of the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (JSLHR), which focuses on (a) the responsibility of scientists and institutions to establish and uphold ethical standards and practices in the conduct of research and (b) the necessity for education about the responsible conduct of research.

    Ethical Issues and Responsible Conduct of Research Resources
    This collection contains resources from ASHA's Clinical Research Education (CREd) Library, including several presentations from ASHA's Lessons for Success program.

    Research Integrity in the Lab
    This Context blog post by Lisa Goffman explores three scenarios that are central to the integrity of labs in our discipline.

    Publication Ethics

    Protection of Human Subjects

    The following resources form the bases for human subjects protection:

    National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research (OER), Human Subjects Research 
    This site describes NIH policies, regulations, training, and resources related to research with human subjects, including the following:

    Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP)
    This site outlines HHS regulations, guidance, and educational resources related to human research protections, including the following:

    Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Research Integrity (ORI)
    This site describes HHS policies, regulations, programs, and resources related to responsible conduct of research, including the following that specifically address human subjects research:

    National Science Foundation, Policy Office, Human Subjects Research
    This site details NSF policies, frequently asked questions, and vignettes related to human subjects research.

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Clinical Trials and Human Subject Protection
    This site describes FDA clinical trial regulations and related guidance.

    World Health Organization (WHO) Ensuring Ethical Standards and Procedures for Research with Human Beings
    This site contains WHO guidelines and news related to research ethics.

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Research Environments

    Prohibitions Against Discrimination Under ASHA's Code of Ethics and Enforcement by the Board of Ethics
    This ASHA webpage highlights code provisions relevant to prohibiting discrimination, including discrimination in research.

    Fostering a Culture of Responsibility in Your Lab, a presentation by Cara Stepp and Will Hula from ASHA's Lessons for Success program that discusses how to address bias, sexual harassment, and data management vulnerabilities in your lab.

    Bias in Grant Review by Sudha Arunachalam
    This presentation, from ASHA’s Grant Review and Reviewer Training Program, discusses racial disparities in funding, implicit bias, and how to be an anti-racist reviewer  

    National Institutes of Health (NIH)

    Sexual Harassment in Research Environments

    Sexual Harassment in Academic Science, Engineering, and Medicine
    This webpage by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine shares a study report and related videos and infographics.

    National Science Foundation (NSF) Stop Harassment
    This webpage spells out NSF policies on harassment and provides suggestions for promising practices.

    National Institutes of Health (NIH) Supporting a Safe and Respectful Workplace at Institutions that Receive NIH Funding
    This webpage stipulates NIH’s policies on harassment and offers resources to evaluate your workplace climate.

    General Information on Research Ethics

    Bioethics Blog
    This blog is published by the American Journal of Bioethics.

    On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research
    National Academy Press eBook

    This Northeastern University website for undergraduates provides information on professionalism and considerations when working in a lab.

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