Find Us on the Academic Commons

All four units within the Saybrook Office of Research Innovation and Sponsored Programs are now located in the Academic Commons.  Our new Academic Commons home pages are:
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The Saybrook Office of Research Innovation and Sponsored Programs advances and promotes research, scholarship, and creative activities through excellent education and training, administrative support, and by cultivating a culture of equity, inclusiveness, transparency, integrity, and rigor.


The Saybrook Office of Research Innovation and Sponsored Programs builds research capacity through education, collaboration, and service.  The Office of Research Innovation and Sponsored Programs is composed of four units:

  • ​The Sponsored Programs Office partners with faculty and students seeking external funding for research, scholarship, and creative activities. The Sponsored Programs Office supports Saybrook researchers through the grant life cycle, from helping identify funding opportunities to proposal development and submissions, award negotiation, management, project extensions, and closures.  The Sponsored Programs Office oversees external grants and contracts in line with federal, state, and local regulations. 

  • The Institutional Review Board (IRB) ensures that all Saybrook faculty, staff, and students research is designed ethically to protect human participants. Following our federal-wide assurance (FWA# 00014486), the Saybrook IRB committee reviews research to ensure compliance with the requirements of the federal Health and Humans Services (HHS) Protection of Human Subjects regulations (45 CFR 46), state, and local regulations.

  • The academic Department of Research provides rigorous, interdisciplinary research instruction to graduate students across Saybrook colleges.  The innovative Saybrook research curriculum is taught by experienced faculty from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and is designed to prepare students to successfully complete research elements in their degree programs, such as the Ph.D. dissertation and master’s project, to contribute to their academic careers and change communities.

  • The Dissertation Services Office supports doctoral students and dissertation faculty with administrative functions around the dissertation process, including filing petitions to form committees and the documentation of dissertation milestones.  


 Contact Us

​Sponsored Programs

​Department of Research

IRB Office
[email protected]

Dissertation Services
[email protected]

Laura Brewer, Ph.D.
Dean, Research & Sponsored Programs
​​​lbrewer@sa​ybrook.edu ​

Walker Ladd, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Research
​​​wladd@sa​ybrook.edu ​

Kirwan Rockefeller, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, IRB
​​​krockefeller@sa​ybrook.edu ​