Meet May Institute's Institutional Review Board (IRB)


May Institute’s research efforts have grown exponentially in recent years and we thank our Institutional Review Board (IRB) for playing an essential role in this process. Guided by ethical principles set forth in the Belmont Report, May Institute’s IRB reviews all research proposals with the goal of protecting the rights and welfare of participants.  

Serving as Chair of the IRB, Dr. Sarah Weddle oversees this process. Dr. Weddle shares, “I have really enjoyed how active our IRB has been in recent years. Not only do IRB members complete quality reviews, but they also assist researchers with meeting our standards moving forward. At monthly meetings, we discuss quality improvement and our processes. We have designed systems and enhanced our standards, and thus, we are able to support more student research, collaborate with other IRBs, and serve as a recruitment site for other institutions.” 

May Institute thanks those who serve on the IRB for their invaluable contributions! 


  • Sarah Weddle, Ph.D., LABA, BCBA-D, Divisional Director of Clinical Services and Training, Adult Services
  • Brittany Juban, Ph.D., LABA, BCBA-D, Clinical Director, May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, West Springfield, Mass.
  • Bertilde Kamana, Ph.D., BCBA, Director of Education and Clinical Services, The Bay School, May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities
  • Justin Kelly, M.A., Director of Clinical Services, May Center for Adult Services, Eastern Massachusetts
  • Jason Neely, Ph.D., LMFT, Director of Clinical Systems, Home, School, Center-based Services 
  • Meg Walsh, M.A., BCBA, Director of Clinical Services, May Center for Adult Services, Western Massachusetts
  • Grace Morakinyo, B.S. (Non-Affiliated Member), Director of Program Operations and Business Development at Trauma To Wellness, Inc.


  • Kimberly Madar, MS, BCBA, LABA, Clinical Development Coordinator, May Institute
  • Bob Putnam, Ph.D.,  BCBA-D, Executive Vice President of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports at May Institute