Joan Pettit

Since 2008, Joan has served as the Director of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Institutional Review Board (JHSPH IRB) Office. At Johns Hopkins, she is an affiliated faculty with the Berman Institute of Bioethics and helps train Fogarty Scholars on IRB operations. She teaches the Informed Consent portion of the Practical Skills in Conducting Research in Clinical Epidemiology Course at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She previously served for over five years as a Human Subjects Research Regulatory Affairs Specialist with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine IRB.

Joan received her B.A. in History and American Studies from Princeton University, her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and her M.A. in Applied and Professional Ethics from the University of Maryland.  She is a Fulbright Specialist in the area of IRBs and Human Subjects Research Ethics, and has visited Trinidad, Myanmar, and China to lecture on IRB operations and research ethics. Joan has provided individual and small group training on how the JHSPH IRB runs, and challenges in running an efficient IRB office.  She has deep personal commitments to high quality IRB and ethical review and great interests in global health research.



Merritt MW, Labrique AB, Katz J, Rashid M, West KP, Jr., Pettit J, “A Field Training Guide for Human Subjects Research Ethics,” PLoS Med 7(10): e1000349. Doi:10.1371/journal.pmed 1000349.

Newhouse, R., Pettit, J., Poe, S., Rocco, L. (2006). The Slippery Slope: Differentiating Between Quality Improvement and Research. Journal of Nursing Administration, 36 (4), 211-219.