Shannon Sewards is the Director of the Committee on the Use of Human Subjects at Harvard University. In this role, she is responsible for the leadership of the human subjects research protection program and oversight of human subject studies at Harvard University Area Schools.
With close to twenty years of experience in human subjects protection regulations, she has held positions at several IRBs in Seattle, WA, and Los Angeles, CA. Shannon's educational background is in Psychology with an undergraduate degree from UCLA and a graduate degree from Pepperdine University. She has taken a particular interest in streamlining existing IRB processes and developing new methods to compete in the ever-changing regulatory arena. Most notably, in the movement to find flexibility in the human subject protection regulations, with the NIH genomic data sharing policy, and simplifying the regulatory approach to data and biospecimen repositories.