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IRB Staff

Amy Krenzer
Institutional Review Board Coordinator

As IRB Coordinator, Amy manages daily IRB operations for MSU. She oversees processing of all IRB submissions and study modifications. Amy is the communication point for all initial inquiries and review results. Along with Hila Berger, the Research Compliance Officer, Amy provides IRB workshops and seminars covering IRB application and approval processes as well as general Human Subjects Protections to faculty, students and staff.

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Mylka Biascochea
IRB Program Assistant

Mylka Biascochea, CIM, is the Program Assistant for the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Montclair State University.  Mylka is responsible for the day to day general functions of the IRB office. Mylka also provides support via customer service to students, faculty and departments interacting with the IRB office. She has a total of eight years of experience in the field of IRB management. Mylka received her CIM - Certification in IRB Management in 2011.


Susan Pereny
IRB Graduate Student Office Assistant

Susan Pereny is a graduate student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department pursuing a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology.  As the IRB Graduate Student Office Assistant, Susan assists the IRB Coordinator and Program Assistant with the general day to day functions of the IRB. She also helps to program research compliance training events. 

IRB Chair

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Katrina Bulkley
IRB Chair
Katrina Bulkley is Professor of Educational Leadership at Montclair State University. Her research examines the intersection of policy efforts to increase market-linked ideas in education and enhance accountability and data-driven change. Her recent studies have focused on the role of new actors in the delivery of public education and the preparation of public educators, and how the work of these new actors is changing the shape of public education from the national to the school level.  Katrina began her tenure as IRB Chair in January 2013.  She received a B.A. with Honors in Government from Wesleyan University, an M.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. in Administration and Policy Analysis from the Stanford University School of Education.

IRB Outreach

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Hila Berger
Research Compliance Officer

Research Compliance Officer, Hila Berger, serves as the institution’s policy expert ensuring compliance with the IRB, IACUC, FCOI, Medicare and HIPAA. She is responsible for outreach and educational activities for faculty and students conducting human subjects and animal research. She provides expertise and guidance in the conduct of inquiries and investigations into the ethical conduct of research. She also volunteers as an advisory group member for PRIM&R (Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research) and as a committee member on the Rutgers University IRB. Ms. Berger received her Masters in Public Health from Rutgers University formerly University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Public Health and is certified as an IRB professional.

Academic Affairs, IRB Leadership

Frederick Bonato
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

Frederick Bonato is the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and a Professor of Psychology at Montclair State University. He served previously at St. Peter’s University where he was Professor of Psychology, Chair of the Department of Psychology for nine years, and the Director of the Office of Faculty Research and Sponsored Programs. He has held numerous service posts at St. Peter’s, including Faculty Senate President, and served on and chaired committees that include Rank and Tenure, Graduate Programs, Faculty Rights and Responsibilities, Curriculum, and Academic Standards. His research has focused mainly on motion sickness and sensory conflict that can affect all types of travel including spaceflight. Grant proposals he has written have resulted in funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the U.S. Department of Education. He is Editor-in-Chief of Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance, the official journal of the Aerospace Medical Association, of which he is also an elected Fellow. He is an elected Fellow and the President-Elect of the Eastern Psychological Association.