• For Researchers

    As a researcher, you'll need to know about our Institutional Review Board, the details of using the BRAD Lab and how to use the SONA system.


    This guide describes best practices when using BRAD Lab to conduct behavioral research experiments.

    Contact us (EARLY)

    Before submitting your IRB protocol, please contact Ornuma Wawsri, BRAD Lab Director (wawsrio@darden.virginia.edu) or Mai Pham, BRAD Lab Coordinator (PhamM@darden.virginia.edu).

    We can help ensure your logistics, costs, and other study details are feasible given our space configurations. We will also begin the process of reserving the appropriate space(s) for your study. The sooner you let us know your plan, the better we can help you.

    Lab space and facilities

    Our lab space is located in Classroom 20, at the Darden School of Business. BRAD Lab has 24 computer stations, 10 additional Microsoft Surface computers, and 20 headphones. We can help you reserve learning team rooms for focus group studies.

    Voluntary participation and IRB requirements

    Following IRB requirements, participation in behavioral research is entirely voluntary and participants may withdraw at any point and still receive compensation. The IRB office is located at One Morton Dr., Suite 500. They can be reached at (434) 924-5999 and at irbsbshelp@virginia.edu. The homepage of the IRB-SBS is available [here]. The protocol form can be downloaded [here].

    Researchers should follow the confidentiality requirements promoted by IRB. Information about confidentiality is available [here].

    Every study MUST get IRB approval prior to being conducted at BRAD Lab.

    Submit BRAD Lab request form

    After receiving your IRB approval number, please submit a formal request to use BRAD Lab via http://goo.gl/forms/f7VA8HEbhZ.  After we review the information you provide, we will contact you to set up a meeting to discuss study logistics, and proceed with the experiment.


    By using the services of BRAD Lab, the researcher accepts responsibility for acknowledging our support in the resulting intellectual outputs, including but not limited to: papers, articles, briefings, books, teaching cases, and conferences.

    For more information, please check out our website https://www.darden.virginia.edu/brad-lab/ or contact us at wawsrio@darden.virginia.edu

    Thank you!!!