Ms. Waltz is an Affiliate Faculty member at the IU Center for Bioethics and the Associate Director for the Indiana University Research Integrity Office, responsible for receiving and facilitating investigation into allegations of falsification, fabrication, and plagiarism. In this role, Ms. Waltz coordinates, facilitates, and oversees research misconduct inquiries and investigations across all eight IU campuses, and ensures compliance with federal laws and Indiana University policy. In addition, Ms. Waltz often spearheads University-wide initiatives for the Office of Research Compliance including, most recently, a year-long working group that provided guidance on the return of research results to the University and human research protection program.
Prior to her work in research integrity, Ms. Waltz spent more than ten years in human research protection and compliance at Indiana University. Most recently, Ms. Waltz served as the Associate Director for Regulatory Affairs, Reliance, and Outreach for the Indiana University Human Subjects Office, the administrative office that supports the Indiana University Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) which are responsible for the review and approval of all research involving human subjects conducted at IU and its affiliated institutions. Ms. Waltz supported the human research protection program through coordination and implementation of major initiatives, including regulatory changes, policy and procedure updates, best practices, and others; coordination and completion of reliance agreements; and education to management, staff members, research personnel, and faculty members across all eight IU campuses. Ms. Waltz joined IU as a part-time staff member in 2007 and joined the Human Subjects Office full time after her graduation from the IU McKinney School of Law in 2008, where she now serves as adjunct faculty. She received her undergraduate degree in journalism and business from Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana, and earned her Certified IRB Professional (CIP) certification in 2009.
McKinney School of Law, IUPUI: LAW D693 – Life Sciences Compliance
Revised Common Rule
- Waltz, A. “The Changing Landscape of Human Subjects Research.” SOCRA SOURCE, August 2018, pp. 52-55.
- McGregor, K., Hensel, D., Waltz, A., Molnar, E., and Ott, M. “Adolescent Sexual Behavior Research: Perspectives of Investigators, IRB Members, and IRB Staff about Risk Categorization and IRB Approval.” IRB: Ethics & Human Research, 2017, Volume 39(4).
- Baumann, J., Mullins-Owens, H., Russell, D., and Waltz, A. “Human Subjects Research Protections.” Research Regulatory Compliance. Mark A. Suckow and Bill Yates. Elsevier, 2015. ISBN 978-0-12-420058-6. 1-20. Print.
Vulnerability in Medical Research
- Role: Co-PI (PI- Mary Ott, MD)
- Dates: June 2010 - May 2012
- Funder: Indiana University Health Values Fund for the Integration of Spiritual and Religious Dimensions in Health Care
- Description: Conducted study to examine factors that influence how pediatric investigators, IRB members, and IRB staff members categorize risk in adolescent sexual behavior research and assess whether the IRB should approve such research. Investigators, IRB members, and IRB staff were surveyed to evaluate their knowledge of minor consent and reporting requirements and asked to review and respond to a hypothetical research project involving minors’ sexual behavior.
Community member, Ascension St. Vincent Institutional Review Board, 2019 – present
Single IRB Working Group 1: Assess Processes for Initial Evaluation of Protocol Documents and Protocol Modifications, and Tolerance for Process Standardization - INFORMED CONSENT, facilitated by New York University, 2018
SMART IRB Harmonization Subcommittee: Institutional and Local/State Responsibilities, 2017 – 2018
Big10 Academic Alliance, IRB Administrators Group, 2014 – 2018
Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R), 2012 – 2018
Membership Advisor, Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity, Beta Theta Chapter (Franklin College, IN), 2011 – present