Cecilia Brooke Cholka

Institutional Review Board Specialist
Cecilia Brooke Cholka
She, Her, Hers


Cecilia Brooke Cholka joins Research Integrity as an IRB Specialist. She works to demystify IRB processes and expectations so that researchers and the IRB can work together collaboratively to ensure ethical conduct of research. Brooke is a Certified IRB Professional and came from the University of New Mexico where she served as Assistant Director of the Office of the IRB. At UNM, she was the head of the training and education components of the Human Research Protections Program (HRPP). She is co-founder and co-facilitator of the SBER Network, a professional community for social, behavioral, and educational research IRB professionals. Brooke also participates in PRIM&R’s Leadership Development Initiative (PLDI). As part of her passion for IRB, she has presented at several national conferences including Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference, Social, Behavioral, and Educational Research (SBER) Conference, AAHRPP Annual Conference, and Council for Museum Anthropology meetings. The presentations included topics such as post approval monitoring, minimal risk review models, best practices for IRBs, regulatory flexibility, and collaborative relationships between researchers and IRBs. Additionally, Brooke is a contributing author to the third edition of IRB Management and Function by Bankert, Gordon, Hurley, and Shriver (Eds).

Research Interests

Brooke’s research interests include human sexuality, health disparities, and health risk behaviors, particularly in Latinx communities. Her dissertation work focused on safer sex experiences and communication with people who identify as polyamorous. Other research projects include early education experiences and their impact on health in later life with older American Indians and representations of mental health in communication research.


Ph.D., Health Communication, University of New Mexico, 2020
M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Texas at El Paso, 2012
B.A., Psychology and Theater, Trinity University, 2009

Professional Certifications

  • SBER Network Co-founder and Co-facilitator
  • AEREO Consortium Member
  • Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R)
  • CITI Program Peer Reviewer
  • National Communication Association
  • Legislative Assembly Member 2018