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School of Health and Natural Sciences

Mercy College's Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Mercy College Institutional Review Board (IRB) conducts continuing review of research at intervals appropriate to the degree of risk to human participants.

We are committed to the ethical principles for the protection of human participants in research set forth in the Belmont Report of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research. The College recognizes and accepts responsibility, which it shares with its investigators and other researchers, for determining that research involving human participants fulfills these ethical principles.

The basic ethical principles as outlined in the Belmont Report guide the Institutional Review Board's deliberations and decision-making, including respect for persons, beneficence, and justice.

IRB Members

Members of the Mercy College Institutional Review Board for Research (2020-2021)

 

IRB Members Program or Department Represented
David Kilpatrick English (School of Liberal Arts)
Li Yong Finance (School of Business)
Jane Hogan Social Work (School of Social and Behavioral Sciences)
Rebecca Trenz Psychology (School of Social and Behavioral Sciences)
Jeong Kim Criminal Justice (School of Social and Behavioral Sciences)
Kathleen Golisz (Chair) Associate Dean, School of Health and Natural Sciences/ Occupational Therapy 
James Gurley Physical Therapy (School of Health and Natural Sciences)
Kathleen Kenney-Riley  Nursing (School of Health and Natural Sciences)
Francine M Seruya Occupational Therapy (School of Health and Natural Sciences)
Charis Davidson Health Science (School of Health and Natural Sciences)
Wendy Mages Childhood Education (School of Education)
Matthijs Koopmans Educational Leadership (School of Education)
Christine Riley Community Member
Saul Fisher Office of the Provost – Liaison

 

Categories of Approval

Approved

This enables the investigator to begin data collection.

Conditional Approval

Data collection may not begin until the requested information/changes are provided to the IRB Chairperson.

Denied 

Research that is denied must address the concerns and be resubmitted. Data collection may not begin until the research is approved.

Suspension / Termination of IRB Approval of Research

The Mercy College IRB has authority to suspend or terminate approval of research that is not being conducted in accordance with the IRB's requirements or that has been associated with unexpected serious harm to subjects.

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Ongoing Reviews

The Mercy College IRB will conduct continuing review of research at intervals appropriate to the degree of risk to human participants, but not less than once per year.

The IRB also has authority to observe or have a third party observe the consent process and the research. 

Follow-up reports will be sent to the principal investigator or faculty mentor approximately 1 month prior to the follow-up review date. They should be completed promptly and returned to the Chairperson of the Mercy College IRB before the date required.

School of Social and Behavioral Science

CITI Program

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative is the online training program used at Mercy College for training all personnel conducting research involving human or animal subjects. In accordance with Mercy College’s Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Policy, all Mercy College research personnel, including principal investigators, co-investigators, faculty sponsors, student investigators, and any researcher who is directly involved in research including research with human or animal subjects, must complete CITI training. Further information including how to register for CITI training can be found in the CITI Training Information Guide. In addition, the CITI training program must be completed prior to receipt of IRB approval of a new or existing application.

Additional Information & Contact

Contact Information

Electronically submit applications and all supporting documents to the Chairperson of the Mercy College IRB at:

MCIRB@mercy.edu 

Faculty members sponsoring student research may electronically sign off the application if stated in the email text and sent by the faculty member.

Meeting and Submission Dates

The IRB typically meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month. All Category III proposals to be reviewed at each monthly meeting must be submitted prior to the meeting to be eligible for review during the next scheduled meeting. Category I and II proposals may be submitted at any time.