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

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

Institutional Review Board

Mercy College is 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.

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 by the dates below to be eligible for review during the next scheduled meeting. Category I and II proposals may be submitted at any time.    

Submission Dates

Meeting Dates

September 2, 2019

September 19, 2019

October 1, 2019

October 17, 2019

November 4, 2019

November 21, 2019

December 2, 2019

December 19, 2019

January 2, 2020

January 16, 2020

February 3, 2020

February 20, 2020

March 2, 2020

March 19, 2020

April 1, 2020

April 16, 2020

May 4, 2020

May 14, 2020



Members of the Mercy College Institutional Review Board for Research (2019-2020)

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)

Mónica Stanton-Koko

Health Science (School of Health and Natural Sciences)

Wendy Mages

Childhood Education (School of Education)

Matthijs Koopmans

Educational Leadership (School of Education)

Helge Wasmuth

Childhood Education (School of Education)

Christine Riley

Community Member

Saul Fisher

Office of the Provost – Liaison


Categories of Approval

The Mercy College IRB will provide the Principal Investigator with documentation of the anonymous reviewers' decisions. Reviewers will grant the proposal one of the following decisions:

  • 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.
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.

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.  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.  In addition, the CITI training program must be completed prior to receipt of IRB approval of a new or existing application.

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.