About Health Media Lab's IRB

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IRB Experience

Since 2000, HML IRB has provided research ethics approval for the international and domestic projects of UNICEF, The World Bank, Mathematica Policy Research, The Palladium Group/Futures Group, and many other organizations and independent investigators (see below).  Our focus is on social & behavioral research in public health, HIV/AIDS, children, education, refugee & migration, economics, WASH, agriculture, M&E, etc.  Many of these studies include subjects who are at high or very high risk situations (e.g., war, forced migration, physical and sexual abuse, forced labor, drug or sexual trafficking, violence, etc.).


We will be glad to provide references on request.

IRB Authorization

HML Institutional Review Board has received continuous re-authorizations since 1995, and is registered with the US Department of Health & Human Services; Office of Human Research Protections; (IRB # 00001211, Federal Wide Assurance # 00001102, IORG #0000850) to review research involving human subjects conducted or supported by the DHHS, or other federal departments or agencies that apply the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the “Common Rule”).

IRB Membership

D. Michael Anderson, PhD, MPH,

IRB Chair & Human Subjects Protections Director    

Penelope A. Lantz, JD, General Council & Health Law

Lawrence O. Agyekum, PhD, MSc, Biomedical Informatics

Asher E. Beckwitt, PhD, Qualitative Research

Bradley Cooke, PhD, Behavioral Neuroscience Research

Alison Corbacio, MA, International Measurement & Evaluation

Jennifer Crumlish, PhD, Clinical Psychology Research

Jennifer Cuthill, MBA, Social Marketing Evaluation

Valentina Di Gregori, MD, MSc, Medical Epidemiology Research

Farah Farahati, PhD, International Health Economics Research

Karen G. Fleischman Foreit, PhD, International Research, M&E

Lakshmi Gopalakrishnan, MPH, Maternal & Child Health, M&E

Mary Harris, PhD, Health Behavior & Disease Prevention Research

Constance Newman, PhD, Statistics & Agricultural Research

Jeffrey Pagel, MS, (PhD candidate), International Economics

Arthur Rubens, DrPH, Health Administration Research

Felice Wagner, JD, Community Member

HML IRB meetings are held ad hoc in our Farragut North Office:

1101 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Suite 450

Washington, DC 20036 USA

About HML Institutional Review Board

Dr. Anderson's CV

IRB Standards

HML IRB follows rules and guidelines contained the USDHHS Code of Federal Regulations for the protection of human subjects (45CFR46), and The International Compilation of Human Research Standards of over 1,000 laws, regulations, and guidelines governing human subjects research in 107 countries, plus standards from several international and regional organizations.  We also follow the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) IRB Guidebook, and the Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research from the The National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research (the Belmont Report).  For more information we suggest you visit these US Government Website links.

HML IRB Clients


United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

The World Bank Group

Mathematica Policy Research

Palladium Group (Futures Group)

Ernest & Young

National Institutes of Health

A2F Consulting,  Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu,  Population Reference Bureau,  HFI360 (AED),  The QED Group, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN),  ARCHIVE Global,  Millennium Challenge Corporation,  Prevent Cancer Foundation,  NR Management Consultants India,  Avenir Health,  Brigham Young University,  Classroom Inc,  Delta Health,  Digital Health Futures,  ICRA Management Consulting Services Limited,  Iris Group International,  Quantum Consumer Solutions, Results for Development,  Sapien Labs,  Uganda Christian University,  Water.org,  What Works Foundation  


is Authorized by

the Office for Human Research Protections,

US Department of Health & Human Services,

for the protection of human subjects.