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Since 2000, HML IRB has provided over 2000 research ethics and quality assurance reviews in 183 countries for

UNICEFThe World Bank, United States Institute of Peace, Mathematica 

and more than 160 other organizations, world-wide (see below).  Our focus is on social & behavioral research in public health, children, education, refugee & migration, economics, WASH, agriculture, M&E, COVID-19, HIV/AIDS, etc.  Many of these studies include subjects, especially children, who are in high or very high-risk situations (e.g., war and armed conflict, forced migration, physical or sexual abuse, torture, forced labor, drug or sexual trafficking, prisoners, violence, etc.).

Our concern is human research subject protection.

All reviews are strictly confidential.

We will be glad to provide references on request.



D. Michael Anderson, PhD, MPH, Chair & Human Subjects Protections Director    

Penelope A. Lantz, JD, General Legal Counsel, Health & Family Law & International Research Ethics Law

Lawrence O. Agyekum, PhD, MSc, Program Measurement & Evaluation, Research Design, Biomedical Informatics

Kimberly A. Ashburn, PhD, MPH, Design & Implementation of Social & Behavioral Research in Developing Countries

Asher E. Beckwitt, PhD, Qualitative Analysis Research Design & Methodology

Kristy Cook, PhD, MA, International development program management, design, implementation, monitoring & evaluation

Alison Corbacio, MA, International Program Design, WASH, Measurement & Evaluation, Maternal & Child Health

Jennifer Crumlish, PhD, Clinical Child Psychology Research & Counseling, Protective Services, Psychological Assessment

Luther-King O. Fasehun, MD, MS, MSc, Global Health, Adolescent Sexual Health, Maternal, Newborn & Child Health

Karen G. Fleischman Foreit, PhD, International Operations Research, Measurement & Evaluation

Venkatesh Ganapathy, MD, Investigator Initiated Study Support, Regulatory Compliance, Outcomes Research 

Suzanne Johnson, LICSW, LCSW-C, Clinical Psychosocial & Child Abuse Counseling, Refugee Counseling

Jeff Mellow, PhD, MA, Correctional Policy, Community Corrections, Reentry, Practice & Effectiveness, Critical Incidents.

Jeffrey Pagel, PhD, MS, International & Applied Economics and Labour Research, Research Design

Sarah B. Paige, PhD, MPH, Infectious & Zoonotic Disease Prevention, Evidence-based Community Health Programming

Katrina B. Stone, PhD, MS, Social Policy, Criminal Justice, and Vulnerable Population Research

David M. Vannier, PhD, Biomedical Research, and Science Education, Training & Policy Research

Jennifer A. Virgo, MSW, LICSW, Maternal & Child Health, At-Risk Youth, & School-Based Therapy



United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

The World Bank Group

United States Institute of Peace


A2F Consulting      Age of Learning     the Atlantic Council      Brigham Young University     

the Brookings Institution      Boston Scientific    Busara Center for Behavioral Economics     CARE    Classroom Inc     DAI Global      Dalberg Research     Deloitte        Ernest & Young     FHI 360     Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)    Global Insight  Innovations for Poverty Action     ICF International  Insight Policy Research      International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)     International Labour Organization (ILO)     IOD Park    Ipsos    IREX     Iris Group International       Making Cents International     MEF Associates     NR Management Consultants India   National Institutes of Health (NIH)     Neuromotion Labs        Opinión Pública Ecuador     Oxford University    Prevent Cancer Foundation     Population Reference Bureau (PRB)    Precision Agriculture for Development    Results for Development (R4D)    RTI International    Save the Children    SRI International     State of Kansas    State of Washington   The Palladium Group   The QED Gtoup   Underwriters Laboratory    Universalia

United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

United Nations World Food Program (WFP)

United Nations Women


plus over 100 other international aid organizations, research organizations, and universities



HML IRB Research & Ethics

HML Institutional Review Board has received continuous re-authorizations since 1995, and is registered with the US Department of Health & Human ServicesOffice of Human Research Protections (OHRP Institutional Review Board #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”).


HML IRB follows rules and guidelines contained in 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 National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research (the Belmont Report), the UNICEF Procedure for Ethical Standards in Research, Evaluation, Data Collection, and Analysis, and the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS).

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