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Merced College Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Merced College's Office of Grants and Institutional Research oversees the District's federally-recognized Institutional Review Board (IRB). 

Merced College IRB Vision Statement

The Merced College Institutional Review Board (IRB) is committed to increasing the quantity and quality of research conducted at the College.  Research conducted at Merced College should reflect the College mission as well as the principles of academic freedom and the dedication to the pursuit of new knowledge. 

Merced College is committed to protecting and ensuring the rights, privacy, and welfare of those individuals participating in research projects conducted at our institution.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Merced College Institutional Review Board is to protect the rights and welfare of the human research participants. 

To accomplish our mission, we strive to:

Maintain appropriate ethical conduct and regulatory compliance;
Honor and respect all persons;
Engage in a continuing quest for excellence;
Use new technologies and practices in accomplishing our charge.

IRB Composition

Minimum five members with expertise and diversity of representation:
            Minimum one scientist and one non-scientist;
            Minimum one non-affiliated member;
            One member alternate;
            Individuals knowledgeable of institutional commitments, regulations, applicable law, and relevant
            professional conduct and practice;
            Non-members; consultants as appropriate


2014-2015 IRB Membership

Cherie Davis (Chair)
            Director of Grants & Institutional Research, Merced College

Dr. Denisha Dawson
            Chemistry Professor, Merced College

Luis Flores
            Senior Research Analyst, Merced College

Dr. Gary Gargano
            Psychology Professor, Merced College

Lindsay Davis
            Reference Librarian, Merced College

Tatiana Vizcaíno-Stewart
            Building Healthy Communities Hub Manager, United Way of Merced County

Mariah Gill
            Student Representative, Associated Students of Merced College (ASMC)

Andrea Hall-Cuccia [staff]
            Research Analyst, Merced College


IRB Registration
The Merced Community College District (MCCD)/Merced College Institutional Review Board is registered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); registration number IORG0007554; expiration, October 16, 2015.


For information contact

Cherie Davis
Chair, Merced College Institutional Review Board  (IRB)
Office of Grants and Institutional Research
Merced College
Merced Community College District
3600 M Street
Merced, CA  95348
Telephone:  (209) 386-6786
Fax:  (209) 384-6338