Institutional Review Board (IRB)


In 1999, SHIELDS for Families developed the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to monitor and oversee the research activities associated with our then-funded, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), Children of Substance Abusing Parents Study. The creation of the SHIELDS Institutional Review Board has allowed us to become more proactive in reviewing, approving, and monitoring potential research studies targeting youth and/or adult residents of South Central Los Angeles.

Because the majority of community organizations in the ethnic communities of Los Angeles do not have easy access to universities and major medical facilities, nor easy access to their Institutional Review Board process, the SHIELDS’ IRB also serves as a mechanism for reviewing and monitoring community agency-driven research in communities of color.

Get the Manual

IRB Investigators Manual


Institutional Review Board
Evaluation Worksheet


Institutional Review Board
Protocol Evaluation
and Recommendation


Institutional Review Board
Quarterly Progress Report


SHIELDS Involved Studies approved by the IRB

Tamar Village Program Evaluation Study
by SHIELDS for Families

South Los Angeles Best Babies Collaborative Study – Continuation Application
by South L. A. Health Project

Evaluation Project for Safe Active Family Environments for Asian & Pacific Islanders – Continuation Application
by Brittany Morey, Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA)/ First 5 LA

Brief Parent Enhancement Strategies Study – Continuation Application
by Dan Thorne, Harbor View Community Services Center

WIC/CDHC Early Intervention Dental Project Study – Continuation Application
by Jean Petrillo, Children’s Dental Health Clinic

Reducing Tobacco Use in Transitional Shelters Evaluation
by William McCarthy, UCLA Division of Health Services