Research & Outcomes

To improve its efficacy and outcomes, Mary's Center collaborates on a regular basis with scholars, academic institutions, scientists, foundations, industry and inventors in the umbrella of biomedicine, federal and local health and human services departments, among others who desire to conduct community-based and participatory research. Community-based research refers to a partnership between an institution and a community organization such as Mary's Center. The partners come together around a mutually identified goal where every stakeholder participates in the research. That is, from the design phase to the point where outcomes are published and programs, procedures, systems are enhanced due to the findings.

In choosing our partners, we are vigilant about protecting the safety and confidentiality of our participants. Our main goal in working with researchers is to enhance the quality of our services.

Our most successful partnerships result in research that improves our work and helps inform policymakers and experts in the medical and social services fields about effective, replicable models.

In order to review and/or approve internal and external opportunities for research involving Mary's Center participants and/or staff and ensure our mission, vision, values and ethical guidelines are followed, we have developed an inter-disciplinary committee and decision-making body, the Research Review Committee (RRC).

The RRC meets twice per month and will consider proposals if it determines that a research project would assist Mary's Center in enhancing the services provided to our participants, or inform us of best practices in program design and outcomes.


We are mainly interested in partnering for research in the following areas: 

research areas

If you would like to conduct research at Mary's Center, please review the information below:


a.     Complete the Research Review Committee's Application form and email it to Alis Marachelian at

b.    You will be given an appointment to present your research proposal.

c.    The RRC will review your proposal according to the following criteria:

o    Is the research design and intention aligned with Mary's Center's mission, vision and values?

o    Has the research proposal gained Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval? If not, what are potential risks or harm to subjects and/or agency?

o    How and when will findings be shared with MC & research participants?

o    Will any MC staff be a Co-Principal Investigator (PI) when appropriate?

o    Will MC be able to co-author any future publication or collaborate in any media opportunity?

o    How will MC be able to use the results to enhance programming?

o    What is the financial gain for MC?

o    What will be the time commitment for staff and/or participants?

o    What are the space, supplies, or equipment requirements?

d.    No data or access to Mary's Center participants will be shared with any party until the RRC approves the research proposal. Researchers whose proposals are accepted, implemented, and operationalized will be invited to submit an abstract and present the research findings at a bi-annual symposium organized by Mary's Center.

We are currently collaborating with the National Institutes of Health, The Centers for Disease Control, the Urban Institute, University of Maryland, Emerson Clinical Trials Institute, the George Washington University, Auburn University, Georgetown University Nursing School and Johns Hopkins University.

To view a list of published studies resulting from Mary's Center research collaborations, click here.

If you have further questions, please contact Alis Marachelian at


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