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Marketing and Community Relations Unit

MCRU provides patient recruitment and community engagement support for clinical research studies conducted at the NIMH IRP. It provides comprehensive and collaborative patient recruitment plans including marketing and community relations that reach out to diverse and targeted research study participants. MCRU is available to work in partnership with investigators to help develop recruitment plans that are strategic, customized, and tailored to distinguish individual studies and to effectively and successfully connect mental health populations with specialized researchers.

The MCRU team has extensive expertise and professional experience in marketing, design, and community engagement in the health field. Services include, but are not limited to:

-Recruitment Material review for IRB approvals

  • Comprehensive marketing plans
  • Advertising plans and consultation for ad buys
  • Design and materials development
  • Community engagement
  • Events planning/speaking engagements
  • Geomapping services
  • Recruitment database development
  • Digital recruitment consultation (including social media, etc.)
  • Content/messaging development
  • Visual image development
  • Booklet/manual design

OCD Staff

Susanna Sung, LCSW-C
Director
301-402-3235

Kalene DeHaut, LCSW
301-594-3188

Kathleen Samiy
301-435-2169