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BLANKET RECRUITMENT OF PARTICIPANTS VIA UNIVERSITY EMAIL IS PROHIBITED. To recruit participants for your study you must follow these instructions.

Research Requests Policy 2012


If you would like to participate in any of the following research studies, please be sure to review the eligibility criteria for each study prior to contacting the researcher.


Available Research Studies




No studies at this time.




Project Title: Perceptions of MFT/CFT Trained, Pre-Licensed Mental Health Providers Toward Same-Sex Intimate Partner Violence.

Researcher(s): J. David Miller MA (PI) or Dr. Ling-Ying Chou (Faculty Advisor)

Study Summary: This study examines whether pre-licensed mental health providers hold differential perceptions toward same-sex intimate partner violence than opposite-sex intimate partner violence. Participants will be:

  1. Over 18 years old
  2. Pre-licensed
  3. Have completed at least one year of formal education in a program leading to MFT licensure.
  4. Excluded from the study are students who have begun post-masters level course work in a mental health related field.

The survey requires reading one short vignette and answering 14 questions. The survey should take about 15 minute to complete. Participants completing the survey will be eligible to win a $10 gift card.

Contact Information: To participate contact David Miller at jmiller3@alliant.edu, or call (562) 481.1938.


Project Title: Siblings in the Coming out Process

Researcher(s): Dr Haxhe, S., Dr Mitchell, V.

Study Summary: If sibling studies are generally rare in the field of family research and therapy, in the study of LGBT families it has to be noted that they are virtually non-existent. However, several authors have shown the protective effect of siblings. For example, it has been demonstrated (Gass, Jenkins & Dunn, 2007; Feinberg, Sakuma, Hostetler & Mc Hale, 2013) that sibling affection can serve as a moderating factor between stressful life events and psychological symptoms. For this reason, the present research aims to understand the impact of the sibling relationship on the coming-out process, and the potential resource that it could represent. But the research is also about the impact of the coming-out on the siblings, in family dynamics and on a more individual level.
A qualitative research project based on semi-structured interviews has been piloted during a preliminary phase (2011-2013) on a Belgian sample of 102 subjects (University of Liège, Belgium). The present research will involve the recruitment of a larger sample, and will combine live interviews and online questionnaires.

Contact Information: Dr Stéphanie Haxhe, shaxhe@ulg.ac.be; Dr V. Mitchell, vmitchell@alliant.edu
Online survey:
For LG---> https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SIBLINGsurveyLESBIANGAYversion
For siblings---> http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SIBLINGsurveySIBLINGversion


Project Title: Mindfulness, Coping, and Social Support: Psychological Protective Factors Against Minority Stress for College-Aged Same-Sex Attracted Women 

Researcher(s): Jeannette Bergfeld

Study Summary: I’m looking for participants in my study on psychological and protective factors for same-sex attracted college-aged women. If you meet all of the following criteria, you are eligible to participate in the study:
1) Identify as a woman
2) Between the ages of 18 and 28
3) Identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or queer, meaning you are mainly attracted sexually/romantically to other women
4) Are able to read English fluently
This study involves completing self-report surveys online at the link pasted below and will take about 30 to 40 minutes to complete. After completing the study, participants will also have the option of entering their name in a raffle to win one of five $200 Visa Gift Cards. 

Contact Information: 

Link for the study: https://alliant.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bI1cet1prjt8x4V

Please email me at lbqwomenstudy@gmail.com if you have any questions.




Project Title: The Association of Online Gaming Dependency to Intimacy and Self-Disclosure in Online and Offline Social Relationships

Researcher(s) Name(s): Karla Perez M.A.

Study Summary:  The purpose of this study is to examine how online gaming and online gaming dependency, relate to intimacy and self-disclosure in both offline and online relationships. Considering the potential effects of online gaming on interpersonal relationships, the present study will particularly explore the association between online gaming on both intimacy and self-disclosure in offline relationships. The present study will contribute to the research literature on the psychosocial impact of online gaming and online gaming dependency. Participants must play Massively Multiplayer Online Role playing games for minimum of six months and be at least 18 years old.

Contact Information: 

Principal Investigator: Karla Perez M.A., email kperez@alliant.edu

Sponsor: James Garbanati, Ph.D., email jgarbanati@alliant.edu

The study can be accessed by clicking on this link:



Project Title: Spiritually Transforming Experiences: Perceived effects within committed intimate partnership after one partner experiences a spiritual transformation

Researcher(s) Name(s): Naomi Midura

Supervisor for Research: Dr. Marianne Miller (Dissertation Chair)

Study Summary: This study is about hearing first hand stories from couples in which one partner has experienced a spiritually transforming experience. The purpose of this study is to understand how these experiences can affect intimate partnerships. For the sake of this study, diverse experiences both within and outside of the context of religions are welcomed. A spiritual transformation will be understood as a change in your relationship with, and towards the sacred as you define it. Participants must meet the following criteria:(a) both partners within a committed couple relationship for at least  2 years, (b) both over the age of 22, (c) one partner having had experienced a spiritually transformative experience, (d) experience occurred at least six months ago.

Contact Information: If interested in participating in research, participants should contact Naomi Midura at nmidura@alliant.edu



There are no studies in this category at this time.



There are no studies in this category at this time.



Project Title: An Assessment of Diagnostic Abilities in Student-Trainees

Researcher(s) Name(s): Principal Researcher - Paul Gross, M.A.;  Chair – Theodore Burnes, Ph.D.

Study Summary: I am currently collecting data for my dissertation on the assessment of diagnostic abilities in student-trainees who are currently enrolled in (or have just completed) their third year of a doctoral program (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in clinical psychology or counseling psychology.  Participants will be presented with a brief clinical vignette and asked to subsequently complete a Diagnostic Impressions Questionnaire.  Participants will have a chance to win one of four $50 gift cards for their choice of either Starbucks Coffee, Target Department Stores, or Walmart.

Contact Information: To complete the survey, please click on the link below or copy and paste the URL into your internet browser:


You may also contact Paul Gross, M.A. at pauldgross@gmail.com to be provided with a link to the survey. 




Project Title: Clinical Psychology Doctoral Students and Burnout: A Comparative Analysis for Student’s Levels of Demands and the Utilization of Self Care Strategies

Researcher(s) Name(s): Mary Miguel

Study Summary:  This study will explore the factors contributing to burnout for Psy.D. students with low demands (e.g. single, no children), and high demands (e.g., marriage, children). Research design -60 second through fifth year Psy.D students, ages 21 – 55 years old. Students will complete an online SurveyMonkey.com link, containing assessments, a demographic questionnaire, and an informed consent. Participants may withdraw from the survey any time without penalty, and will receive a full results summary, and a debriefing statement after the study is completed. Participants may choose to be entered into a raffle for one of three online $50 Amazon gift cards.

Contact Information:  The link to the survey is http://lnkd.in/bjRfRN5

Questions about getting access to this study may be directed to Dr. Tica Lopez (tlopez@argosy.edu) at (714) 620-3700.



Project Title: Factors Associated with Cyberbullying Among Young Adults: A Retrospective Study

Researcher Name: Emily Frost-Morgan

Supervisor of Research: Dr. Lisa Ware, Ph.D.

Study Summary: There has been a lot of attention in the media, in recent years, regarding student conflicts in schools: in-person and on the Internet.  This research study is being done to learn more about these conflicts. If you are between the ages of 18-29, you are invited to participate and share information about your social relationships during Middle School and High School.

Contact Information: If interested in participating, participants can find the survey at https://qtrial2014az1.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_23rjTEkTvbvR28B. Any questions, please contact Emily Frost-Morgan, sfrost-morgan@alliant.edu


Project Title: Child Projective Drawings

Researcher(s) Name(s): Student researcher: Briana Johannesen, Chair: Anne Waters, Other committee members: Lionel Joseph, Asimina Panayoutou

Study Summary:  Research revolving around the evaluation of child projective drawings, and how students/clinicians are using drawings in their practice.  Participants requested include students and clinicians who have 2+ experience working with children and/or teenagers and who have used drawings as part of their work.  Participants should have either graduated from or currently be enrolled in a psychology program.

Contact Information:  If interested in participating, participants can contact me directly at briana_johannesen@mspp.edu or click on the survey link and complete the survey online. Link to complete survey:   https://mspp.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_d6BHpMdrkiiGqYR


Project Title: Global Nomad Identity Formation: Adult Third Culture Kids

Researcher(s) Name(s): Gizem Reyal M.A. 

Study Summary:  

The study will explore the identity formation and adult life choices of individuals who have spent some of their formative years (birth-18) living internationally. More specifically, this study will explore how growing up and developing an identity as a third culture kid affect participants’ current lifestyles.  This study will also examine how these individuals are forming their own identities, as well as how their global identities play into their current life choices including relationships, career paths, current places of residence, and how they are choosing to live their lives.                                                                                                                                                                

Participants must be: 

- English speaking

- Between the ages of 25-35

- Have lived a minimum of 3 years internationally between the ages of birth to 18?

- Have reflected upon your identity and its influence to your current self?

-Be willing to take a 1.5-2.5 hour online survey pertaining to questions on life choices and identity.

Contact Information:  If interested in participating, please take the online questionnaire. The questionnaire can be accessed at: https://qtrial2014.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0vqgq7y5IgooXBj

If you have any further  questions please email the Researcher, Gizem Reyal, M.A at greyal@alliant.edu


Project Title: Internalization of Socio-Cultural Beauty Image Ideals among Ethnically Diverse Women

Researcher(s) Name(s): Sara Baxter

Study Summary: The goal of research is to explore social comparison theory and its influence on body image ideals and body shame. Addressing social comparison can lead to greater understanding of the role of social and cultural influences on how women perceive and feel about their body. The main idea of this study is to further understand how the social phenomena of comparing one’s body can create negative effects (e.g. dissatisfaction with body image, shame about the body) with the challenges presented by social comparisons among women of various ethnicities.

Contact Information: If interested in participating, please copy this link https://alliant.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4GaXBQBZhqSa2aN. If you have any questions, please contact the researcher, Sara Baxter, at sbaxter1@alliant.edu


Project Title: Exploring the Individual Disease Burden of Alopecia, Atopic Dermatitis and Psoriasis. 

Researcher(s) Name(s): Melissa M. Matos, M.A. and Peter Theodore, Ph.D. (dissertation chair)

Study Summary: The purpose of this study is to investigate stressors and challenges that contribute toward the individual disease burden of chronic skin disease.

To be eligible to participate:

1. Must be 18 years or older.

2. Must have been diagnosed with Alopecia (Areata/Universalis/Totalis), Atopic Dermatitis and/or Psoriasis for a minimum of one year.

3. Must live in the United States.

This study involves completing an online survey and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. After completing the study, participants will also have the option of entering their name in a raffle to win one of four $50 Amazon Gift Cards.

Please utilize the following link to participate:  https://alliant.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9HMJatTxHmtxBWc

Contact Information: mmatos@alliant.edu


Project Title:  Preventing Emotional Eating Routines (PEER) (submitted to IRB under Behavioral Weight Loss for Emotional Eaters (BWL-EE)

Researcher(s):  Kerri Boutelle, Ph.D.

Study Summary:  The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of a new family-based treatment that will help female adolescents reduce emotional eating by teaching them skills to manage strong emotions. In addition to learning these skills, the program will help adolescents lose weight by teaching weight loss skills including dietary and physical activity recommendations. Adolescents may qualify if they are female, overweight (85 – 99% BMI), between the ages of 13 and 17, and have a parent who is willing to participate.

Contact Information:  If interested, please contact the UCSD Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research (CHEAR) at (858) 822 – 2158 or kidsweight@ucsd.edu