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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

Research Categories:



Project Title: Navigating Two Worlds: Bilingual Clinicians and Interpreters in Therapy

Researcher(s) Name(s): James Issel

Study Summary: The purpose of this study is to assess and explore the current state of bilingual (Spanish and English) clinicians and interpreters in the therapeutic context, from the clinician perspective. The importance of this study lies in expanding and improving therapeutic services to Limited English Proficiency (LEP) clients, a population markedly underserved.

The survey will take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. In order to participate, you must be a clinician, either licensed or currently in training. You must be 1) a therapist/clinician who works with Spanish language interpreters and clients and/or 2) a therapist/clinician who is bilingual in Spanish and English and conducts therapy in Spanish with monolingual or bilingual Spanish speaking clients. You also must be at least 18 years old and be able to read and understand English.
Contact Information:
If you have any questions about the study, contact the researcher at
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Project Title: Measurement of factors affecting the therapeutic alliance

Researcher(s) Name(s): Jody Aramburo, M.S.Ed., M.S., Teceta Tormala, Ph.D.

Study Summary: We are recruiting participants to help better understand factors related to the relationship between therapists and clients. We are seeking mental health clinicians of all training backgrounds (Ph.D., Psy.D., MFT, LCSW, etc.) who may be either licensed, unlicensed, or in training.

We are especially interested in individuals who identify as a member of a historically underrepresented group (i.e., racial, gender, and/or sexual minority groups), although we are open to respondents of all backgrounds.

The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes. You have the option to win one of four $25 Amazon gift certificates by participating in the survey.

Contact Information:
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Project Title: Clinical Psychology Trainees’ Empathic Failures During Psychotherapy with Older Adult Clients

Researcher(s) Name(s): Jacob Engelskirger, M.A.

Study Summary: This study will explore the empathic failures clinical psychology doctoral students sometimes experience during the course of psychotherapy with older adult clients. Eligible participants are currently enrolled in a clinical psychology doctoral program and have completed at least one academic term of clinical practicum.

They will have treated an older-adult client in individual therapy, and, during the course of that therapy, experienced an empathic failure that they are willing and able to talk about in an individual interview.

Each interview is expected to last around 40-60 minutes. Participation in this study is completely voluntary and no compensation will be provided.

Contact Information:
Interested parties may call the researcher at (707) 501-7530 or email him at


Project Title: Perceptions of Intimate Partner Violence: A Comparison of Homosexuals and Heterosexuals

Researcher Name: Ashley J. Robinson, M.A.

Study Summary: My name is Ashley Robinson, and I am a doctoral student in the Clinical Forensic Psychology program at Alliant International University, San Diego Campus. I am conducting a study to explore perceptions of intimate partner violence (IPV)


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be able to read and understand the English language
  • Have access to the internet
  • Must identify as EITHER heterosexual or homosexual

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Project Title: Marriage & Family Therapist Attitudes Towards Polyamor

Researcher(s) Name(s): Craig Steckowski, Katy Smart, Chelze Zamani, Zak Young

Study Summary: The purpose of this study is to examine the attitudes of mental health professionals toward polyamory to develop insights into how their attitudes may positively or negatively impact their service delivery.

The following study will recruit participants who are licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), MFT interns (MFTI), and MFT trainees. Establishing a baseline attitude of marriage and family clinicians will bring insight into the acceptance of polyamory within the MFT field. The insight gained from this research will serve to establish needed sensitivity training and develop ethical practices when working with polyamorous individuals.

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Project Title: Family of Origin Influence on Couple and Family Therapist Burnout: A Regression Analysis Through the Lens of Contextual Therapy

Researcher(s) Name(s): Jennifer Vallin (Primary Investigator) Dr. Glebova (Dissertation Chair)

Study Summary: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact that family of origin phenomenon -parentification- has on marriage and family therapy students’ level of burnout.
The aim of the research is to gain additional knowledge about a possible connection between family of origin issues and potential burnout in the field.
The research is important because its findings may assist educators and supervisors with guiding future clinicians with self-of-the-therapist work when experiencing professional stress and inform students of the effects family of origin experiences have on their career as therapists.

I am a doctoral student at Alliant International University, CFT program, Sacramento.As part of my doctoral dissertation, I am conducting an on-line research study examining how family of origin experiences influence marriage and family therapy students stress level during their graduate program.

Your participation in this study would be greatly appreciated because it may help to improve quality of training in MFT programs.

In order to participate in the study:

Step 1:
Click on the link below to complete the first part of the research- consent with procedure description

Step 2:
Once the consent form is completed, you will be directed to the study which will include a demographic sheet and surveys related to the topic.

Instructions for how to complete the surveys will appear once you have logged in.

Contact Information: If you know of anyone that would like to participate, please direct them to Jennifer Vallin at

If you have any questions or concerns about completing the questionnaires, please contact Jennifer Vallin. Thank you for your participation!


There are no studies in this category at this time.


There are no studies in this category at this time.


Project Title: The Influence of Emotional Social Support on the Work-School Conflict – Stress Relationship Among Working Students

Researcher(s) Name(s): Jumana Sayyam

Study Summary: My name is Jumana Sayyam. I am a doctoral student in the Organizational Psychology PhD at Alliant International University. The purpose of this research is to investigate the influence of emotional social support on the stress levels of working university/college students.

I am seeking to recruit participants that fit the following criteria:
• Must be 18 years of age or older
• Must be a current university student
• Must be employed

Contact Information:
If interested in participating, please contact Jumana Sayyam at or follow this link:

Project Title: Perceptions of leadership and climate in the stressor-strain process: influences on employee attributions and reactions.

Researcher(s) Name(s): José F. Rodríguez, ABD

Study Summary: This is a survey research design aimed at capturing the perceptions employees have of their work environment, leaders, and relationships with various work outcomes such as conflict, engagement, burnout, and other occupational health issues. It is a two-wave study with a follow-up survey approximately three weeks after first completion

Participants must be employed fulltime, above 18 yrs., and not self-employed. I’d prefer faculty and staff of the institution, if possible.

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Project Title: Effective Executive Coaching Relationships: Implications for Coaching.

Researcher(s) Name(s): Peter Bechtel – Dissertation Chair: Jonathan Troper Ph.D.

Study Summary: The study’s purpose is to explore what elements in a coaching intervention influence desired coaching results or outcomes. The variables that will be explored are the perceived coaching relationship, coaching behaviors, coachees’ receptiveness to coaching, and how those variables affect coaching outcomes.

Potential participants are executives, managers, supervisors and individual contributors who meet the following two criteria:

  1. individuals who have been coached in a business setting by a coach for at least three sessions;
  2. their coaching sessions have taken place within the last five years.

The coaching could have been with either an external or internal coach.

Contact Information: To participate please follow the following link:
For questions, contact Peter Bechtel at

Project Title: Pursuing Leadership Positions in Higher Education: A Phenomenological Exploration of Female Administrators’ Experiences with Gender Inequality.

Researcher(s) Name(s): Merilee Madera, Student Researcher, Dr. Karen Reiss Medwed, Principal Investigator.

Study Summary: Research Study on Gender Inequality in Higher Education Administration Seeks Volunteer Participants.

A research study exploring the experiences of women who have undergone gender inequality during their pursuit of academic leadership positions is being conducted. You may be eligible to participate if you:

  1. are employed by a Research Doctoral institution as defined by the Carnegie Classification™;
  2. have never served as an academic dean or higher at a Research Doctoral institution; and
  3. experienced within the past 10 years what you believe to be the glass ceiling while pursuing a promotion to academic dean at a Research Doctoral institution and were unsuccessful in obtaining the position.

Confidential interviews with those selected to participate will occur during June and July 2017. There is no compensation for participating. Participation is voluntary.

Contact Information: If you have questions or are interested in being a part of this study, please send an e-mail that includes your phone number and best time to reach you to Merilee Madera, MBA at

This research is being conducted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Doctor of Education degree from the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University.


Project Title: Attachment, Object Relations, in relation to Self-Harm as a Transitional Phenomenon Among Late Adolescent Girls

Researcher(s) Name(s): Danielle Parker

Study Summary: This study, which involves the completion of three measures by the participants, is designed to add to current understanding about how young women (aged 18-25) view themselves in relation to others. It also seeks to understand the methods they use to cope with stressful situations. Participants can be entered into an opportunity drawing for one of eight $25 Visa Gift Cards.

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