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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: The role of experiential learning in developing multicultural competence

Researcher(s) Name(s): Kaoru Powell, M.A. & Christine Fiore, Ph.D.

Study Summary: The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of clinical and counseling psychology students’ training experiences related to the development of their multicultural competence.

A recent meta-analysis of studies examining the effectiveness of multicultural education programs reported that students benefit from balanced development in knowledge, skills, and awareness;     however, many programs focus on awareness and knowledge, without adequate focus on students’ skills development. This study will examine the role of experiential exercises in developing clinical and counseling psychologists’ training and explore the training settings in which they take place. Participation in this study should take approximately 15-25 minutes.

To participate in this study, you must be a currently enrolled graduate student in clinical or counseling psychology and have completed at least one year of clinical practicum. Participants may opt to submit an email address after completion of the study to be entered into a drawing for 1 of 5 $20 Amazon gift cards. The email address is not associated with study responses.

If interested in participating, please use this link to access the study:

Contact Information: If you have any questions about the research, please contact the Principal Investigator, Kaoru Powell, M.A., via email at or the faculty advisor, Dr. Christine Fiore at


Project Title: Assessing Clinicians’ Multicultural Competence

Researcher(s) Name(s): Mia Wiston, MA

Study Summary: The purpose of the study is to better understand cultural competency among doctoral-level students, educators, supervisors, as well as practicing psychologists. I am specifically exploring competence in working with transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) individuals, but you need not have specific experience working with this population in order to participate in my study.

This study is open to participants who are doctoral-level students, educators, supervisors, and practicing psychologists, from Ph.D. and Psy.D. clinical and counseling psychology programs. Graduate students who are participating must be enrolled in programs accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Participants must also be fluent in English.

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary and confidential and you have the right to withdraw at any time. Upon participating, you will have the opportunity to be entered into a raffle to receive one of two $25 Tango gift cards by entering your email address. These surveys should take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete.

Access the study here:

Contact Information: Please contact Mia Wiston via email ( if interested in participating.



Project Title:  Western Husband, Eastern Wife: A Comparison of Marital Satisfaction between Individualistic and Collectivistic Interracial Couples

Researcher(s) Name(s):  Laleh Aflatooni, M. A.

Study Summary:  The purpose of the current study is to explore the effects of social support, cultural orientation and demographic data on the marital satisfaction of interracial, Easter man-Western woman couples.

The inclusion criteria:

  • The male participants (Middle Eastern or Asian) must be living in the United States since they were at least 15 years old.
  • The male participants must be married to a Western woman (American-European) for at least 5 years.
  • The female participants must be married to an Eastern man for least 5 years.
  • Either the male, female, or both members (separately) of the intermarriage can participate in the study.

All participants will be asked to fill out surveys that will take between 15 to 20 minutes and they can take part in a lottery and three will be awarded $50 gift card each.

If you are interested, please find the link to the survey below:

Contact Information:  If you have any question, please contact the researcher, Laleh Aflatooni at


Project Title: A Retrospective Study Of Girls’ Body Image And Their Relationship With Their Fathers

Researcher(s) Name(s): Lauren Henry, M.A.

Study Summary: This is a study exploring young women’s ideas about body image, appearance, and eating and their relationship with their father during adolescence and pre-adolescence. To be eligible for the study, you must be a woman between the ages of 18-30, currently experience concerns with body image, appearance, and eating, have been raised in an intact, heterosexual, two-parent household, and never have been diagnosed or treated for an eating disorder. At the end of the study, participants will have the opportunity to be entered in a raffle to win a $50-dollar gift card to Amazon. Participation will take 1 hour.

Contact Information: Phone: 352-547-9211, Email:


Project Title: The impact of cultural values on the relationships between perceived parenting styles and forms of aggression among young European American and Asian American adults

Researcher(s) Name(s): Amy Zimmerman, M.A. (Student; Primary Investigator) and Joanne Callan, Ph.D. (Advisor; Dissertation Chair)

Study Summary: I am conducting a study concerning the impact of cultural values on the relationships between perceived parenting styles and forms of aggression comparing young European American and Asian American adults. To participate in this study, you must be 18 to 25 years old, you must identify as Asian American or European American, you must be able to read in the English language, and you must have been raised by both a maternal and paternal figure – e.g., a mother and father or other caregiver(s).

Contact Information:; 442-777-3052
Survey Link:


Project Title: The Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Development of Secondary Trauma and Perceived Clinical Competency among Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Marriage and Family Therapist Trainees and Interns

Researcher(s) Name(s): Mani Faez,M.A., LMFT

Study Summary: My name is Mani Faez. I am currently seeking individuals to participate in a study exploring the role of childhood adverse experience in development of secondary trauma and perceived clinical competency among MFT interns, MFT trainees, and LMFTs who are currently enrolled in marriage and family therapy Masters’ and Doctoral level. This study is part of my Doctoral Dissertation which is a requirement for my Doctor of Psychology degree, Couple and Family Therapy at Alliant International University. The process consists of completing the inform consent, demographic questionnaire, and three scales, which will all be conducted online via Qualtrics link. This survey should take about 20 to 30 minutes. Please note that participation in the study is voluntary. There is a $10 Starbucks gift card for participation that will be raffled after the study is completed.  If you choose to be a participant in the study, we will not ask for any identifiable information and your identity will stay anonymous. If you are interested in receiving a summary of the results from this study and also to participate in the raffle, will have the opportunity to complete lottery drawing and notification of results application separately. Please complete the raffle form at the end of the survey.

Please Clink on the link to participate:

Contact Information: Mani Faez, LMFT, (714)728-1481,

Project Title: Attachment to Biological Parents and Its Impact on Severity of Substance use in Adopted Individuals

Researcher(s) Name(s): Brett Furst

Study Summary: This study is exploring the role that attachment to biological parents has on severity of substance use. I am looking for participants who are both adopted and have struggled/are struggling with substance abuse issues. They do not need to have met and/or have a relationship with their biological parent(s) to participate. They must be 18y/o or older. The process consists of completing a questionnaire, which should take no more than a total of 25 minutes total.

Contact Information: Survey Link:


Project Title: A Mixed Methods Investigation of the Impact of Racial Microaggressions on Students of Color in Professional Schools of Psychology

Researcher(s) Name(s): Wayne “Bobby” Nguyen, M.A.  and  Katie McGovern, Ph.D.

Study Summary: The present study examines the impact and lived experiences of racial microaggressions on students of color or non-white students in PsyD programs.

Racial microaggressions (RMAs) are brief and commonplace daily indignities that communicate hostile and derogatory racial slights and insults toward people of color. The study takes about 15 minutes to complete.

The target population includes students who self-identify as a person of color, who is in their second year or above of graduate study in an APA-accredited PsyD program in California.

Contact Information:Please contact Wayne “Bobby” Nguyen, M.A.  (student researcher) at (425) 772-7364,; or Katie McGovern, Ph.D. (dissertation chair) at or at (510) 841-9230


Project Title: Psychodrama Techniques: The Effects on Trainees’ Learning and Engagement in Training and Development Sessions 

Researcher(s) Name(s): Amatia Golbodaghi

Study Summary: The aim of this research is to investigate the effects of psychodrama techniques on trainee engagement levels and overall learning in training sessions. The research will take about 2 hours to complete. Participants will be asked to listen to a presentation and then answer questions about the presentation.

To participate in this study, you must be 18 years old or older, an Alliant International University student and you must be able to speak, read, and write in the English language.

Contact Information: If interested in participating, please email the researcher


Project Title: Defining Humans and Animals

Researcher(s) Name(s): Lead Widdicombe

Study Summary: We are seeking current policy and/or law students in the United States to participate in short, anonymous survey. Participation in this research will include taking an online survey about how you conceptualize the natural world and how you define animals. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes. It is an anonymous survey, and no identifying information will be collected from you. If you choose to participate in the survey, you will have the chance to enter a separate drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card. The questionnaire is approved by Tufts University’s Institutional Review Board. The results of this research have the potential to make a positive influence on the lives of humans and animals!

Contact Information: If interested in participating, please follow this link: If you have any questions or would be willing to forward my recruitment text along to others, please contact me at


Project Title: Clinical supervisors — study on supervisor competencies

Researcher(s) Name(s): Dr. Michael Ellis (Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology at the University at Albany), Colleagues Drs. Rodney Goodyear and Carol Falender

Study Summary: Greetings! My name is Dr. Michael Ellis, and I am a professor in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology at the University at Albany.  I, along with my colleagues Drs. Rodney Goodyear and Carol Falender, am inviting you to participate in a study regarding your role as a clinical supervisor.  Adequate supervision is a critical component to counselor and therapist development, and client outcomes.  With guidelines in place specifically for clinical supervision, we aim to assess supervisors’ confidence in implementing the competencies set forth in these guidelines.  The goal of this study is to develop and test a new measure for clinical supervisors (i.e., the Clinical Supervision Self-Assessment Scale-CSSAS). 

We need a minimum of 300 participants, so we really need your help.

  • We are seeking pre and post licensure psychologists and psychologists in training who are at least 18 years of age, and currently providing clinical supervision to participate in our study. Your responses will permit us to develop and test the psychometric properties of the CSSAS (Clinical Supervision Self-Assessment Scale)
  • To help us get a diverse sample of over 300 clinical supervisors, please personally ask at least 5 (five) of your colleagues who are clinical supervisors to participate. This is the best way to get folks to participate—a personal invitation.
  • The measure (52 items), plus the demographic questions, takes approximately 15 minutes or less to complete (honestly!).
  • We require that all items be answered with the exception of demographic questions. This will help with assessing the psychometric properties of the measure.
  • Participation in this study is completely voluntary and confidential. We do not collect personal identifying information.
  • Under new Federal guidelines, this study qualifies as exempt research because there is no more than minimal risk associated with participation in this study.
  • To participate in the study:
    • Complete the materials online
    • To enter the website, click on this link or enter the URL in your browser.
    • Once at the website, you will be asked to enter the password cssas1.  Instructions on the website will help you navigate through the easy-to-complete research materials.

If you have any questions about the research, please do not hesitate to contact the principle investigator, Michael Ellis, at the address below.

This study has been approved by the University at Albany Institutional Review Board. If you have any questions concerning your rights as a research participant that have not been answered by the investigator or if you wish to report any concerns about the study, you may contact the University at Albany Office of Research Compliance at 800-365-9139 or

My colleagues (i.e., Rod Goodyear and Carol Falender) and I thank you for your cooperation and participation in this research study; it is greatly appreciated!

Contact Information: Michael V. Ellis, Ph.D.  Phone: (518) 442-5048, Email:

Project Title: Assessing Imminent Risk

Researcher(s) Name(s): Kermeka Desai, M.A.  (Principal Investigator), Anthony Perillo, Ph.D. (advisor)

Study Summary: In clinical violence risk assessments, clinicians can be subjected to unfair punishments when a patient evaluated as low-risk is released from custody and commits a violent act. When review boards evaluate the clinician’s assessment, they are vulnerable to the effects of hindsight bias, an overestimate of what the initial clinician could or should have foreseen when conducting the evaluation. The study investigates moderating factors (outcome severity- whether the victim was injured or killed) influencing the impact of the hindsight bias as well as the potential impact of various debiasing techniques that may reduce the influence of the bias, ensuring fairer practices for clinicians.

  • To be eligible students must: Be currently enrolled in a Clinical PsyD or PhD program in the U.S. or Canada (students on internship are still eligible)
  • Have completed at least one external practicum experience

Contact Information: Participants simply need to click the link in the recruitment flyer ( in order to participate. They do not need to separately contact anyone else.

Project Title: Shared Experiences and Individual Contexts: A Grounded Theory Approach for the Continuing Development of Resiliency in Adult Children of Alcoholics

Researcher(s) Name(s): Leah Phillips, M.A.

Study Summary: This qualitative dissertation study aims to explore the development and maintenance of resiliency among adult children of alcoholics (ACOAs) and how they have been able to develop resilience from childhood into adulthood.

To be eligible to participate, applicants must be at least 18 years old, have sufficient comfort and comprehension of the English language (at least a 6grade reading level), have been raised by at least one parent who they consider to have been an alcoholic, and are the parent of least one child.

Applicants with current SI/HI, thoughts of self-harm, psychosis, and/or substance use issue(s) are not eligible for participation.

Contact Information: To participate in this study, please contact me Leah Phillips via email or phone.
Call/Text: (760) 525-6631


Project Title: Evaluating Adherence to the International Test Commission Guidelines for Translating and Adapting Tests

Researcher(s) Name(s): Deborah Duke, M.S.

Study Summary: The purpose of this study is to develop a measurement tool based on the International Test Commission (2017) Guidelines for Translating and Adapting Tests. This tool can be used to evaluate the extent to which a given test adaptation adheres to the guidelines. The initial phase of this study consists of expert review and pilot test of the X-CAGAM.  After the expert review and pilot phases of this study are completed, modifications to the vignettes and X-CAGAM will be made. Next, a larger sample of 100-200 psychologists and psychology graduate students who vary in their experience with cross-cultural research will also be asked to use the X-CAGAM to rate the vignettes. Participants will evaluate one of the three vignettes by applying the X-CAGAM. Using the data generated from their responses, analyses will be conducted to determine the psychometric properties of the X-CAGAM, including its reliability and validity. X-CAGAM performance comparisons will also be made between participants with different background research experiences and professional specializations. These results will allow the researcher to make judgments about the utility of this measure for evaluating cross-cultural test adaptations in practice.

Contact Information: Participants should follow this link to the study: