Participate in Research



Blanket recruitment of participants via University email is prohibited. To recruit participants for your study, please follow the research posting 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

Research Categories:

  • Training and Education at Alliant: Professional Issues
  • LGBT
  • Family and Couple Relationship Studies
  • Clinical Samples
  • Crime and the Justice System
  • Workplace
  • Personality, Stress, Coping, Decision-Making, and Problem-Solving
  • Other Topics
  • Training and Education at Alliant: Professional Issues

    Project Title: Training Study 1

    Researcher(s) Name(s): Dr. George V. Gushue

    Study Summary: Dear Students and Clinical Trainees, You are invited to participate in a study run by the SOCIAL COGNITION AND CAREER LAB at Teachers College, Columbia University which aims at exploring how social attitudes and beliefs may influence training in professional psychology.  Please help us to explore this important topic for clinical training! You will have a chance to answer several interesting questions while completing an online survey in approximately 20-25 minutes.  To participate you should be a currently enrolled student in a graduate level (Masters/Doctoral Degree) Counseling or Clinical Psychology Program.

    Contact Information: Please feel free to access the survey (IRB Protocol # 18-496) by clicking the link If you have any questions regarding the study, you can contact our lab email or Dr. George V. Gushue directly at, (p): 212-678-3170

    Project Title: The Graduate Student Experience: A Parent's Perspective

    Researcher(s) Name(s): Amanda Marquez

    Study Summary: I am investigating the graduate student experience to determine possible similarities and differences in experiences of students with dependent children versus students without while also examining the possible role parenting satisfaction plays in the graduate experience of student parents. To collect data for my study, I am seeking graduate students (student-parents and non-parents) who are currently enrolled in a clinical or counseling psychology doctoral program. Especially looking to hear from graduate student-parents! To be considered student-parent must be a graduate student who has dependent children via birth, marriage or adoption under the age of 18yrs old.

    Contact Information:
    Please click the following link which includes study information, consent and survey.

  • LGBT

    No Studies Available Currently

  • Family and Couple Relationship Studies

    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:

  • Clinical Samples

    No Studies Available Currently

  • Crime and the Justice System

    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

  • Workplace

    No Studies Available Currently

  • Personality, Stress, Coping, Decision-Making and Problem-Solving

    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: Yoga mobile applications: Use, adherence and mental health.

    Researcher(s) Name(s): Patricia Sotolongo M.S. (PI), Liana Abascal, Ph.D. (chair), Erik Groessl, Ph.D. (reader).

    Study Summary: Participants must be at least 18 years old, fluent in English, able to consent, willing and able to participate in the activity, live in the US, and have access to a smartphone. They must not have had a consistent yoga practice for the last three months (practicing at least once a week), not be pregnant, or have any serious medical or physical conditions. They will be asked to download a free mobile application on your smartphone, fill out a short survey before and after participation, participate in three specific yoga sessions (20-30 minutes each) every week, for four weeks total.

    Contact Information: If you would like to participate in the study, please visit the survey:

  • Other Topics

    Project Title: Educational Experiences and Attitudes

    Researcher(s) Name(s): Jordan Newburg (and advisor, Seth Brown, PhD)

    Study Summary: This is an invitation to participate in the research project titled Educational Experiences and Attitudes. Participants’ attitudes, general characteristics, and educational experiences will be assessed. This study is intended for students currently enrolled in a doctoral-level clinical or counseling psychology program, those at least 19 years of age, and those within the United States and Territories. This study should take 10 minutes or less to complete. The first 150 participants will be compensated with a $5 gift card to their choice of Caribou Coffee, Dunkin Donuts, or Amazon.

    Contact Information:

    Project Title: International Students' Perceptions of Challenges; Pre to Post Matriculation in United States Professional Psychology Doctoral Programs 

    Researcher(s) Name(s): Chathuri R. Illapperuma and Dr. Kasee Stratton- Gadke

    Study Summary: This study aims to identify challenges of international graduate students (students on an F1 visa) completing professional psychology doctoral programs in the United States. The study aims to compare students' concerns pre and post matriculation to address recruitment and retention strategies for this population. The study aims to address concerns across a) language and academics; (b) culture; (c) financial; (d) supervision and mentoring; and (e) career opportunities. The study is a survey estimated to take 20-25 minutes for completion. The survey can be accessed through the following link:

    Contact Information: or

    Project Title: Religion, Spirituality, Sexual Attitudes, and Risky Sexual Behaviors of Young Adult Black Males

    Researcher(s) Name(s): Kendal C. Boyd, Ph.D. & Jade Seto, M.A.

    Study Summary: The aim of the study is to investigate whether religion and spirituality serve as protective factors against risky sexual behaviors among young adult Black males while underscoring the mechanisms that can explain this relationship. Data will be collected electronically using Qualtrics Survey Questionnaire. Participants will be recruited via email recruitment that will provide a link to the study and informed consent. The target study population is young adult Black males who are between the ages of 18 and 25, identifies as Black/African American, male, and not married/engaged. Participants will have the option to be entered in a raffle drawing with a chance to win one of sixteen Visa GiftCards. 

    Contact Information: Perspective participants may contact the primary investigator, Dr. Kendal Boyd at or at (909) 558-8574. The student investigator may be reached at

    Project Title: Latino families accessing mental health services for a child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Researcher: Elizabeth Sánchez Arvizu, M.A.

    Summary: We are attempting to understand the obstacles parents face when seeking services for their children diagnosed with autism. Help us to understand what parents experience when seeking autism resources for their children. We are looking for Caucasian or Mexican decent parents of child between the ages of 3 and 17-year-old diagnosed with autism. To participate in the study parents, need to be living in California.

    Contact Information: You can access the English survey at
    And the Spanish one at

    If you have any questions, contact Elizabeth at (619) 356-1438


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