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: Limited English Proficiency Populations: Issues in Using Interpreters versus Being Bilingual in Behavioral Health Care

    Researcher(s) Name(s): James Issel

    Study Summary: This study is designed to explore the current practices of bilingual/multilingual clinicians and interpreters/translators in the therapeutic context with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) populations, 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 to 15 minutes to complete. In order to participate, you must be a therapist/clinician either licensed or currently in training 1) who works with interpreters (in any language) and LEP clients and/or 2) who is bilingual/multilingual in English and any other language, and conducts therapy in a language other than English with LEP populations. 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, don’t hesitate to contact me at

    Survey link:

    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

  • 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:

    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:

  • Clinical Samples

    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:

  • 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: 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: Living with Pain: Potential Contributions of the Modified Four Drawing Protocol

    Researcher(s) Name(s): Dr. Noah Hass-Cohen & Dr. Rebecca Bokoch

    Study Summary: We are seeking participants who experience ongoing pain and are interested in participating in an art therapy research project. Pain management and coping with pain are very much influenced by psychosocial factors, and by perception. Adding an art therapy psychosocial intervention to other interventions, addresses the implicit, non-verbal underpinnings of pain experience and may provide sustained relief from pain. You will be asked to draw. However, no art experience is needed. Participation will include three meetings: 1) Phone or skype interview (½ hour), 2) Face-to face meeting (1- 1½ hour) at Alliant LA campus, at a private office or at your home. Private office locations are in the Fairfax Wilshire area or in Pasadena, and 3) Phone or skype follow up (½ hour).

    Contact Information: Dr. Noah Hass-Cohen PsyD, ATR-BC

    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: 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:

    Project Title: Vicarious Trauma and the Therapist’s Sexual Self-Esteem

    Researcher(s) Name(s): Adrienne Habib, M.A., (Principal Investigator), Tara Shuman, Psy.D., (Advisor)

    Study Summary: This study is looking at the relationship between Vicarious Trauma and the therapist’s sexual self-esteem. Participants must be licensed Masters or Doctoral level therapists who are licensed in the United States.  My survey is completely anonymous and takes about 25-30 minutes to complete. Participants will have the option to enter their email into a separate raffle on Survey Monkey to win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards! Thank you.

    Contact Information: If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Adrienne Habib (, (760) 710-7494). The survey for this study can be accessed and completed at:

    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:

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