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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: 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.

    Project Title: Resilience, Vicarious Trauma and Trauma Training

    Researcher(s) Name(s): Diana Vera, M.A. and George Gharibian, PhD.

    Study Summary: I am conducting research concerning the relationship between how early clinician trauma exposure (experience with trauma therapy, supervision, and fieldwork) is associated with vicarious trauma. This research will serve to encourage appropriate standards in psychology doctoral programs that include trauma training to help early clinicians cope with vicarious trauma and increase their own resilience.

    To participate in this research, you must be 18 years old or older; must be able to speak, read, and write in the English language, and be a graduate student in one of the clinical PsyD or Ph.D. graduate programs at a professional school of psychology institution.

    Contact Information: Below is a link to participate in this research, which should take approximately 20 minutes of your time. I would like to thank you in advance for your participation. If you have any questions or concerns about this research, please do not hesitate to contact me at Diana Vera at or her research supervisor, George Gharibian at

  • LGBT

    Project Title: Survey of TNB-Affirming Practices in APA-Accredited Psychology Programs

    Researcher(s) Name(s):Dr. Anneliese Singh; Rebekah Ingram Estevez, M.Ed.

    Study Summary: In 2015, the American Psychological Association (APA) released the Guidelines on Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) people (APA, 2015). Since that time, no research has been conducted to inquire as to whether APA-accredited doctoral-level psychology programs are teaching the information included in the guidelines in their respective programs. Trans and non-binary individuals historically avoid seeking mental healthcare due to high rates of discrimination and stigmatization from mental health professionals (Singh & dickey, 2017). Additionally, this vulnerable population experiences documented high rates of emotional distress, including rates of suicidality as high as 40% (James et al., 2016). Thus, it is important that, beginning in training, psychologists-in-training be taught trans-affirming practices. The purpose of the current survey is to ask students currently enrolled in APA-accredited doctoral-level psychology programs about their experiences with being taught information included in the 2015 guidelines.

    Contact Information: To participate, opt-in to the survey via this link. You will read an informed consent letter to be retained for your records. The study should take between 15-20 minutes. To contact the researcher, email

  • 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: Clinical/Counseling Psychology Student Stress Study

    Researcher(s) Name(s): Dr. Quyen Tiet

    Study Summary: Graduate school is stressful  and we’re undertaking a study that may help graduate students and young clinical and counseling psychologists to deal with stress more efficiently. The goal of our study is to learn more about the stress and resilience of currently enrolled clinical and counseling psychology doctoral students, and how they cope with their stress. 

    Contact Information: Quyen Tiet:, Jordan Brooks:, Barry Brownstein:, Lee Tran:, Tyla Mixon:

    Survey link:

  • Other Topics

    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

    Project Title: The Impact of the Racial and Ethnic Identity of the Microaggressor on the Collective Self-Esteem and Anxiety of College Students of Color

    Researcher Name: Li Ting Lin

    Study Summary: The primary purpose of this research project is to investigate the impact of psychological distress (i.e., anxiety and collective self-esteem) as a function of the race of the microaggressor. Participants will include current undergraduate and graduate students of color enrolled in U.S. college/universities who are ages 18 and above.

    Contact Information: If interested in participating, contact Li Ting Lin at Survey link:

    Diversity Matters: Factors Influencing Black Doctoral Psychology Student Success and Program Completion 

    Researcher Name: F.D. Unachukwu, M.A.

    Study Summary:

    a) This is a study that aims to explore factors relating to the success of Black students in doctoral psychology programs. These factors include: academic resilience, racial identity, faculty mentorship, and social integration.

    b) Anyone who identifies as Black and has attended a doctoral program in Psychology (currently or previously) is eligible to participate in my dissertation study.

    c) You will be asked complete three surveys and a demographic questionnaire. The study takes approximately 15-20 to complete, and participants have the opportunity to enter a raffle for one of five $20 Amazon gift cards. 

    Contact Information: If you have any questions, please contact F.D. Unachukwu (student researcher) at 502-509-1047 or via email at; or Dr. Thomas Bergandi (dissertation chair) at

    Click the link below to begin your survey!

    Project Title: Examining the relationship between multicultural training experiences of clinical psychology graduate students and their demonstrated multicultural competence  

    Researcher Names: Kristina Nunez, Chair: Dr. Marla Vannucci 

    Study Summary:

    I am seeking participants enrolled in an APA accredited Clinical Psychology (Psy.D. and Ph.D.) Program and have had at least six months of a practicum experience. The purpose of this study is to understand how their multicultural training experiences are influencing their development of multicultural competencies. 

    Study link:

    Contact Information:


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