Participate in Research

Participating in research on LGBTQ people is a great way to contribute to the body of knowledge that is used to design health, wellness, spiritual, interpersonal, and political projects that affect us every day. Here are some research projects running right now that are looking for volunteers:

Dyadic Management of Chronic Pain in Lesbian Couples

  • Are you interested in participating in research about how chronic pain affects women in same-sex relationships?
  • Have you or your partner been diagnosed with chronic pain?
  • Have you and your partner been in a same-sex relationship for at least 2 months?
  • Are you over the age of 18 years?

If you answered yes to these questions please read more about the Dyadic Management study here.

LGBTQ Adults and Health

Most studies focus on the “problems” or risk factors experienced by LGBT persons, and little is known about potential protective characteristics that might influence an LGBT persons’ health.  Thus, your participation in this brief survey will help to raise awareness about these issues and will help healthcare professionals to better understand the health of LGBT persons living in our country.

Participation in this survey is completely voluntary and confidential. It will take about 20-30 minutes to complete the survey. To complete the survey please follow this link. Have questions? Contact the researcher.

Physical Activity in Transgender Adults

Researchers know very little about physical activity in the transgender community, although we know that some barriers exist. If you are a transgender adult, regardless of whether you consider yourself to be physically active, please consider filling out our anonymous online survey. At the conclusion of the survey, we will be asking participants whether they are interested in doing a telephone interview with us about this topic. Here is a link to the survey. Have questions? Contact the researcher.

Gender-Diverse Parents Study

The purpose of this study is to examine the many ways families headed by gender diverse parents have been created, explore how families function, and learn about the relationship between partners. The study consists of an online survey and will take approximately 20-40 minutes of your time.  To qualify for the study you have to identify as non-cisgender/trans*/gender non-conforming/gender diverse parent and have a least one child of any age, this child can be biological, adopted, foster, step, etc. If you and/or your partner are interested in participating or want further information please contact Dr. Samantha Tornello (Principal Investigator) via email or at the study’s website.

Heterosexist Experiences Study

LGBTQ-affirmative researchers at the University of Massachusetts Boston are developing online exercises to help sexual minority people with their experiences of homophobia. In this study, we are asking LGBQ people who have had homophobic experiences to participate in some of these writing exercises. There is a great need to develop interventions to address homophobic experiences. Research has produced considerable evidence that writing exercises can be an effective way to work through challenging experiences. We are interested in learning about your thoughts and experiences.

To Participate: You must be LGBQ identified, over 18, and have had an experience of heterosexism that is still troubling to you and that you can explore. Participation is online and can be done at home.

Benefits: You will receive an $80 gift card if you complete the study (about 3 hours of time spread across 5 days). You will also be eligible to enter a raffle for a $100 Amazon gift card if you participate. Also, you could learn about yourself and develop new insights and strategies. And, you would make a contribution to LGBQ mental health research that could help other people who have had homophobic experiences.

To learn more, visit this webpage or contact Dr. Heidi Levitt.

Study: Parent Reactions to Having a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender (LGBT) Child

I am Dani Rosenkrantz, and I am seeking volunteers to participate in my research study about factors influencing parent reactions to having a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) child.  I am seeking a diverse sample of parents with various levels of comfort with LGBT identity, diverse religious/spiritual/non-theistic perspectives, and a variety of demographics representation (i.e., gender, race) that would be willing to share their experiences as the parent of a child with an LGBT identity or desire.  If you are at least 18 years old and would like more information about how to participate, please visit our website. If you volunteer to participate, the survey will take approximately 20-40 minutes to complete. If you participate, you will be given the opportunity to enter in a drawing for a chance to win one of four $25 amazon gift cards for taking part in the study. For more information please contact Dani E. Rosenkrantz, Ed.S., M.S.