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:

HIV and Adults 50 and Older

To Participate: You must identify as gay, male, recently diagnosed with HIV within the last 2 years, and 50 or over when diagnosed.  Participation will be in the form of an interview (about 90 minutes to 2 hours of time) and can be done online through videoconferencing, by phone, or in person.

You will receive $25 Amazon EGift Card if you complete the study. You will also be eligible to earn another $10 Amazon EGift Card if you provide feedback once the analysis is completed.  Also, you could learn about yourself and develop new insights and strategies.  And, you would make a contribution to the mental health research that could help other gay men cope better with HIV, help counselors to help recently diagnosed gay men, and prevent further contraction of HIV among gay men 50 and over.

For more info contact Timothy Carreiro, MA, LMHC.

LGBT+ Mental Health in TN

We are a group of psychologists conducting a study on LGBT+ Tennesseans’ beliefs about psychological services and their perceived barriers to help-seeking. The results of this investigation will help therapists and social scientists better accommodate the mental health needs of LGBT+ individuals, particularly those living in Tennessee.

As an incentive for participation in the study, we will make a small contribution to Tennessee Equality Project, an organization that fights negative legislation and promotes non-discrimination measures in state and local governments in Tennessee, for each completed survey. This study has received approval from University of Tennessee’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).

To participate you must:

  1. Identify as LGBT+
  2. Are at least 18 years old
  3. Live in the state of Tennessee.

The questionnaire consists of six previously validated questionnaires and should take roughly 15-20 minutes. Here is a link to the survey.

For more information, contact Patrick R. Grzanka, Assistant Professor of Psychology, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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.

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.