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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




Project Title: Evaluative feedback process in supervision using the CEM model

Researcher(s): Lavanya Devdas, MSW (student researcher), Dr. Arpana Inman (adviser and dissertation chair)

Study Summary: Research has highlighted benefits to using supportive and effective evaluative feedback practices in supervision such as bolstering trainee self-confidence (Heppner & Roehlke, 1984), and creating a positive experience of supervision for supervisees (Hilton, Russell, & Salmi, 1995). Simultaneously, feedback can also be a source of anxiety (Bradley & Kottler, 2001) where supervisees are ambivalent about disclosing their vulnerabilities for purposes of personal development while being evaluated on their areas of personal growth. Thus, evaluation is a critical component for supervisee development (Heckman-Stone, 2003; Johnston & Milne, 2012), and requires a closer examination to clarify its role in influencing supervisee development.

Contact Information: If interested in participating, participants should contact Lavanya Devdas at lad210@lehigh.edu, or my advisor, Dr. Arpana G. Inman atagi2@lehigh.edu, or Susan Disidore, inors@lehigh.edu, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, at (610) 758-3021.

Survey: https://lehigh.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cOy4cU6VMVfBxit

Password is FEEDBACK


Project Title: Social Networking Dilemmas for Psychologists; Privacy, Confidentiality, Professionalism, and Boundary Issues; and Policies

Researcher(s): Afshan Afsahi

Study Summary: The purpose of this research is to take a closer look at psychology graduate students and psychologists' use of privacy settings; their awareness, beliefs, and practices as it relates to their own and others' online behaviors; their preparedness to have discussions with their clients about how they handle online "friend requests;" whether they are more likely to engage in online behaviors if they work with a younger population; and whether or not psychologists have developed their own ethical professional policy. Participants for this proposed research study are current graduate students and interns in professional psychology programs, as well as licensed psychologists.

Contact Information: Afshan Afsahi, M.S., Doctoral Candidate, aafsahi@antioch.edu, 709.693.7824




Project Title: Perceptions of MFT/CFT Trained, Pre-Licensed Mental Health Providers Toward Same-Sex Intimate Partner Violence.

Researcher(s): J. David Miller MA (PI) or Dr. Ling-Ying Chou (Faculty Advisor)

Study Summary: This study examines whether pre-licensed mental health providers hold differential perceptions toward same-sex intimate partner violence than opposite-sex intimate partner violence. Participants will be:

  1. Over 18 years old
  2. Pre-licensed
  3. Have completed at least one year of formal education in a program leading to MFT licensure.
  4. Excluded from the study are students who have begun post-masters level course work in a mental health related field.

The survey requires reading one short vignette and answering 14 questions. The survey should take about 15 minute to complete. Participants completing the survey will be eligible to win a $10 gift card.

Contact Information: To participate contact David Miller at jmiller3@alliant.edu, or call (562) 481.1938.


Project Title: Siblings in the Coming out Process

Researcher(s): Dr Haxhe, S., Dr Mitchell, V.

Study Summary: If sibling studies are generally rare in the field of family research and therapy, in the study of LGBT families it has to be noted that they are virtually non-existent. However, several authors have shown the protective effect of siblings. For example, it has been demonstrated (Gass, Jenkins & Dunn, 2007; Feinberg, Sakuma, Hostetler & Mc Hale, 2013) that sibling affection can serve as a moderating factor between stressful life events and psychological symptoms. For this reason, the present research aims to understand the impact of the sibling relationship on the coming-out process, and the potential resource that it could represent. But the research is also about the impact of the coming-out on the siblings, in family dynamics and on a more individual level.
A qualitative research project based on semi-structured interviews has been piloted during a preliminary phase (2011-2013) on a Belgian sample of 102 subjects (University of Liège, Belgium). The present research will involve the recruitment of a larger sample, and will combine live interviews and online questionnaires.

Contact Information: Dr Stéphanie Haxhe, shaxhe@ulg.ac.be; Dr V. Mitchell, vmitchell@alliant.edu
Online survey:
For LG---> https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SIBLINGsurveyLESBIANGAYversion
For siblings---> http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SIBLINGsurveySIBLINGversion


Project Title: Mindfulness, Coping, and Social Support: Psychological Protective Factors Against Minority Stress for College-Aged Same-Sex Attracted Women 

Researcher(s): Jeannette Bergfeld

Study Summary: I’m looking for participants in my study on psychological and protective factors for same-sex attracted college-aged women. If you meet all of the following criteria, you are eligible to participate in the study:
1) Identify as a woman
2) Between the ages of 18 and 28
3) Identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or queer, meaning you are mainly attracted sexually/romantically to other women
4) Are able to read English fluently
This study involves completing self-report surveys online at the link pasted below and will take about 30 to 40 minutes to complete. After completing the study, participants will also have the option of entering their name in a raffle to win one of five $200 Visa Gift Cards. 

Contact Information: 

Link for the study: https://alliant.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bI1cet1prjt8x4V

Please email me at lbqwomenstudy@gmail.com if you have any questions.




Project Title: Grieving Fathers; Raising Daughters: A Phenomenological Study

Researcher(s): Pooja K. Sharma, M.A., MFT and Rajeswari Natrajan-Tyagi, Ph.D (Faculty Chair)

Study Summary: I’m currently seeking participants (fathers and daughters) who are interested in speaking about their father-daughter relationship as strength and resiliency after the loss of the mother. Interested individuals will be asked to fill out a short demographic questionnaire (about 5 minutes to complete) and participate in an interview which will last no longer than 60 minutes.

Father requirements:
• Fathers who have experienced loss of their spouse due to sudden or unexpected death and have raised their daughters through their developmental years irrespective of whether they remarried or not
• Must have lost their spouse during the developmental years of their daughter
• Must have been involved in raising a daughter during their developmental years (teen years from puberty to early adulthood) either alone or with another spouse/significant other.

Daughter requirements:
• Adult daughters who have experienced loss of their mothers in their developmental years and being raised by their fathers.
• Must be currently 18 years or above at time of interview.
• Must have experienced loss of their mother during their developmental years (teen years from puberty to early adulthood).

Contact Information: If interested, please contact Pooja K. Sharma at pkhosla@alliant.edu or 949-667-1757.



There are no studies in this category at this time.



Project Title: The Insanity Defense: A Study of the Fundamentalist Christian Perspective 

Researcher(s): Nicole Smith

Study Summary: Thank you for the opportunity for me to tell you about a study I am doing as part of my dissertation at Alliant International University. I am interested in looking at how an individual’s religious beliefs might influence their opinion of the insanity defense. 

I am looking to survey undergraduate and graduate students who meet the following criteria:

  • Over the age of 18
  • US Citizen
  • Registered voter and/or hold a California drivers license or identification card
  • Ability to read and write in English.
  • Not affiliated with the legal system (employed as an attorney, judge, paralegal etc). 

The survey is voluntary, confidential, and will take approximately 15-20 minutes of your time. 

Contact Information: If you qualify and would like to participate, please visit the following link where you will be given further instructions:

Email: nsmith@alliant.edu



Project Title: An Assessment of Diagnostic Abilities in Student-Trainees

Researcher(s) Name(s): Principal Researcher - Paul Gross, M.A.;  Chair – Theodore Burnes, Ph.D.

Study Summary: I am currently collecting data for my dissertation on the assessment of diagnostic abilities in student-trainees who are currently enrolled in (or have just completed) their third year of a doctoral program (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in clinical psychology or counseling psychology.  Participants will be presented with a brief clinical vignette and asked to subsequently complete a Diagnostic Impressions Questionnaire.  Participants will have a chance to win one of four $50 gift cards for their choice of either Starbucks Coffee, Target Department Stores, or Walmart.

Contact Information: To complete the survey, please click on the link below or copy and paste the URL into your internet browser:


You may also contact Paul Gross, M.A. at pauldgross@gmail.com to be provided with a link to the survey. 


Project Title: Employee Perceptions, Technology, and Support for Leaders with Visible Disabilities

Researcher(s) Name(s): John Santos

Study Summary:  The purpose of the research is to explore leadership and disability in the workplace. The participants of this study will be male or female adults over the age of 18. Participants will be leaders of organizations and their employees. Leaders must have a visible disability such as amputations, paralysis, and mandated use of mobility devices. Employees will currently serve at the organizations where the leaders work; they will have had direct contact with the leader. Participants will be recruited from a range of employment industries such as the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Association, schools, hospitals, advocacy groups, and sporting organizations.

Contact Information:  John Santos; E-Mail: jsantos@alliant.edu, Phone Number: (619) 972-1266.



Project Title: Clinical Psychology Doctoral Students and Burnout: A Comparative Analysis for Student’s Levels of Demands and the Utilization of Self Care Strategies

Researcher(s) Name(s): Mary Miguel

Study Summary:  This study will explore the factors contributing to burnout for Psy.D. students with low demands (e.g. single, no children), and high demands (e.g., marriage, children). Research design -60 second through fifth year Psy.D students, ages 21 – 55 years old. Students will complete an online SurveyMonkey.com link, containing assessments, a demographic questionnaire, and an informed consent. Participants may withdraw from the survey any time without penalty, and will receive a full results summary, and a debriefing statement after the study is completed. Participants may choose to be entered into a raffle for one of three online $50 Amazon gift cards.

Contact Information:  The link to the survey is http://lnkd.in/bjRfRN5

Questions about getting access to this study may be directed to Dr. Tica Lopez (tlopez@argosy.edu) at (714) 620-3700.


Project Title: Life Events Survey 2014

Researcher(s) Name(s): Susannah Robb Kondrath (primary investigator); Dr. Nicholas Noviello, Ph.D. (faculty sponsor)

Study Summary:  This study will explore the student experience and asks questions regarding life events that students experience as well as personality and life satisfaction.  Eligible participants are current American university students, including both undergraduate and graduate students over the age of 18.

Contact Information:  Interested participants can take the survey here: http://tinyurl.com/LifeEventsSurvey The researcher can be contacted at skondrath@alliant.edu

Project Title: Women Doctoral Students in Professional Psychology
Researcher(s): Erin Ayala
Study Summary: Women who are doctoral students in professional psychology are vulnerable to stress due to competing demands between work, family, and adjustment to new roles in research, clinical work, and teaching.  The consequences of stress are well known, but our field does not yet have an empirically supported model to explain the relation between stress and wellbeing of psychology trainees.  The purpose of this research is to gain a stronger understanding of the experiences of such women.  Inclusion criteria include women who are matriculated as either full-time or part-time doctoral students in a clinical, counseling, or school psychology doctoral program.
Contact Information: If interested in participating, how and who should be contacted? The link to the study is as follows: https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=156658.  If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the primary investigator (ering@albany.edu).



Project Title: Child Projective Drawings

Researcher(s) Name(s): Student researcher: Briana Johannesen, Chair: Anne Waters, Other committee members: Lionel Joseph, Asimina Panayoutou

Study Summary:  Research revolving around the evaluation of child projective drawings, and how students/clinicians are using drawings in their practice.  Participants requested include students and clinicians who have 2+ experience working with children and/or teenagers and who have used drawings as part of their work.  Participants should have either graduated from or currently be enrolled in a psychology program.

Contact Information:  If interested in participating, participants can contact me directly at briana_johannesen@mspp.edu or click on the survey link and complete the survey online. Link to complete survey:   https://mspp.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_d6BHpMdrkiiGqYR


Project Title: Global Nomad Identity Formation: Adult Third Culture Kids

Researcher(s) Name(s): Gizem Reyal M.A. 

Study Summary:  

The study will explore the identity formation and adult life choices of individuals who have spent some of their formative years (birth-18) living internationally. More specifically, this study will explore how growing up and developing an identity as a third culture kid affect participants’ current lifestyles.  This study will also examine how these individuals are forming their own identities, as well as how their global identities play into their current life choices including relationships, career paths, current places of residence, and how they are choosing to live their lives.                                                                                                                                                                

Participants must be: 

- English speaking

- Between the ages of 25-35

- Have lived a minimum of 3 years internationally between the ages of birth to 18?

- Have reflected upon your identity and its influence to your current self?

-Be willing to take a 1.5-2.5 hour online survey pertaining to questions on life choices and identity.

Contact Information:  If interested in participating, please take the online questionnaire. The questionnaire can be accessed at: https://qtrial2014.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0vqgq7y5IgooXBj

If you have any further  questions please email the Researcher, Gizem Reyal, M.A at greyal@alliant.edu


Project Title: Internalization of Socio-Cultural Beauty Image Ideals among Ethnically Diverse Women

Researcher(s) Name(s): Sara Baxter

Study Summary: The goal of research is to explore social comparison theory and its influence on body image ideals and body shame. Addressing social comparison can lead to greater understanding of the role of social and cultural influences on how women perceive and feel about their body. The main idea of this study is to further understand how the social phenomena of comparing one’s body can create negative effects (e.g. dissatisfaction with body image, shame about the body) with the challenges presented by social comparisons among women of various ethnicities.

Contact Information: If interested in participating, please copy this link https://alliant.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4GaXBQBZhqSa2aN. If you have any questions, please contact the researcher, Sara Baxter, at sbaxter1@alliant.edu


Project Title: Exploring the Individual Disease Burden of Alopecia, Atopic Dermatitis and Psoriasis. 

Researcher(s) Name(s): Melissa M. Matos, M.A. and Peter Theodore, Ph.D. (dissertation chair)

Study Summary: The purpose of this study is to investigate stressors and challenges that contribute toward the individual disease burden of chronic skin disease.

To be eligible to participate:

1. Must be 18 years or older.

2. Must have been diagnosed with Alopecia (Areata/Universalis/Totalis), Atopic Dermatitis and/or Psoriasis for a minimum of one year.

3. Must live in the United States.

This study involves completing an online survey and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. After completing the study, participants will also have the option of entering their name in a raffle to win one of four $50 Amazon Gift Cards.

Please utilize the following link to participate:  https://alliant.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9HMJatTxHmtxBWc

Contact Information: mmatos@alliant.edu


Project Title: Psychological Implications of Childhood Bullying in Adult Survivors

Researcher's Name: Cynthia Laskowski, M.A.
Supervisor: Theodore Burnes, Ph.D., M.S.Ed.

Study Summary: Qualitative examination of residual effects of having been bullied in child in the adult population 30 and older; a phone interview will be conducted asking 13 questions regarding the topic in addition to brief demographic information. A $15 Starbucks gift card will be provided as incentive and thanks.

Contact Information: claskowski@alliant.edu or (415) 250-8445


Project Title:  Preventing Emotional Eating Routines (PEER) (submitted to IRB under Behavioral Weight Loss for Emotional Eaters (BWL-EE)

Researcher(s):  Kerri Boutelle, Ph.D.

Study Summary:  The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of a new family-based treatment that will help female adolescents reduce emotional eating by teaching them skills to manage strong emotions. In addition to learning these skills, the program will help adolescents lose weight by teaching weight loss skills including dietary and physical activity recommendations. Adolescents may qualify if they are female, overweight (85 – 99% BMI), between the ages of 13 and 17, and have a parent who is willing to participate.

Contact Information:  If interested, please contact the UCSD Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research (CHEAR) at (858) 822 – 2158 or kidsweight@ucsd.edu


Project Title:  A Comparison of Abstinence and Perceived Self-efficacy for Individuals Attending SMART Recovery and Alcoholics Anonymous

Researcher(s):  Emily Guarnotta

Study Summary:  I am looking for participants who are currently attending either Alcoholics Anonymous or SMART Recovery, identify as having had a problem with alcohol in the past, and are currently at least 30 days sober. The study takes approximately 15 minutes to complete online. There is an option to submit your email to enter to win one of 10 $15 Starbucks gift cards. Overall, the goal of the study is to better understand how personality characteristics affect membership in different self-help groups.

Contact Information: 

The link for the study is:  https://alliant.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2gbZCD9OOculval   

Please email me at eguarnotta@alliant.edu if you have any questions.