Research Studies

“Perceptions of Fibromyalgia”

Purpose and description of the study (including research methods):

A sociological exploration of fibromyalgia to better understand how individuals maintain wellness while suffering from a chronic illness. Using an online survey and one-on-one phone/Zoom interviews, I ask my participants questions about: 1) the meaning of fibromyalgia; 2) how they discovered they had fibromyalgia; 3) effective treatment options; and 4) their thoughts about the fibromyalgia community at large. My overarching goal is to advocate to medical researchers/practitioners and policymakers that fibromyalgia is a condition of the body-mind made more complicated by social circumstances, honing in on the importance of social and financial support.

This project is two parts. Participants can choose to complete the survey (20 minutes), the interview (one hour), or both.

 

Location of the study: Phone/zoom

 

Time frame (length of recruitment): Recruitment is estimated to end May, 2021.

How participants will be compensated for their participation: There is no financial compensation for this project. However, we will be keeping in touch with participants after the study is over to 1) gather their feedback on findings/analysis; 2) share finished written product; and 3) provide practical suggestions to navigate the fibromyalgia diagnosis and, more broadly, to maintain wellness in the face of chronic illness.

Additional information (e.g., website/survey link):

tinyurl.com/FibroUCSB OR https://ucsb.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eny6iRv15riIQ05

 

Contact information of Primary Investigation/Investigator:

Sarah Devoto

Email: sarahdevoto@ucsb.edu

Phone Number: (805) 585-7185

“Discrimination and Anxiety among Black Youth”

Purpose and description of the study (including research methods):

The purpose of this research is to better understand how experiences of discrimination and fear of police violence may impact Black children’s feelings and behaviors, including anxiety symptoms. This research is important because discrimination among youth has negative long-term mental, emotional, and physical health consequences. This research is also important as it may help to make treatments for child and adolescent anxiety better. Anxiety is among the most common mental health problems reported by youth, as well as Black persons in general. Because of this, it is important to conduct research that may be useful in informing treatment for anxiety in Black youth in the future. You must have a child between the ages of 7-16 years old to participate.

 

If you agree to participate:

  • The eligibility survey will take ~2 minutes.

  • The eligibility survey will ask you questions about your demographic and contact information.

  • If you meet the basic eligibility criteria, we will contact you to set up a 1.5 hour Zoom call in which we will meet with both you and your child.

  • During the Zoom call we will ask several questions to confirm study eligibility, provide study information, discuss consent and assent forms with both the child and parent present, and administer surveys virtually via REDCap.

Location of the study: Online

Time frame (length of recruitment): Recruitment is estimated to end October, 2022.

How participants will be compensated for their participation: All participating families will receive a $15 Amazon gift card after successfully completing study surveys.

 

Additional information (e.g., website/survey link):

https://redcap.times.uh.edu/surveys/?s=DL8Y9TK8AJ

Researcher: Haley Conroy; 512-709-2851; heconroy@uh.edu

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Andres Viana; agviana@uh.edu 

“Surviving COVID-19: Risk and Resilience Factors for Black Adults”

 

Purpose and description of the study (including research methods): 

We are looking for adults (18+) who identify as Black or African American to participate in a study examining factors related to mental health during the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic for Black adults.  The study requires completing one online survey that requires approximately 45 to 60 minutes to complete and one 45-minute virtual interview via zoom.  Click the link to review the consent form and participate in the study. Reviewing the consent form does not require you to participate in the study.

 

This project has been reviewed by the University of Houston Institutional Review Board (IRB) (713) 743-9204.

Location of the study: Online

 

Time frame (length of recruitment): Recruitment is estimated to end July, 2021

 

How participants will be compensated for their participation: Participants will earn a $20 Walmart gift card after completing the online survey and virtual interview.

 

Additional information (e.g., website/survey link):

https://uhpsychology.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cvzt5kL89THLrNj

Contact information of Primary Investigation/Investigator:

Jasmin Brooks, M.A. brookspsyclab@gmail.com  

“COVID-19 and Discrimination Study”


Purpose and description of the study (including research methods): 

The goal of the study is to learn more about the impact of COVID-19 and recent events in the United States on African American individuals. Some topics include experiences of discrimination and racism, changes in behaviors, changes in access to medical services, attitudes towards medical providers and police, and feelings of stress or anxiety both before and during the COVID-19 outbreak. This type of research will help us learn more about the psychological impact of recent stressful events in the United States.

Location of the study: Online

Time frame (length of recruitment): The survey will be open until the end of summer 2021 (i.e., August 2021) 

How participants will be compensated for their participation: Participants will be entered into a raffle to win one of four gift cards

Additional information (e.g., website/survey link): 

https://cwru.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0kdMXx6EqbT6sFD

 

Contact information of Primary Investigation/Investigator:

Amy Przeworski; axp335@case.edu

“Lift Every Voice - Relationship between Anorexia Diagnosis and School Academic Achievement among African American Women: A Qualitative Study”

 

Purpose and description of the study (including research methods): 

The purpose of this qualitative narrative inquiry is to give a voice to African American women who have experienced anorexia in order to identify educational supports needed for African American girls between the ages of 12 and 20 to achieve academic success. The participants will be adult African American women who were diagnosed with anorexia between the ages of 12 and 20 and /or while in middle to high school. Interested participants will email baker.p@gmercyu.edu expressing an interest in the research study. Participants will be provided an electronic link to complete a survey that also includes the consent form. After completing the survey participants will be asked to complete a research interview via zoom.

 

Location of the study:  Online

 

Time frame (length of recruitment): Until July 2021

 

How participants will be compensated for their participation: There is no compensation for participation 

 

Additional information (e.g., website/survey link): Survey link will be provided after interested participants email baker.p@gmercyu.edu expressing an interest in the research study

 

Contact information of Primary Investigation/Investigator:

 

Principal Investigator: 

Phelicia Washington Baker 
Phone: 2404603408

Email Address: baker.p@gmercyu.edu

 

Name of Faculty Advisor (Of Student Proposal):

Dr. Beverly Barksdale
Email Address: barksdale.b@gmercyu.edu

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