Researchers at The University of Alabama seek volunteers to participate in studies. Brief descriptions of active projects in need of volunteers are provided along with contact information.
Note to researchers: Only projects approved by the UA Institutional Review Board are eligible for inclusion on this page. All projects submitted by students will be sent to the faculty adviser for approval. When a new project is added, a link to this page may be included in the email newsletter, Inside UA, distributed to the campus community. For consideration, please use the Submit News form and note the purpose in the description.
CHILDREN, YOUNG ADULTS NEEDED FOR SEVERAL RESEARCH STUDIES
Researchers with the Center for Youth Development and Intervention at The University of Alabama are conducting several research studies seeking child, teen and young adult participants. They include:
Children with autism diagnosis wanted for online counseling study
Children ages 8 through 12 with a diagnosis of autism can participate in a study of the appropriateness and effectiveness of an online, psychological group counseling program. Children will be randomly assigned to take part in the program or to a waitlist group. Those on the waitlist can choose to participate in the program after a waiting period ends. Called Social Motivation Intervention Leveraging E-learning, or SMILE, the program is designed to help children with autism show more interest in making friends and interacting with other children. SMILE will take 2-3 months and includes group counseling sessions with six to eight children twice per week for up to four weeks for six total group sessions. A trained clinician will lead these sessions over ZOOM. A licensed psychologist will supervise the clinician. Caregivers will also take part in online group sessions with other parents over ZOOM. These sessions will also be led by a trained clinician. Each child may earn up to $45 for completing a study assessment before and two after participating. For more information, contact Grace Lee Simmons at 205-348-6551 or GLSimmons@crimson.ua.edu.
Clinical trial for children 6-11 with low empathy/concern
One study evaluates a new computerized treatment for children ages 6-11 with certain difficulties, including low empathy or concern for others, which are difficulties that can put them at risk for developing behavioral problems. The therapy is called FAST: Facial Affect Sensitivity Training for Young Children. Participants will be randomized to either receive therapy or placed in a no-treatment control group. The program is free. Families will be paid up to $300 for finishing the study in either group. Children will earn small toys and a total of $40. For more information, contact coordinator Kalyn Prothro at firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-348-2472.
Trial for managing emotions for teens and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
In partnership with the University of Pittsburgh, researchers are interested in learning whether a new program helps teens and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders manage emotions. Participants need to be between the ages of 12-21, and, along with ASD, have an IQ above 75. Participants are randomly assigned to one of two therapy programs. Participation involves individual sessions and online resources, and there is payment for assessments. For more information, contact npowell@UA.edu or 205-348-3535.
All ages sought for studies of the brain
The Brain Research Across Development, or B-RAD Lab, seeks participants of all ages to help researchers learn about how the brain grows. The research uses electroencephalography, which is a wet cap, eye tracking and computer games. There will also be some table-top tasks in some studies. Researchers need adults, adolescents ages 10-17, adolescents ages 11, 12 or 13, and people of all ages with a neurodevelopmental disorder such as autism spectrum disorder and social anxiety disorder. Participants will be compensated $20-$50 upon completion of the study. Contact the lab at email@example.com, 205-348-4201 or fill out an online form at b-rad.ua.edu
PARENTS OF CHILDREN AGES 3 TO 5 WANTED FOR STUDY
Researchers in the UA Department of Educational Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies seek participants to understand how children develop helping behaviors. One parent and their child who fluently speaks English and ages from 3 to 5 years can participate in this study. The parent will complete questionnaires, and their child will participate in storytelling activities. The study takes about 30 minutes. The parent and the child can complete the study either through an online video call or in-person at the UA Child Development Research Center. A $20 gift card will be given to the parents. Those interested in participating or obtaining more details can contact Nahide Gungordu, firstname.lastname@example.org
RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR TORNADO MAPPING PROJECT
The Center for Advanced Public Safety is seeking participants for an upcoming research study about how people think about their personal risk during a tornado warning and how it is affected by place information. The goal of the research is to improve tornado warnings. Participant will come to Cyber Hall on campus to complete a short interview and mapping exercises expected to last 30 minutes. Participants will receive a $25 gift card and a free box lunch. Participants have the option to choose a time slot on July 23, 24, 30 or 31. Appointments can be scheduled online. For more information, please contact Dr. Jason Senkbeil at email@example.com or 205-348-4942.
RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS WANTED FOR STUDY ON EXERCISE AND COGNITION
A study in the UA Department of Kinesiology seeks participants in an effort to help understand the relationship between exercise and cognition. Participants must be at least 45 years old with no medical conditions that impact cognitive function or restrict exercise participation. There is a study for those who exercise regularly and another for those who do not. Both studies require two to three visits to the lab to complete a series of computerized tasks assessing cognitive function and also cardiovascular measurements. Participants will obtain an evaluation of cognitive function and information about their cardiovascular and physical fitness. Those interested can take a survey or contact Peixuan Zheng at firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-239-3077.
YOUNG ADULTS NEEDED FOR MUSCLE FATIGUE STUDY
Engineering researchers seek healthy volunteers to serve as research participants for a study investigating the impact of temperature and work task on muscle fatigue measurements. Testing requires three to 12 sessions with each lasting about an hour and a half. Participants will receive information regarding their body fat percentage and endurance as well as compensation for time. To qualify, participants must be between the ages of 18 and 30. Participants can be compensated $10 per hour for their time. For more information, contact Ifeanyi Okpala, doctoral student in civil engineering, at email@example.com or Dr. Chukwuma Nnaji, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NUTRITION RESEARCHERS SEEK ADULTS FOR FACE MASK EFFECTS ON ANALYZING BODY COMPOSITION
Researchers in the UA Department of Human Nutrition and Hospitality Management seek adult volunteers to evaluate their body composition while wearing a face mask. Participants will sit inside a BOD POD, a clinical instrument that uses air displacement to measure body composition. Researchers want to determine if a surgical face mask, which may trap air, impacts the accuracy of the results. Volunteers will complete two BOD POD tests in Russell Hall, which should take less than an hour. Those interested in participating or obtaining more details can contact Janie DiNatale, MS, RD, at email@example.com.
UA STUDENTS NEEDED FOR SURVEY REGARDING COVID-19 IMPACTS
The Department of Health Science is conducting a research project regarding the mental health and well-being of college students. Students can take this survey for an opportunity to be heard. It should only take about 7 minutes. In this study, participants respond to a series of questions about their mental, physical and social health in an online survey. Participants should not enter identifying information in survey responses. This is only for UA students. For more information, contact Julia Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Beth Chaney at email@example.com.
PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT TO UP PRODUCE TO GAUGE EFFECT ON COGNITIVE DECLINE
The UA Institute for Rural Health Research seeks participants to determine whether increasing fruits and vegetables in supplement form improves learning and memory. The two-year study is sponsored by NSA, the makers of Juice Plus, a capsule with concentrated fruits and vegetables. Participants must be at least 50 years old, have a cell phone and have no history of cognitive impairment. Participants will receive 2 years of Juice Plus supplements and up to $100 over the course of the study and complete quarterly cognitive tests and surveys along with three blood samples during the study. Those interested can sign-up online or contact Dr. Raheem Paxton or Robbie Minor at 204-348-1683 or firstname.lastname@example.org.