Spectrum Center

The following research studies are looking for participants:

Physical and Virtual Safe Spaces for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual College Students

Researcher: Danny Glassmann (336) 693-4177 dglass@uga.edu
Advisor: Dr. Michelle Espino (706) 542-4334 mespino@uga.edu

Description: I am studying lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB), college-aged (18-24 years old) students who have physical and virtual “safe spaces." The purpose of the study is to understand how and where safe spaces are created by LGB college students. If you choose to participate, you will be asked to participant in an audio-taped interview that will last approximately 60-90 minutes and take 2-6 photographs of physical and virtual “safe spaces”. The meeting will be held at a mutually agreed upon location or online. During the interview, we will discuss the photos you have taken and where and how you create physical and virtual safe spaces. Two $5 gift cards will be provided for participating in this study, regardless if you complete the study or not. How to access research: If you would like to participate, please send an e-mail to me at dglass@uga.edu as soon as possible. In the email, please include your contact phone number and the best times to reach you. I will call you to further discuss the details of the study.

Allies of Sexual Minority Groups

Researcher:  Dani Rosenkrantz
Advsor: Dr. Nikki Jones
Date of search process: January 17-February 17, 2012

Hello involved members of the LGBT Community, My name is Dani Rosenkrantz and I am writing to ask for your help spreading the word about a research study focused on allies of sexual minority groups! The study is being led by Dr. Nikki Jones, an Instructor of Psychology at Colorado Mesa University. It is our hope that with this study, we can contribute to the understanding of the experiences of the developmental process allies go through, and develop a measure to assess this process. Your participation is essential to achieving our goal, so I hope that you will help us advertise the study in each of your organizations! In order to participate, participants must be 18 years old, and living in North America. If you can help us, please share the link below and participants will be directed to the online survey.

Lesbian Experiences with Healthcare

Researcher: Melissa St Pierre

My name is Melissa St. Pierre and I am a lesbian doctoral student from the University of Windsor (ON, Canada). I am looking for women who are interested in participating in a research study. You can participate if:

You are a lesbian
You are 16 years or older and live in Canada
You are 18 years or older and live in the United States

Chance to win 1 of 5 $100 cash prizes!

This study has received clearance from the University of Windsor's Research Ethics Board.

To find out more, go to: http://www.uwindsor.ca/lesbianhealthstudy. Questions? Prefer to fill out a paper survey? Contact me at stpier4@uwindsor.ca or at 519-253-3000 ext. 4703.

Lesbian Mothers

Researcher: Jennifer E. Perchonok, MSE

WHO: I am looking for lesbians who have had a baby in the past year. This means you could be the birth mother or have a partner who gave birth in the past year. All participants must be over 18 years old.

WHAT: Those who fit the criteria would be asked to participate in a UW-Madison research project that would consist of an hour-long interview about your experiences with the health care system during your (or your partner's) pregnancy. These interviews would be audio recorded

WHERE: The interviews would be in person on the University of Wisconsin – Madison campus.

WHY: I am a PhD student in the College of Engineering department at the University of Wisconsin looking at how ones lesbian identity affects their experiences with the healthcare system during the birthing process and how technology influences this process. This is an early stage of my research so right now I am really just trying to find out the ins and outs of the process. On a larger scale, the research help identify where a lesbian identity both negatively and positively affects patients in order to create a better experience for lesbians in the future.
All participants will be compensated for the hour of their time with 20 dollars upon completion of the interview.

Note: All data from this study will be confidential and multiple steps will be taken to make sure that no identifiable data is released to anyone other than the research team.

Please contact jeperchonok@wisc.edu if you are interested.

Perceptions of GLBT Health Care

We are conducting an on-line study at Colorado State University to assess gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons’ perceptions of their primary care medical providers. The only requirements for participation in this study are that you are at least 18 years of age or older, self-identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, and currently have a primary care physician.
Participation in this research requires only that you complete a brief survey that asks questions about you and your perceptions of your primary care physician. We do not ask questions that require you to provide any personally identifying information, or to provide any information about the identity of your primary care physician. Your responses will be kept strictly confidential, and all data will be encrypted using the same standards that businesses use for handling credit card information.
If you are interested in participating in this research, please click on the link below for more information.


Principal Researcher: Dr. Jennifer J. Harman
Co-Investigators: Dr. Justin J. Lehmiller and Michael Ioerger

This project has been approved by the Colorado State University Institutional Review Board (Protocol #11-2944H).

The Lived Experience of Students Who Self-Identify as Both Asian American and Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual (LGB)

The purpose of this study is to gather some rich stories from students who identify as Asian American and lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB), as they experience the intersection of their identities while enrolled in higher education. To participate in this study, individuals must:

(1)identify as being of Asian descent and lesbian, gay or bisexual;

(2)be enrolled currently in a degree-seeking program at any level in higher education (including grad school, and professional programs) in the U.S.;

(3)have been born in the U.S. or immigrated by the age of 10 years old.

While we understand that these terms (Asian American and LGB) are far from inclusive of all the complexities and preferred self-labeling that the communities embrace, we are using these terms in an effort to cast a wide net to capture the broadest group of participants. While we recognize the need to also understand the experiences of transgender students, we believe that that population has distinct needs and issues that may be different from the LGB population; therefore, we have not included the transgender population as a part of this study.

This study has been approved by the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board at Western Michigan.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please reply to Donna Talbot, PhD, donna.talbot@wmich.edu. As the primary investigator, Donna Talbot, PhD will be the only person who retains all of your personally identifying information.

How to access research:

If you are interested in participating in this study, please reply to Donna Talbot, PhD, donna.talbot@wmich.edu

University Affiliation and IRB Review:

This study has been approved by the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board at Western Michigan. (HSIRB Project Number 11-10-14)

Date of search process:



Study On Sexual Relationships

Dear Student,

We are conducting an online survey related to college students’ experiences in same sex relationships.

The SHORT AND ANONYMOUS survey takes 15 to 20 minutes.


Ten participants selected at random will win $100 AMAZON GIFT CARDS.



-CURRENTLY IN a SAME-SEX DATING/ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP (of any length and any degree of seriousness and exclusivity; private/secret relationships are included; you do not have to identify as LGBT to participate in this study).

If you meet these criteria and are willing to participate, please click on the following link:


If you have any questions about the research study, please contact the researcher, Katie Edwards, PH.D. (contact information below).


Katie M. Edwards, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
University of New Hampshire

Office. 104 Conant Hall
Tel. (603) 862-3720
Fax. (603) 862-4986

Survey for Gay Identified Men and Lesbian Identified Women

Gay men and lesbian women are vastly understudied populations. Given the current political and social climate surrounding lesbian women and gay men it is important that the community is heard. We are researchers, in the psychology department at the University of Maine, interested in better understanding the factors that contribute to gay men and lesbian women’s health and wellbeing.

We would appreciate it if you would pass this survey along to members of your organization. The survey consists of several questions about your experiences, opinions and attitudes about being a lesbian woman or a gay man.  It is anonymous, voluntary, should take about 30 minutes to complete, and you can end your participation at any time.

For more information, or to complete the survey, please click the links below:

Lesbian Women please use this link!


Gay Men please use this link!


I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.  Please feel free to contact me at Ellen.newell@maine.edu

Thank you in advance for your assistance,

Ellen E. Newell, MA
Shannon McCoy, PhD
Department of Psychology
University of Maine, Orono