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Current Research Opportunities


My name is Lisa Fein and I am an Associate Professor at Westminster College in Missouri. I am looking for interview partners for a study on dating and relationships among people who identify as trans or gender non-binary.  Interviews can be conducted in person or via Skype and take approximately 30 minutes. Personal information will remain confidential.  In order to participate in the study, you must be or have been in a relationship lasting three months or longer (not long distance) and/or been actively dating for at least 6 months. Participants will receive a $20 gift certificate to Amazon for their time. This study has the approval of the Ethics in Research Committee of Westminster College. If you are interested in participating, please email me at lisafein@umich.edu or call/text 734-846-2335.   

Recruiting participants for a research study on gender!

We are currently conducting a research study about gender: diversity, experiences, and identities. We are looking for participants who identify as one or more of the following:

  • Cisgender, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, nonbinary, gender non-conforming, gender questioning, agender

Participants must be 18 years old or older and comfortable with reading and writing in English to participate.

Participation involves filling out questionnaires and diagrams about gender. We have worked to make these questionnaires and diagrams relevant to people of all gender identities. Some of your answers may be recorded using an audio recording device. Participation takes between 45 and 60 minutes, and you will be compensated $15 for your time. The study will take place in East Hall, 530 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI.

If you are interested in participating, please e-mail gendersurvey@umich.edu.

My name is Kait Portz. I am a graduate student in the Psychology Department at Jackson State University, and I am conducting a research study as part of the requirements for my degree in Clinical Psychology. 

I am looking for participants interested in contributing to research on trans identity and stress. Participants must be trans-identifying (all identities on the gender spectrum welcome!) and age 18 and older in order to participate. The study will consist of an anonymous online survey, and all participants have the opportunity to enter a raffle for 1 of 20 Visa Giftcards! 

In order to participate, individuals may follow the hyperlink below:


Please pass this information on to eligible persons that you think may be interested in contributing to research that will be instrumental in helping us to create treatments and support designed specifically to fit the needs of trans individuals! 

Please feel free to contact me or my advisor should you have any questions. Thank you so much for your consideration!


Kaitlin J. Portz

Primary Investigator

Jackson State University 

Department of Psychology


Dr. Kaye Sly


Jackson State University 

Department of Psychology


My name is Francisca and I am a Trainee Clinical Psychologist at the University of Sheffield, UK, supervised by Dr Paul Overton (Professor of Neuroscience) and Dr Philip Powell (Research Fellow).

In the context of my doctoral thesis, we are conducting a study exploring the role of emotional experiences, in particular self-directed disgust, on the wellbeing and self-care of trans/gender-diverse individuals. The aim of this project is to increase our knowledge of factors that impact trans/gender diverse people’s wellbeing and improve the quality of health services, in particular psychological therapies, accessible to the trans/gender diverse population. To our knowledge, only one brief psychological intervention to reduce self-directed disgust has been developed and tested to date. Therefore, another aim of this project will be to find and review psychological interventions or techniques that can be used to support people experiencing self-directed disgust.

Participation is voluntary and anonymous. Individuals who decide to take part will be asked to complete a questionnaire pack at three different time points, one month apart from each other. The first questionnaire will take roughly around 30 minutes to complete. The second and third will take around 15 minutes to complete. After completing all questionnaires, any participants who so wish, will be entered into a prize draw of £100 (or equivalent currency in their country) in Amazon vouchers.

To participate please click here