Faculty and student researchers in the Derner School of Psychology conduct a range of studies, and they depend on people like you to share your experiences and opinions.

Join one or more of our studies. You’ll help our students become skilled researchers and contribute to shared knowledge that can inform therapists and counselors and be shared in articles online, improving the lives of thousands of people.

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Current Studies

  • Duration: September 2021- September 2022
  • Principal Investigator: Jasmine Infante
  • Faculty adviser: Stavroula Kyriakakis, PhD

Research Purpose
Participation in this study could help improve our understanding of the unique challenges that Latina immigrant adolescents face in their adjustment to life in the U.S.

Description of the Research

You may Qualify If You:

  • Are a Hispanic immigrant woman
  • 18-24 years old
  • Moved to the U.S. between the age of 10-19
  • Live in the U.S for at least 12 months
  • Speak English or Spanish

Participation Involves:

  •  One 60 to 90-minute confidential interview
  •  One follow-up meeting to discuss the accuracy of findings

Compensation
Participants will be compensated.

For More Information: please send email to jasmineinfante-cruz@mail.adelphi.edu or telephone 347-507-7723.

  • Principal Investigators: Tasmiah Basher and Amna Khan
  • Faculty adviser: Katherine Fiori, PhD

Research Purpose
We are interested in the role that parent-child religiosity and bonding may play in mental health outcomes for emerging adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Description of the Research
Participants for this study should be between 18 – 29 years of age and identify as either Christian or Muslim. You will be asked about demographics, familial relationships, personal and parental religiosity and mental health. Responses are anonymous and the study will take approximately 25-30 minutes to complete.

Compensation
At the end of the study, you will be provided with an opportunity to enter a raffle to receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

If participants would like to participate, please reach out to the principal investigators: amnakhan@mail.adelphi.edu and tasmiahbasher@mail.adelphi.edu.

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  • Duration: August 2021 to August 2022
  • Principal investigator: Micah Zylstra
  • Faculty adviser: Kate Szymanski, PhD

Research Purpose
The purpose of this study is to examine mental health related problems (e.g., loneliness, loss, traumatic events) and psychological functioning that occurred due to or during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Description of the Research
Participating in this study includes completing a brief (20-30 min) anonymous survey. Participants will complete the study while attending a zoom meeting and participants will be required to have their cameras on while completing the survey. 

Eligibility

  • Participants must be 18 years or older
  •  Have no history of psychiatric hospitalization. 

Compensation
In return for your participation in this study, you will be entered into a raffle for one of four $25 amazon gift card. 

For any questions, please contact: micahzylstra@mail.adelphi.edu

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  • Duration: March 22, 2021 to March 22, 2022
  • Principal Investigator: Kevin J Nissen
  • Faculty adviser: Joel Weinberger

Research Purpose
The purpose of this research is to understand the impact of psychological stress and to study its effects on mental health.

Description of the Research
This study will take place online. You will be asked to complete a demographic questionnaire. Next, you’ll be asked to fill out a series of questionnaires that ask about your thoughts and feelings regarding a previously painful event/experience and your life. The entire procedure will last 30 minutes. The findings would contribute to our understanding of mental health and to what degree should there be an allocation of psychological services and resources to the community at large.

Compensation
Entered into a drawing to win 1 of 2 $50 gift cards

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  • Duration: March 8, 2021 – November 2, 2022 (50-70 minutes)
  • Principal Investigator: Naa-Adjeley Ama Kuma, M.A.
  • Faculty adviser: Laura E. Brumariu, PhD

Research Purpose
We are interested in understanding your preference for solitude, well-being, your feelings of sadness and worry, and your relationships. We are also interested in understanding stressful experiences in your past.

Description of the Research
You will be asked to complete a series of questionnaires that will ask you about your preference for solitude. These questionnaires will also ask about your well-being, your feelings of sadness and worry, and how you feel about your relationships. We will also ask about stressful experiences in your past. All the information you supply during the course of this study will remain completely anonymous.

Compensation
 3 Sona credits

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  • Duration: March 1, 2021 – July 2021 (20-30 minutes)
  • Principal Investigator: Bonnie Ippolito
  • Faculty adviser: Katherine Fiori, PhD

Research Purpose
We are interested in the role that siblings and families may play in functioning in emerging adulthood.

Description of the Research
Participants for this study should be over 18 years old and currently reside in the United States. You will be asked about demographics, family composition, familial relationships, and personality. Participants must have a sibling that is within four years of age from them.

Compensation
At the end of the study, you will be provided with an opportunity to enter a raffle to receive a $75 Amazon gift card

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  • Duration: January 25, 2021-January 25, 2022 (35 minutes)
  • Principal Investigator: Solomon Plonka, MA
  • Faculty Adviser: Michael Moore, PhD

Research Purpose
The purpose of this study is to examine people’s level of motivation to engage in tooth care.

Description of the Research
This study will take place online. In the initial survey, you will be asked to consider your current and future tooth care behavior and motivation to engage in tooth care. Approximately one week and two weeks after the initial survey, you will again be asked to consider your current tooth care behavior and motivation to engage in tooth care. The initial survey will take 35 minutes to complete, though it may be shorter, and each follow-up survey will take 1 minute to complete. In order to participate, you must be 18 years or older and interested in improving your tooth care.

Compensation
In return for your participation in this study, you will be entered into a raffle for one of four $25 Amazon gift cards.

For any questions, please contact solomonplonka@mail.adelphi.edu.

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  • Duration: January 2021- January 2022
  • Principal Investigator: Alyssa Pammer
  • Faculty adviser: Carolyn Springer PhD

Research Purpose:
The proposed study investigates how conceptualizations and perceptions of mental illness vary across generations. The researcher would like to explore factors that may account for these differences including public awareness of definitions of mental illness, refinements in the way mental illness is classified, the role of current events and their impact and public viewpoints about how to deal with challenges.

Description of the Research:
You will be asked to complete an online survey, which asks you for basic information about yourself, your values, and your views about mental illness. The survey will take about 30 minutes to complete.

Compensation:
You will not receive any compensation for taking part in this study.

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