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Current Studies Seeking Volunteers

Are you a nurse in your first year of clinical practice? And have you ever experienced moral challenges in the workplace? Investigators are seeking volunteers to help us understand the moral challenges faced by new nurses, and to test a new professional development approach (philosophical counseling) which may help you address these challenges.

Individuals interested in participating in the study will be given a link to a survey and demographic form. You will be asked to journal about your experiences for three months and you will have the opportunity to receive 5 free philosophical counseling sessions. Interviews may also be conducted following completion of the journals and brief follow-up surveys will be done at one and three years after the initial study is complete.

  • Nancy Matchett, nancy.matchett@unco.edu
  • School of Phiolosophy
  • March 1, 2014 - December 2014
  • Participant Requirements: New nurses who have been working in either a part-time or full-time capacity for at least three months.
  • Time Commitment and Other Information about Research Participation: We estimate roughly 10 hours total over a 6-12 month period. Journaling can take anywhere from 5 minutes-1 hour per week for three months (varies greatly). Follow up interviews will last no longer than 1 hour. Counseling sessions will last 1 hour (up to 5 sessions maximum).

Seeking gay male participants for a study examining physical activity among gay men

  • Melissa Ford or Dr. Danielle Brittain at the University of Northern Colorado, 501 20th Street, Campus Box 132, Greeley, CO 80639, Phone: (970) 351-2859, Email: CHResearch@unco.edu. UNC IRB #: 527359
  • Community Health
  • February 2014 - June 2014
  • Participant Requirements: You can participate if you are a gay man between the ages of 18-64 years.
  • Time Commitment and Other Information about Research Participation: To participate in the study, you can access the 20 minute online survey, by going to the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/gaymen. You will be asked questions about physical activity, barriers to participating in physical activity, your age, your level of education, etc. You will have the opportunity to enter into a drawing to receive 1 of 12 $10 Starbucks gift cards. You will also be given the opportunity to receive a summary report of the project results.

Seeking volunteers to help improve the Libraries' website

Participants will complete a survey and several brief tasks on the Libraries' website.

  • Sara O'Donnell, sara.odonnell@unco.edu
  • School of Psychological Sciences
  • November 11, 2013 - May 9 ,2014
  • Participant Requirements: Must be UNC student, faculty, or staff over the age of 18.
  • Time Commitment and Other Information about Research Participation: The session will last from 30 minutes - 1 hour. Participants will receive a $10 Bear Bucks card for their time.

Researchers seek persons with below knee amputation to participate in a research study!

We are studying functional and rehabilitative outcomes following transtibial osteomyoplastic amputation (Ertl) compared to traditional posterior flap amputations. You will be asked to participate in a single 3 hour testing session that will include assessments of functional performance, muscle performance, and balance.

  • Jeremy Smith, jeremy.smith@unco.edu
  • School of Sport & Exercise Sciences
  • Nov. 1, 2013- Nov. 1, 2014
  • Participant Requirements:
    1. Unilateral, below-knee amputee who had either an osteomyoplastic (Ertl) amputation or posterior flap amputation.
    2. Amputation due to traumatic injury.
    3. Able to walk continuously without assistance (i.e., do not use a cane or walker) for 10 minutes and physically active (e.g., participate in recreational activities like walking, jogging, hiking).
    4. 18 to 65 years of age.
    5. Healthy residual limb (i.e., no pressure sores or ulcers).
    6. Experience walking with current prosthesis (? 6 months).
    7. No neurological, vascular or cardiac problems that limit function.
    8. Body mass index <35 kg/m2
    9. No diagnosed health condition that affects muscle function such as Parkinson's disease, Fibromyalgia, and Multiple Sclerosis.
    10. No cognitive impairments that would make it difficult to consistently comprehend and repeat back directions regarding the details of the study.
    11. Not currently pregnant.
  • Time Commitment: You will be asked to participate in on three hour testing session.

Researchers are seeking healthy adults 18-65 to participate in a biomechanics research study!

We are studying functional and physical performance of healthy adults to help establish a normative database. You will be asked to participate in a single 3 hour testing session that will include assessments of functional performance, muscle performance, and balance.

  • Jeremy Smith, jeremy.smith@unco.edu
  • School of Sport & Exercise Sciences
  • Nov. 1, 2013- Nov. 1, 2014
  • Participant Requirements:
    1. Able to walk continuously without assistance (i.e., do not use a cane or walker) for 10 minutes and physically active (e.g., participate in recreational activities like walking, jogging, hiking).
    2. No history of musculoksletal injury which affects your walking.
    3. 18 to 65 years of age.
    4. No neurological, vascular or cardiac problems that limit function.
    5. Body mass index <35 kg/m2
    6. No diagnosed health condition that affects muscle function such as Parkinson's disease, Fibromyalgia, and Multiple Sclerosis.
    7. No cognitive impairments that would make it difficult to consistently comprehend and repeat back directions regarding the details of the study.
    8. Not currently pregnant.
  • Time Commitment: You will be asked to participate in one 3 hour testing session.

10 - to 17- Year-Old Volunteers Needed for a Study on Math Ability and Social Judgment

  • Wejdan Felmban, wejdan.felmban@unco.edu
  • School of Psychological Sciences
  • Oct. 11, 2013- Oct. 1, 2014
  • Participant Requirements: Your son or daughter's age is in the 10-17 years range. • Parental or guardian consent. • Able to meet the researcher twice (about 20-30 minutes) per meeting.
  • Time Commitment and Other Information about Research Participation: Time for participation in both sessions will take about 50-60 minutes. Participants may receive a $5 gift card from an ice cream store at the end of the 2nd session. Also, if your son or daughter can bring three of their friends to volunteer with them for the study, they will get a free pen.

Social Language Intervention for Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder

Kim Murza, kim.murza@unco.edu

  • Audiology and Speech Language Sciences
  • November 1, 2013 - August 31, 2014
  • Participant Requirements: Adults ages 18 and older; Individuals with a diagnosis of either high-functioning autism or Asperger syndrome; Individuals with normal hearing and vision; Individuals who speak English as their primary language. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of a social language intervention program on the social language abilities of adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder. Individuals interested in participating in the study will complete a comprehensive assessment of their social language abilities in January and again in May. Participants will be assigned to either the treatment or control group based on availability. Those participants assigned to the treatment group will participate in the 12-week treatment program. Group treatment sessions will be held once a week for 90 minutes based on the availability of the researcher and participants.
  • Time Commitment and Other Information about Research Participation: All participants will be mailed a case history form and four questionnaires. These usually take between 40-70 minutes to complete. The assessment sessions should take between 90-180 minutes to complete. Those participants assigned to the treatment group will participate in group intervention sessions which will last for 90 minutes and will be conducted once a week for 12 weeks. All participants will receive a full report of the social language skills.

Stereotype Threat in College Students with Reading Disabilities

Participants needed: Students with reading difficulties.

Steven Powner, pown4869@bears.unco.edu

  • Department of School Psychology
  • Sept 24, 2013 - May 2, 2014
  • This study is currently developing a reading assessment. Participants with a history of reading difficulties are needed.
  • Participant Requirements: Participants must be an undergraduate student at UNC or AIMS Community College and have a history of reading difficulties.
  • Time Commitment and Other Information About Research Participation: Time for participation will be about an hour and last no longer than an hour and a half. Participants will be contacted prior to the arranged study time to determine qualification for participation. Participants may enter a raffle to win 1 of 2 25$ iTunes gift cards or an iPod shuffle.