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As the most comprehensive LGBTQ community center in the Midwest, Center on Halsted works with institutions and scholars across the country to conduct research on development, physical health, mental health and a wide range of social/emotional needs of LGBTQ members and the community at large. This research is then used by policy makers, social service providers and advocacy organizations to further advance and secure the health and well-being of the LGBTQ people of Chicagoland.

In collaboration with our Resident Partner, the IMPACT Program at Northwestern University, we seek to identify health issues, understand factors that put people at risk or protect them and turn that knowledge into programs and services that improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ people and communities.

All research that is approved must:

Due to the larger volume of requests we receive, please allow one to two business weeks for a response. We look forward to hearing from you.

We are currently participating in the following studies, all of which are seeking community members for participation.

  • Researchers at the University of Chicago need you for a new research study on the perceptions of transgender patients who have an interested in gender-confirming surgery. Earn $20 in cash for completing a questionnaire and a 90-minute interview to discuss your experiences. Your contribution will improve the quality of healthcare for transgender patients. To participate, you must: (1) identify as transgender; (2) be at least 18 years old; (3) have interest in gender-confirming surgery; and (4) have experienced consultation with a U.S. surgeon within the past 5 years to discuss surgically changing your body to better reflect your gender identify. If you are interested, or for more information, please contact the study coordinator, Dr. Jesse Smith, for further details: (c) 847-445-9036 or(e) Jesse.Smith@UCHospitals.edu.

  • Are you currently a member of a same-sex couple using fertility treatments (e.g., IUI or IVF) to form your family? If so, you are invited to participate in a study being conducted by researchers at San Francisco State University and the University of California, San Francisco. The study aims to examine family building experiences for same-sex couples. Participation involves both you and your partner. You each complete on online survey (30 minutes), then together complete an in-person interview (90 minutes) at a local university. You and your partner will receive $80 (total) for your participation.

    For more information, and to register for the study, click here: https://tinyurl.com/fambuildstudy-register

  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, with Brown University, is conducting the Positive Steps Study. A significant and growing population of young people are acquiring and living with HIV in the US. While HIV can be managed with ongoing antiretroviral therapy (ART), high levels of adherence are required. Consistent and long-term ART can often be challenging for HIV-infected adolescents. Positive STEPS builds a stepped healthcare delivery model in which the least resource intensive intervention is delivered first, and only those who do not improve progress to more high intensity interventions.

    The study is currently looking for young folks, ages 16-24, with an HIV-positive sero-status who currently live in Chicago, and have access to daily text-messaging. All participants will complete a Baseline appointment, a Randomization appointment, and three follow-up appointments over the course of 12 months. Participants will also be provided with a cell-phone sized pill holder that is used to transmit daily adherence data to the study site and will need to be accessed daily by the participants. Participants will receive stipends per completed appointment: $40 for Baseline, $20 for Randomization, and $50 for Follow-ups. Those who progress to the STEPS intervention will complete five weekly counseling sessions, with stipends of $20 per completed session.

    If interested in participating in the study, please call or text 872.228.9051.

  • Are you currently a member of a same-sex couple using fertility treatments (e.g., IUI or IVF) to form your family? If so, you are invited to participate in a study being conducted by researchers at San Francisco State University and the University of California, San Francisco. The study aims to examine family building experiences for same-sex couples. Participation involves both you and your partner. You each complete on online survey (30 minutes), then together complete an in-person interview (90 minutes) at a local university. You and your partner will receive $80 (total) for your participation.

    For more information, and to register for the study, click here: https://tinyurl.com/fambuildstudy-register

  • The University of Chicago’s Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience needs you for our research study on gender and sexual minorities & social connection. Earn up to $55 for one laboratory visit and three online surveys! Qualifications: Must be between 18 and 74 years old. Must identify as a member of a sexual and/or gender minority population (LGBTQIA+). Email hpen@uchicago.edu for more details. This study (IRB# 17-0032) is being conducted by Drs. Stephanie & John Cacioppo at the University of Chicago. Please call (773) 784-5264 with any questions or concerns.
  • Lillian Audette, MS, a doctoral student at Tennessee State University, is conducting a study trying to better understand sexual minority women, and how they perceive their bodies. She is currently seeking women who identify as a sexual minority (ie, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, etc). Your name will not be associated in any way with the research findings, and we will ask for no identifying information. If you choose, you can choose to enter a raffle to win a prize - one of two $50 visa gift cards. To enter the raffle, you can choose to give an email or a phone number which the researcher will use to contact the winner of the raffle. YOUR answers could help LGBTQIA+ women!

    Please take the survey, it takes less than 10 minutes and is completely confidential: tinyurl.com/BodyPerceptions. If you would like additional information concerning this study before or after it is completed, please feel free to contact us anytime at laudette@my.tnstate.edu

  • The University of Chicago’s Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience needs you for our research study on gender and sexual minorities & social connection. Earn up to $55 for one laboratory visit and three online surveys! Qualifications: Must be between 18 and 74 years old. Must identify as a member of a sexual and/or gender minority population (LGBTQIA+). Email hpen@uchicago.edu for more details. This study (IRB# 17-0032) is being conducted by Drs. Stephanie & John Cacioppo at the University of Chicago. Please call (773) 784-5264 with any questions or concerns.

  • Erin Lavender-Stott, MA, a doctoral candidate in the department of Human Development and Family Science at Virginia Tech, is conducting a dissertation study on the lived experiences, understanding of family, and ideas for the future with single women who are sexually and/or romantically attracted to women and are of the baby boom cohort. Currently seeking women who are not in a romantic relationship and have not been in a committed relationship for the last five years, who identify as a sexual minority (LGBQ+) and were born between 1946 and 1964 for a qualitative study. The study includes a 60-90 minute audio-recorded interview to take place on the phone, or via Skype/Google Hangout, etc. as appropriate. There are questions about your family and friends across your life, singlehood, and communities. Following the interview, any demographic information that was not gathered during the interview may be asked for. All information will be kept confidential and any data collected will be used only for the purposes of this study. Each person who participates in the interview will receive a $25 electronic gift card. If you would like to participate in this study or have additional questions, please e-mail Erin Lavender-Stott at erinsls@vt.edu.

  • The Anal Dysplasia Clinic MidWest (http://analdysplasiaclinic.com) is the Chicago site for the ANCHOR Study: Anal Cancer Prevention Study. This national multi-site study is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the AIDS Malignancy Consortium (AMC). The study is recruiting HIV-positive men and women 35 years of age and older to be screened for anal precancerous lesions (HSIL). If HSIL is present, the participant is enrolled and seen every 6 months for 5 to 8 years. The purpose of the study is to see whether treating HSIL in HIV-positive men and women will prevent anal cancer. Participants will receive $100 at each 6-month visit for their participation in the study. You can get more information at the ANCHOR Study website: https://anchorstudy.org. You can watch a video about the study at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_4UYrtBito. You can also watch a video of what to expect while in the study: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No2UVo_8cj4. If you would like to participate in the ANCHOR Study, or have questions, please contact Dominic Pierce at DPierceLPN@comcast.net or call 312-623-ANAL (2625).

  • Antonio Champion, MSW, community psychology doctoral candidate at National Louis University. Conducting a psychology dissertation on how social and environmental issues impact LGBT identity development. Seeking participants who identify themselves as an LGBTQ individual that can reflect on their current and past experiences being LGBT individual. Goal is to understand the barriers that prevent LGBTQ individuals from having a strong sense of self and healthy identity. Looking for participants who could volunteer their time to complete the online questionnaire created for the research project, which takes approximately 20-30 minutes. Results from this study are completely anonymous and confidential. Individuals that participate in the interview process and plus complete the survey will receive a $10 gift certificate from McDonalds Restaurant (please contact me to schedule interview 312-288-5245). Below you will find the link to the survey. Thank you again for taking the time to consider this request. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the study. Reflection on Adolescence: How the social and environmental issues impact LGBT identity development.

  • My name is M. Rocio Barcellona and I am currently conducting my Clinical Research Project (CRP), a graduation requirement for the Psy.D. program at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago. Through this research, I am hoping to understand the experience of 12 LGBT individuals who were the victims of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and chose not to call the police.
    Please contact me to set up an appointment for an interview if you are:
    • Between the ages of 18 and 65;
    • Are a member of the LGBT community;
    • Have been the victim of a physical attack by an intimate partner;
    • Chose to not call police; and
    • Are willing to talk about your experience

    All of your information will be kept confidential. All participants will be given the opportunity of entering a raffle for a Master Card Gift Card. If you’d like to participate in this study, please call M. Rocio Barcellona at (331) 240-1079

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS—PARTICIPATE

If you are a graduate student or scholar conducting research and are interested in partnering with Center on Halsted to conduct research or identify participants for your study, please email us at research@centeronhalsted.org. You will then be asked to provide detailed information about your research project or proposal.

All research that is approved must
  • Be consistent with the Center's mission and vision,
  • Have been approved by the IRB process at applicant's home institution and indicate minimal possibility of risk to the participants,
  • Show usefulness for the LGBTQ community,
  • Meet high standards of design quality.

Due to the larger volume of requests we receive, please allow one to two business weeks for a response. We look forward to hearing from you.









 
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