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, 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.


We are currently participating in the following studies, all of which are seeking community members for participation.
  • Inna Fatkins, a doctoral student at Illinois School of Professional Psychology & Argosy University, is seeking LGBTQ U.S. citizens aged 18+ to complete a brief questionnaire. Her research aims to investigate LGBTQ discrimination experiences in various countries. This research was approved by the Institutional Research Board of Argosy University, Chicago, protocol #1257, May 18, 2016. Responses to the questionnaire are anonymous. Please click here to complete the survey.

  • The Anal Dysplasia Clinic MidWest ( 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: You can watch a video about the study at You can also watch a video of what to expect while in the study: If you would like to participate in the ANCHOR Study, or have questions, please contact Dominic Pierce at or call 312-623-ANAL (2625).

  • Nicholas Jackson, MA, a clinical psychology doctoral student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, is seeking adult gay male-identified volunteers for a study about resilience during the process of abstinence-based recovery from the use of crystal methamphetamine. Participants will be asked to share their views on the role of resilience in meeting their recovery goals in the hopes of establishing a new definition of resilience conceptualized specifically for this population. To learn more about the study and to schedule an interview Nicholas Jackson at or at 914-672-6054.

  • Northwestern University’s Department of Dermatology is inviting transgender women who are 18 years or older to participate in a research study called A Dermatologic Needs and Knowledge-Based Assessment for Transgender Women (STU00202993). Dr. Roopal Kundu is in charge of the study. The study will involve taking a survey regarding dermatologic care. This survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, and participants will receive a $10 Walgreens gift card for their participation. The purpose of this study is to address the skin care knowledge and needs for transgender women. The study is anonymous and completely voluntary. If you would like to participate in this study, or have additional questions, please contact James Sabra at or

  • A graduate student at Argosy University Chicago, is conducting a study about the treatment of homosexual men during their adolescent years and how that treatment has effected them in adulthood. Each interview will last between 45 - 60 minutes at an agreed upon location where the participant feels safe. All information shared will be kept confidential and stored in a locked secure cabinet. Participants will receive a $10 Visa card for their participation in the study. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Latasha Wright at (708) 548-7860 or

  • A graduate student from the California School of Professional Psychology is seeking self-identified gay men to participate in his doctoral dissertation study which examines the relations between body dissatisfaction, internalized homophobia, self-esteem, and couples’ relationship satisfaction. Participation in this study consists of filling out 5 short online questionnaires, and should take no more than 20 minutes. At the conclusion of data collection, a raffle will be held with the chance to win one of twenty $25 Amazon gift cards. Participation in this study is anonymous and completely voluntary. Please follow the link to below to participate.

  • HIV-positive, Asian Pacific Islander (API) men who have sex with men (MSM) experience triple minority stigma including HIV, sexual orientation, and minority ethnicity, which increases the already burdened and multifaceted challenge of disclosing serostatus to casual sexual partners. The purpose of this study is to fill a research gap in that there is no known study that examines the influence of cultural factors, level of acculturation, length of time since diagnosis, age, level of education, and income on HIV-positive disclosure behaviors, attitudes, and intentions to casual sexual partners for API MSM. This study has implications for positive social change for practitioners to incorporate culturally sensitive counseling strategies and ongoing support to facilitate appropriate and effective communication and policymakers to develop HIV prevention programs for HIV-positive API MSM to negotiate safer sex behaviors, improve well-being, provide informed choice, and protect life that would promote competent quality care.

  • Northwestern University's Social Perception, & Communication Lab is currently recruiting potential research participants who identify as LGBT+ and are over the age of 18 to participate in a research study on social interactions. You will be compensated $10 for a 25-minute study. The study involves thinking about social interactions, completing a short computer task, and filling out questionnaires. This study “Dynamics of Interpersonal Interactions” takes place at Northwestern University, Department of Psychology (#STU00000053). If you are interested in participating, please email

  • “Your Voice! Your Health!,” a University of Chicago study of how to engage and empower LGBTQ people of color within healthcare settings, is recruiting LGBTQ people of color who are over the age of 18 to participate in individual interviews and/or focus groups. Topics include: diabetes, PrEP, anal cancer screening, intimate partner violence, obesity/body image, Hepatitis C, gender transition and primary care, mental health, and older adults. Individual interviews last about 75 minutes and focus groups last about 2 hours; they take place at a variety of community-based organizations in the Chicago area. Your will receive $40 cash for completing an interview or focus group. Please use this link to complete a brief screening or call 773.442.2591 or email to find out more information.


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 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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