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.

  • Erik Lovell, PhD candidate at Northwestern University, is conducting a study on LGBTQ+ Youth Homelessness. The interview lasts 60-90 minutes and participants will receive $30 cash at the end of the interview.

      To be eligible participants must meet the following criteria:
    • LGBTQ+ or a sexual minority

    • Were homeless before they turned 18

    • Are between the ages of 18-35

    To participate, please contact Erik Lovell at 702-300-4262 or email at

  • Ash Senter, a doctoral student at Adler University, is conducting a study to examine the rates of sexual assault and harassment among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) service members and veterans and their utilization of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) services.

      To participate you must:
    • Be currently serving OR have past military service in ANY United States Military Service Branch

    • Self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender and/or gender variant (i.e. gender non-conforming, non-binary)

    • Own a smartphone

    • Were assigned male at birth

    • Are attracted to other men

    **You do not have to have experienced military sexual trauma to participate** The survey should take no more than 10 minutes of your time! If you would like to participate please go to this link to complete the brief survey:

  • Bryan Gaviria-Jimenez, a student at Adler University is conducting a study on Latinx men and body image.

      If you identify as a Latino or Latinx man and answer YES to four of the five following questions, you’re eligible to be screened for participation:
    • Do you struggle with your cultural understanding of food, the consumption of food, and what it means to you?

    • Do you find yourself engaging in dangerous behaviors to maintain an ideal body weight/shape?

    • Are there moments in your everyday life where the idea of food encompasses your entire day?

    • Have you ever been hospitalized as a result of your disordered eating?

    • Did you have an eating disorder diagnosis?

    If interested in participating in the study, please contact Bryan at

  • Lori Clark, a doctoral candidate at Northern Illinois University is seeking participants for her narrative dissertation study. Participants should identify as trans* (transgender) or gender non-conforming and should be attending a community college on a full or part-time basis. Interested participants should contact Lori at

  • Dr. Brooke Johnson at Northern Illinois University is conducting a study to gain a better understanding of the experiences of transgender and gender variant veterans of the U.S. Military.

      To participate in this research, you must:
    • Be at least 18 years old

    • Self identify as transgender or gender variant

    • Be a veteran of the U.S. Military

    Participation in this study involves:
  • A one-hour interview

  • All information will be kept strictly confidential and the interviews will be held in a private location that is convenient for participants.

To find out more information about this study, please contact: Dr. Brooke Johnson, Northeastern Illinois University at 773-442-4771 or

  • Dr. Wendy Bostwick, a researcher at the University of Illinois – Chicago, is conducting a Men’s Daily Experiences Study (MeDES). The purpose of (MeDES) is to investigate the ways that different experiences of daily living – particularly every day stressors – influence the health and well-being of men. To learn more about identity-related stressors related to race/ethnicity and sexual orientation, we are seeking bisexual-identified men to participate in an online study about their daily experiences and mood. Participants will be asked to complete a brief online survey every day for 28 days as well as a baseline and post-study survey. Eligible participants will be:
    • 25 years of age or older

    • Bi+ men (cisgender or transgender)

    • Located in the Chicago area

    • Able to access the internet on a daily basis

    Take the screening survey at to find out if you are eligible to participate! Eligible participants will be compensated (up to $60) for participating. Email with any questions!

  • Jason Sumontha, a student at the University of Virginia, is conducting a study on parenting and stress in two-mom and two-dad families. Eligible participants will be:
    • are age 18 or older

    • raising a child with a same-sex romantic partner or spouse

    Want to participate? Contact or e-mail Jason Sumontha at

  • Ryan Ebersole, a Ph. D. student in Counseling Psychology at University at Albany, State University of New York is conducting a study about gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer and pansexual individuals’ experience in therapy/counseling. You are eligible to participate in this study if you
    • are age 18 or older

    • identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, pansexual, or otherwise non-heterosexual

    • identify as cisgender

    • have been in therapy/counseling in the past year

    Participants will have the option to provide an email address to be entered into a raffle for one of 60 $10 gift cards for their time. Follow this URL:

  • Professor Wendi Gardner, of Northwestern University Psychology Department, is conducting a study group identities and experiences.
    • You will be entered into a raffle for two $50 gift cards for completing a screening and preliminary survey

    • You will earn $20 for participating in the interview

    • Study includes a survey and an interview in Evanston, IL

    • Requires 45-60 minutes of your time

    • You must be at least 18 years old

    • You must be a native English speaker

    Follow this URL to complete the screening and preliminary survey!

  • Dr. Robert Garofalo of Lurie Children’s Hospital will be conducting a study which will evaluate the efficacy of the MyPEEPS Mobile app in reducing male-male sexual risk behaviors. Study participants can receive up to $275 for participating.
      You might be eligible to participate if you:
    • Are between the ages of 13-18

    • Are HIV-negative or don’t know your HIV status

    • Own a smartphone

    • Were assigned male at birth

    • Are attracted to other men

    For more info: Call/text: 312.600.5168, Email:

  • Dr. Przeworski of Case Western Reserve is conducting an online study of the experiences of LGBTQ and cisgender heterosexual adults. The study involves completing online questionnaires about your experiences and emotions. In order to complete it, you must be at least 18 years of age. The study should take about 45–60 minutes to complete. You will have the option of including your contact information in order to be entered into a raffle for a gift card. The information gathered from this study may help us to better understand the experiences of LGBTQ individuals.

    For more information please go to:

  • Research on the narratives and experiences of transgender and genderqueer people is being conducted within the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. We are interested in how menstruation as a gendered symbol affects trans and genderqueer people. We are seeking participants who identify as transgender, regardless of whether you have been capable of menstruation at any point in your life. Participants will be asked to do a 1-2 hour interview and all interviewees will be given a $20.00 gift card. Interested participants should email Frankie at to schedule an interview. Participants must be 18 or older.

  • Stephanie Phillips, MA at Adler University, is conducting a study. You are invited to participate in a one-hour in-person interview about your experiences using Facebook. If you are interested and are (1) between the ages of 65-84, (2) living in an independent living facility, (3) a member of the LGB community, (4) have a Facebook account, please contact me at

  • 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:


    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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