Research Opportunities

The LBGT Resource Center gets several requests for students to participate in research. All opportunities to participate in research are indicated below. If you are a researcher looking to be posted on this website, please contact

Physical Activity in the Transgender Community

Researchers know very little about physical activity in the transgender community, although we know that some barriers exist. If you are a transgender adult, regardless of whether you consider yourself to be physically active, please consider filling out our anonymous online survey. At the conclusion of the survey, we will be asking participants whether they are interested in doing a telephone interview with us about this topic.

Here’s the link:

For more information or questions about the study, contact Linda Oakleaf at

Equality Campaigns, Male Suicide Prevention, and Gay-Straight Relationships in University (Added 29-Nov)

I am a researcher based at Newcastle University in the UK ( and am working on my doctoral degree looking at the role of gay-straight alliances and equality campaigns in universities in the US. My research looks at the relationships formed between gay men and straight men during their time at university and how these are influenced by things like social alliances. 

The most important part of my research is the interviews I hope to carry out with students like you! I am visiting four US universities in April 2017 and hope to visit your campus to talk with between 5 and 10 students. This will be through informal face-to-face interviews.

If you’re male and identify as gay or straight and could give up a couple of hours during the week beginning April 17, I would love to hear from you. Newcastle University have awarded me full ethics approval and I can provide you with details of the research in advance. I am also available to discuss this (at no expense to you) via phone call, FaceTime or Skype if you prefer. 

I know April is a long way off but I’m travelling a long way for the research and need to be able to work around paying for my flights. 

If you are interested, please drop me a line in the first instance: and I’ll get back to you with more info. I can’t pay you for participation but I can cover travel costs (and coffee during the interviews!) You’ll also be able to add international research participation to your CV and I’ll be happy to share the outcomes of my work with you before they are published. 

Thanks and I hope to meet some of you next year!


LGBT Discrimination via Country (Added 10-Apr)

My name is Inna Fatkins, I am a doctorate student at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University, Chicago. I invite you to answer the questions of the brief questionnaire aimed to study how living in certain country influence the level of discrimination experienced by LGBT citizens. This questionnaire is a part of the research that studies the effects of living in the countries with negative LGBT climate on psychological difficulties experienced by LGBT citizens.

This research is a part of my Clinical Research Project for earning a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. This research was approved by the Institutional Research Board of the Argosy University, Chicago, protocol #1257, May 18, 2016.

You are invited to participate if you identify yourself as LGBT individual, you are older than 18, and your country of residency for the last five years is the U.S.A. This questionnaire will take only 20 minutes of your time.

Risks associated with this research are minimal. All questions are anonymous. You personal information including email address will not be recorded.

Your participation is very important because it will help to understand how negative social and political factors influence the life of LGBT individuals in the countries where negative attitudes toward them dominate. This knowledge may lead to positive change in the future and the improvement of negative social attitudes toward LGBT individuals.

To participate please follow this link:

My contact information is indicated in the questionnaire. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

LGBTQ+ Relationships Survey (Added 10-Apr)

My name is Andrew Labadie and I am a senior at MSU working as a research assistant in Dr. Chopik’s Close Relationships Laboratory. As a research assistant in his lab, I am conducting an independent study on LGBTQ+ relationships in young adults and hoping the LBGTQ Resource would be willing to help us connect with LGBTQ individuals in the local community.

In our study, we plan to look at the relationship between identity, gender nonconformity, and internalized heterosexism to better understand relationship quality among LGBTQ+ couples. For the study, participants are asked to complete a short online survey on attitudes toward sexual orientation, childhood experience, support systems, and relationships as well as some basic demographic information. The only requirements for participation are identifying as non-heterosexual and being between the ages of 18 and 30-years-old. As an incentive, participants will be entered in a raffle for a $50 gift card upon completing the survey.

The literature surrounding LGBTQ+ individuals is largely underrepresented and our study would be beneficial in that it will provide insight on greater quality of relationships later in life. This study will allow a closer look at the interplay of internal attitudes and intimacy, commitment, and identifying the factors that contribute to forming successful relationships for young LGBTQ+ adults.

Here is the study link: