The University of Alabama

Research Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to participate in various University of Alabama studies. Below are brief descriptions of some of these projects along with contact information for each.

QUALITY OF LIFE IN ADULTS WITH OSTEOARTHRITIS

Adults age 50 and older with a current diagnosis of osteoarthritis in one or both knees are needed for a research study at The University of Alabama. The study will examine how knee arthritis affects people’s daily activities, moods and long-term well being. Researchers are especially interested in learning how personal characteristics like race, gender, general health and personality affect the experience of pain and arthritis. Participants will be asked to complete 2 interviews and two “activity sampling” projects over the course of a year. Participants will be compensated for their time. Personal information will be kept confidential and used for research purposes only. To participate, or for more information, contact Jessie Greenlee, program manager, at 205-348-3941 or jlgreenlee@ua.edu.

ONLINE THERAPY OFFERED FOR INSOMNIA, DEPRESSION SUFFERERS

Adults 50 or older who live in Marengo County and deal with the effects of insomnia and depression are invited to participate in a University of Alabama research study. The  pilot research study will deliver cognitive-behavior therapy through the online video-conferencing program Skype. In Demopolis, the study will be carried out at the Sleep Disorders Center in the Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital. Lead investigators are Dr. Kenny Lichstein and Dr. Forrest Scogin, UA professors of psychology. UA’s Office of Information Technology has configured a safe and secure version of Skype to promote confidentiality. Those interested in participating should phone 205/348-1963. Individuals should leave a message indicating their willingness to participate in the research study. Individuals should also leave a name, call-back number and convenient times to call.

RESEARCH ON DECISION-MAKING

Adults 60 years or older are invited to participate in a brief study being conducted by a graduate student in the psychology department at The University of Alabama. The study will examine the decision-making abilities of younger and older adults. Participants will read a scenario, perform several computerized tasks and answer some questionnaires. Results will help cognitive researchers better understand the differences between younger and older adults in their decision-making abilities. The study takes an hour or two to complete, and participants will receive $10. People who are interested or have questions can contact Meagan Wood at 205-248-7860 or 229-224-5984 or through email at mmwood2@crimson.ua.edu.

STUDY SEEKS YOUTH FOR IN-HOME TREATMENT OF ANXIETY, ADHD

An in-home study that uses a computer in a new treatment for anxiety and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, seeks volunteers from among children ages 8 to 12. The research study uses a computerized attention and memory training program that will be offered to study participants at no charge, and it can be used on their own home computers. UA researchers will take information from the research study and examine changes in how the brain functions before and after this treatment. To participate, or for more information, contact Dr. Matthew Jarrett, assistant professor in UA’s psychology department, at 205/348-0629 or majarrett@ua.edu.

WAYFINDING IN PERSONS WITH DOWN SYNDROME

Youth age 12-21 with Down syndrome and/or mental retardation are needed for a UA study. The study will examine wayfinding skills in young people with Down syndrome compared with matched peers. Participants will be asked to navigate a computerized environment, much like those found in popular video games. Participants who qualify for the study will complete two short tasks in one testing session and will receive a small prize for their participation. Personal information will be kept confidential and used for research purposes only. Call Megan Benson at 205/887-1453, Ed Merrill at 205/348-1932 or Fran Conners at 205/348-7913.