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Archive for "Seeking Research Participants"

Call for Subjects – on line study

Posted by Pam L. | July 20th, 2015

Please Help Us Learn More About Self-Injury!!!

Eligible participants who complete the survey earn a $10 gift card!

Hello. My name is Shana Franklin and I am a graduate student in the psychology department working with Dr. Shawn Cahill, Ph.D at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I am currently conducting a research study examining non-suicidal self injury and other coping behaviors individuals use in response to stressors.

The purpose of this notice is to invite your participation.

Participation is completely voluntary. This study is all online, so the survey may be completed at your convenience from any PC/Mac that has internet access. Responses are confidential.

Study Information:
Study Title: Coping Behaviors and Self Injury: An Internet Study
Study Description: The purpose of this research study is to examine experiences related to certain maladaptive coping behaviors that some individuals experience in response to stressors. Approximately 700 people will be recruited to participate in this internet study through this and similar websites. If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete a survey that will take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. The questions will ask about various coping behaviors, including instances of intentional injury that is not accompanied by a desire to commit suicide, and your experiences related to these behaviors. The survey will also ask questions about general health and mental health history, as well as personality variables such as questions regarding emotion regulation and impulsivity. Participants who meet initial eligibility criteria and complete the survey will earn a $10 gift card to that will be e-mailed to the person’s desired e-mail address within 48 hours of study completion.

If you wish to participate, please visit the following link:

Finally, once again, participation in this study is completely voluntary and responses to the study’s survey are confidential.. In order to receive compensation, we do require participants provide an e-mail address and their initials; however this information is not linked to survey responses. In addition, the email and initials will only be collected after the survey has been completed; thus, participants who wish to participate in the survey but do not want to submit an email address and their initials my none-the-less complete the survey. However, in such cases we will not be able to provide them with a gift card. This research hopes to learn more about individuals with non-suicidal self injury and other coping behaviors. Thank you for your participation and contribution to the research field.

If you have any questions, please contact us at: (Shana Franklin) or (Shawn Cahill)


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Call for Subjects: Title: Emotion and Self-Injury Study at UBC (Canada)

Posted by drlader | March 11th, 2015

The Personality, Emotion, and Behaviour Lab in the UBC Psychology Department is conducting a study on the emotions, thoughts, and experiences of people who have struggled with non-suicidal self-injury in the past six months.

If you are interested in participating in the study, contact us for more information at: or 604-822-6252.

To be eligible, you must: 1) be age 19 or over, and 2) have engaged in non-suicidal self-injury (intentionally harming yourself without intending to die) in the past six months.

All information you provide will be kept strictly confidential. You do not need to provide any sensitive personal information (e.g., mental health history) when you contact us.

The study will consist of a 1 hour session, where you will do a short computer task and fill out questionnaires. You will receive $20 and parking or transit reimbursement for your time.

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Research Study for Adolescent and Young Adult Women with Self-Injury

Posted by NSSIStudy | January 16th, 2015

Do you hurt yourself intentionally?  Have you ever hurt your body on purpose when you felt upset?  Do you live close to the New York City area?

If so, you may be eligible for a research study aimed at understanding self-injury in adolescents and young adults.  Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (New York, NY) are recruiting female adolescents and young adults (13 to 25 years old) who have engaged in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI).  For teens under 18 years of age, parent or guardian permission is required.  Between $100-120 compensation will be provided for 3-4 hours of your time.

Purpose of the Study: We hope to learn more about the differences in the brain that may lead to self-injury in adolescence and young adulthood.  These findings may help us develop new, better treatments for NSSI.

What Would Participation Require:  Participation will involve a brief phone screening (to determine eligibility) and an in-person visit to the New York State Psychiatric Institute MRI Unit that will take about 3-4 hours.  The study visit includes three steps: 1) interviews and surveys, 2) games and puzzles, and 3) an MRI scan lasting approximately 1.5 hours.  There are no known adverse effects of having an MRI.  MRI is a safe type of imaging that allows us to take pictures of the brain.

Compensation: Up to $120 will be provided for participation.  Treatment referrals will also be provided to those who would like help for their NSSI.

Interested? Have questions?  For more information, please call 646-774-5720, or email  All inquiries are confidential.

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Research study in NYC seeking participants!

Posted by FordhamUResearch | November 28th, 2014

Participate in a Fordham University research study on daily life experiences, thoughts, and behaviors! Must be in the New York City area to participate.

We are looking for teenagers between the ages of 14-18 to participate in a research study looking at experiences with peers, thoughts, and behaviors.

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete a survey for about an hour and a half in person, and to complete confidential daily online surveys on your cell phone for 2 weeks.

Participants will receive a $20 Amazon gift card for each of 2 parts of the study (a total of $40 in Amazon gift cards if the whole study is completed), and participants will also be entered into a raffle for an additional $50 Amazon gift card.

If you are interested, you must:
- Be between the ages of 14-18
- Speak, read, and write in English
- Have a cell phone with text messaging and Internet access

The consent of a parent or legal guardian is also required to participate in the study. Not everyone who is interested will be able to participate, so please contact us to find out if you are eligible!

If you are interested in participating, please contact us at “” or 646 580 2723.

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Young Adults Needed for a Research Study

Posted by Laurel66 | July 29th, 2014

Individuals needed to participate in an Internet-based study looking at the experiences of people who access Internet message boards to talk about self-injury. This is a research study being conducted by a psychology graduate student.  Please respond if you meet the following requirements:

1)    You are between the ages of 18 and 25, fluent in English, and living in the United States.

2)    You have personal experience with self-injury within the past year.

3)    You currently access an online self-injury message board (one or more) at least once a week, and you have done this for at least three months.

4)    You feel you have experienced support of some kind from the board(s).

5)    Your self-injury is not suicidal in intent.

If the above descriptions apply to you or you have any questions about the study, please email Laurel Brow at  If you are included in the study, you will be asked to complete a confidential questionnaire through email. You will receive a $15 Amazon gift card as a token of appreciation for your participation.


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Research Studies about Self-Harm

Posted by mprutton | March 24th, 2014

My name is Mar Prutton, a current graduate student in the Couples and Family Therapy program at the University of Oregon. I currently facilitate a Self-Harm Support Group here and I also volunteer as a research assistant under Dr. Tiffany Brown.

Tiffany Brown is the principal investigator for two studies about self-harm- ‚ÄúFamily Perspectives of Self-Harm‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúThe Experiences of Simultaneous Self-Harm and Substance Abuse.‚ÄĚ The aim of the first study is to gain a greater understanding of the way that self-harm impacts relationships within family systems as it is seen from the perspective of the family members. Specifically, the study will ask qualitative questions that pertain to the participants‚Äô perspective of self-harm, how the self-harm developed, and recursive impacts.We¬†are¬†looking¬†for¬†individuals¬†(aged¬†18¬†or¬†older)¬†who¬†are¬†willing¬†to¬†contribute¬†to research¬†to¬†help¬†us¬†understand¬†the¬†perspective¬†of¬†family¬†members,¬†friends,¬†or¬†partners who¬†care¬†about¬†someone¬†who¬†currently¬†self-harms or¬†has¬†a¬†history¬†of¬†self-harming¬†behaviors.
Participants who complete the interview (approximately 90 minutes) will be entered into a drawing to receive
one of two $25 Fred Meyer gift cards  determined at the completion of the study.

The aim of the second study is to explore the relationship between the recoveries from self-harm and substance abuse via qualitative interviews. The study is grounded in the following questions: What is the experience of those recovering from both self-harm and substance abuse? Does the recovery from self-harm and substance abuse have similar qualities? Does the recovery from self-harm and substance abuse require similar or different recovery strategies? You qualify for participation in this study if all of the following: You qualify for participation in this study if all of the following statements apply:
1. You are 18 years or older.
2. You have historically engaged in self-harming behavior and substance abuse
3. It has been 3 months or longer since the last incident of substance abuse
4. You have historically attempted and/or been successful with recovery from self-harm Participants who complete the interview (approximately 90 minutes) will be entered into a drawing to receive
one of two $25 Fred Meyer gift cards  determined at the completion of the study.

If you are interested or have questions, feel free to contact me (Mar) at

Thanks! :-)

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Seeking research participants

Posted by 8jc76 | August 26th, 2013

Hello, we are inviting you to participate in a psychology research study being conducted by researchers at Queen’s University. This study is about the relationship between self-injury and suicide, which is often poorly understood. We are hoping to contribute to a better understanding of what causes self-injury and suicide and a clearer picture of what makes these behaviours different. You do not have to engage in self-injury (either currently or in the past) to participate in this study. Similarly, you do not have to have a history of suicidal thoughts and/or attempts to participate in this study.

Participation will involve the completion of online questionnaires that will take no more than 50-60 minutes to complete. You will be compensated with $10 and entered into a draw to win a $150 gift certificate to the online store of your choice.

If you are at least 16 years old and are interested in participating, please visit

Thank you kindly for your time,

Jackie Chin

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Cornell University: Survey for Parents of someone who self injures

Posted by Pam L. | July 19th, 2013

Parents, help us understand your experience 

Does your child self-injure? Is he/she between the ages of 15-24?  Please help us help parents by participating in a brief survey of your experiences. Parents are the most important allies a self-injurious youth can have. Results of this study will be used to create support materials and strategies for parents of youth who injure. Click here to participate:  (Survey may contain triggering language).

Thank you for your assistance!


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Call For Research Participants

Posted by Pam L. | July 5th, 2013

Call For Research Participants

Title: Ministering to and Treating Self-Injurers: Bridging the Gap Between Pastoral Counselors and Those They Serve

My name is Danielle Archer and I am a doctoral degree student conducting a research project on the experience of pastoral counselors who have treated individuals who have or are currently engaging in self-injuring behaviors. This is part of the requirements for the Doctor of Education degree (EdD) in Pastoral Community Counseling at Argosy University.  My dissertation chair is Dr. Thomas Vail. The purpose of this study is to help pastoral counselors to become more educated and/or equipped to minister to and treat members of the community engaging in self-injury. Additionally, the results will be used to determine the most appropriate forms of future care for self-injurers by pastoral counselors as well as increase collaboration between pastoral counselors and the individuals they serve.

If you participate in this research, you will be asked to complete a demographic information worksheet, at the conclusion of which you will be provided an opportunity to coordinate a telephonic interview with the researcher to allow for a deeper exploration of your experience in working with individuals who self-harm. Choosing to participate in this research will not cause any known potential risks or discomforts to the participants.

Your participation in the demographic information worksheet will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes, and will be provided to you via email. Your participation in the telephonic interview will take approximately 1 ‚Äď 2 hours. The telephonic interviews will be audio recorded to maintain the integrity and accuracy of your responses. Your participation in this research is strictly voluntary. You may refuse to participate at all, or choose to stop your participation at any point in the research, without fear of penalty or negative consequences of any kind.
The information/data you provide for this research will be treated confidentially, and all raw data will be kept in a secured file by the principal investigator. Results of the research will be reported as aggregate summary data only, and no individually identifiable information will be presented. Upon completion of this study, all materials collected (audio and written) shall be destroyed.

If you are interested in participating in this research study, please email me at, for additional information.

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Self-Injury Narratives

Posted by kwester | January 25th, 2013

We are interesting in hearing your story and experience with self-injury

In order to participate in this research study, you must have engaged in self-injury at any point in your life, be at least 18 years old, and have access to a computer connected to the internet.

You can access the research study at this link:

If you know anyone else over the age of 18 who has engaged in self-injury, please forward them this link.


This online research study seeks your responses to open-ended questions and will take between 15-60 minutes to complete. There are no costs to you or payments made for participating in this study. If you have any questions, you may contact the principal researcher, Dr. Kelly Wester, at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, at

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