Studies Seeking Participants

Black Love Safe Love: This is a research study aiming to receive feedback on a sexual health intervention designed for couples. To be eligible to participate, you have to identity as Black or African American and be 18 to 35 years of age. The study requires participation in a 120 minute session and completion of a questionnaire. Compensation is available. If you have any questions, would like to learn more information, and/or participate in the study, please contact Dr. Kristina Hood at progresslab@vcu.edu.  


Health Engagement in Emerging Adulthood: This study will assess systemic barriers (such as insurance access, environment, transportation, and finances), perceived health competence, health literacy screening, social support, peer encouragement, action/intention of seeking medical health, and behavioral health information questions. Thus we will assess the following aims:

Aim 1: To assess how insurance status and usual source of care influences the relationship between health care system distrust and preventive service engagement and receipt in Black emerging adults using a cross-sectional, quantitative research design. These results will help elucidate how structural factors influence engagement in health, however, it does not highlight what environmental factors facilitate engagement.

Aim 2: To better understand facilitators of health engagement for Black emerging adults, Aim 2 will consist of investigating how school status and living situation influences the relationship between peer influence, attitudes towards preventive help seeking, and engagement in health services. The results of this study will be used to develop peer and community intervention strategies to promote health engagement among Black emerging adults. 

A study link is not available at this time but if you are between the ages of 18-26 and are interested in participating in this study, please contact progresslab@vcu.edu.


 Perspectives on Gender: In this study, participants will join a focus group to discuss gender. Participants will consider the concept of gender, discuss social stereotypes of gender and offer thoughts about where people might learn about gender. Follow the link in the study title for more information.


 Attitudes, Personality and World Beliefs: This survey will ask about your personality, memories, beliefs and behavior. Some topics include your perception of yourself and others and your attitudes about the world. This study should take up to 30 minutes to complete. For more information, contact the primary investigator at hoodkb@vcu.edu. No study link is available at this time.


Cognitive Processing and Attitudes: This study consists of two parts: an online assessment and a laboratory portion. In the first, you will be asked to complete a number of measures to access your attitudes. In the second, you will be asked to complete three competitive cognitive processing tasks. No study link is available at this time.


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