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Participate in a College of Nursing Research Study

Community participation in research studies helps us further understand some of the most important factors that impact health and wellness. It also gives participants an opportunity to learn about the cutting-edge projects being carried out by investigators in the College of Nursing.

Below you will find current research studies that are actively looking for participants from the community. To see if you qualify for any of these studies, please contact the email or phone provided This list is updated frequenty.


Study: Sleep Self-Management for Older Couples or Individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment or early Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (MCI/ADRD) and their Primary Caregiver 

IRB Study #: 2019-5784

Contact: Dr. Cynthia Jacelon

Contact Details: 413 545-9576, jacelon@umass.edu

Study Volunteer Eligibility Criteria:

1. Pairs of individuals who are at least 70 years old. Both people must sleep in the same house

2. Pairs of individuals in which one member has mild cognitive impairment or early Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia (MCI/ADRD), and the other member is the primary caregiver (May be less than 70 years old). 

Description: The research study will take place in your home. A researcher will visit you each week, to review your sleep information from the previous week and ask you questions about your sleep and about using the wrist-worn activity monitor and/or the sleep diaries.

Time Commitment: 6 weekly visits of about an hour with the researcher, 15 minutes each day to complete your sleep diary and look at the activity monitor data

Compensation: You will receive $10 at the end of Week 1 and Week 2, each week.At the end of Week 5 you will be given the choice of receiving an additional $30 (for a total of $50) or of keeping the activity tracker. If you choose the money, you will return the activity tracker. If for any reason you cannot complete all five weeks of the study, you will be given $10 for each week you were able to complete


Study: Tablet-based Cognitive Behavioral Intervention: Comparison of Group vs. Individual CBT Education

IRB Study #: 2130

Contacts: Sarah Fiske, Dr. Jeung Choi

Contact Details: 413-222-5939, smleonard@umass.edu; 413-545-5689, jeungokc@nursing.umass.edu

Study Volunteer Eligibility Criteria: Older adults (50 years or older) with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis

Description: We are conducting a 'contactless' tablet-based fatigue management study to encourage a simple walking activity for older adults who have rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis-related fatigue. We would like to know how this tablet-based fatigue management tool helps your walking and fatigue management.

Time Commitment: We invite you to take part in seven meetings. 

Meetings 1 and 2: complete three (3) short surveys telling us about your fatigue level, cognition and background information (age, sex, race, etc.) (30 minutes); learn how to use two devices, a tablet and step counter (30 minutes); and then you will be asked to use them at home for 8 weeks. 

Meetings 3 through 6 – receive a weekly instruction of how to improve walking and alleviate fatigue through video communications (no travel involved); tell us about your fatigue level, quality of life, self-confidence, and your experience on use of two devices (1 hour for each meeting)  

Meeting 7 – tell us about your fatigue level, quality of life, self-confidence, and your experience on use of two devices (1 hour) 

Compensation: You will be given a $20 gift card at the end of Meetings 2, 3. 6, and 7, for a total of $80 in gift cards.


Study: Evaluation of Family and Community Social Network Characteristics among High-Risk Family Members to Improve Cancer-Related Health Behaviors

IRB Study #: 2332

Contact: Dr. Memnun Seven

Contact Details: If you would like to participate in this study, you can complete the survey in English here, or in Spanish here. For further details, you can contact Dr. Memnun Seven at 413 545 9922 or mseven@umass.edu.

Study Volunteer Eligibility Criteria: Eligible participants will have a family history of cancers (ovarian, breast and colorectal cancer), be over the age of 18 and be able to read in English or Spanish

Description: The purpose of this study is to improve our understanding of interactions among individuals, families at high risk and their community that support or hinder cancer-related health behaviors

Time Commitment: The study consists of a 20 minute online survey or phone interview, and your time will be compensated 

Compensation: You will have the option of receiving a payment of $20 at the end of the survey


Study: Association between Illness Presentation and Self-Efficacy among Older EOL Caregivers with Multiple Chronic Illnesses

IRB Study #: 2229

Contact: Dr. Hyeyoung Park

Contact Details: (413) 545-1343 or hyeyoungpark@umass.edu

Study Volunteer Eligibility Criteria: Participants for this study will meet the following criteria: 1) be over 65 years old, 2) identify themselves as a caregiver of a patient with advanced illness (e.g. stage 4 cancer, Alzheimer's disease), 3) have more than two chronic illnesses, 4) are cognitively intact, and 5) can read and speak English

Description: The purpose of this study is to learn about the relationship between illness representation (how a person views their illness), self-management efficacy, and end of life (EOL) caregiving strain (burden) among older adult caregivers with multiple chronic health conditions. In order to determine this relationship, 133 participants who meet the study criteria and consent to participate will complete a one-time phone interview with researchers. The interview will include questions regarding participant's basic information of themselves and their care-recipient such as age, gender, race/ethnicity, and education level; then, participants will be asked about how they view their current illness, their caregiving strain, self-efficacy on their own illness, and the care recipient's symptom severity. All of this information will be carefully recorded in a secure online survey platform by the researchers. Participants may skip any questions they choose or withdraw from the study at any time.

Time Commitment: The study will be completed in a one-timephone interview, which will take approximately 20 minutes to complete

Compensation: A $10 gift card voucher will be provided for study participation. The voucher will be provided regardless if the participant withdraws from study during any point in time