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Seeking Black or African American individuals for research participation

You are invited to participate in a research study conducted through the Department of Psychology at West Virginia University (WVU). The purpose of this project is to assess social and physiological factors that may be related to anxiety outcomes by race. Participants will be asked to think of personal worrisome topics and complete a questionnaire about life experiences and attitudes toward mental illness. Participants will also be asked to provide a saliva sample and to wear a heart rate monitor while thinking of personal worrisome topics.  The session should take no more than two hours.  Participants will receive $20 compensation or 2 hours of extra credit in participating psychology courses for their time and participation. Approval of this research is on file with the WVU Institutional Review Board.

** All information collected from this study is completely confidential **

 Participants will receive $20 or 2 hours of research credit for completing the study

To be eligible to participate, you must: 

 ·     Be between 18 and 58 years of age

·      Be fluent in English

·      Identify as Black/African American

  For more information, or to sign up for the study, please contact Patricia Hopkins: shooklab@gmail.com or see the SONA advertisement titled “Attitudes and Experiences of Anxiety”.


Research Study–Medical Decision-Making Study in Older Adults.

You are invited to participate in a research study examining medical decision-making in older adults. This study will entail one session either in your home or on WVU campus lasting about 60 minutes minutes. You will be asked to view an educational video containing information about medical treatments and fill-out several questionnaires. You will receive $10 to compensate your time.

To be eligible to participate, you must:

·         Be at least 65 years old

·         Be fluent in Englis

·         Have no terminal diagnosis/illness

For more information, or to sign up for the study, please contact Jarred V. Gallegos at (304) 276-0482 or email WVUMedicalDecisionMaking@gmail.com


Do you identify as Black or African American?

You are invited to participate in a research study conducted through the Department of Psychology at West Virginia University (WVU) examining discrimination and pain in African American adults. This study will entail one approximately two-hour in person session. During the session, you will be asked to complete several surveys assessing stress, discrimination, and related variables. You also will be asked to participate in a finger pressure task (which you can stop at any time). You will receive $25 to cover your time and travel.

Inclusion: 1. Ability to understand, speak, read, and write English in order to complete all the study measures 2. Self-identification as African American or black; biracial participants who endorse African American as their dominant racial identity will be included 3. Between the ages of 18 and 70 4. Born in the U.S. and lived greater than 80% of entire life in the U.S. 5. No daily use of opioids or analgesics 6. No history of any psychological disorders

For more information, or to sign up for the study, please contact Derrick M. Ward at WVUDiscriminationStudy@gmail.com or (304) 685-5501

The West Virginia University Institutional Review Board has acknowledgement of this study on file.Approved:14-Oct-2015Expires:13-Oct-2016Number:1506718943


Tobacco Users Needed for Research Study

Are you between the ages of 18 and 60? Do you currently smoke cigarettes and also use smokeless or oral tobacco products (e.g., chew, dip, snus)? You may be eligible to participate in a research study that will examine the daily patterns of concurrent use of these tobacco products. Individuals who complete this two-week study will be compensated. For more information, please call the laboratory at (304) 293-0551 or email Nick ( njfelicione@mix.wvu.edu) or Jenny ( jeozga@mix.wvu.edu)

Principal Investigator: Dr. Melissa Blank, Department of Psychology, Life Science Building, Downtown Campus, (304) 293-8341 West Virginia University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) has acknowledgment of this study on file.

Cigarette Smokers Needed for Research Study

Are you between the ages of 18 and 60? Do you currently smoke cigarettes and think about quitting? You may be eligible to participate in a 4-week research study that will examine the influence of electronic cigarettes on smoking cessation. Individuals who complete this study will be compensated. For more information, please call the laboratory at (304) 293-0551 or email Nick ( njfelicione@mix.wvu.edu) or Jenny ( jeozga@mix.wvu.edu)

Principal Investigator: Dr. Melissa Blank, Department of Psychology, Life Science Building, Downtown Campus, (304) 293-8341 West Virginia University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) has acknowledgment of this study on file.

25-35 years old?

You are invited to participate in a research study conducted through the Department of Psychology at West Virginia University (WVU) to examine how well people of varying ages can learn that different objects are associated with different outcomes. During the study, you will play a computer game, BeanFest, which requires learning whether objects are good or bad in order to increase your points in an imaginary world. You will also be asked to complete several questionnaires about your mental abilities, mood, personality, beliefs, and demographic information. The study takes no more than 2.5 hours. You will receive $50 for your participation. Sessions will be held on the WVU main campus in the Life Sciences Building or at participant’s residence. Approval of this research is on file with the WVU Institutional Review Board.

All information collected from this study is completely confidential

Participants will receive $50 for completing the study

To be eligible to participate, you must:

Principal Investigator: Dr. Natalie Shook, Department of Psychology, Life Science Building, Downtown Campus, (681) 443-4192 West Virginia University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) has acknowledgment of this study on file.

60 years or older?

You are invited to participate in a research study conducted through the Department of Psychology at West Virginia University (WVU) to examine how well people of varying ages can learn that different objects are associated with different outcomes. During the study, you will play a computer game, BeanFest, which requires learning whether objects are good or bad in order to increase your points in an imaginary world. You will also be asked to complete several questionnaires about your mental abilities, mood, personality, beliefs, and demographic information. The study takes no more than 2.5 hours. You will receive $50 for your participation. Sessions will be held on the WVU main campus in the Life Sciences Building or at participant’s residence. Approval of this research is on file with the WVU Institutional Review Board.

All information collected from this study is completely confidential

Participants will receive $50 for completing the study

To be eligible to participate, you must:

For more information, or to sign up for the study, please contact Dr. Natalie Shook:  shooklab20@gmail.comor (681)443-4192

Principal Investigator: Dr. Natalie Shook, Department of Psychology, Life Science Building, Downtown Campus, (681)443-4192 West Virginia University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) has acknowledgment of this study on file.