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.


The Center for Advanced Public Safety seeks volunteer households to take part in a study on severe weather events. Trained UA students will conduct interviews and observations of participating households before, during and after severe weather events during the fall and spring severe weather season. The researchers will contact participants as forecast of severe weather become available. The information will be reported to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Severe Storms Laboratory to to improve distribution and communication of tornado warnings as well as publication of findings in academic journals and books. To volunteer, or to get more information, please contact Jake Reed at 205-348-9074 or jacob.reed@ua.edu; or Dr. Laura Myers at 205-348-5701 or drlauramyers@gmail.com.


Couples married or living together are needed to participate in a sleep study. Participants will be part of two laboratory sessions lasting 2-and-a-half hours that involve individual activities and discussions with your partner. Physiological responses will be monitored and some activities videotaped. Sleep will be monitored at home for those in the study, and researchers will ask participants to sleep for a certain amount of time prior to each laboratory session. Participants can be compensated up to $310 per couple.

Couples may be eligible if:

  • They are married or living together
  • Neither person smokes
  • Neither have a known sleep disorder
  • Both are between the ages of 18 to 45
  • Not pregnant or have children under 5 years old.

To be considered for participation, or to get more information, please contact the researchers at capstonesleeplab@gmail.com.


Researchers at The University of Alabama – Drs. Sonya Pritzker, Jason DeCaro and Dr. Josh Pederson – are seeking romantic partners between the age 25 through 75 who have been living together for at least one year to take part in a study about how everyday communication affects the body. Participants will be asked to complete a survey, be interviewed about their relationship and perform daily activities and interactions in their home together under observation of the researchers. Participants will wear devices that monitor heart rate and will be asked to provide saliva samples to measure stress. The study will be conducted over four days in participants’ homes. Couples will be compensated $200 for their time. To sign up to participate, or to get more information, please contact the researchers at 205-632-0696.