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 Exercise Physiology Laboratory at The University of Alabama is seeking healthy individuals to serve as research participants for an exercise physiology study on responses to acute aerobic exercise. To qualify, you must be: between the ages of 18 and 45, free of any cardiovascular, pulmonary or metabolic disease and a non-smoker. Testing requires three sessions over three weeks. You will receive information regarding your aerobic fitness, body fat percentage and blood pressure. For more information, contact doctoral student James Miller at 443/366-5538 or jtmiller@crimson.ua.edu or Dr. Jonathan Wingo, UA associate professor of exercise science, at jwingo@ua.edu.


Dr. Kristi Crowe-White and Dr. Amy Ellis, researchers in the College of Human Environmental Sciences’ department of human nutrition and hospitality management, are recruiting subjects for a 10-week study to see how watermelon affects blood vessel function. Study participants need to be postmenopausal African-American or European-American women ages 55 to 69 who do not smoke or have high blood pressure, diabetes, liver disease or kidney disease. The first four weeks will involve study participants drinking either 100 percent watermelon juice or a placebo twice a day. At the end of the four weeks, there will be a two-week washout period where neither beverage is consumed. In the next four weeks, participants will drink the opposite of what they had in the beginning of the study. Vascular and blood measures will be assessed at the beginning and end of each four-week period. Participants are eligible for compensation up to $100. For more information, phone 844/348-7057.


Two psychology researchers, Lisa Mieskowski and Dr. Forrest Scogin, are seeking adults age 40 or older to take part in a study of overall life satisfaction. Participants will be asked to interact with a workbook of activities and asked questions to determine if they notice an improvement in their overall satisfaction with life. The project will be conducted over the phone, so distance and ability to come to campus are not an issue – e.g. those who live in rural areas or who are homebound are also invited to participate. The study will include three to four phone calls. All participants will receive a copy of the workbook, which includes activities sometimes used in therapy to address problems with stress, among other things. For more information, contact Lisa Mieskowski at 205/348-7069.


Researchers in the College of Engineering are looking for cigarette smokers ages 19 to 70 to participate in a study developing a novel device for monitoring of smoking habits. This study will generally require a two-and-a-half hour visit followed by close to 18 hours in the community. Volunteers will be asked to perform a number of tasks such as moving around, moderate and fast walking on a treadmill, eating, smoking, etc.,  while wearing the sensor system. Participants will receive up to $80. People who are non-smokers, have smoked for less than a year, have acute or chronic respiratory conditions, have a pacemaker or any other implantable device, will be excluded from the study. Those unable/unwilling to perform the activities listed above or unable/unwilling to smoke cigarettes at the request of the investigators will also be excluded. This study is conducted under a research study exemption from the UA smoking policy. Special approval has been issued to use University grounds during the study, and the smoker must be accompanied by the research assistant with a written permit to smoke on campus. Contact Dr. Edward Sazonov, department of electrical and computer engineering, at esazonov@eng.ua.edu for more information.


Researchers in the department of communication studies at the University of Alabama invite parents and their middle-school children to participate in a project on how families deal with bullying. Participants will do an interview with a researcher, complete surveys and record conversations over a three-week period. Families that complete the study will receive $75. Contact Dr. Joshua Pederson, at jrpederson@ua.edu or 205-632-0501, for more information or to participate.


The Capstone College of Nursing and department of psychology is looking for participants for a research study. Persons with Restless Legs Syndrome, known as RLS, are needed for a research study that will examine the use of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, or MBSR, on symptoms of RLS. The study design will be a randomized controlled feasibility trial that will enroll participants in a MBSR-RLS treatment group and will be compared with a treatment-as-usual control group. If randomized to the MBSR group, participants will be asked to complete an eight-week session of MBSR with a focus on RLS. Participants will be compensated for their time. Personal information will be kept confidential and used for research purposes only. To participate, or for more information, contact Dr. Norma Cuellar at ncuellar@ua.edu or 205-348-8368.


Adults age 50 and older with a current diagnosis of osteoarthritis in one or both knees are needed for a research study at The University of Alabama. The study will examine how knee arthritis affects people’s daily activities, moods and long-term well being. Researchers are especially interested in learning how personal characteristics like race, gender, general health and personality affect the experience of pain and arthritis. Participants will be asked to complete 2 interviews and two “activity sampling” projects over the course of a year. Participants will be compensated for their time. Personal information will be kept confidential and used for research purposes only. To participate, or for more information, contact Jessie Greenlee, program manager, at 205-348-3941 or jlgreenlee@ua.edu.


Adults 50 or older who live in Marengo County and deal with the effects of insomnia and depression are invited to participate in a University of Alabama research study. The  pilot research study will deliver cognitive-behavior therapy through the online video-conferencing program Skype. In Demopolis, the study will be carried out at the Sleep Disorders Center in the Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital. Lead investigators are Dr. Kenny Lichstein and Dr. Forrest Scogin, UA professors of psychology. UA’s Office of Information Technology has configured a safe and secure version of Skype to promote confidentiality. Those interested in participating should phone 205/348-1963. Individuals should leave a message indicating their willingness to participate in the research study. Individuals should also leave a name, call-back number and convenient times to call.


Adults 60 years or older are invited to participate in a brief study being conducted by a graduate student in the psychology department at The University of Alabama. The study will examine the decision-making abilities of younger and older adults. Participants will read a scenario, perform several computerized tasks and answer some questionnaires. Results will help cognitive researchers better understand the differences between younger and older adults in their decision-making abilities. The study takes an hour or two to complete, and participants will receive $10. People who are interested or have questions can contact Meagan Wood at 205-248-7860 or 229-224-5984 or through email at mmwood2@crimson.ua.edu.


An in-home study that uses a computer in a new treatment for anxiety and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, seeks volunteers from among children ages 8 to 12. The research study uses a computerized attention and memory training program that will be offered to study participants at no charge, and it can be used on their own home computers. UA researchers will take information from the research study and examine changes in how the brain functions before and after this treatment. To participate, or for more information, contact Dr. Matthew Jarrett, assistant professor in UA’s psychology department, at 205/348-0629 or majarrett@ua.edu.


Youth age 12-21 with Down syndrome and/or mental retardation are needed for a UA study. The study will examine wayfinding skills in young people with Down syndrome compared with matched peers. Participants will be asked to navigate a computerized environment, much like those found in popular video games. Participants who qualify for the study will complete two short tasks in one testing session and will receive a small prize for their participation. Personal information will be kept confidential and used for research purposes only. Call Megan Benson at 205/887-1453, Ed Merrill at 205/348-1932 or Fran Conners at 205/348-7913.