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.


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.


Women between the ages of 25 and 50 who are pre-menopausal and overweight are invited to participate in a study of the of the relationship between oxidative stress biomarkers and mindful eating practices. Mindfulness-based strategies, such as a mindful eating interventions, may be effective in reducing stress and emotional eating, improving dietary intake patterns, and reducing biomarkers of cardiometabolic disease risk. Drs. Linda Knol and Kristi Crowe-White are funded through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to test a model that assesses relationships among redox balance biomarkers, perceived stress, mindfulness/mindful eating practices, and dietary intake among overweight individuals. The aim to understand how mindfulness techniques affect stress, stress-related eating, overall dietary choices and metabolic stress markers in blood and urine. Compensation is provided for one-time participation in this study. For more information contact Dr. Linda Knol at 205-348-8129 or at lknol@ches.ua.edu