Participate in Research

Below is a list of research studies that are currently open for participation. Although we do require that researchers confirm that their studies have been approved by an Institutional Review Board before being included in this list, please note that these studies are not sponsored or endorsed by ScienceOfRelationships.com unless otherwise noted, and we are not responsible for the content of the research projects listed below. Any questions or concerns you have about a particular study listed below should directed to the researcher responsible for the study.

If you are a researcher and would like your project listed below, see here.

Community Desire (CODE) Study – A portion of the Couples Coping with Low Sexual Interest/arousal Study

  • We are looking for healthy couples to participate in research about couples’ romantic and sexual relationships. After a brief screening call, eligible couples will each complete one survey online, which will take 30 to 45 minutes to complete. This study aims to be inclusive to individuals of all gender identities, bodies, and orientations. Thank you in advance for your interest in our research! 
  • To be eligible to participate, both partners must agree to participate and be in a committed and sexually active romantic relationship for at least six months, see each other at least 4 times a week, have no current sexual problems or dysfunction, be 18 years of age or older, and not currently be pregnant or within one year postpartum. Participants must also reside in Canada or the United States, be able to read and understand English.
  • Compensation: Compensation: $10 CAD/$7.50 USD in Amazon gift cards
  • Researcher: Gillian Boudreau, Research Coordinator, Dalhousie University: gl332412@dal.ca
  • Study ends: August 31, 2018
  • Click here to participate

Couples Experiencing Low Sexual Desire or Interest 

  • The purpose of this study is to understand possible protective factors – meaning aspects of the relationship that might promote or interfere with sexual desire, as well as sexual and relationship satisfaction – that might help couples dealing with low sexual desire and arousal.
  • The individual with low sexual interest/desire who is interested in participating will be asked to complete two phone calls, which should take about 30 minutes in total. 
  • If eligible, then we will send both you and your partner a survey by email, which can be completed online and should take 60-75 minutes to complete.
  • One year later, we will send you another, shorter survey by email. Inclusion criteria: To be eligible to participate, both partners must agree and be in a committed romantic relationship together for at least 6 months, be 18 years or older, reside in Canada or the United States, be able to read and understand English, and not currently pregnant or within one year postpartum. Additional eligibility criteria may apply. This study aims to be inclusive to individuals of all gender identities, bodies, and orientations.
  • Compensation: Each member of the couple receives a $18CDN (or $15 USD) Amazon gift card when you each complete the first survey. When you complete the second, shorter survey one year later, each of you will receive a $10 CDN (or $8 USD) Amazon gift certificate. We will also provide you with some online resources regarding low sexual desire and arousal in relationships and how to seek help if you wish. 
  • Researcher: Serena Corsini-Munt, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dalhousie University, serena.cm@dal.ca  
  • Study Ends: January 31, 2018
  • Click here to participate

 Transition to Parenthood Study

  • Participants will have to complete an eligibility screening via phone. Each partner will be asked to fill out a confidential online survey (approximately 45-60 min) about their sexual and romantic relationship at 7 time-points: 18- and 32-weeks pregnancy, and 2-weeks and 3-, 6-, 9-, and 12-months postpartum.
  • This study is open to couples who are 12-18 weeks pregnant with their first child (singleton pregnancies only). You must be involved in a romantic relationship, living together for at least 6 months, fluent in English, have access to personal e-mail addresses, can complete online surveys, and live in the U.S. or Canada. 
  • Compensation: $105 CAD or $81 USD EACH for completing all surveys in the study
  • Researcher: Amy Muise, Assistant Professor, York University: muiseamy@yorku.ca
  • Study ends: December 30, 2017
  • Click here to participate

Sexual Satisfaction Across Diverse Relationship Types

  • We are interested in the factors that influence how diverse types of individuals experience sexual and relationship satisfaction.
  • Only people who are currently in a romantic relationship are eligible to participate.
  • No compensation
  • Researcher: Dr. Terri Conley, University of Michigan: conleyt@umich.edu
  • Study ends: December 31, 2017
  • Click here to participate

 

Our colleague Justin Lehmiller hosts a page that lists online studies related to sex and sexuality; check out those opportunities to participate in research on his site.