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 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.

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:
  • 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:
  • Study ends: December 31, 2017
  • Click here to participate

Post Coital Experience Survey

  • How do you feel after sex? There is emerging literature on the counter-intuitive phenomena of Post Coital Dysphoria (PCD), which is characterised by feelings of sadness, melancholy, tearfulness, or irritability after otherwise satisfactory consensual sex (Sadock & Sadock, 2014). This experience, depending on severity, can be very troubling for individuals and their partners and may inhibit sexual functioning. We're looking for sexually active participants of all orientations who are over 18 to complete an anonymous online survey which will take approximately 30 minutes.
  • Open to all sexually active participants who are over 18
  • No compensation
  • Researcher: Joel Maczkowiack, Graduate Student, Queensland University of Technology:
  • Study ends: August 31, 2017
  • Click here to participate

The Role of Distance in Romantic Relationships

  • The purpose of this study is to investigate individual differences in decision making regarding sexual and romantic relationships. This study is very fast, only a few minutes of your time is required!
  • This study is open to anyone 18 years of age or older
  • no compensation
  • Researcher: Simone Betes, Graduate Student, Western Sydney University:
  • Study ends: March 31, 2017
  • Click here to participate

Personality and Romantic Relationships

  • We are conducting a study exploring the effects of personality in romantic relationships. We are looking for romantic couples who would be willing to fill out a brief 15-20 minute online survey inquiring about your perceptions of yourself, your partner, and your relationship. Anyone 18 or older who is involved in a dating/cohabitating/married relationship for any length of time, of any sexual orientation, is eligible to participate as long as both members of the couples are willing to fill out the survey. If you are interested, please email us at (please copy and paste to avoid typos) with your name and email and your partner's name and email, and we'll respond with further instructions. All respondents will be entered into a drawing for one of three $50 Amazon gift cards, and couples who both complete the survey will be entered into a separate drawing as well.
  • Romantic Couples, 18 years or older
  • Entry into drawing for $50 Amazon gift card
  • Researcher: Eliane Boucher, Assistant Professor, Providence College:
  • Study ends: April 15, 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.