Current Studies

We conduct studies to better understand mechanisms involved in the grief process, and how to best support people after the death of a loved one. The Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at The University of Arizona reviewed these research projects and found them to be acceptable. 
 
 

Study for Patients Living with Advanced Cancer

Have you been diagnosed with Stage IV or metastatic cancer?

You may be eligible to participate in an online study to help us learn about the experiences of individuals living with advanced cancer. 

Participants will be asked to:

  • Respond to a series of online questionnaires (approximately 25-45 minutes)
  • Share information about their cancer diagnosis, symptoms and experiences living with advanced cancer

Eligible participants:

  • Are native English speakers between 18-99 years of age
  • Have been diagnosed with Stage IV* or metastatic cancer
  • Have access to the internet

*Some patients with Stage III cancer diagnoses may be eligible to participate. Please contact the research team to determine your eligibility.

For every survey completed, $10 will be donated to the Lucy Fund for Metastatic Cancer Research

For more information, questions, or to enroll, please call 520-626-5383
or contact Mairead McConnell (mhmcconnell@email.arizona.edu). 

 Thank you to our partners who have shared and supported this project:

Lucy Fund for Metastatic Cancer Research

Cancer Horizons

Making the Breast of It Podcast

 

Study of Caregivers of a Family Member with Alzheimer's or Dementia

Are you caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia?
Do you want to be part of a research project that may help to improve well-being of caregivers?

The Grief, Loss and Social Stress Laboratory at the University of Arizona is conducting an online study to investigate the links between emotional strain and a range of psychosocial factors that may affect the way caregivers experience stress.

Participants will be asked to:

  • Respond to an online questionnaire (approximately 30 minutes)

Eligible participants:

  • Are a primary caregiver for a family member with Alzheimer's disease or dementia
  • Have been a caregiver for 3 months or longer
  • Are able to read and answer questionnaires in English
  • Have access to the internet

If you are interested in participating in the study, please go to this link: https://uarizona.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2rX5w8Mhkm6swNT

If you have any questions, please contact Jiah Yoo (jiahyoo@email.arizona.edu) or call (520) 276-8724 or toll-free 1-877-518-4630.

 

Study of Daily Social Support and Wellbeing during Bereavement

The Grief, Loss, and Social Stress Laboratory at the University of Arizona is conducting an online study to investigate bereaved people’s daily wellbeing after the death of their spouse / romantic partner.

You can participate from anywhere in the country from the convenience of your own home. No lab visits are necessary. Monetary compensation will be provided.

Participants will be asked to:

  • Respond to a brief online questionnaire (approximately 10-15 minutes) on a daily basis for 14 days
  • Fill out online questionnaires at the beginning and end of the study

Eligible participants:

  • Are native English speakers between 18-99 years of age
  • Experienced the death of a spouse or romantic partner within the last 5 years

If you are interested in participating in the study or have any questions, please contact Eva-Maria Stelzer (stelzeea@email.arizona.edu) or call (520) 222-7545 or (520) 626-5383.

 

Study of Daily Emotional Experiences

We are interested in how people experience emotions on a daily basis, and how emotional experiences affect cardiovascular activity.

Participants will be asked to:

  • Respond to a brief questionnaire (approximately 5 min) on a daily basis for 14 days
  • Participate in a 30 minute informed consent and fill out initial questionnaires at the University of Arizona
  • After the daily questionnaires, come to our lab for an interview and cardiovascular measurement via EKG.

Eligible participants:

  • Are over 18 years old
  • Are able to access the Internet on a daily basis
  • Do not have a chronic heart condition

If you think you would like more information, or have questions about the study, please call 520-626-5383 or toll free 1-877-518-4630. Or you can email Roman Palitsky (romanp@email.arizona.edu).
 
We thank you for your willingness to help us understand the experience of grief and to advance science!

 
 
If you would like more information about ongoing studies, please contact the GLASS Lab at (520) 626-5383, or toll-free: 1-877-518-4630. You may also email griefresearch@email.arizona.edu.