Research Participant Opportunities – Biobehavioral Development Lab

Research Participant Opportunities

We do not currently have any opportunities for being a participant in research. But… we have something coming down the pike…

**Enrollment NOT YET OPEN.**

We anticipate having a Paid Research Opportunity

Biological Effects of Colorism in Adolescence:

Improving the Measurement of Skin Tone to Assess Associations with Stress Hormone Levels

The Biobehavioral Development Lab at Purdue University, in collaboration with the Louisiana State University Medical Health Center, is conducting a study to evaluate a novel training protocol using culturally sensitive best practices to try to improve measurements of skin tone (IRB Protocol # IRB-2022-938). We will use the ratings provided during training to assess whether skin tone is related to higher levels of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress and experiences of discrimination, in adolescents.

We are seeking research assistants, with the following demographics from each study site (New Orleans, LA and West Lafayette, IN):

  • 2 Asian
  • 2 Black
  • 2 Latinx
  • 2 White

*all research participants must be between 18 and 30 years of age, and be able to come into their local site research space to conduct ratings of skin tones and faces.

This 7-week study includes the following research activities:

  • Questionnaires on your demographics, implicit bias, education, and family income, and pre-training ratings of skin tone
  • Engagement in a collaborative 6-week group training program including participants from Universities in New Orleans, LA, and West Lafayette, IN to try to improve current systems of rating skin color in research studies
  • Conducting ratings of skin tones in the hopes of producing high-quality ratings for use in an existing long-term study of children adopted at birth.

You will be compensated $200 for the whole study, paid in 4 $50 installments across the 7-week period as appreciation for your time and engagement.

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