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Moderating Cultural Change: Socio-spatial Virtuality in Arab American Immigrants’ Lives

Dr. Mohammad Aljassar and Dr. Lynne Dearborn, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, are conducting a research study on Arab American immigrants and their assimilation processes into their homes and neighborhoods in the United States. If you are a first-generation Arab American immigrant age 18 years or older, you are invited to voluntarily participate in this study by taking an online survey that will take 10 to 20 minutes. If you agree to take the survey you can stop and withdraw your participation at any point. Your decision whether or not to participate, or to withdraw after beginning participation, will not affect your current or future dealings with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign or members of the research team.

If you have any future questions, you have the right to contact the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign or any members of the research team as indicated in the consent form which will appear once you click on the link below. 

If the above link is not clickable, please copy and paste it into the address bar of your web browser.

Your valuable participation will help the research team build a better understanding of the needs of newly arrived Arab American immigrants and will assist in developing better strategies to accommodate these needs in the future. 

Capturing the Meaning of Well-being among Arab Americans

Inclusion Criteria:

To be eligible to participate in this study, you must be above the age of 18, self-identify as Arab American, currently live in the United States, and be proficient in English.

Study Description:

The purpose of this research project (Ball State University Protocol #1574799-1) is to capture the unique meaning of well-being for Arab Americans. Findings from this research will help to develop a cross-culturally valid questionnaire that will promote research on well-being among Arab Americans. Results of this study will help counselors and researchers provide more culturally valid services and support for Arab Americans.

For this project, you will be asked to complete a demographic questionnaire. Following this, you will be asked to respond to numerous questions about your overall well-being.

It will take approximately 15-30 minutes to complete the study.

If you are interested in participating, please visit:

Questions? Contact: Rawan Atari, M.S. (Principal Investigator)


Factors Associated with Breast Cancer Screening Behaviors among the United States Born versus Foreign Born Middle Eastern Women

Available: May 1, 2020-August 1, 2020

Study Description:

Researchers at the University of Toledo are conducting a study to determine the significant predictors of breast cancer screening intention among US- vs. foreign-born Middle Eastern women and to explore the socio-demographic/cultural factors regarding breast cancer screening intention among foreign- and U.S.-born Middle Eastern women.

Your involvement in this study will entail one survey via telephone or in person, lasting approximately 20-30 minutes. During the survey you will be asked questions about your attitude towards breast cancer screening/mammography.

All surveys are confidential. No details which may reveal or point to your identity will appear publicly if/when results of this study are presented or published.

If you are interested in completing the survey online, please email me your responses using the template provided at

Participants will receive $5 gift card as a token of our appreciation.

We are looking for U.S. and Foreign-born Middle Eastern women who are 40 years or older and who live in Michigan and Ohio (open to individuals of various religious backgrounds).


Sexual violence among Muslims in North America- A cross-sectional study

Available: May 2020-March 2021

Study Description:

The researchers wish to better understand sexual violence, sexual health, and barriers to services and Muslim communities. To accomplish this, we are interested in hearing your experiences and perspectives on these matters.

The survey will ask questions and topics of perceptions and experiences of sexual violence, access to services and resources, cultural and religious stigma, and sexual dysfunction. The survey will take you approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

Your confidentiality and anonymity will be protected when you take the survey. Your survey responses will be tracked via case identification numbers only. Completed questionnaires are stored on password-protected and encrypted LUC Qualtrics online interface. Only the researchers from the institutions listed at the beginning of this consent form will have access to this anonymous individual level data. Additionally, individual level data will be deleted/destroyed once the research has been completed (slated to complete within two years from the launch of the survey). Research papers or study results presented in public forums that use this data will never identify individuals, communities, or any information that will identify you specifically; only aggregate results will be reported.

If you are interested in participating, please visit:


Impact of critical periods on brain development

Inclusion Criteria: children aged 9

This study examines the effects of stress on brain development and emotion processing. Participation in this study includes an MRI scan, computer games, interview, and receiving up to $800 in compensation! This study is conducted by the Detroit Trauma Project, a research group at Wayne State University.

January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2023

Questions? Contact: (586) 275-7584 or

If you are interested in this study please visit:


Longitudinal Study of Bipolar Disorder

Individuals with BIPOLAR DISORDER and HEALTHY COMPARISON SUBJECTS are needed. This study began in 2006 and is currently enrolling participants.

The purpose of this study is to actively investigate the genetics of bipolar disorder, along with illness outcomes, and treatment response by monitoring persons with and without the illness. Participants will be asked to complete structured interviews, neuropsychological testing, questionnaire, blood draw for genetics and biomarkers.

If you are interested in the study, please visit Questions? Contact: 1-877-864-3637 or email


Adolescent’s Responses to Disclosures of Sexual Assault--The Middle Eastern North African Perspective

For college students or recent graduates.

Unfortunately, sexual assault remains a prevalent issue in our society, however, there is very little literature about responses to disclosures of sexual assault within the Middle Eastern North African community. So please help us study this! Our survey will only take 7 minutes and is anonymous.

If you are interested in this study please visit:

If you have questions about this research study, you can contact Ms. Ismail ( or Dr. Blackwood ( at the University of Michigan.