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Below is information about research studies currently underway at University of the Sciences.

Psychology Program Research Studies (Various)

Posted: September 1, 2011

The USciences Psychology Program recruits students and other individuals to participate in various research studies.  For more information, and to ensure proper credit or compensation, follow the steps below.

  1. Login - Go to http://usciences.sona-systems.com/
  2. On the bottom left hand corner of the screen click on “Request an account here.” (If you already have an account, please just log-in with your username and password and skip to step 5. You will be asked to update your courses.)
  3. Fill out the required information - To ensure that you receive extra credit, enter your USciences email username when it asks for your user ID. For example, if your email address is xxxx@mail.usp.edu, your user ID would be xxxx. When entering your email address, please enter your University of the Sciences email address. Also, be sure to choose the correct course and section number that you are enrolled in for the current term. If you are enrolled in more than one course that is offering extra credit through Sona Systems, press down the “Ctrl” button and click on all courses you are enrolled in. If you need to add a course after you have created an account, please do so after logging in (steps 3 & 4). Click on “My Profile” and at the bottom of the page, you can add or remove courses.
  4. Retrieve your password - Check your USciences email account and retrieve your password. Go back to the Sona Systems website listed in step 1 and login. (After logging in, you can change your password by going to “My Profile.”)
  5. Read and review - After logging in, read through and review the IRB human subject policy for research. Note that a phone number is provided if you have any questions.
  6. Click on “Study Sign-Up.” Click any of these studies to read more about them. Be sure to pay attention to eligibility requirements and any sign-up deadlines that might be listed.
  7. Follow study-specific instructions - If you meet all eligibility requirements, follow those instructions. You may be asked to do one of the following things:
    • Participate in an online study directly through Sona Systems
    • Participate in an external online study in which the researcher will ask you to click on a web link that will send you to their survey outside of Sona Systems.
    • Sign up for a time to meet the researcher in person to complete the study. Choose a time slot that is convenient for you, and click Sign Up. A researcher will be waiting for you so if you cannot make your appointment, please be sure to cancel it or email the research coordinator of the study to reschedule if it’s too late to cancel on the system.
  8. Receiving credit - Upon completion, the researcher of the study will record your credit points in the system. You can track your credit points by clicking on the “My Studies and Credits” link on the main page. There are a few instances in which you may not see credit until after the last week of classes. You should see all credits earned in Sona Systems by the first day of Finals Week. However, if you have any questions or concerns about receiving credit for any particular study, please contact the researcher directly.
  9. Log out - When you are done using the system, choose "Log Out" from the toolbar on the left side to log out. You are now logged out. It is always a good security measure to close all your browser windows as well, especially if you are using a computer that is shared by others.

 

Research Study on Acceptance-based Separated Family Treatment for Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa

Posted: March 31, 2011

The aim of the study is to develop and test a family-based intervention that combines established eating disorder treatment components with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT has been found to be useful for other problems, but has not yet been systematically applied to issues of eating and body image. Click here for full study details.

 

Research Study on Cycling with Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) for Adults with Spinal Cord Injury

Posted: November 23, 2010

See Clinicaltrials.gov for more information on this study.

Purpose of Study

We hope to learn how different FES cycling programs may help adults with spinal cord injury. We are looking at effects that may decrease your risk of cardiovascular (heart) disease and other health problems. These are:

  1. The strength and make-up of the bones in your legs
  2. The size and strength of your leg muscles
  3. The amount of fat-free tissue in your body
  4. Your cholesterol levels and nuritional status
Eligibility:

You might be able to be in the study if you:

  1. Are 18 to 65 years old (but women must be pre-menopausal)
  2. Have a spinal cord injury and are unable to move your legs
  3. Can attend 60 minute training sessions 3 times per week for 26 weeks
  4. Can attend data collection sessions 3 times
  5. Have leg muscles that respond to electrical stimulation
  6. Have no major medical problems
  7. Have not broken a bone in your leg in the past 3 months
  8. Are not pregnant
Study Requirements:
  1. You will cycle with FES for 1 hour, 3 times per week at Magee Rehab’s outpatient center for 6 months
  2. You will have testing done three times: 1) before starting to cycle, 2) after cycling for 3 months, and 3) after cycling for 6 months
Costs:

You do not have to pay to be in the study. We will help with your transportation costs and pay you a small amount for your time.

Information:

If you want more information, contact:

Therese Johnston, PT, PhD, MBA
University of the Sciences
Department of Physical Therapy
600 South 43rd Street, Box 39
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-596-8682
t.johnston@usciences.edu



Research Study on Cycling For Adults with Cerebral Palsy 

Posted: May 19, 2009

Purpose of Study

We hope to learn how a cycling program may help adults with cerebral palsy. We are looking at the effects in four areas:

  1. Health and fitness
  2. Muscle strength and spasms
  3. Day to day function
  4. Quality of life and self-esteem
Eligibility:

You might be able to be in the study if you:

  1. Are 18 to 65 years old
  2. Have spastic diplegic or quadriplegic cerebral palsy
  3. Can walk or could walk before
  4. Have no major medical problems
  5. Have not broken leg bones or had leg surgery in the past 6 months
  6. Have not had Botox for your leg muscles in the past 6 months
  7. Do not have severe spasticity in your legs
  8. Are not pregnant
Study Requirements:
  1. Attend one hour training sessions three times each week for 12 weeks.
  2. Attend testing sessions three times. Each is about 3 ½ hours long.
Costs:

You do not have to pay to be in the study. We will help with your transportation costs.

Information:

If you want more information, contact:

Therese Johnston, PT, PhD, MBA
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Department of Physical Therapy
600 South 43rd Street, Box 39
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-596-8682
t.johnston@usciences.edu

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