Geography & Minority Health

Geography & Minority Health

Currently Seeking Participants!


How does our location in the world affect our mental and behavioral health?

If you are over the age of 18 and would like to participate, please visit the survey now. Survey link coming soon.

You do not have to identify as a minority to participate.

What’s the Purpose?


The purpose of the National Minority Health Geography Project is to explore how geographic location may relate to health in minority populations.

What Should I Expect?


As a participant, you can expect a survey that will last for about 10-15 minutes.

You will answer questions about identity, depression, anxiety, resilience, and well-being.

There are no known risks associated with this project which are greater than those ordinarily encountered in daily life. If you experience discomfort at any time, you may discontinue participation without penalty.

Participation in this study is voluntary.

Confidentiality


We do not track IP addresses or ask for any identifying information.

The survey will ask you to select your location on Google Maps. However, you are encouraged to select an approximate location, such as a nearby business, landmark, neighborhood, or city. This is easy to do in Google Maps.

Electronic copies of this survey will be stored on the secure computer network at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) and/or in Qualtrics survey software, for which the Department of Psychology at SIUC holds a license. Additionally, data will be stored on password-protected, encrypted computers at New Mexico State University.

Access to the data will be limited to the primary investigator and co-investigators of this study. It is possible that the consent process and data collection will be observed by research oversight staff responsible for safeguarding the rights and well-being of people who participate in research.

During this study, you will be asked to provide biographical information. This information is intended to be anonymous.

Please do not use identifying information in your written responses (i.e., last question of the survey), such as specific names, screennames, email addresses, phone numbers, or other identifying information.


You can access the informed consent by clicking the PDF link at the top of the page. Informed consent coming soon.

Note that the informed consent will look slightly different in the survey link because it uses a format required by the University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale, the affiliated instituion of the Principal Investigator, Dr. Douglas Knutson.

Want to Learn More?


This study is the national, United States version of the International Associations Between Location and Health in Minority Populations project. This web page is concerned with the contribution effort of New Mexico State University.

For more information about how geography affects minority health among LGBTQ+ people, check out the Movement Advancement Project.

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Cory J. Cascalheira
Doctoral Researcher in Counseling Psychology

Research interests include identity, oppression, and resilience among marginalized populations, especially sexual minorities, with attention to addiction, sexual well-being, and non-traditional sexual practices (i.e., BDSM, kink). Clinical interests include mindfulness, ACT, and CBT.

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Ryan E. Flinn
Doctoral Researcher in Counseling Psychology

Research interests include mental health help-seeking, the experiences of sexual and gender minority people in healthcare settings, and trauma-sensitive/trauma-informed practice. Clinical experience in community, college, primary care, and private practice settings.

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Shuo "Coco" Wang
Doctoral Researcher in Counseling Psychology

Research interests include Asian and Asian American sexual minority individuals’ mental health issues, self-identity/self-concept development, and practical application and efficiency of therapy. Coco is a bilingual therapist specializing in immigrants, sexual minorities, and other marginalized populations using ACT, EFT and RCT.

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Jose Cera
Master's Student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Research interests include social perceptions of grief and loss among ethnic minorities, pathology of grief, and identity at the end of life. Jose’s clinical interests include student mental health, trauma, grief and loss, and career/academic guidance.