How to Sign Informed Consent Online

Follow these steps to sign the informed consent document, email it to the Principal Investigator, and start your participation in a research study!

Note: this tutorial assumes that are you using Google Chrome as your Internet browser and Windows 10 as your operating system. The basic of signing the document should be similar across platforms.

If you prefer to provide verbal consent over the phone, Skype, or Zoom for any study listed on this website, please inform the Principal Investigator of your wishes. Some studies may qualify.

If the study is eligible for verbal consent, please expect to spend an additional 5 to 10 minutes discussing informed consent.

Download Adobe Acrobat


We will use Adobe Acrobat Reader DC to sign the informed consent document. If you already have it installed, skip this step.

Search for “Adobe Acrobat” in Google.

Click the appropriate link.

Download Acrobat Reader DC.

Deselect the optional offers (i.e., no check marks) and then click the download button.

Wait for the program to download.

Look at the bottom left-side of your browser and click on the file to start installation. A user control screen will pop up. Click “Yes” to start the installation.

Click the finish button! Adobe Acrobat Reader DC will likely open automatically. If so, great!

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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 addition and sexual well-being.

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