Human Subjects Research Workshop

This workshop addressed the challenges of conducting human subjects research during a pandemic. During this workshop, participants had the opportunity to discuss the challenges they are facing and to learn different solutions to adapt their research activities to a virtual mode.

Video playback of the workshop is now available on Media Space, segmented accordingly: 

Part 1: Research Challenges 

[0:00] Introduction to the Human Subjects Research Workshop, Susan A. Martinis (Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation) and Brent Roberts (Director, CSBS and Prof. of Psychology)
Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Dr. Susan Martinis, and CSBS Director, Brent Roberts, open the discussion on human subjects research and its current challenges.

[12:20] Research Challenges in Older Adult Populations, Monica Fabiani (Prof. of Psychology)
Prof. Fabiani addresses the challenges related to running studies with older adults.

[21:50] Challenges of Conducting Research: Funded Projects and Beyond, Catharine Fairbairn (Prof. of Psychology)
Prof. Fairbairn discusses the impact of COVID-19 on funded projects.

[33:20] Overview of Existing Challenges, Manuel Hernandez (Prof. of Kinesiology and Community Health)
Prof. Hernandez provides a broad review and touches upon what happens when starting new studies.

[42:45] Open Discussion


Part 2: Virtual Methods to Conduct Human Subjects Research 

[1:00] Overview of Existing Challenges, Cabral Bigman-Galimore (Prof. of Communication)
Prof. Bigman explains her experience using online data collection companies.

[14:00] Adapting Human Subjects Research in Times of COVID-19, Neha Gothe (Prof. of Communication)
Prof. Gothe addresses how to transition in-person focus groups to virtual ones.

[26:16] Using Conventional Agents (Chatbots) in Research to Conduct Interviews, Yin Huang (Prof. of Information Sciences) and Yi-Chieh Lee (Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science)
Yi-Chieh Lee covers the use of chatbots to conduct interviews digitally.

[37:57] Social/Behavioral Science Experiments in an Online Interface, Chadly Stern (Prof. of Psychology)
Prof. Stern describes how to conduct social experiments using an online interface.

[53:08] An Introduction to Petri–An Open-Source Infrastructure for Longitudinal Behavioral Research, Ziang Xiao, (Graduate Research Assistant in Computer Science)
Ziang Xiao shows how to use the Petri app to conduct human subjects research with smartphones.

[1:07:00] Q&A

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