Participate in Research

Participate in Research

We are conducting research into the development of new health promotion approaches to make a real-world impact.

You can help our researchers by taking part in a study. By volunteering for a research study you will have the opportunity to learn about how research takes place and interesting information in the field or about yourself. Our research is only possible with the help of volunteers like you.


The following studies are looking for people:

Research Study: Older adults: Perceptions, knowledge, and use of cannabis in Canada

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jennifer Jakobi

Co-Investigator: Dr. Jennifer Bolt

Summary: We are inviting people aged 50+ living in Canada to participate in an online survey on cannabis use in older adults by the Aging in Place research cluster at the University of British Columbia Okanagan in partnership with Interior Health research pharmacist Dr. Jennifer Bolt. The feedback from this survey will inform our future research and community outreach programs towards our overarching goal of ensuring safe use and removing the negative stigma around cannabis and its use. We hope you will take 15 minutes or less to share your perspectives.

For more information and for a link to the survey see the project website:

Currently Recruiting Participants:  Yes

Inclusion criteria:  People 50 or older who live in the Okanagan

Contact Information:  please email

BREB ID: H21-03287

Research Study: Daily Conflicts in Parent-Adolescent Dyads: Associations with Parent and Adolescent Development

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jessica Lougheed

Co-Investigator: Dr. Nancy Sin

Summary: We want to learn more about what daily interactions between primary caregivers and their adolescents are like, and how these interactions are related to individual characteristics such as developmental status and well-being.

Currently Recruiting Participants:  Yes

Inclusion criteria:

  • You are an adolescent between the ages of 13-17 year OR
  • You are a primary caregiver and legal guardian (e.g., mother, father, step-parent, etc.) to an adolescent aged 13-17 years
  • You live in the Okanagan, British Columbia
  • Both participants have access to a smart phone
  • Both the adolescent and caregiver reside at the same address

What does participation involve? There are two different parts to the study.

  • Part 1: Primary caregivers and their adolescent will each complete an online survey that will ask about demographic information and several aspects of your development and aspects of well-being. This will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.
  • Part 2: Primary caregivers and their adolescent will then complete a short survey once per day for 21 days via a free smart-phone based app.

Honorarium: At the end of the study protocol, participating primary caregivers and adolescents will each receive an honorarium in the form of a gift card of your choosing (Starbucks, Tim Horton’s,, Mosaic Books) to thank you for your time, in accordance with the following:

  • $5 for completing Part 1
  • Up to $21 ($1 per completed daily questionnaire) for Part 2
  • Overall: you can each receive up to $26 if you fully complete both parts of this study

If you are interested, or would like more information please email:

For more information see the project website:  Emotion Dynamics Lab

REB ID: H21-01599

DISCLAIMER: This study involves discussion/consideration of topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic

Research Study: Aging-in-Place Personal and Environmental Factors of Physical Activity

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jennifer Jakobi

Co-Investigator: Dr. Christiane Hoppmann

Summary: In this research project we are exploring personal factors (pain, involvement with others, your health) as well as external factors of the environment (both built and natural) that contribute to physical activity. Participation consists of on-line surveys, wearing mobility monitoring devices, for example Fitbits, and taking pictures as part of your everyday routine throughout a 10-day period. There are five optional questions related to COVID-19 in the pre-study questionnaire. For participating for 10-days in recording activity, picture taking and documenting activities we are offering a $50 gift card to either Save-On or Walmart (your preference) upon completion of study and return of monitoring devices. We will teach you how to use the devices and drop them off to you safely, without contact, and practising COVID-19 protocols.

For more information see the project website:

Currently Recruiting Participants:  Yes

Inclusion criteria:  People 60 or older who live in the Okanagan

Contact Information:  please email: or call: 250-807-9190

REB ID: H21-01624

Research Study: Exploring perceptions on the QUIT smartcase to guide continued development of this digitally enhanced technology for reducing and quitting dependence on nicotine.

Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Laura L. Struik
Co-Investigators: Dr. Joan Bottorff, Dr. Mohammad Khalad Hasan, and Zil e Huma (Graduate Student)

Summary: The purpose of this study is to explore perceptions of young adults on the QUIT smartcase concept and accompanying smartphone app for reducing and stopping use of e-cigarettes that contain nicotine. The study involves online interviews with participants on Zoom. The QUIT smartcase prototype and the app will be illustrated using drawings or PowerPoint presentations (you will not need a smartphone). You will be asked about which features you find most effective, and suggestions for improving the app components and prototype. You will also be asked what additional features should be included in the app to support reducing the use of e-cigarettes containing nicotine. The participants will receive an honorarium of $40 for their time.

Currently Recruiting Participants: Yes

Inclusion Criteria: You can take part in the study if you are between the age of 19 and 29 years  and use e-cigarettes or vapes and want to reduce/quit the use of e-cigarettes; living in Canada and can speak English.

Contact Information: Dr. Laura Struik, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, UBC Okanagan. Email: or Zil E Huma, MSc Student, Department of Computer Science Email:

REB ID: H21-00272

Research Study: Service user involvement in mental health policy development, implementation and evaluation

Principal Investigator: Dr. Nelly D. Oelke (Supervisor)
Co-Investigator: Ashmita Rai (MSN Student)

Summary: The goal of this study is to understand the experiences of people with mental health concerns including their family members or caregivers. We will also study if and how they are involved or want to be involved in building, applying, and assessing mental health policy. The study involves conducting interviews with patient participants, family member, or caregivers. The purpose of the interview is to gather information to improve mental health services for adults 50 years and over that may guide policy makers in building mental health policies and services for this age group. The participants will receive a small honorarium for their time.

Currently Recruiting Participants: Yes

Men are encouraged to participate!

Inclusion Criteria: You can take part in the interview if you are: 50 years and over; have a mental health concern that is formally diagnosed or self-identified and/or use mental health services; are living in BC; you are a partner, family member, caregiver or friend who lives in BC and provides care for a person with a mental health concern.

Exclusion Criteria: If unable to provide consent due to cognitive reasons.

Contact Information: email: or phone: 250-807-9948

REB ID: H20-01187

Research Study: Health Care Interaction Experiences of Parents of Children with Medical Complexity During COVID-19

Principal Investigator: Kathryn Smith (MSN student) and Dr. Lise Olsen (Supervisor)

Summary: This study aims to explore the experiences of parents who have a child living with a complex medical condition when they interact with the health care system. Specifically, the study will involve interviewing parents by phone to discuss their experiences with the processes that occurred when their child was discharged from hospital or during and after other medical interactions (i.e. doctors’ appointments, speciality clinic appointments, etc.). Individuals will receive a small stipend for their participation

Currently Recruiting Participants: Yes

Inclusion criteria: Mother, fathers, or legal guardians of children 19 years or younger who have chronic complex medical needs and have experienced a hospital discharge or a completed medical interaction within the Interior Health region since March 2020. Participants must also be comfortable speaking English and live within the interior of BC.

Exclusion criteria: Parents of children who have a psychiatric disorder as their primary diagnosis.

Contact Information: email: or phone: 250-807-9180

REB ID: H19-03228-001

Research Study: Health coaching for older adults

Principal Investigator: Dr. Brodie Sakakibara

Summary: A new health coaching program has been developed to help people manage their health and well-being during times of quarantine, social isolation, and physical distancing (e.g., COVID-19 pandemic). Students from UBC’s medical program will provide the health coaching via telephone or online video-conferencing. The program is free and individuals will receive a small stipend for their participation. The aim of the study is to evaluate this new program. For more information:

Currently Recruiting Participants: Yes

Inclusion criteria: 65 years and older, access to telephone or video conference software

Contact: Ms. Michelle Yang (study coordinator) via email or via phone at 250–807–8505 (8:30 am to 4:00 pm PST Monday to Friday).

Research Study: Bridging the digital divide and opening access to online research opportunities in youth and young adults living with mental illness in British Columbia

Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Shelly Ben-David and Dr. Skye Barbic

Summary: The purpose of this study is to understand what barriers or challenges young people in BC face in accessing or using mental health digital information and communication technologies. This study also wants to look at young people’s experiences of being part of research on mental health, and what are some ways that support their participation and what are some things that prevent them from taking part in research. For more information see:

Currently Recruiting Participants: No

Inclusion criteria: Boy or young male ages 12-24 living in BC and accessing digital mental health technology to help with mental health in last 12 months

Nonbinary, two-spirit, and/or transgender youth ages 12-24 living in BC and accessing digital mental health technology to help with mental health in last 12 months

Diverse experiences are greatly welcomed and valued!

Contact Information: Corinne Tallon, student coordinator, or call or text 604-970-8594

REB ID: H19-01277