Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Research Participants

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February 11, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm
Free for NCFR members & CFLEs / $89 for nonmembers
Lorey Wheeler, Ph.D.
Lorey A. Wheeler, Ph.D.

As family scholars who make recommendations for policies, programs, and practices, we have a responsibility to accurately reflect the diverse experiences of marginalized and underrepresented populations to avoid perpetuating stereotypes and inequities.

This requires that we represent a broader array of diverse family experiences in our research. A challenge, however, is that common approaches for sampling, recruiting, and retaining research participants might not be appropriate for or attractive to underrepresented populations. For example, recruitment of underrepresented groups can be particularly challenging due to their increase likelihood of being mobile, making contact through phone or mail difficult.  

Attend this webinar to learn culturally sensitive strategies you can use to successfully sample, recruit, and retain research participants from populations that are marginalized or underrepresented in research.

Presenter Lorey A. Wheeler, Ph.D., will first review common strategies for research-participant sampling, recruitment, and retention, and will discuss why these strategies are not necessarily attractive to or successful with marginalized or underrepresented populations. The alternative recruitment recommendations Dr. Wheeler will present to you are grounded in ethical principles for incorporating diverse family perspectives into research, and often are difficult to find in the literature. 

You’ll be able to take what you learn during this webinar and begin immediately applying it to your own research techniques to broaden the representation of your participants.

Attendees should come into the webinar with a basic understanding of sampling, recruiting, and retaining research participants.

By attending this webinar, you'll be able to:

  • understand strategies for sampling, recruiting, and retaining research participants;
  • identify unique challenges in sampling, recruiting, and retaining diverse populations; and
  • utilize culturally sensitive strategies for sampling, recruiting, and retaining diverse participants

Approved for 1.5 hours of CFLE continuing education credit.

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About the Presenter

Lorey A. Wheeler, Ph.D., is a research associate professor and co-director of the Nebraska Academy for Methodology, Analytics & Psychometrics in the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her doctorate in family and human development, with an emphasis on research methods, from Arizona State University.

Her primary research interests focus on the role of family, culture, and context in youth and family adjustment among underrepresented populations, particularly those of Mexican origin. Grounded in cultural-ecological and developmental perspectives, her work highlights macro forces (e.g., gender, culture), proximal and distal contexts (e.g., family, work, school), and the mechanisms by which these sociocultural and contextual factors link to individual and family adjustment. A second focus of her research pertains to complex research designs and statistical models used to answer ecological, developmental, and relational questions, and the translation of these methods into useful tools for scholars.

Dr. Wheeler has more than 20 years of research experience with numerous federally funded longitudinal projects including youth and families from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Her work including a variety of ethnic groups in the United States has been widely published in family, developmental, and cultural journals.

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