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Ongoing Research Studies

Investigating Exposure to Phthalates among Female College Students (October 2016 - Present) 

Researchers at the College of Charleston are collecting data to understand exposure to chemicals in cosmetics, personal care products, and food items.  This research is designed to provide baseline phthalate metabolite concentrations for female college students and improve our understanding of behaviors that may contribute to phthalate exposure among female college students.  Participants will be asked to provide a sample of urine and complete a self-administered survey.
 
Any questions or concerns about the research study can be directed to Dr. Leslie Hart at hartlb@cofc.edu or Dr. Barbara Beckingham at beckinghamba@cofc.edu.  You may also contact Research Protections & Compliance at the Office of Research and Grants Administration, at 843-953-7421 or email compliance@cofc.edu.
 
College of Charleston IRB Approval Code: GHHF-01-12-2017

Reproductive Health Histories: A South Carolina Women's Health Oral History Project (February 2016 - Present)

Researchers at the College of Charleston are recruiting women for an oral history project. The goal of this research is to provide a platform for women and health care providers in South Carolina to share their reproductive health stories and experiences. Participants will be asked to complete an in-depth interview discussion. 

Any questions or concerns about the research study can be directed to Dr. Cara Delay at delayc@cofc.edu or Dr. Beth Sundstrom at bls@cofc.edu. You may also contact Research Protections & Compliance on the Office of Research and Grants Administration, at 843-953-7421 or e-mail compliance@cofc.edu

College of Charleston IRB Approval Code: IRB-2015-01-02-143009

Increasing Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) use at the College of Charleston: A Theory-Based Health Communication Campaign (January 2016 - Present)

Researchers at the College of Charleston are askeing college women to participate in a web-based survey designed to improve understandings of knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to contraceptive methods, including the IUD and implant.

Any questions or concerns about the research study can be directed to Dr. Beth Sundstrom at bls@cofc.edu. You may also contact Research Protections & Compliance on the Office of Research and Grants Administration, at 843-953-7421 or e-mail compliance@cofc.edu

College of Charleston IRB Approval Code: GMGM-01-15-2016

Formative Research to Develop a Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) at the College of Charleston (October 2015 - Present)

Researchers at the College of Charleston will be interviewing stakeholders and students to better understand how to support students in recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction. This research is ongoing. Please email WHRT@cofc.edu if you are interested in participating.

Any questions or concerns about the research study can be directed to Dr. Christy Kollath-Cattano at kollathcattanocl@cofc.edu. You may also contact Research Protections & Compliance on the Office of Research and Grants Administration, at 843-953-7421 or e-mail compliance@cofc.edu

College of Charleston IRB Approval Code: GPJP-10-13-2015

Fulfilling the Promise of Telemedicine: Increasing Health Care Access among Rural Women in South Carolina (May 2015 - August 2015)

Researchers at the College of Charleston asked reproductive-aged women to participate in individual interviews designed to improve understandings of health care access in rural communities. All data collection is completed at this point.

Any questions or concerns about the research study can be directed to Dr. Beth Sundstrom at bls@cofc.edu. You may also contact Research Protections & Compliance on the Office of Research and Grants Administration, at 843-953-7421 or e-mail compliance@cofc.edu

College of Charleston IRB Approval Code: GKJF-05-01-2015

Past Research Studies

Investigating the Effectiveness of Castor Oil as a Natural Alternative to Labor Induction (January 2015 - August 2015)

Researchers at the College of Charleston are working in collaboration with the Charleston Birth Place to conduct a retrospective study to investigate how effective castor oil is in inducing labor.

Any questions or concerns about the research study can be directed to Dr. Beth Sundstrom at bls@cofc.edu.

College of Charleston IRB Approval Code: IRB-2015-10-21-133950

Understanding Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behavioral Determinants for Contraceptive Use Decision Making Among Reproductive-Aged Women (March 2014 - August 2014)

Researchers at the College of Charleston asked reproductive-aged women to participate in focus group discussions, individual interviews, and a web-based survey designed to improve understandings of knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to contraceptive methods, including the IUD and implant. All data collection is completed at this point.

Any questions or concerns about the research study can be directed to Dr. Beth Sundstrom at bls@cofc.edu. You may also contact Research Protections & Compliance on the Office of Research and Grants Administration, at 843-953-7421 or e-mail compliance@cofc.edu

College of Charleston IRB Approval Code: GMGM-03-14-2014

Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating a Campus- and Community-Wide Bystander Intervention Campaign (March 2014 - May 2015)

Researchers at the College of Charleston asked College of Charleston male and female undergraduate and graduate students to participate in focus group discussions about perceptions and opinions of bystander intervention campaign messages. Participants were asked to discuss topics related to sexual misconduct and assault. All data collection is completed at this point. As a result of this work, the It's Your Place campaign was conceptualized.

The It’s Your Place bystander intervention campaign launched on October 15, 2014. The It’s Your Place campaign educates on topics related to sexual misconduct and bystander intervention, empowers campus and community members, and advocates for informed, empowered, and active bystanders.

Check out this video that shows a fictional scenario leading to a sexual assault and provides opportunities and strategies for how and when to intervene in a real-life situation:



For more information and to access sexual assault resources, please visit go.cofc.edu/itsyourplace.

Any questions or concerns about the research study can be directed to Dr. Beth Sundstrom at bls@cofc.edu or Dean Jeri Cabot at cabotj@cofc.edu. You may also contact Research Protections & Compliance on the Office of Research and Grants Administration, at 843-953-7421 or e-mail compliance@cofc.edu

College of Charleston IRB Approval Code: FQLQ-03-06-2014

Women's Health Research Study I (January 2013 - May 2013)

Researchers at the College of Charleston asked college women to participate in a web-based survey and individual interviews designed to improve understandings of knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to contraceptive methods, including the IUD and implant. All data collection is completed at this point.

Any questions or concerns about the research study can be directed to Dr. Beth Sundstrom at bls@cofc.edu. You may also contact Research Protections & Compliance on the Office of Research and Grants Administration, at 843-953-7421 or e-mail compliance@cofc.edu

College of Charleston IRB Approval Code: GFJN-02-25-2013