Participate in Research on Black LGBTQ+ Women with Mental Distress?


Doctoral candidate and Principle Investigator of the Hear My Voice Study, De’Shay Tomas at Arizona State University is seeking women who identify as Black/African American and LGBTQ+ and have experienced mental distress to participate in research. If you participate, you get a $25 gift card for the 1 to 2 hour interview via Skype, telephone, or face to face. See the call for participants below for more information.




 My name is De’Shay Thomas, and I am a graduate student at Arizona State University. I am seeking participants for The Hear My Voice Study: Understanding the Lived Experiences of Black LGBTQ Women Living with Mental Distress. If you identify as: Black and/or African American (though you might also claim another racial or ethnic identity); AND Lesbian/Gay, Bisexual, Pansexual, Transgender, and/or Queer (LGBTQ); AND a woman now or at somepoint in your adult life; AND have experienced mental health concerns such as (but not limited to) an addiction, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and/or depression; AND you are at least 18 years old, a U.S resident, and speak fluent English, you are eligible to participate in the study.

You will be asked to participate in a 1-2 hour face-to-face, Skype, or Phone interview. Participants will receive a $25 gift card. Your participation could help people develop better ways to support Black LGBTQ Women living with mental distress.

For more information, contact De’Shay Thomas at (623) 349-4352 or at You may also visit for more information about The Hear My Voice Study.


De’Shay Thomas

De’Shay Thomas, MSW

Doctoral Candidate

School of Social work

College of Public Service & Community Solutions

Arizona State University

411 N. Central Ave., Ste. 800

Phoenix, AZ  85004

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