Participate in Research on BIPOC Folks in Polyamorous Relationships & Therapy?

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Dr. Manijeh Badiee at the California State University (San Bernadino) is studying the experiences of BIPOC people in polyamorous relationships who seek mental health counseling or therapy. This is very important research on a group that has been too long overlooked, and if you are a BIPOC polyamorous person you don’t need me to tell you that, but you might want to participate in this research! Check out the details below:

Although there are over 80 scientific studies on polyamory, this is the first focused on how BIPOC* practice polyamory. Participation is open to all polyamorous BIPOC adults who live in the US. Please share anything you would like about how being BIPOC influences your experience of polyamory and therapy needs. Results will be used to educate therapists, improve mental health services, and increase access for polyamorous BIPOC individuals. The online study will take 10-30 minutes and you will receive a $10 Amazon gift card for completing it. The goal is to obtain a diverse sample, so please share widely.  

Link to participate is 

* Black, Indigenous, and/or Person/people of Color 

For accessibility:  

  • Are you BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and/or Person of Color)?  
  • Are you polyamorous? 
  • Are you an adult (age 18 or over) who lives in the US? 

    If you answered yes to these questions, you are invited to participate in an online study of BIPOC’s experiences of polyamory and therapy needs. The info you provide anonymously will be used to educate therapists. This study will likely take 10-30 minutes and you will receive a $10 Amazon gift card once you complete it. 

    Link to participate: 

    This study is being conducted by Manijeh Badiee, polyamorous BIPOC and Associate Professor of Psychology at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) and has been approved by the CSUSB IRB. Please contact if you have any questions or concerns. 

Manijeh Badiee, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
California State University
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA  92407
Phone: (909) 537-7305

Dr. Elisabeth Sheff, PhD, CASA, CSE

One of a handful of global experts on polyamory and the foremost international expert on children in polyamorous families, Dr. Elisabeth Sheff has studied gender and
families of sexual minorities for the last 16 years. Sheff’s television appearances include CNN, and the National Geographic, and she has given more than 20 radio, podcast, print, and television interviews with sources from Radio Slovenia to National Public Radio, the Sunday London Times to the Boston Globe and Newsweek. By emphasizing research methodology and findings in her discussions, Dr. Sheff presents the kind of public intellectualism that encourages audience members to think critically regarding gender, sexualities, and families.

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