Our Research

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Well-being

Part One (Concluded): Leading an advisory board to create a comprehensive survey investigating the impact of physical activity, nutrition, drinking alcohol, and smoking have on people with a Spinal Cord Injury.

Part Two (Beginning September 2021): We are seeking adult participants who have a traumatic spinal cord injury to complete three surveys over a three-month period to better understand the impact of physical activity, nutrition, drinking alcohol and smoking have on people with SCI.

This study will begin recruiting in September. If you are over the age of 18, have a SCI due to trauma, and are interested in participating, please email us at SCIwellbeing@illinois.edu

Multiple Sclerosis Physical Activity (MSPA) Online Class

Part One (Currently Concluding): Physically active peers with multiple sclerosis were hand chosen to become Peer Coaches for the second phase of this study. They were trained in leading small groups as well as help design all aspects of the course.

Part Two (Beginning September 2021): The goal of the peer-led MSPA online class, focusing on behavior change, is to increase physical activity levels among people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and thereby improve their lifestyle and quality of life. The course was developed in the first year of research with peers who are living with MS and are physically active. Together, the peer coaches and research team will facilitate an 8-week flipped classroom online course to help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) learn more about physical activity and MS.

You may be eligible to participate in our study if you…

  • have an MS diagnosis
  • are 18 years or older
  • have not had a flare-up in the last 30 days
  • have not maintained 30 minutes or more of exercise per day for at least 2 days per week for the last 6 months
  • would like to learn more about being physically active

If you meet all the above eligibility criteria and wish to apply to our study, complete our online form and we will follow up with you.

If you have questions or need additional information, please call 217-300-2800 or email us at mspaclass@illinois.edu.

Student Veteran's Transition

This study is investigating how the Social Cognitive Career Theory can be used to help Student Veterans with their future careers and goal persistence. This study is currently ongoing and we are seeking undergraduate students who have completed military basic training and have a Veterans Affairs (VA) disability. If you are interested in more information, please contact us at 217-300-2800 or veteranstudy@illinois.edu. You can also apply here directly.

Health/Wellbeing Management App

The project aims to develop an eLibrary mobile application to help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) collect, manage, use, and communicate their health needs with clinical healthcare providers and other related stakeholders. If you are 18 years or older with an MS diagnosis, you may be eligible to participate in our study.

To participate or learn more information, please call 217-300-2800 or email MSeLibrary@illinois.edu.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Cope

This study investigated the effects of religion and spirituality in coping with Multiple Sclerosis. This study is currently completed. However, if you would like to be added to our wait list for similar studies, please visit this link.