University of Vermont

Person Environment Zone Projects

Current Projects

We Are Looking For YOUR Participation!!!

We are looking for people to participate in our continuing research
project investigating how people cope with HIV/AIDS.

The Person Environment Zone, part of the University of Vermont's Department of Psychology, is continuing its study on coping with HIV/AIDS.

The study is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. We are interested in finding out the ways in which individuals cope with the stigma of HIV/AIDS.

We are currently recruiting adult men and women with HIV/AIDS to participate in the study.


  • Come to our research space at the University of Vermont 3 times and complete questionnaires about your experiences living with HIV/AIDS and participate in interviews

          (earn up to $150: $40 for first visit, $50 for second visit, $60 for third visit)

  • Complete a diary of day-to-day experiences living with HIV/AIDS using a telephone call-in system (earn up to $85: $10 per day, plus a bonus $15 if you complete all 7 days in a row).

In addition, you will be paid for the distance you travel at the rate of $12.50 for every 50 miles of travel and $0.55 per mile, round trip.

In the event that you are unable to travel to the UVM project site, arrangements may be made to accommodate you.

The confidentiality of all communications associated with the study will be maintained
to the maximum extent allowable by law.

To learn more about the study or if you are interested in participating in the project please contact us.

Past Projects

Rural Ecology and Coping with HIV Stigma

The face of HIV/AIDS is changing in the U.S. HIV infection now has spread to heterosexual people,
people who use illegal drugs, women, people of color, and importantly for our project, people
living in rural areas (Berry, 1993; Heckman, Kelly, Somlai, Kalichman, & Davantes-Heckman, 1999).
Little research has been conducted on HIV/AIDS in rural populations. This project focused on
residents of Vermont and neighboring communities living with HIV/AIDS. According to the U.S.
Census Bureau, 72.3% of Vermonters live in rural areas. It was our goal to capture an accurate picture of
people living with HIV/AIDS in a rural area. Through multiple data collection techniques
(survey/questionnaires, psychological assessment, dot probe tasks, and an in-depth interview),
we measured how the stigma of HIV/AIDS affects people living with the disease in areas with less population
per square mile and areas that may be isolated from transportation, medical care, and social support.



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