Vanderbilt University Social Networks, Aging, and Policy Study

Vanderbilt University Social Networks, Aging, and Policy Study

Vanderbilt University Social Networks, Aging, and Policy StudyVanderbilt University Social Networks, Aging, and Policy StudyVanderbilt University Social Networks, Aging, and Policy Study
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WELCOME TO VUSNAPS

Information for Participants

Your opinions and experiences matter. 


VUSNAPS is recruiting older LGBT adults across the South to participate in a study on relationships, health, and aging. 

To qualify you must be:


  • be 50 to 76 years old (born between 1944 and 1970)
  • identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, nonbinary, or gender nonconforming (LGBT/NB)
  • live in an active recruiting area in Alabama, North Carolina, or Tennessee


Participants will:

  • complete three 60-minute online surveys over the next four years
  • be paid $40 for the first survey, $50 for the second, and $60 for the third
  • be paid $5 for referring another eligible person to the study who completes the survey (up to $25)


This study is being conducted by and for our community with the support of Vanderbilt University and the National Institutes of Health. We hope to use the results of this study to inform policy and programs for older LGBT adults in the South. 

Learn More

It takes just a few minutes to see if you are eligible.  

Information for Researchers

The purpose of VUSNAPS is to understand the different kinds of personal relationships that older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming/nonbinary adults in the US South draw on to provide support in mid- and later-life and to examine how life events affect those relationships and the health of older LGBT/NB people. We are interested in identifying factors that help older LGBT/NB adults thrive in later life. 

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Have questions about the study design, research materials, or data availability?

meet the vusnaps team

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Tara McKay

Christopher Carpenter

KaTerri Kelly

Assistant Professor

Center for Medicine, Health, and Society

Principal Investigator

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KaTerri Kelly

Christopher Carpenter

KaTerri Kelly

Project Coordinator

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Christopher Carpenter

Christopher Carpenter

Christopher Carpenter

 Professor, Economics

Director, Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab

Co-Investigator 

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Lauren Gaydosh

Gilbert Gonzales

Christopher Carpenter

Assistant Professor

Center for Medicine, Health, and Society

Co-Investigator 

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Gilbert Gonzales

Gilbert Gonzales

Gilbert Gonzales

Assistant Professor

Center for Medicine, Health, and Society

Co-Investigator 

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Cassy Dorff

Gilbert Gonzales

Gilbert Gonzales

Assistant Professor, Political Science

Affiliated Faculty

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Ellesse-Roselee Akré

Ellesse-Roselee Akré

Ellesse-Roselee Akré

Post Doctoral Researcher

University of Maryland PhD

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Harry Barbee

Ellesse-Roselee Akré

Ellesse-Roselee Akré

Post Doctoral Researcher

Florida State University PhD

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Hannah Nesson

Ellesse-Roselee Akré

Hannah Nesson

 Undergraduate Research Assistant 

Center for Medicine, Health, and Society

Our Collaborators

UC Berkeley Social Networks Study

USC Center for Economic and Social Research

UC Berkeley Social Networks Study

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The Henne Group

USC Center for Economic and Social Research

UC Berkeley Social Networks Study

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USC Center for Economic and Social Research

USC Center for Economic and Social Research

USC Center for Economic and Social Research

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Contact Us

Looking for more information? Give us a call

For more information about the study or to see if you are eligible to participate, please click the link above or call 615-343-2631 or, toll free, 1-877-932-0614.


For current participants with questions about the survey or compensation, please call toll free 1-877-932-0614.

Send us a message

vusnaps@vanderbilt.edu