Friday, February 20, 2009

Effects Of A Missing Family Member
(Survey: James Lampinen)

My name is James Lampinen, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Arkansas. My research addresses questions at the intersection of psychology and the legal system.

Much of my recent research has focused on the problem of missing persons.
We are currently working with Let's Bring Them Home on a project examining the psychological impact of missing persons on families.

We hope that this study can help us develop better ways of helping families to cope with the trauma of having a family member go missing.

We are seeking your help in recruiting families to participate in the study.
The survey is approximately six pages long and can be completed in about 30-45 minutes.

The survey has been fully approved by the human subjects review committee of the University of Arkansas. Participants' responses will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Only the researchers will have access to the individual responses of participants. In order to examine the long terms effects of having a family member go missing, participants will be invited to complete follow up surveys.

If you know of family members who are interested in participating in the survey, please have them contact the researchers at lampinen@uark.edu.

After contacting us, participants will be provided with a web address where they can complete the survey at their convenience.

Information about Dr Lampinen:

Dr. Lampinen is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Lampinen received his bachelors degree in psychology in 1991 from Elmhurst College and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology in 1996 from Northwestern University.

He spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at the State University of New York at Binghamton before joining the faculty at the University of Arkansas.

Dr. Lampinen has authored over 40 articles/book chapters. He is currently under contract with psychology press for a book entitled The Psychology of Eyewitness Identification and another book entitled Protecting Children from Violence.

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