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Dear Participants,

You are being asked to take part in an online research study. The primary researcher is Dr. Nancy L. Murdock, the Chair of the Counseling Psychology program at University of Missouri Kansas-City and the student investigator is G Wei Ng, a counseling Psychology doctoral student at UMKC. This study has been approved by the campus Social Sciences Institutional Review Board.

The study team is asking you to take part in this research study if you are (a) 18 years old or older, (b) proficient in English, and (c) either U.S.-born Asian American or Asian American who moved to the U.S. before the age of 12. This study aims to better understand Asian Americans’ experience of racism. You will be asked some questions about your racial experiences as well as your current health. Participation requires approximately 20-25 minutes of time to complete a confidential and anonymous online survey, and is completely voluntary. In this study, you will NOT be asked any identifying information; participation is entirely anonymous, meaning no one will be able to link your responses with your identity. If you choose to participate in this study, you are free to withdraw at any time, even after you have started on the survey. The results of my study will be presented only in aggregated forms.

As an incentive to filling out the survey you have the option to enter a raffle to win one of two $50.00 Amazon e-gift cards. After the completion of the online survey, you may choose to enter your name and contact information into the raffle. You will be directed via a link to a separate and secured page where you can enter your contact information. The raffle will be held when data collection is complete. You will be contacted via email if you are one of the two winners. Upon completion of the raffle, names and email addresses will be destroyed.

While there are no direct benefits to the participation of this study, the information gained from this study will inform the field about Asian Americans’ experience of racism which I believe has important implication for clinical practice. There are no serious known or anticipated risks associated with this study. However, participants may experience distress while answering questions that might evoke unpleasant memories of discriminatory events. If you experience any concerns as a result of participating in this study, please contact the student investigator at 913-387-9899 and/or the primary investigator, Dr. Nancy Murdock at 816-235-2495. If you are interested in seeking counseling services to talk about your experiences of racial discrimination or racism, please refer to the link below to learn more about psychotherapy and find a psychologist near you:

UMKC appreciates people who help it gain knowledge by being in research studies. It is not the University’s policy to compensate or provide medical treatment for persons who participate in studies, if you think you have been harmed as a result of participating in this study, please call the IRB Administrator of UMKC’s SSIRB at 816-235-5927.
While every effort will be made to keep confidential all of the information you complete and share, it cannot be absolutely guaranteed. Individuals from the UMKC IRB, Research Protection Program, and Federal regulatory agencies may look at the records related to this study for quality improvement and regulatory function. If you have any questions, concerns or complaints about your rights as a research subject please contact the IRB Administrator of UMKC’s SSIRB at 816-235-5927.

I sincerely appreciate your consideration and participation in this study. If you have any questions about the study, please e-mail G Wei Ng at

By completing the questionnaire online, you will indicate your agreement to participate in the study.