Queens College
Educational and Community Programs
Title of Research Study: Mask or No Mask
Principal Investigator: Cliff Yung-Chi Chen, Ph.D.,Assistant Professor of Educational and Community Programs, Queens College of the City University of New York  

Key Information: The purpose of this research study is to understand people’s views on masks. You will be asked to report your perception of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and mask-wearing. Your participation is completely voluntary. The online survey takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.  The information we collect from you as part of this study will not be used or distributed for future research.

You are being asked to participate in this research study because you are adults of 18 years old or older living in the United States. The purpose of this research study is to understand people’s views on mask-wearing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  If you agree to participate, we will ask you to complete a survey that takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.  All the contact information, including e-mail addresses, will be kept in a separate file from your survey responses.  You will have a chance to enter a drawing for one of ten $15 Amazon gift cards for completing the survey. The research protocol has been approved by the CUNY IRB (#2020-0720). 

No more than minimal risks are anticipated with this study. Some questions in the questionnaire may induce some emotional discomfort; however, it is expected to be minimal. You may discontinue the study at any time if you experience unmanageable discomfort during survey completion. You will still be eligible for the gift card drawing if you decide to discontinue at any time during survey completion.

Although there may be no actual benefits to you, the potential benefits to the society include a better understanding of people’s attitudes and health protective behavior in response to COVID-19, which can help policy makers and agencies develop interventions. Potential risks of participating in this study include breach of confidentiality and privacy.  However, we will make our best efforts to maintain confidentiality of any information that is collected during this research study. We will protect your confidentiality by not asking your name in the survey. Again, the email you entered in the survey will be separated from your survey responses. All data will be kept confidential and will only be reported in a conglomerate format (only reporting combined results and never reporting individual results). All data will be stored in the principal investigator’s password protected computer at Queens College. 

Your participation in this research is voluntary.  If you have any questions, you can contact Dr. Cliff Yung-Chi Chen at If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant or if you would like to talk to someone other than the researchers, you can contact CUNY Research Compliance Administrator at 646-664-8918 or

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