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Research opportunity on SCI, Sex, and Stigma

Gchristian Member Posts: 2
Hello SCI community,
My name is Gerald Christian and I teach at Middle Tennessee State University. I am currently working on my dissertation for a PhD in health and human performance. I am also a C5-6 quadriplegic for the past 21 years.  I’m in the process of recruiting people with a spinal cord injury for my study on SCI, sex, and stigma. 

1st Research opportunity for people with a SCI

Using a survey, I am conducting research on spinal cord injury, and sex. My research project is designed to help us evaluate physical, psychological, and sociological obstacles to sex for people with spinal cord injuries.  The survey results will contribute to the topic of sex and disability, by showing which area researchers should give more attention to. The results will educate the non-disabled population, in hopes to decrease obstacles to sex for people with spinal cord injuries. Anyone that is 18 years or older that has a SCI is invited to participate in the survey. The research is voluntary and anonymous, the survey takes about 10-15 minutes.  Survey link: . The more people with a spinal cord injury that take the survey the better, feel free to share with anyone with a SCI.


2nd Research opportunity 

A zoom interview, for people 18 years and older with a Cervical SCI (that occurred 2 or more years ago). The interviews are on the same topic but for cervical spinal cord injury, sex, and stigma. The purpose of this study is to learn about the sexual lives of people that are quadriplegics and to better educate the world that people with disabilities indeed have sex. I am also interested in learning about the obstacles that people who are quadriplegic face while pursuing sex partners. These interviews are extremely important and beneficial because it involves sharing (anonymously) your unique stories and experiences with sex after SCI, and any obstacles you have faced from nondisabled people or society in general.  This research is anonymous.  If you are interested in volunteering to participate in an interview, please contact me via email or phone: [email protected] 731-607-4388.

Although there is no pay for participating in the survey or interview, your participation can benefit everyone with a spinal cord injury. I am an advocate and firm believer that the best way to combat stigma and stereotypes is by raising awareness and educating people that are not familiar with spinal cord injuries. There are a lot of stereotypes and false assumptions out there, but if we can simply get more people to talk about this topic we can make a difference. It’s all increasing the quality of life for people with a spinal cord injury through education. You can volunteer to participate in both studies or just one of the 2 studies. The findings from the research will be published in an academic journal, no identifiable information will be collected or shared. For example, in the article I will publish afterwards, your unique experiences and stories will be shared under a fake name. I.e. John shared that “in college, there was certain women I would be attracted to that.. That didn’t look at me like I was a sexual person or you know.. Even consider me as an option. It was super frustrating because I am a sexual person!


Gerald Christian, M.Ed.

Health and Human Performance
Middle Tennessee State University


If you are interested you can check out my previous research that inspired these studies.

Article: Gerald Christian, Joey Gray, Kelsie Roberts & Jackie Eller (2020): Quadriplegic Sexuality: Demystifying Misconceptions, Leisure Sciences, DOI:10.1080/01490400.2020.1712281


Podcast: Quadriplegic Sexuality: This is How We Do It! - with MTSU Teacher Gerald Christian (