Application for conducting research with LIFE Members

Gerontology Research

University of Central Florida Faculty and Student Researchers who wish to have LIFE participants as their research subjects must adhere to the following review process. The LIFE at UCF Research Review Committee oversees the process and makes recommendations to the President of LIFE if the research meets the criteria. Priority will be given to Orlando professional community organizations with a UCF research affiliation. No other Institution of Higher Education (IHE) will be given permission to recruit research subjects from LIFE at UCF unless there is a direct affiliation (co-PI) with a UCF faculty member. Upon receiving notification of review approval, the researcher may schedule a time with the Executive Director of LIFE, Jacqueline Ulacia at to make a 2-3 minute presentation to recruit participants at a LIFE class session.

To be considered the researcher must address the following:

  • The researcher must provide a written abstract of the project including the research question, the purpose, the responsibility and time demands of the participant subjects and potential benefit of participation.
  • The researcher must provide a signed approved IRB, including an informed consent agreement prior to the recruitment of LIFE participants.
  • For research projects that are designed to be administered on-line, be aware that the LIFE at UCF membership roster will NOT be made available to any research group. Arrangements must be made for such prepared materials to be distributed by LIFE at UCF through their list serve.
  • The nature of the research should be either related to the field of gerontology or of interest to participants.

The researcher(s) should contact and send all materials to Dr. Richard Tucker at, Chair of the Research Committee and Jacqueline Ulacia, LIFE Executive Director at