Researching RPCVs For An Academic Study

[I received this special academic request for help from Nan Cowardin-Lee in California. Take a look, and see if you have time to help her in her research.  Nan is located in Berkeley, attending the university’s branch in San Franciso. ]

My name is Nan Cowardin-Lee. I am a PhD student at Alliant International University in organizational psychology. I am conducting research on value and moral challenges experienced by individuals who have lived or studied abroad for more than 6 months. The research has a generational comparison component. Therefore, I am interested in obtaining information from individuals of all generations, and, in particular, I would appreciate hearing from individuals born before 1946.

The research data is collected in two parts. In the first part, an on-line survey asks participants to report on a general or specific incident that challenged them while living in a culture that was not their own. A series of questions are asked about this incident or general condition. This on-line survey also collects brief life-history information. The first survey process takes approximately 30 minutes on average to complete.

The second part of the data collection asks individuals to take the Myers-Briggs Temperament Indicator (MBTI) assessment on-line if an individual participant does not already know their 4-letter designation. The Myers-Briggs takes approximately 20 – 30 minutes to complete. A report on the individual’s MBTI designation will be sent to the participant.

Follow-up email questions may be sent to clarify participant reports. Participants will need to sign and return an Informed Consent (either by US mail or by PDF through e-mail) prior to beginning the research process. Summaries of research findings will be sent to all participants upon completion of the data analysis.

If you are willing to help me with this research project, or if you have any questions, please contact me, Nan Cowardin-Lee, PhD candidate, Alliant International University, through email at:

If you have any other questions about this research and the process, you may also contact my adviser: Mary Fambrough, PhD at:

Thank you in advance for your interest and your time.


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  • I am interested in being part of this study. I was born in 1935. Please tell me how to set up this account. Rhoda Brooks

  • I am interested in being a part of this study I was born in 1939.
    Let me know how to get involved. Alice D’Souza

  • Hi
    I was born 1940 and studied in Scotland for a year. Later I was in the peace corps in Turkey for two years…followed by 9 months of travel. When I returned home I worked for a foreign exchange program that had young people stay and study and live with families in the US for a year. Soooo I can give you a few perspectives for your study.
    By the way, some university gave us a number of tests before we left the country and after we finished our two years in the Peace Corps. I don’t know what the results were bue Peace Corps might have info.
    I was in Turkey 62 -64
    joan grant

  • Hi Nan, I was born in 1942 and was in the Peace Corps, Turkey 5, from 1964-66. Am interested in helping you. I have all my journals and letters to family from that time. Julie Smith Olson

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