Convoy Q


Aging well with social support

What is Convoy Q?

Convoy Q is a research study. The goal of a the project is to understand the role of social support in the development of cognitive reserve (good cognitive function) and resilience (good mental health and wellbeing) among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer adults as well as straight and cisgender adults as they age across the lifespan. We are interested in learning more about your social relationships, what they look like, and how they change over time.

We would like to learn more about how the stress associated with having an LGBTQ identity may impact aging, and how social support may protect against negative impacts of stress on health.




722 West 168th Street Floor R3 Room 340
New York, NY 10032


(646) 774-7078


how doEs it work?

what do I have to do?

Our staff will ask you to complete a survey and an in-person interview with questions about your identity, experiences of stigma and stress, access to care and support services, mental health and wellbeing, and questions about important people in your life and social support.

Our staff will also ask you to complete a number of tasks to evaluate your cognitive functioning (memory, reasoning, and how you process information).

will i be compensated for my time?

Yes. You will receive $80 compensation for completing the survey, the interview about your social support network, and an evaluation of your cognitive functioning.

how long will it take?

The survey and in-person interview will take between 90 to 120 minutes to complete.

The cognitive functioning tasks will take 40 to 60 minutes.


where will the study take place?

The study will take place at the New York York State Psychiatric Institute - Columbia Psychiatry. Our offices are located at 722 West 168th Street Floor R3 Room 340 in Washington Heights.


Our staff is trained to respond to any concerns you may have and provide you with support. You may experience discomfort when asked questions about experiences of stigma and discrimination or performing cognitive tasks that you may find challenging.

You will always be able to decline to answer questions.


We are located at 722 West 168th Street (168th & Haven Avenue) in the Mailman School of Public Health Building. There is construction at the front of the building. Click here to download our directions.


Aging well

with social support.


have more questions?

Let's Chat.

Our staff will be available to answer any questions that you may have now or in the future about the research procedures, or about your response to the procedures. You can give us a call at (646) 774-7078.