Research Studies 2016

Global Worldwide Network of PeopleThis page provides opportunities to participate in research related to peer support services and access to reports on recent research that has been completed.

We encourage you to participate in research as a primary method of advancing knowledge about peer support practices that help to inform policy makers to continue to improve working conditions and opportunities for advancement in this field.

Please contact the Principle Investigator that is listed for any study shown here with questions about how the data gathered will be used and how your personal information will be protected as part of the research protocol. We share this information only as a method of helping you to connect with researchers and for researchers to reach our members.

in Current Research Related to Peer Support

Study 1:
Work Experiences of Peer Support Specialists
(University of Detroit)
If you would like to volunteer to participate in an online survey study about your work experiences as a peer support specialist, you may do so by clicking on the following link:
If you have any questions,email Dr. Kristen Abraham (

Study 2:
Career Development Survey
(University of Illinois at Chicago)

Are you trained and/or certified as a peer specialist or peer worker in the behavioral health field? We invite you to participate in an important peer career development research survey designed in collaboration with national consumer technical assistance centers and peer organizations.The survey will take about 30 minutes to complete and asks about peer specialists’ career development; interest in and opportunities for advancement; current work climate; and perceptions of discrimination and stigma. Survey results will provide ground-breaking data on peer career development realities and opportunities.  We will share the findings widely throughout the behavioral health community. For more, visit, the Behavioral Health Peer Career Development website.

Thank you in advance. Your participation will help increase knowledge about the peer workforce and contribute to creation of additional peer career development opportunities. If you have questions or comments, please email the project primary investigator, Cherise Rosen, Ph.D. ( or co-PIs Nev Jones, Ph.D. ( or Jessica Wolf, Ph.D.  (

Supported by:


Study 3:
Peer Respite Essential Features Survey
(Human Services Research Institute)

A team from Live & Learn, Inc. and Human Services Research Institute is conducting the 2015 Peer Respite Essential Features Survey. Peer respites in the United States are invited to participate. Your participation in the survey will allow us to understand important characteristics of peer respites. Your responses will contribute information for planning, funding, and sustainability of current and future peer respites.

The survey should be completed by the Manager or Director, or a designee who is equally knowledgeable about the organization. We would like to know your perspective. The survey was created by people with lived experience of mental health services. We also got input from other peer providers and advocates, including peer respite directors. Nothing about us without us!

The survey has 50 questions; it will take you about 20 minutes to complete it. The deadline for completed surveys is February 19, 2016.

Results will be widely disseminated. We intend to make your voice heard. When we report the results of this survey, we will not identify you or your program by name. Whenever possible, your responses will be combined with others’ from your state and nationally.

Click on the following link to complete the survey:

If you have questions, please contact Laysha at or 617-999-4207

Other Surveys
By Companies and Technical Assistance Centers

Unlike the previous studies, the following surveys are not formally-approved “research” studies. They have been created to assist their respective organizations with market research and product development, which will be used to enhance the products and services that are available to the peer community.


Survey of Online Peer Support Workers – chance to win an iPad Mini

This survey is a study of peer supporters who are assisting others through online services like web conferences, video conferencing, chat rooms, forums, smartphone apps and texting. We are interested in learning about online work experiences so that we can help other organizations improve how they manage these services and the peers who deliver them.

Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary and anonymous. While there are some demographic questions that we need to ask for analysis we will not be able to identify any individual from these questions. We will summarize what we learn from all of the those who respond, present the results at major conferences and we will also make our results available in a report for any organization that is interested in online peer support services.

If you wish, you will have the option at the end of the survey to provide an email address and you will be included in a drawing for an iPad Mini. This is strictly voluntary. Your name will not be associated with your responses and you will not be put on any mailing lists nor will your email be sold or given to any other organization.

If you have any questions about this survey, please send an email to We will try to respond to emails within a day or less.

As you reply to our questions please keep in mind that there are no right or wrong answers, we simply want to know what you think and how you are experiencing you work online as a peer supporter.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to participate. We greatly appreciate your help with this project.

Let’s get started! Just click HERE  or paste the following link into your browser:




What type of Peer Specialist Toolkit do you want to see?

The Doors To Wellbeing National Technical Assistance Center (D2W NTAC) is one of five, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) federally funded national peer-run/peer-support mental health organizations in the country. We want to provide you with the tools you need to complete the projects you value.

We are doing this survey so you can tell us what those projects are so we can get you the information you need to help you achieve your program’s dreams.

Click here to access the survey

(Or copy and paste the following link into your browser) 


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National Survey of Compensation Among Peer Support Specialists



The peer support specialist workforce has been growing and expanding since Medicaid established funding for these services in 2007. Absent from much of the research on the peer support specialist workforce has been a detailed national review of wages and compensation. The genesis for this study began at The College for Behavioral Health Leadership during an annual summit, with the recognition that leaders in the peer support services field did not have any reasonable benchmarks for compensation standards.

The findings of this study illustrate that there is diversity among the current national structure for the wages of peer specialists. This includes significant differences in average compensation rates between those who work all different hours ($15.42) and only full-time ($16.36). There are also different wage rates among the types of organizations (consumer and peer run organizations, community behavioral health organizations, health care provider organizations, inpatient psychiatric facilities, and health plan and managed care organizations) that employ this workforce. An analysis of the wages of peer specialists in the 10 US Department of Health and Human Services regions also demonstrates geographic differences in compensation rates and compares regional and national averages. Inequities in compensation rates are also noted between male and female peer specialists, with men receiving on average in excess of $2.00 more per hour than women. The implications for the findings of this study are discussed and include the need for greater attention and focus on the wages of the peer specialist workforce.

For more, visit: