Brief ReportsImpact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Research Participation Among Older African AmericansGwizdala, Kathryn L. PhD*; Pugh, Erika A. MA†; Carter, Leah MEd*; Carmichael, Owen T. PhD*; Newton, Robert L. Jr PhD* Author Information *Pennington Biomedical Research Center †Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Reprints: Kathryn L. Gwizdala, PhD, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70808 (e-mail: [email protected]). Supplemental Digital Content is available for this article. Direct URL citations appear in the printed text and are provided in the HTML and PDF versions of this article on the journal's website, www.alzheimerjournal.com. Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders 36(4):p 350-353, October–December 2022. | DOI: 10.1097/WAD.0000000000000512 Buy SDC Metrics Abstract COVID-19 represents the newest health disparity faced by African Americans (AA). This study assessed the impact of COVID-19 on barriers and willingness to participate in research among older AAs. An online survey was sent to a nationwide sample of 65- to 85-year-old AAs between January and February 2021. Constant comparison analysis was used to extract themes. A total of 624 older AAs completed the survey. Approximately 40% of participants were willing to engage in virtual or in-person research. Of the individuals who were willing to participate in research, >50% were willing to engage in a spectrum of activities from group discussions to group exercise. Research participation themes related to logistics, technology, pandemic fears, and privacy or security. Older AAs face new research barriers that can be overcome through data use transparency and technology resources. This information can be used to encourage dementia research engagement among older AAs despite the pandemic. Copyright © 2022 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.