As a member service, the APS includes on this website details of research being conducted by members who are seeking participants in research.

If you are interested in participating, please contact the individual cited in the 'Contact details' section under each project listing. Please do not contact the APS directly.

Please note: The APS in no way endorses, has no involvement in, and is not responsible for the research projects listed. Your participation in any of the projects listed is entirely voluntary.

Current research projects

Recovery Challenges Following Motor Vehicle Crashes

[posted 10 March 2017; closes 20 July 2017]

Recover Injury Research Centre is conducting an Injury Impact Study that aims to better understand individual’s experiences and perspectives on recovery following a road traffic crash.

Recover requires people who are aged 18 to 65 who have:

  • Been injured in a road traffic crash within the last 3 months
  • Sustained an injury that requires medical attention
  • Submitted a claim to a motor vehicle insurer 

The study involves completing a number of online questionnaires once a week for 6 weeks. Participants may also be invited to participate in a brief interview by telephone as a follow-up to responses to questionnaires. 

Participants will receive a $25 gift voucher every time they complete a weekly online survey. There are six weekly surveys for participants to complete. The total value of the gift vouchers will be $150 if they complete all six surveys.

Contact: To participate, please visit the project website or you can contact Recover Injury Research Centre directly by email research@recover.edu.au 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders: How Do Clinician Characteristics Impact on Treatment Fidelity?

[posted 6 March 2017; closes 31 July 2017]

This project consists of an online survey which aims to explore clinician characteristics that impact on the delivery of individual treatment for eating disorders in adults and the implication of these findings on clinician training. 

Are you a psychologist? Do you practice cognitive behavioural therapy?  Have you treated at least one individual client with an eating disorder over the past 12 months?   If so, you are invited to participate in the study via an online survey.  You will have the option of entering your name into a prize draw to win a one of four $50 Coles/Myer vouchers.

The research is being undertaken by Caroline Brown and Associate Professor Kathryn Nicholson Perry from the School of Psychological Sciences, Australian College of Applied Psychology. The project has received ethical approval from the Navitas Professional Institute Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval Number 29720217).

For more information about the project or to participate in the survey please click the link below.

For further information please contact:

Caroline Brown  - email: 228442@my.acap.edu.au  or

Associate Professor Kathryn Nicholson Perry (Supervisor) email: Kathryn.NicholsonPerry@acap.edu.au

 

The Use of Digital Tools in Therapeutic Interventions

[posted 22 February 2017; closes 17 April 2017]

This research project, led by Dr Jeremy Kerr of the QUT Design Lab and psychologist Dr Ashley Van Houten, examines the current use of digital tools by psychologists within Australia to complement face-to-face therapy with clients. ‘Digital tools’ encompasses the use of video, sound recordings, pdf documents, email, texting, social media, video conferencing (e.g. Skype), apps and other digital/online material and resources. The study is part of a long-term project identifying, developing and disseminating strategies and frameworks for psychology practitioners to engage digital tools and media to extend their practice.

The research team invites all psychologists from private practice as well as educational institutions and other government organisations, to become part of this research project through participating in the short accompanying online survey.

The survey consists of 5 questions, based around the usage of digital tools as a complement to, or part of, face-to-face therapy. It will take approximately ten minutes to complete if you have experience utilising digital tools in therapeutic interventions, and less if there is little experience with this. All responses; including those indicating minimal-to-no usage of digital tools are invaluable to the study.

Further information about the project can be found on the accompanying link to the survey.

Contacts:

Dr Jeremy Kerr: Coordinator, Interaction & Visual Design, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

0405 711 147

Jeremy.Kerr@qut.edu.au

 

Dr Ashley Van Houten: Van Houten & Associates Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy & Consultancy

0422 301 301

dr.avanhouten@optusnet.com.au

 

Clinician's experience providing psychotherapy to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) clients

[posted 11 October 2016; closes 30 March 2017]

In our current multicultural context, psychologists in Australia are more and more often providing psychological services to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) clients. These clients speak English as a non-native language at varying degrees of fluency.

Through this research we are investigating Australian psychologists’ experiences working with CALD clients.  We are seeking the participation of psychologists independently of whether they work mainly with CALD clients or just occasionally. Indeed, the experience of those psychologists who only see CALD clients occasionally is of major interest to us.

Our aim is to explore psychologists’ current experience when they encounter a CALD client and utilised this data to inform future training. 

Contact details

Marta Garcia De Blakeley (PhD candidate) marta.garciadeblakeley@griffithuni.edu.au or 

Dr Leanne Casey (Supervisor) l.casey@griffith.edu.au 

 

Identifying barriers and facilitators impacting psychologist practice in treating secondary psychological injuries within the State Insurance Regulatory Authority governed insurance frameworks.

posted 23 August 2016; closes 17 May 2017]

Are you a registered psychologist practicing in either Sydney, regional or rural NSW who has experience in treating claimants under Worker’s Compensation and CTP insurance frameworks?

If so, you are invited to take part in this study as we want to tap into your experiences and opinions about the challenges which may exist when treating claimants under Workers Compensation and CTP insurance schemes.

The purpose of the study is to identify barriers to psychologists’ practice in this context, including difficulties in adhering to clinical guidelines when treating claimants within Workers Compensation and CTP insurance schemes.

Participants will be invited to participate in a lunchtime focus group of 1-2 hours duration conducted in one of three locations (Sydney; UNE Future campus, Regional: Coffs Harbor Education Campus and Rural NSW: Tamworth Education Centre). 

For your invaluable input you will receive an honorarium of $180 and lunch will be provided.   

Contact details

If you would like to participate in this study, please contact Tahira Haider (PHD candidate) at thaider@myune.edu.au

Associate Professor Debra Dunstan (Primary Supervisor)

Dr Navjot Bhullar (Co-Supervisor)

This project has received ethics approval from the University of New England: HE16-095

Smartphone technology adoption and use among professionals

[posted 5 July 2016; closes 31 December 2017]

How do you – as a professional – use Smartphones?

How would you prefer to use Smartphones?

This international study will examine the practices and preferences of professionals – like you – about their use and perceptions of Smartphone technology.

We would therefore like to invite you to participate in this voluntary study by completing a confidential and an anonymous online survey. Approved by the Western Sydney University Human Research Ethics Committee, the survey is expected to take approximately 20 minutes of your time.

Contact details

If you would like further information about this study, please contact:

Dr Ann Dadich

Phone: 02 9685 9475

Email: A.Dadich@westernsydney.edu.au

We hope that you consider this invitation favourably. If you agree to participate in this study, kindly access the survey by clicking on the link below.  By doing so, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the contents of the information page and provide your informed consent to participate in this study.

Worry levels in adults: Investigating factors of anxiety control, motivational temperament and worry content.

[posted 12 May 2016; closes 29 May 2017]

Little is known about how much people worry, or how well people control their worry, or changes in worry, across the adult lifespan.  This study is investigating age-related differences with worry, anxiety control, worry content, and approach-avoidance temperament.  The survey is composed of a series of multiple-choice questions, is easy to do, and takes 10-15 minutes to complete.  Adults aged from 18 years are eligible to complete the survey - please feel free to share the link with any eligible participants. 

For further information about the survey please contact:

Graeme Cheverton -  0490 179 264

Testing an adapted evidence-based parent training intervention for treatment-resistant conduct problems in young children

[posted 2 December 2013; closes 9 September 2018]

Severe conduct problems among young children are a serious public health concern particularly for those with callous-unemotional traits (i.e., lack of empathy/guilt) who respond poorly to traditional interventions and are at risk for severe impairment into adulthood. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a scientifically-supported intervention reducing problem behaviours in children 3 to 7 years old.

We are testing an adapted version of PCIT that addresses the unique treatment needs of young children with conduct problems and callous-unemotional traits.

Young children with callous-unemotional (CU) traits benefit from treatment with PCIT, but do not improve as much as children without CU traits. This intervention was adapted to address emotional processing deficits common to youth with CU traits. Families will receive standard or enhanced PCIT.

This research is being conducted within the School of Psychology at the University of New South Wales, and is approved by UNSW HREC (ref # HC13234).

Clinicians are encouraged to refer children who demonstrate:

  • Temper tantrums, disobedience, anger & irritability, low motivation
  • Little remorse, little empathy, shallow emotions, discipline is ineffective

More information can be found at our website: http://www.conductproblems.com/research/treating-child-conduct-problems/

Interested clinicians and parents can contact us at:
Email: preschoolparenting@gmail.com
Ph: (02) 9385 0376

If you are an APS member* conducting research, or supervising a research student, and would like to invite other APS members to be involved in the project, please email the following details for consideration by the APS:

  • A copy of the research proposal
  • A brief explanation of the project (no longer than 200 words) for the website. If an online survey is part of your project, please include a link to the survey.
  • For student research project, the name of the supervisor
  • A phone number or email address so that members can contact you to take part in the research or seek further information
  • A start date and a closing date for the project, as well as an end date for the website listing
  • A scanned copy of the official notification of final ethics approval.  This should include an end date for approval. If your ethics committee only provides electronic confirmation of approval, please contact us for further requirements. 

The above information should be emailed to science@psychology.org.au. The APS reserves the right not to list research projects that are deemed not in keeping with the Society’s scientific and professional aims.
Please note that copies of the survey and consent form will not be added to the APS website. Members who are interested in taking part may contact you using the details provided.

When new research projects are added, members will be alerted via the fortnightly APS Matters email, which is sent to more than 20,000 psychologists.

*Member, Associate Member, Honorary Fellow or Fellow