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

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

 

Effects of trauma caseload on compassion fatigue

[posted 7 November 2016; closes 1 March 2017]

You are invited to participate in a research study on the effects of trauma caseload on compassion fatigue.

Who can participate?

Mental health clinicians, that is, health professionals providing psychological assessment and intervention to clients. The survey takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. The online survey is completed anonymously to protect your confidentiality and can be simply accessed by any computer with internet connection.

Contact details

Sandy Cham on sandy@sandycham.com.

If you would like to participate in this study, please select the link below.

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 

 

How psycho-educational reports are used: The experiences of teachers, parents, students and psychologists

[posted 20 September 2016; closes 28 February 2017]

Are you a psychologist with experience of writing psycho-educational reports?

We are seeking psychologists with experience in writing psycho-educational reports for children and young people who experience learning difficulties at school. Participation will involve a 1-hour interview at a time and place of your convenience. It is anticipated that the results of this research will provide insight into how psychologists write reports to support educational inclusion and identify the challenges they face in doing so. 

This project is being conducted by Joanne Lindelauf, under the supervision of Dr Andrea Reupert and Dr Kate Jacobs, as part of her PhD project in the Faculty of Education at Monash University.  The study has ethics approval from Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee.  

Thank you for your interest in the study.

For more information please contact Joanne at joanne.lindelauf@monash.edu

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

Meeting the needs of the psychology workforce: Sixth year internship program models

[posted 12 August 2016; closes 31 October 2016]

The 5+1 route to registration as a psychologist is increasingly available to people wishing to become a psychologist in Australia. If you are currently a student of a 5th year program, or recently graduated from one, we invite you to take part in our survey which aims to find out more about your preferences and experiences of completing the 6th year internship program.

Participation involves completing an anonymous, online survey that will take about 10 minutes to complete and is entirely voluntary. 

The research is being undertaken by Professor Lynne Harris, Associate Professor Kathryn Nicholson Perry and Mr Simon Milton 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 349180716).

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

Queries about the project can be directed to:

Associate Professor Kathryn Nicholson Perry

kathryn.nicholsonperry@acap.edu.au

(02) 8236 8048

 

 

Meeting the needs of the psychology workforce: Sixth year internship program models

[posted 12 August 2016; closes 31 October 2016]

The 5+1 route to registration as a psychologist is increasingly available to people wishing to become a psychologist in Australia. If you are currently a supervisor of provisionally registered psychologists undertaking their 6th year internship program, or part of an organisation that offers them, we would like to invite you to take part in our survey to find out about the experiences and preferences of organisations and supervisors hosting internships.

Participation involves completing an anonymous, online survey that will take about 10 minutes to complete and is entirely voluntary.

The research is being undertaken by Professor Lynne Harris, Associate Professor Kathryn Nicholson Perry and Mr Simon Milton 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 349180716). 

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

Queries about the project can be directed to:

Associate Professor Kathryn Nicholson Perry

kathryn.nicholsonperry@acap.edu.au

(02) 8236 8048

 

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

Touch screen device use in typically developing children and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Parent perceptions and relationship with parent wellbeing

[posted 20 November 2015; closes 28 February 2017]

Calling all professionals working with children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

What are your views on touch screen devices being used for therapeutic and/or educational purposes? The growing inclusion of touch screens in mobile phones, mobile computing and gaming devices has meant that touch screen devices are being used increasingly by children. One of the aims of this project is to explore the views of practitioners who work with children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Your contribution towards this research is greatly appreciated and shall help us understand further the use of touch screen devices with young children with an ASD.

Contact details

Siobhan James                         smjames@swin.edu.au

Dr Jordy Kaufman, Supervisor   jkaufman@swin.edu.au

Please follow the relevant links below to complete the survey.

For Psychologists, SLTs, OTs, Researchers and other practitioners working in the health sector please go to this link here: 

For teachers and educational professionals please go to this link here: 

 

A mindfulness and acceptance-based group treatment for excessive worry

[posted 25 February 2015; closes 14 May 2015]

This study aims to investigate the effect of mindfulness and acceptance-based group therapy for excessive worry in community populations.

Research has demonstrated the beneficial effect of mindfulness-based therapy on anxiety and depression. However, most studies only included participants with either anxiety or mood disorders. The current study targets worry as a common factor underlying both anxiety and depression by using mindful and acceptance-based group therapy (MABGT). We will investigate the effect of MABGT for excessive worry by comparing it with a waitlist control. It is expected that MABGT will be superior to the waitlist in improving excessive worry, anxiety and depression, and have further public health implications.

We seek participants who experience excessive and uncontrollable worry, anxiety and depression, and who are willing to take part in the MABGT. Participation will require attendance to eight, weekly therapy sessions held on Flinders University campus after hours (post-5pm). Participants must be over 18 years of age. No extra compensation is offered for participating in the study.

Supervisor: Dr Junwen Chen and Dr Kirsten Vale (Student – David Rimmington)

Contact Details: email – worry.flinders@gmail.com or phone – 0434 825 499

Practitioners’ decisions about whether or not to use the DSM-5 model of personality diagnosis

[posted 14 November 2014; closes 15 December 2015]

The psychiatric and psychological professions are revising the process for diagnosing personality disorders. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5) provides two diagnostic methods for personality disorders: 1. the previous method found in DSM-III and DSM-IV, and 2. an alternative ‘dimension of severity trait-based method.’ There are also major changes proposed for diagnosing personality in ICD-11.   

Some practitioners use other diagnostic methods (e.g. psychodynamic) rather than ICD or DSM. Having a choice as to which diagnostic system to use within the same manual is an unusual occurrence and forms the basis for the proposed research. 

The choice of which diagnostic method to use is likely to impact practitioners working in both treatment settings and practitioners in forensic or medico-legal settings.

Psychologists and psychiatrists who have an interest in personality disorders or an opinion regarding the diagnosis of personality disorders are invited to participate in a confidential interview regarding their views and their decisions about using or not using various formal diagnostic methods. If you are interested in participating or would like further information please email Lisa Dawson at: lbdawson@our.ecu.edu.au.

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