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

Organisational vulnerability to insider threat- Development of an Organisational vulnerability assessment identifying intentional insider threat risk.

[posted 16 January 2018; closes 16 March 2018]

Increasingly, even successful organisations are seeking ways to respond to negative behaviours of insiders. Whilst it may be obvious that organisations need ways to address insider threats, it is difficult to achieve.

The current project is being conducted to understand how, and to what extent, organisational vulnerabilities to intentional insider threat can be measured by survey method. It is an extension of recent Delphi research which found insider threat to be a multidisciplinary concern and that a focus on organisational, individual and technical vulnerabilities is important. 

The purpose of the survey is to give organisations a greater understanding of their vulnerability to insider threat behaviour. This information can then be used to develop or implement relevant countermeasures to help reduce vulnerability to insider threat.

We invite you to participate in this survey and contribute to the growing research on insider threat. Your input is critical to developing a valid and reliable assessment of organisational vulnerabilities to insider threat. Participation in this survey is anonymous and any information gained during the study will be published without identification of any participants. It is expected the survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

For further information please contact Justine Bedford (justine@jconsulting.net.au or +61 425 793 618). 

Primary Supervisor: Dr Luke van der Laan (University of Southern Queensland)

 

 

Naturalistic Observations of Families in Therapy: Clinicians’ Perspectives

[posted 16 January 2018; closes 30 April 2018]

You’re invited to participate in this research study regarding the use of an audio recording app (Electronically Activated Recorder; EAR) for therapy with families.

I am looking for AHPRA-registered practising psychologists (including provisional) currently working with any of the following client groups: families, children/youth, and/or parents. Our goal is to explore psychologists’ perspectives on naturalistic observation in therapy, as well as the use of a validated audio recording app (the EAR).

Participation includes a 10-15 minute online survey, with the option of a 30 minute interview, if you wish. Please note that this study has been approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (project number 9081).

Thank you for taking the time to consider this request.

 For further details on the study, please click on the survey link below or contact:

Shaminka Gunaratnam: shaminka.gunaratnam@monash.edu

Supervised by Dr Eva Alisic

Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

 

Video-based Digital Mental Health (DMH) Services Study

[posted 16 January 2018; closes 1 May 2018]

The Faculty of Health, School of Health Sciences & Psychology at Federation University is investigating the attitudes of Australian adults towards digital mental health (DMH) services, specifically aimed at understanding the acceptance of, and intention to use, video-based technology to deliver DMH services. It will also explore the perceived barriers and advantages associated with the delivery of DMH services using video-based technology.

The main research aims are to investigate the:

1. Acceptance of online video-based technology as a mechanism for delivering MH services.

2. Intention to use online video-based technology to provide, or consume, MH services.

3. Advantages and disadvantages of using online video-based technology to deliver MH services.

4. Personal attributes that might predict these factors amongst clinicians and clients

We are asking mental health clinicians, and consumers in general, to complete a brief, online survey in relation to these measures.

Psychologists, GPs, mental health nurses, and other healthcare professionals are invited to complete the following survey: 

 

 

Mental healthcare consumers and members of the general public are invited to complete the following survey: 

 

Supervisor Details

Professor Britt Klein, Personal Chair in Psychology and eHealth

Phone: 03 5327 6717           Email: b.klein@federation.edu.au

Diagnosis, Treatment Recommendations, and Effectiveness: A Comparison across Different Health Professions

[posted 19 December 2017; closes 1 March 2018]

This study concerns the differences in diagnosis and treatment recommendations made by members of different professions with different levels of experience following the consideration of a short clinical vignette outlining a number of symptoms.

We are recruiting participants from a variety of health professions. If you are able to spare approximately 20 minutes to participate we would be very grateful.  You are under no obligation to take part and are free to withdraw at any time.  

The study is supervised by Dr Jonathan Mason, and he can be contacted at jmason3@usc.edu.au    

Alternatively, please contact Daniel Jamieson

Email: dmj004@student.usc.edu.au

Phone: 0466587910

Kylie Hinde

Email:  kah018@student.usc.edu.au

Phone:  0407642588

To participate, please click the ‘Start the Survey’ button

 

Development of the e-Therapy Attitude and Process Questionnaire Therapist Version

[posted 18 December 2017; closes 30 April 2018]

There is a need not only for greater access to treatments for mental illness, but also for improved efficacy in those currently being delivered. For these reasons, the use of technologically based and adjunctive approaches to treatment of mental illnesses has been argued to be of particular importance. Given the Australian governments' endorsement of 'e-Mental Health' or 'digital interventions', the current research project seeks to gain an understanding of mental health professionals' perceptions towards technology use in therapy. Digital interventions are defined as any program that provides information and support (emotional, decisional and/or behavioural), for mental health problems via digital platforms such as computer programs, apps, email, websites etc. 

This research aims to develop and investigate a tool that measures mental health professionals' attitudes, behaviours towards and intentions to use, digital interventions within their practice. Using the data collected, we hope to inform and better explain the use of digital interventions in the treatment of mental illness. 

Who can participate? Psychologists, Mental health Nurses, Psychiatrists, Counsellors, General Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Music Therapists, Social Workers or related mental health professionals. To participate, mental health professionals' must be currently practicing within their respective profession however, they do not need to be using digital intervention, within their current practice.  

You will be asked to respond to a set of questions pertaining to your qualifications, work, in addition to questions specific to digital interventions. Other surveys have been included in this survey that relate to constructs relevant to the development of the tool.

For more information about the study, please click the ‘Start the Survey’ button. 

The survey takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete and can be accessed through the ‘Start the Survey’ button.

For any enquiries, please contact, Mr Dale Rowland, (07) 567 80832 d.rowland@griffith.edu.au

Supervisor: Dr Bonnie Clough

 

App-Integrated Psychological Service Provision for Adolescents: Moving towards research-based guidelines

[posted 15 December 2017; closes 30 April 2018]

How do you use apps with your adolescent clients?

You are invited to participate in a PhD research project exploring the use of mobile apps with adolescents.  We are currently seeking AHPRA registered psychologists who have used mobile apps, in anyway, to support individual therapy with adolescents aged 12-18 years.

Participation will involve an interview with a researcher. Interviews are expected to take around 60 minutes, and will take place at a time and location convenient to you, including online using secure meeting software.  We are interested in hearing about how you choose apps, how you introduce and use them, as well as how apps inform traditional face-to-face therapy.

We want to hear from you! Further information and how to register your interest can be found at the study link:

STUDY LINK

Enquiries can be directed to:

Simone Gindidis: simone.gindidis@monash.edu

Supervisors: Dr Sandy Stewart and Dr John Roodenburg

Psychologists as Expert Witnesses in Australian Courts and Tribunals

[posted 1 December 2017; closes 31 August 2018]

You are invited to participate to a PhD research project investigating psychologists’ perceptions of psychologists as expert witnesses in Australian courts and tribunals.

Any psychologist [from any discipline (e.g. clinical, forensic, generalist), and any formative pathway (e.g. 4+2 or postgraduate pathway)] who has in the past or is still currently providing expert witness services to the judicial system is invited to participate. However, even psychologists who have never provided those services but are interested in this research are welcome to participate, as their opinions are highly valuable to the overall scope of this research.

Participation in this research will involve completing an online questionnaire, which should take approximately 30 minutes. Most of the questions will be open-ended as we are interested in your professional experience in providing services to the judicial system and/or your professional opinions regarding concepts associated with specialised knowledge and expertise.

This survey gives participants the opportunity to express their views regarding psychological services offered to the Australian judicial system as well as their opinions regarding what constitutes specialised knowledge and expertise, and how this is acquired and maintained over time.

For further information, please contact:

Principle Investigator - Dr Stephanie Sharman at stefanie.sharman@deakin.edu.au or 03 9244 6485

Student Investigator - Elle Gianvanni at egianvan@deakin.edu.au or 0450 234 163

To participate, click the 'Start the Survey' button

 

Face-to-face and Technology Assisted Supervision in Psychology: A comparison of Supervisory Alliance, Supervisory Satisfaction and Competency-based Outcomes

[posted 9 November 2017; closes 30 April 2018]

You are invited to participate in a research study investigating the differences between Technology Assisted Supervision Techniques and traditional Face-to-face supervision techniques within psychology. Differences will be measured on supervisory alliance, supervisory satisfaction, the activities completed in supervision and the supervisee’s evaluation of supervision. Participation is open to all registered psychologists, provisionally registered psychologists or psychology students who have undertaken some form of professional supervision where they were the supervisee within the last 6 months.

Participation should take approximately 20 minutes and involves completing an online survey where you will also be asked some brief demographic questions, about your age, gender, employment status and postcode, followed by questionnaires assessing your experiences with your most recent psychological supervision. 

For further information, please contact Lianne Fulcher by email liannefulcher11@gmail.com or Supervisor, Dr Leanne Humphreys on 02 6338 4570, email lhumphreys@csu.edu.au    

If you would like to participate in the survey, click the ‘Start the Survey’ button.

 

Psychologists’ and Community Members’ Awareness of Child Abuse and Reporting

[posted 9 November 2017; closes 12 October 2018]

One of the factors that can adversely affect children’s long term health and psychological wellbeing is the experience of child abuse. Despite this, child abuse is known to commonly occur in the family home and community recognition of the problem remains low. Furthermore, there is very little research into community understanding of child abuse and willingness to report child abuse in an Australian context.

The current study aims to explore whether a sample of community members’ knowledge and perceptions of child abuse and reporting are different from those of registered and provisional psychologists. It also aims to examine a community sample’s awareness of child abuse, intention to report child abuse and understanding of mandatory reporting legislation.

Participation in the study involves completing an anonymous online questionnaire. The questionnaire will involve a number of questions regarding participants’ perceptions of child abuse and understanding of mandatory reporting legislation. Participants will also be asked about their perceptions of the seriousness of child abuse in the Australian community, what they would do if they suspected a child was being abused and their experiences working with children and mandatory reporting. Completion of the questionnaire will take approximately 10 - 15 minutes.

Ethics approval was granted by Swinburne University Human Research Ethics Committee on 12th October, 2017 (SHR Project 2017/226)

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

Chief Investigator: Associate Professor Ann Knowles

Email: aknowles@swin.edu.au - Phone: (03) 9214 8205

Student Investigator: Alana Pisani - Email: apisani@swin.edu.au

 

Therapist Beliefs about Exposure Therapy Implementation

[posted 20 October 2017; closes 28 February 2018]

Participation in a study is open for individuals who are currently registered with the Psychology Board of Australia.

This study seeks to facilitate a better understanding of the behaviours therapists engage in while working with anxious clients, and the beliefs therapists hold regarding these behaviours. Secondly, this study aims to psychometrically evaluate a novel measure of the beliefs therapists hold regarding their own behaviours while treating anxious clients.

Participation is expected to take approximately 20 minutes and involves reading a participant information sheet, providing consent, and completing a set of questionnaires.

Participants will be entered into a draw to win one of six visa gift cards in the amounts of $100 (1) AND $50 (5)

If you are interested in participating, please click ‘Start the Survey’ button.

Please share the link with other individuals registered with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Contact details:

Chief Investigator: Peter Kelly at pkelly@uow.edu.au

Doctoral Student: Johanna Meyer at jmm730@uowmail.edu.au

Co-investigator: Steven Roodenrys at steven@uow.edu.au

 

Working with Older Adult Clients

[posted 18 October 2017; closes 31 July 2018]

Calling all provisional and registered psychologists! 

We want to hear your thoughts about working with older adult clients (even if you’ve seen very few or none at all!) to help develop an understanding of the challenges faced by psychologists working with this age group.

 

If you are able to help, please complete the short survey (less than 10 minutes) linked below. All responses will be de-identified and completely confidential.

 

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want to know more about the study, at dinajones@swin.edu.au or on 0402021121. This research has ethics approval from Swinburne University Human Research Ethics Committee.

Thanks for your help! 

Student researcher:  Dina Jones, Master of Psychology (Clinical) Student

Supervisor: Associate Professor Ann Knowles

 

YouTube Dating Advice: Content Analysis and Interviews with Users

[posted 18 October 2017; closes 30 May 2018]

Modern dating can be a confusing experience, and individuals may consult YouTube for guidance in this area.

The present study aims to review YouTube dating advice videos and conduct interviews with women who use the advice.

We are looking for heterosexual women aged 26 or older who have used YouTube dating advice (videos featuring a dating coach/expert offering advice to women) to share their perspectives in a one-hour individual interview.

$25 Coles-Myer gift cards for completed participation to thank you for your time.

The interview will be audio recorded. Your responses will be de-identified and a pseudonym used to protect identity. Individuals who express interest in the study will be sent an explanatory statement containing further details of the study along with a consent form to be completed prior to participation.

For more information or to participate, please contact the PhD student researcher:

Julia Horn

Master of Psychology (Counselling)/PhD candidate

Ph: (03) 9902 4874   E: julia.horn@monash.edu

Supervised by Dr Janette Simmonds (Main Supervisor; janette.simmonds@monash.edu) and Dr Tristan Snell (Associate Supervisor; tristan.snell@monash.edu)

Minding My Mind

[posted 6 October 2017; closes 31 January 2018]

My name in Angela Van Roden, I am a Master of Psychology (Clinical) student at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst Campus, and I am currently undertaking the Research Dissertation component of the course, with the supervision of Dr Amie Frewen.

You are invited to participate in my research study (Ethics Protocol ID: 200/2017/58), investigating barriers and determinants of help-seeking in Mental Health Practitioners.

If you are interested in participating please click the ‘Start the Survey’ button which will take you directly to the survey. The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

Please also consider forwarding this through your professional networks to others who you think would be interested in participating. 

I thank you in anticipation for your time and interest in this study. If you have any questions relating to this study, please direct them to the Chief Investigator - Angela Van Roden at angela.vanroden@gmail.com or follow the directions on the Information Statement found at the start of the survey.

 

Vicarious Posttraumatic Growth in Health Care Professionals

[posted 2 October 2017; closes 31 January 2018]

You are invited to participate in a research study investigating factors predictive of vicarious posttraumatic growth in health care professionals treating individuals who have experienced trauma. Participation is open to health care professionals (registered psychologists, social workers and psychiatric nurses) who work with clients who have experienced trauma.

If you are interested in participating, please click the ‘Start the survey’ button. It will take you to a more detailed information statement and a questionnaire set. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Please only complete this survey if you are a healthcare professional (registered psychologist, social worker or psychiatric nurse) who has treated a client with trauma in the past month as a part of your regular work duties.

Please feel free to forward this message to other who may fit this criteria and would like to partake.

This research is being conducted as part of a Master of Psychology Dissertation through Charles Sturt University and has been approved by Charles Sturt Ethics Committee (approval no. H17145).

Please direct any questions to Chief investigator – Natalie Kuester at nlkuester17@gmail.com or follow the directions on the Information Statement.

 

Evidence-based practice used by psychologists treating secondary psychological injuries within the State Insurance Regulatory Authority governed frameworks (i.e. Workers Compensation Insurance and Motor Accidents Compulsory Third Party Insurance)

[posted 22 September 2017; closes 21 February 2018]

You are invited to participate in a research which aims to explore the feasibility (i.e., the applicability, acceptability and practicality) of recommendations proposed by a group of expert psychologists to overcome barriers in using evidence-based practice within the State Insurance Regulatory Authority Insurance Frameworks (i.e., CTP & Workers Compensation).

The survey questions will ask you to rate the recommendations which in your opinion are the most feasible in overcoming barriers in the uptake of evidence based practice. The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes and can be completed using the online Qualtrics platform.

Following completion of the survey, you will be given an opportunity to provide your email address (in a separate survey) if you would like to receive a $20 Amazon e-gift card in appreciation of your time for completing this survey.

This project has received ethics approval from the University of New England: HE17-191

Thank you for participating in this research.

Kind Regards,

Tahira Haider (University of New England, PhD candidate)

Associate Professor Debra Dunstan (Primary Supervisor)

Associate Professor Navjot Bhullar (Co-Supervisor)

School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences                          

University of New England

Armidale NSW 2351 Australia

Phone: 02 6773 3764       Email: thaider@myune.edu.au

 

Burnout in Australian Eating Disorder Treatment Providers: A Replication and Extension Study

[posted 6 September 2017; closes 31 January 2018]

You are invited to participate in a study that aims to conduct the first exploration of overall burnout levels in Australian eating disorder treatment providers, as well as identify the demographic and work-related factors that are most relevant to burnout in Australian eating disorder treatment providers. Findings from this study will provide the first snapshot of burnout levels in Australian eating disorder treatment providers. Furthermore, findings may assist in the development of burnout prevention and support programs specifically for clinicians who work with eating disorder patients, as well as inform important targets for supervision and professional development activities.

This research project is being undertaken by Anna Simpson to meet the requirements for the Master of Clinical Psychology degree at Charles Sturt University, under the supervision of Dr Stephanie Quinton from the School of Psychology at Charles Sturt University. The project has received ethical approval from Charles Sturt University Human Research Ethics Committee (Protocol Number H17144). 

We are seeking any mental health professionals who are either currently or historically have provided treatment to eating disorder patients. This may include individuals from the following professions: Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Nurses, Dieticians, Social Workers, General Practitioners, and Counsellors. If you are a mental health professional who is not currently providing, or has not previously provided, treatment to eating disorder patients, then you are unfortunately not eligible to participate.

Participation will involve completing an anonymous online survey that will take approximately 30 minutes of your time. The survey consists of three questionnaires that ask about your experiences with burnout and treating eating disorder patients, as well as some demographic information. The ‘Start the Survey’ button below will take you to the full Participant Information Sheet and the survey. 

For further information please contact:

Anna Simpson – Email: australianburnoutstudy@gmail.com

Dr Stephanie Quinton (Supervisor) – Email: squinton@csu.edu.au

Thank you for considering this invitation to participate in this study.

 

Assessment of Specific Learning Difficulties (SLD) in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) school students

[posted 8 August 2017; closes 31 January 2018]

The increasing tendency of immigration practises around the world has made countries’ population culturally and linguistically diverse. Australia is considered one of the most multicultural countries worldwide. Consequently, the proportion of school - aged children with diverse culture and language is also increasing.  In order to provide equal opportunities for children to learn, the school system is called to address the educational needs that this population brings to the classroom. School psychologists and guidance counsellors face the challenge of designing sound interventions and fair assessment practices for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) students who experience difficulties with their learning. 

The purpose of this study is to investigate current practices in the assessment of potential Specific Learning Difficulties in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse students in Australia. Findings from this research may also assist with providing more specific and tailored professional development for school psychologists and guidance counsellors. This study is approved by the Queensland University of Technology Human Research Ethics Committee.

Participation will involve completing an anonymous survey that will take approximately 20 minutes of your time.

If you want more information, please email Azucena Velasco Leon at azucena.velascoleon@connect.qut.edu.au or Prof Marilyn Campbell at ma.campbell@qut.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