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

Survey of Dementia Care

[posted 8 August 2017; closes 30 October 2017]

Research is being undertaken by a 4th Year Honours student, under the supervision of Dr Michelle Kelly, School of Psychology University of Newcastle. You are invited to take part in a study that aims to investigate the current assessment, treatment and care of people with dementia by allied health professionals. We are seeking allied health clinicians (including psychologists) who are currently working, or have worked in the past 12 months, in a setting with people with dementia and their carer(s) and/or family.

Participants are required to have adequate English literacy skills to complete the survey. Completion of the survey takes approximately 15 minutes. The survey does not require the input of any identifiable information. The ‘Start the Survey’ button will take you to the full Participant Information Statement and the survey.

If you would like further information please contact student researcher, Jayde.Noble@uon.edu.au or Dr. Michelle Kelly (supervisor) on Michelle.Kelly@newcastle.edu.au or (02) 4921 6838.

Thank you for considering this invitation to partake in this research project. 

 

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

[posted 8 August 2017; closes 30 September 2017]

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 

 

Mature First-time Mothers on Childbirth and Early Parenting: Informing the Transition to Motherhood

[posted 8 August 2017; closes 31 December 2017]

The profile of first-time mothers is changing over time.

This project aims to identify expectations and subsequent experience of childbirth and early parenting of mature first-time mothers.  In addition, the study will investigate the personal experience of transitioning to motherhood.  It is hoped that the study findings will assist psychologists and other allied health professionals in supporting mature first-time mothers.

Participants, aged 35 to 44 years, are invited to take part in two interviews.  The first interview will take place between 28 and 32 weeks of pregnancy.  The second interview will be conducted between four and five months postnatal.  Interviews will be conducted face to face or via skype and will be audiotaped.  It is anticipated the duration of each interview will be approximately 60-90 minutes.  Participants will receive a gift voucher to the value of $100 at the completion of the second interview as a thank you for their time.

For further information, please contact Jennifer Nottingham-Jones on jennifer.s.jones@monash.edu  or Dr Janette Simmonds (supervisor) on janette.simmonds@monash.edu

Transgender-Specific Competency Among Australian Cisgender Psychologists and Psychology Students

[posted 2 August 2017; closes 31 October 2017]

You are invited to take part in a research study investigating transgender (trans) competence among Australian psychologists and psychology students. 

Eligibility criteria:

The current study requests participants with and without trans-specific training and education.  You must identify as cisgender (not transgender or gender diverse).  This is because participants who identify as transgender or gender diverse will have greater knowledge of the issues and needs specific to this community.

The current study aims to investigate levels of trans-competence, defined as awareness, knowledge, and skills, among Australian cisgender undergraduate psychology students, postgraduate psychology students, and psychologists.  This is an exciting opportunity to participate in a relatively untouched area of research in Australia. 

You are invited to participate in an online questionnaire consisting of three measures.  Some demographic information will also be requested.  The total time for participation is estimated to be 15-20 minutes.

Participation is completely anonymous and voluntary; no identifying information will be requested.

Ethics approval has been granted by Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (9623).

Thank you for your consideration and please feel free to share the study link to eligible participants.

Supervisor: Dr. Naomi Kakoschke, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University - Naomi.Kakoschke@monash.edu, +61 3 9905 1402    

Student: Ashley Grimmer, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University - agri17@student.monash.edu 

 

Professional Attitudes towards Problem Gambling

[posted 17 July 2017; closes 31 October 2017]

This research is looking at attitudes and beliefs towards problem gambling by professionals.

We are seeking mental health professionals, mental health trainees, and the general community in Australia (18+) to participate in this research.

We hope this research will provide good insight into the understandings of attitudes towards problem gambling, leading to knowledge and evidence base for training and educational programs for health professionals and anti-stigma policies and strategies.

If you would like to participate, please click the survey button 

The survey should take about 20 minutes. 

Participants will have the option to go into a draw to win 1 of 15 $50 Coles/Myer vouchers.

This project is being conducted by Effie Chen, under the supervision of A/P Nicki Dowling, A/P Petra Staiger, and Professor Lina Riccaridelli from Deakin University. This study has ethics approval from Deakin University Human Research Ethics Committee (Project 2017-089).

For further information, please contact:

Effie Chen

School of Psychology, Deakin University

221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

Email: zifei@deakin.edu.au

 

Jealousy and Gay Male Relationships

[posted 19 July 2017; closes 30 September 2017]

This project aims to explore jealousy within gay male relationships and how jealousy relates to other relationship factors such as relationship satisfaction, love (intimacy, passion, commitment), and socio-sexuality. There is little known about jealousy within gay relationships. What is known is that approximately half of gay relationships are monogamous compared to over 95% of heterosexual relationships. The non-exclusivity of gay relationships creates social and emotional pressures for those individuals that do experience jealousy. This is an exploratory study interested in getting a clearer picture of gay relationships and how jealousy relates to other relationship factors.

The researcher is seeking the assistance of psychologists in inviting potential participants to complete the short online survey. This study would be of interest to psychologists working with gay men in relationships, particularly in helping them develop strategies to manage jealousy.

For further information, please contact Terry Evans at evatj001@mymail.unisa.edu.au or

Mobile: 0407 184 656

Supervisor: Associate Professor Phillip Kavanagh

To participate in the survey, please click the ‘start the survey button’ 

 

Research Priorities in Suicide Prevention - Your Input is Key

[posted 25 July 2017; closes 30 September 2017]

The University of Melbourne and Suicide Prevention Australia are seeking your input on future research priorities in suicide prevention.

You are invited to participate in a short online survey that will inform a future research agenda for Australian suicide prevention research.

The short survey will take less than 15 minutes to complete and can be accessed by clicking on the ‘start the survey’ button.

Your input is greatly valued, and your responses will be treated anonymously. The survey is open until 18 August 2017.

For further information, please contact:

Professor Jane Pirkis

Phone: (03) 8344 0647

Email: research-priorities@unimelb.edu.au

 

Psychologists Attitudes to Mandatory Reporting of Problems of Professional Competence in Psychological Practice

[posted 10 July 2017; closes 29 September 2017]

The aim of this study is to investigate the types of competence problems displayed by psychologists, the concerns psychologists have about reporting a colleague with competence problems, and the factors they consider when deciding whether to make a report. This research also hopes to widen clinical knowledge and understanding of problems of professional competence that exist in the psychology profession. 

Participation in this study is open to any psychologist who is currently registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and involves responding to an anonymous and confidential online questionnaire which takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

The research is being undertaken by Heidi Wicker and Dr Leanne Humphreys from Charles Sturt University. The project has received ethical approval from Charles Sturt University Human Research Ethics Committee (Protocol Number H17020).

For more information about the project or to participate in the survey please click the 'Start the Survey' button below.

For further information please contact:

Heidi Wicker - Email: heidijwicker@gmail.com

Dr Leanne Humphreys (Supervisor) - Email: lhumphreys@csu.edu.au

 

Is the New Cybermind a Form of Transactive Memory?

[posted 7 July 2017; closes 15 September 2017]

Is the internet becoming part of our external memory? Do you become increasingly reliant on the internet that you forget information that’s available online? Will your attitude to "change" affect how you adapt to the internet?

More modern learners have become adaptable to the internet, and it is changing the way they learn. This study will investigate how people of different age and culture (Australian and Hong Kong) use the internet to retrieve information nowadays. We hope to examine whether the “Transactive Memory” and “Google Effect” are applicable to our use of the internet. Also, we would like to investigate if our attitude of “change” is a factor to how we adapt to internet use.

For more information, go to:  https://tinyurl.com/cybermind

We would like to invite you to participate in this voluntary study by completing a confidential and anonymous online questionnaire.

Please feel free to share the link. Participation should take no more than 15 minutes.

This study is approved by the University of Melbourne Human Research Ethics Committee.

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

Researcher: Chun Ho WONG (Student) [Supervisor: Dr Terence Bowles]

Email: chunw7@student.unimelb.edu.au 

 

Workplace Stressors: Understanding the contributors

[posted 8 June 2017; closes 30 September 2017]

The financial and psychological burden of workplace stress can be potentially devastating for both an individual and a business.  According to Worksafe Queensland’s website, mental disorders represented $52 million total claim payments in 2014-15, with a loss in productivity cost of $10.9 billion nationally each year.  In addition, they state that a typical mental disorder claim is valued at $53,000 and 34 weeks off work. 

Therefore, understanding what contributes to a workplace stress through asking questions about the individual, the role, the organisation and how we each approach different situations is the aim of this study.  A variety of scales are included in this questionnaire to identify the influencing elements.

This survey is open to anyone working a minimum of four hours a week and 16 years and over, and is anonymous.  The study has received ethical approval (S/17/10/40) for the data to be made available for future collaborative research.

Supervisor

Dr Prudence Millear, University of the Sunshine Coast

Contact details:

Supervisor: Dr Prudence Millear - pmillear@usc.edu.au Tel: 07 5430 1243

Student: Clare Farley - ctf001@student.usc.edu.au  Mobile: 0434 632 063

 

Adjusting to the Retirement Transition

[posted 4 May 2017; closes 31 December 2018]

Are you retiring within the next six months? If so, we invite you to take part in a research study that investigates the contribution of various social factors to adjustment during the retirement transition.  

Taking part will involve answering online survey questions about your workplace, retirement preparation, social relationships, sources of support and well-being.

This is a three-phase study, so you will complete similar surveys three times during your retirement transition – up to six months before retirement, within one to two weeks of your retirement date, and again two to three months following retirement.  

These surveys will each take about 30 minutes to complete. To thank you for your participation, we will put you in a prize draw where you have the chance to win Coles Group and Myer eGift cards on completion of each survey.

So if you are planning to stop full-time work in the next six months and would like to be involved, please click on the 'start the survey' button: 

 

For further information please contact Dr Ben Lam at ben.lam@uq.edu.au  

This study has received ethical approval from The University of Queensland: 2015001736. The chief investigator is Professor Catherine Haslam.

 

 

Pre-schoolers’ eating behaviour and ability to delay gratification

[posted 2 May 2017; closes 29 December 2017]

Researchers at the Swinburne BabyLab are investigating the relationship between preschool children's ability to delay gratification and their eating behaviour, with the aim of contributing to research into early precursors of disordered eating.

We are looking for 2.5-3.5 year old children who can attend a once off, one hour session in person at the Swinburne Babylab at Swinburne University, 425 Burwood Road Hawthorn, Victoria. The children will complete an activity while their caregiver completes some questionnaires.

Please contact us if you are willing to display study flyers in your clinic. For more information and for registration, please visit www.babylab.org or contact us on (03) 9214 8822 or babylab@swin.edu.au   

Principal researcher: Clare Billings, Master of Clinical Psychology student

Supervisor: Dr Jordy Kaufman, Associate Professor

Someone Else’s Problem: Behaviour in communal kitchens as a marker of collegiality in the workplace

[posted 4 April 2017; closes 31 December 2017]

This research investigates how people interact in their shared work kitchens. We have all had experiences where someone takes the milk that is not theirs, food goes missing, or there is a mess on the sink that last for days!

I am interested in how these kitchen behaviours reflect the wider social environment in the workplace and if the simple things, like cleaning up after yourself can serve as marker for a healthy and happy workplace.  Anyone who has a shared kitchen or eating area in their workplace is invited to take part in this survey - regardless of the number of people in your workplace (from at least 2 to many more), your position in the work hierarchy, or how many hours you work each week.

The survey has been approved by the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Ethics Committee (A/15/772) and it will only take about 15 minutes to complete, although you can opt out at any time if you find you don’t want to finish it. To have the widest understanding of different people’s experiences, you can share this email with others that you know who would like to take part as well. 

Contact details:

Dr Prudence Millear

Lecturer in Psychology, University of the Sunshine Coast

E: pmillear@usc.edu.au

T: 07 5430 1243

 

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.

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