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

Bulls Eye! When parents are targeted: Parental alienation

[posted 29 July 2014; closes 14 August 2015]

Researchers at the University of Tasmania are interested in investigating the experiences and characteristics of parents aged 18-60 years who are currently alienated from their child/children after separation or divorce. The survey takes approximately 45 minutes to complete and the results will go towards enhancing this under-researched area in hope of understanding the targeted parent's experiences to better assist them in the future. It is completely anonymous. The research is being undertaken as a partial fulfilment of a Masters of Psychology degree for Sian Balmer, while supervised under Dr Mandy Matthewson.

Respondents can contact Sian Balmer via email (sbalmer@utas.edu.au) for further information about the research project. 

 

Validating a measure of worldviews

[posted 15 July 2015; closes 3 November 2015]

The main aim of this study is to validate a new measure of worldview belief systems: metaphysical, physical, and agnostic. The study also aims to develop a measure for worldview functionality. Both of these aims are important for investigating how worldview beliefs might relate to well-being, something that has consequences for therapeutic practice.

The study is a voluntary on-line survey, which will take about 30 minutes. You don't need to have any specific beliefs to participate; we are looking for as many different opinions as possible. You will be asked questions about your attitudes and experiences relating to spirituality, mysticism, science, and beliefs about the universe. There will also be some questions about your personality. All of your answers will be anonymous and confidential.

For queries about this study, please contact the researcher directly: Oliver Holmes, oholmes@swin.edu.au

Exploring mental health professionals’wellbeing (burnout, physical health and engagement) and participation in healthy behaviours, workplace belongingness and psychological capital.

[posted 13 July 2015; closes 31 August 2015]

There is increasing interest in preventing ill-health and protecting employees by promoting healthy lifestyle behaviour, self care and colleague support. We are seeking participation from Mental Health Professionals who are employed by organisations to work with clients with mental illness.

Participation involves completing an anonymous online questionnaire. After completing the questionnaire, participants are able to provide their contact details (separate from their questionnaire responses) to go into the draw for one of three $50 Coles/Myers vouchers. The online survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Aanonymous online research questionnaire.

This study is being undertaken by Lisa Johnson as part of her Masters of Organisational Psychology degree at Griffith University and is supervised by Professor Paula Brough.

Lisa Johnson Email: lisa.johnson7@griffithuni.edu.au for a copy of the results summary or research supervisor Paula Brough Email: p.brough@griffith.edu.au TEL: +61 7 3735 3378.

Ethics approval number: PSY/83/15/HREC

The diagnostic decision making processes of clinicians when assessing children for psychological disorders

[posted 13 July 2015; closes 1 December 2016]

We invite psychologists registered with AHPRA (either provisionally or fully) to participate in two brief online surveys (approximately 5-10 minutes each) exploring diagnostic decision-making processes used by clinicians when they are assessing children for psychological disorders.  Participation involves providing your diagnostic opinion on two case-study vignettes that will help us to understand how and why clinicians come to diagnostic decisions. 

The surveys are completed two weeks apart and are de-identified to ensure participant anonymity. Please note that you do not need to have experience working in the area of child and adolescent psychology in order to participate.  We anticipate that the findings will inform practice and we thank you for considering our study.

If you would like to participate in this study, please go to:
http://www.deakin.edu.au/psychology/research/diagnostic_decision_making/

 

If you would like more information on this study, please contact the research team at dg_study@deakin.edu.au or the principle researcher:
Merrilyn Hooley, PhD.
E. merrilyn.hooley@deakin.edu.au
Supervisors: Dr Merrilyn Hooley and Professor Jane McGillivray
Student researcher: David H. Demmer BPsych(Hons) Doctorate of Psychology (Clinical) Candidate, Deakin University

This project has received ethics approval from Deakin University: 201_2014

Psychologist attitudes towards Complementary Alternative Therapies (CAT)

[posted 13 July 2015; closes 31 August 2015]

Over the past 10 years the reported use of complementary and alternative therapies has increased internationally and within Australia (Australian Bureau of Statistics [ABS], 2003). Research has focussed to date on the impact that complementary alternative therapies have had on the medical fraternity.

The increase of complementary therapy use has also impacted psychological services with many depressed and anxious clients using various complementary therapies as an alternative or adjunct to traditional psychotherapy (Page, Jones, & Wilson, 2004).

The purpose of this research is to gain a better understanding of current attitudes that psychologists hold towards complementary therapies in professional practice, in the context of clients increasing use of Complementary Alternative Therapy. 

This survey is voluntary, anonymous and takes 15 minutes to complete.

This study has been approved by the Charles Sturt Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) ethics approval number #100/2015/99.

For further information regarding this study please contact:

Simone Vines (Student), Dr Karl Wiener (Supervisor)

admin@cwestpsych.com

Please click on the link to access the survey. If you experience problems with the link please use Chrome as the browser or copy and paste the link straight into the browser address section, which should resolve the issue.

https://www.surveymo​nkey.com/r/9HQS8GC

Thank you for your time.

Interprofessional clinical decision making for collaborative practice research participation opportunity

[posted 30 June 2015; closes 31 October 2015]

Working collaboratively within interprofessional environments is paramount to successful intervention planning for patient care.  The aim of this survey research is to examine medical and health professionals’ clinical reasoning capabilities, and to improve interprofessional collaboration.  Please see the link below to conduct the survey.  This survey should only take up to 25 minutes to complete.

https://prodsurvey.rcs.griffith.edu.au/prodls190/index.php?sid=99265&lang=en

 

For further queries please email michelle.parker-tomlin@griffithuni.edu.au

Relationship between natural environment and well-being

[posted 30 June 2015; closes 30 Septembert 2015]

Are you interested in the role of nature in well-being? 

I invite you to participate in a brief online survey.  My name is Elizabeth McAllister and I am conducting research as part of my Honours degree in Psychology at the School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences at the University of New England.  My supervisor is Dr Navjot Bhullar.

I am looking for participants who are over 18 and live in Australia. I would very much appreciate your participation.

The research aims to explore the relationship between natural environments and well-being. Participation involves completing a 15-20 minute online survey, including watching a short video.

Participation is completely anonymous. Your name will not be collected and no individual will be identified in any publication of the results. This project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of New England (Approval Number HE15-129, Valid to 29 April 2016).

If you have any questions about this research please contact me  at emcallis@myune.edu.au

If you would like to participate, please click on the link below to start the survey:
http://tinyurl.com/wellbeing-research

 

Thank you for your participation!
Elizabeth McAllister

Knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) of psychologists working with visually impaired persons

[posted 18 June 2015; closes 31 October 2015]

This qualitative research project constitutes part of the course requirements for an Honours degree in Psychology under the supervision of Professor Anna Chur-Hansen, PhD, Head of School. I am seeking participants to interview for my study. Your one-hour contribution to the research body and my thesis will be greatly appreciated.

The study aims to:

  1. explore the knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) identified by psychologists as necessary or desirable for working with visually impaired persons; 
  2. explore the differences in competency when working with sighted versus non-sighted clients; and 
  3. explore any disadvantages faced by visually impaired persons when seeking psychological treatment.

Participants must be: 

  • English-fluent registered psychologist living and working in Australia who have, at some point in their career – either presently or historically – worked with a client who is visually impaired. 
  • Over the age of 18-years.

Thank you for your consideration. If you would like to participate in this study or would like more information, my contact details are:
Email: youngblood.roche@student.adelaide.edu.au
Mobile: 0413 114 904

What does the mental health sector offer people with Autism Spectrum Disorder for their anxiety and depression?

[posted 2 June 2015; closes 31 December 2015]

You are invited to participate in a brief (15 minute) de-identified survey that aims to develop awareness of the clinical services offered to individuals with ASD who experience anxiety and depression. Participation is completely voluntary.

In order to take part in this study you must be a registered mental health practitioner who has direct clinical contact with consumers seeking service for their mental health. If you are working within the public mental health sector, please answer the questions in respect to this area of practice. However, you are still eligible to participate if you are employed within the private sector.

An online version of the survey is available via the link below. Alternatively, a hard copy version of the survey can be mailed to you at your convenience.
http://www.deakin.edu.au/psychology/research/mental_health_practitioners/

 

This study was developed as a part of the Deakin University Master of Clinical Psychology program. If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact the researchers.

Edwina Ford (Student researcher)
Provisional Psychologist
edwinaf@deakin.edu.au

Dr. Mark Stokes (Principal researcher)
Associate Professor
mark.stokes@deakin.edu.au

Development of culturally appropriate mental health first aid guidelines for non-health trained community-based workers assisting resettled Iraqi refugees

[posted 2 June 2015; closes 15 October 2015]

This study will aim to explore what culturally appropriate mental health first aid strategies are currently available for assisting Iraqi refugees in mental health crises or in the development of mental health problems and which of these are considered by experts in the field to be the most appropriate strategies for assisting this vulnerable group.  This involves identifying and recruiting experts to rate the importance of action statements on how to provide culturally appropriate mental health first aid to Iraqi refugees by community-based workers by utilising a Delphi consensus technique.

The participant panel will be composed by professionals with expertise on refugee mental health.

Participants of this panel will be required to meet an inclusion criteria:  to be qualified as a psychologist, social worker, psychiatrist or general practitioner; and have worked in refugee mental health PT or FT for at least 4 years. Additionally, another desirable but not essential criteria, will be to have experience with working with Iraqi refugees and their common mental health presentations.

Statements that achieve substantial consensus regarding their importance will then be considered the recommended actions, which non-health trained community-based workers should take. These guidelines will provide the basis for developing a cultural adaptation of the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training course for non-health trained community-based workers interacting with Iraqi refugees.

To preview the online survey please click the link here: Survey link

 

Contact details: M. Gabriela Uribe Email: m.uribe@uws.edu.au Mobile: 0415 709 109 

 

Self-care behaviours in Australian psychologists

[posted 2 June 2015; closes 18 May 2016]

Psychologists have a high risk of psychological distress, burnout and mental illness.  They are vulnerable to elevated levels of stress due to the demands of their profession and occupational hazards. Psychologists also experience the same types of personal life event stressors as the general public.

Poor management of stress can lead to impairment, and by not addressing these issues, serious personal and ethical implications can arise. To promote and maintain competent functioning, psychologists need to engage in self-care behaviours e.g. a balanced diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep, mindfulness-based activities and personal therapy. However little is known about self-care practices among practicing Australian psychologists.

This project therefore, intends to investigate how Australian psychologists use self-care to manage the current demands of their profession. The aim is to build greater understanding and awareness of the issue, with an ultimate goal of prevention and help.

All registered psychologists are invited to participate by clicking on this survey link : https://rmit.asia.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6rRcguKjXSuxH5r

 

If have any questions about this project or if you require additional plain language statements please contact Dr Mirella Di Benedetto on 9925 3019, email mirella.dibenedetto@.rmit.edu.au.

Parent-Child Relationships: The role of love attitudes on attachment, psychological adjustment and resiliency

[posted 7 May 2015; closes 31 December 2015]

The parent-child relationship is important to children and adults throughout the life course, with negative experiences within the family context reported to predispose individuals to the development of various emotional, behavioural and social impairments.  Previous studies into the parent-child relationship have been based on different theoretical perspectives about parent-child relationships during infancy and early childhood (e.g. attachment and parenting-styles), however, little is known about the developmental correlates of attachment disorganisation in middle childhood and the resulting impact on the psychological adjustment of the child.  Further, no research currently exist to explore the potential role that love attitudes play in attachment and positive parent-child relationships during middle childhood. 

The present study aims to use a novel approach of exploring whether the way parents and children express and receive love impacts on the quality of their relationship and consequently on the adjustment of the child.

Criteria for inclusion in this study include:

  • A child (boys and girls) aged between 4 to 9 years
  • Availability of one parent / caregiver
  • Availability of up to 45 minutes to complete the online survey package (approx. 30 mins for parent/caregiver responses and 15 minutes for child responses)

Participation in this study is completely voluntary and anonymous. 

To participate in the survey, please head to www.loveattitudes.com

 

The research is being conducted by PhD student Rebecca Mailli (rebecca.mailli@student.bond.edu.au) under the supervision of Dr Peta Stapleton (pstaplet@bond.edu.au), School Psychology, Bond University, Gold Coast.

Profiling the early maladaptive schemas, schema modes, and eating disorder behaviours in eating disorder subgroups

[posted 21 April 2015; closes 1 April 2016]

Eating disorders (EDs) such as Anorexia Nervosa (AN), Bulimia Nervosa (BN), and Binge Eating Disorder (BED) are associated with severe psychological and physiological impacts, and represent a significant and escalating problem in community health. In the past two decades, a myriad of treatments have been developed for EDs and while these show varying degrees of evidence-based support, none are universally effective for all eating disorders or clients. Given this, there is a need to better understand those psychological factors that underpin ED behaviours. 

Schema Therapy was initially developed to treat personality dysfunction, but has increasingly been used with other complex psychiatric disorders. Cross-sectional research in adults confirms the presence of Early Maladaptive Schemas (EMSs) in individuals with EDs as well as the association of schema and binge eating and depression. The concept of schema mode (SM) is relatively new, but its use in clinical practice has grown rapidly, due to its utility in overcoming clinical difficulties in individuals with PDs. SMs reflect the combination of schemas and coping strategies active for an individual at any point in time and account for rapid changes in emotional state and behaviour linked to emotional instability.

This study aims to examine the association among EMSs, SMs and specific ED behaviours in individuals with EDs. Using an online survey, participants will be assessed for eating disorder by an online diagnostic screening tool. Those meeting this criteria will compete an online survey of psychological measures.

We are seeking adult females and males who self identified as suffering an eating disorder.

The survey can be accessed at:
http://www.deakin.edu.au/psychology/research/queenie_wu

 

For further information please contact Jinyuan (Queenie) Wu
wjiny@deakin.edu.au

Therapist mindfulness and its links to awareness, courage, love, and compassion

[posted 21 April 2015; closes 31 October 2015]

Researchers at Curtin University are seeking mental health practitioners (counselors, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers etc.) to complete a short (15 minute) on-line survey to investigate the relationship between mindfulness and the attributes of awareness, courage, love, and compassion. Participants can enter a draw to win one of two $100 Amazon vouchers. The survey includes questions relating to the use of mindfulness-based therapies, but please note you do NOT need to be currently using mindfulness-based therapies or have a history of using these therapies to be eligible. 

Please click the following link to be taken to the survey:
https://curtin.asia.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8piHObPB5jWO7vT

 

For more information regarding this study please contact
Trevor Mazzuchelli - trevor.mazzucchelli@curtin.edu.au

A psychological and behavioural profile of successful weight maintenance

[posted 20 March 2015; closes 31 December 2015]

It is widely acknowledged that globally obesity is rising at an alarming rate, and much research attention has focused on programs, strategies and public health campaigns aimed at assisting people to reduce weight.  However, the literature has identified that only 20% of people who lose weight through dieting maintain this weight loss for more than 12 months.

Research indicates the more time that elapses between the end of a diet and follow-up, the more weight is regained. This coupled with the psychological effects of remaining overweight/obese (e.g. low self-esteem) highlights a crucial need: to ascertain why people regain weight after significant loss, and determine the resources and traits needed to stay weight-maintained after weight loss.  We are surveying 3 groups of people:

  • Those who have lost at least 10% of their maximum body weight for 12 months or longer, and maintained this weight loss
  • Those who have lost at least 10% of their maximum body weight for 12 months or longer, and NOT maintained this weight loss
  • Adults who do not have a weight issue – you would be a normal weight and typically stay the same no matter what you do

This survey is anonymous and will take 20 minutes to complete.

To access the survey please click on the following link: https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=164643

 

For further information about this study please contact pstaplet@bond.edu.au

Exploration of therapists' experiences working with male perpetrators of domestic violence

[posted 20 March 2015; closes 31 August 2015]

Are you a psychologist, counsellor, psychotherapist or social worker with two years or more experience in working with male clients in the area of domestic violence? This study is inviting you to partake in an interview to share your experiences in a 60 minute interview at a time and place that is convenient for you.

This study specifically aims to gain insight into therapists’ understanding of domestic violence and male perpetrators. Domestic violence presents in a variety of different forms from physical violence to sexual violence, intimidation, threats, emotional abuse, isolation, stalking, financial abuse, and spiritual abuse. This study aims to explore different themes gathered from therapists’ experiences which can reveal greater understanding regarding the nature of domestic violence, male perpetrators and how therapists understanding may influences the way they practice and work with male perpetrators. Your participation and discussions surrounding domestic violence and male perpetrators of domestic violence may lead to recommendations for best practice with this specific client group as well as identifying needs for further training.

If you would like further information and/or wish to participate in this research, please do not hesitate to contact Nicholas Lay at nklay1@student.monash.edu

An exploration of factors influencing adjustment to residential care in dementia

[posted 2 March 2015; closes 1 September 2015]

This research project aims to determine the key factors influencing adjustment of individuals with dementia following transition to residential care. 

Admission to residential care has been linked to increased risk of depression and agitation, as well as decreases in cognition in persons with dementia (PWD), yet very little is known about what facilitates positive adjustment following this transition. This study asks residents to reflect on and rate various aspects of their lives and their transition to residential aged care, including autonomy or self-perceived degree of choice; relocation controllability; social support; subjective physical health; and ability to engage in independent activities of daily living.

This study also seeks to explore the extent to which each of these factors influence relocation adjustment in persons with dementia. The identification of factors that facilitate positive adjustment will allow for specific, targeted intervention to assist those individuals who may be at greater risk of poor adjustment to more effectively transition to residential care.

It is expected to benefit the wider community of people with dementia and their carers by helping to improve the transition into residential care in the future and through maintenance or improvement of the quality of care of residents following transition.

To participate in the study or for further information please contact Hayley Caulfield on 0400 597 020 or email hacau1@student.monash.edu.

 

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

Turnover intention and job embeddedness in the Australian Psychology Workforce

[posted 16 December 2014; closes 31 December 2015]

The intention to leave one's employer is referred to as turnover, and there has been recent interest in what factors are important when considering turnover intentions for psychologists. The aim of our research is to investigate the contributing factors of turnover and occupational attrition within psychologists, as this will allow us to identify which areas of being employed as a psychologist are most important in professional retention.  To do this, we need psychologists to take our very brief survey, which will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

If you are a psychologist working for an employer, we invite you to take part in this research by completing an online questionnaire asking questions about the satisfaction and sacrifices incurred as part of your job, factors related to stress relevant to your work, and aspects related to turnover from your employer / psychology as a profession.
Although participation in this research will not benefit you directly, the information provided will help in furthering our understanding of turnover and attrition within psychologists, and which factors are important when considering this area.

Participation in the study is entirely voluntary, and a link to the participant information sheet and study is available here: https://curtin.asia.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3axMTIFCYOLAUEB

 

If you have any questions before, during or after the survey, please contact: 
Dr Brody Heritage - B.Heritage@curtin.edu.au
A/Prof Lynne Roberts - Lynne.Roberts@curtin.edu.au
Dr Trevor Mazzucchelli - Trevor.Mazzucchelli@curtin.edu.au

 

Factors associated with emotional wellbeing in parents and stepparents

[posted 2 December 2014; closes 30 September 2015]

Researchers at the University of Sydney are conducting a survey investigating the factors related to emotional wellbeing in parents and their partners. It is hoped that this research will lead to the development of programs which aim to provide emotional support specifically to parents who experience emotional difficulties. 

You are suitable for this study if:

  1. You live in Australia
  2. You are aged 18 years  or over
  3. You have been in a committed relationship for at least one year
  4. You OR your partner have at least one child under the age of 18 years

Participation in this study is voluntary and involves completing an anonymous online survey (approx. 20-30 mins). You will be asked questions about your emotional health, parenting experiences, your opinions about parenting, and demographic details.

By completing this survey you will have the opportunity to win one of three $100 Westfield Shopping Centre gift vouchers.

This study has been approved by Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of Sydney (approval # 2014/158).

If you would like to participate in the study please follow this link to the survey  

 

If you have any questions you may contact Danielle Bargh: dbargh@uni.sydney.edu.au  (Clinical Psychology Doctorate student) or Dr. Marianna Szabo (Supervisor): 02 9351 5147; marianna.szabo@sydney.edu.au .

Attitudes toward depression and treatment options among Australians with a chronic illness

[posted 2 December 2014; closes 31 August 2015]

Do you have a chronic illness?

Around 50% of individuals with depression do not seek professional help. It is suggested that patients’ attitudes prevent them from seeking help. Research also shows that beliefs in biological causes of depression to be correlated with confidence in pharmacological treatments and seeking professional help, while those who believe that depression is caused by social, environmental factors specifically stressors were more likely to prefer self-help and non-pharmacological treatments. Furthermore, of those who seek help, a mismatch between preference for treatments and the offered treatment by health professional results in higher attrition rates and attending fewer than expected visits. 

This study aims is to examine the relationship among attitudes towards depression, beliefs about what causes depression and their influence in predicting the kind of treatments individuals are likely to accept and adhere to among Australian with a chronic illness.

I would highly appreciate it if you can distribute this web link to any adult friends, family or colleagues with sufficient knowledge of the English language who may have a chronic illness.

Web link to the online survey:
https://rmit.asia.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cFIHNr2j0vs5OxT

 

If have any questions about this project or if you require additional plain language statements please contact Dr Mirella Di Benedetto on 03 9925 3019 or email mirella.dibenedetto@.rmit.edu.au.

 

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.

Parental grief and sibling suicide bereavement outcomes

[posted 14 July 2014; closes 30 Sept 2015]

Suicide is a major public health problem.  The impact of losing a sibling by suicide on the increased risk of psychopathology and suicide for remaining siblings, ‘the forgotten mourners’ has been largely overlooked.

Our aim is to learn more about the grieving process, its impact on family relationships and bereavement outcomes. Factors involved in the development of complex grief will be explored as they relate to parental communications and connectedness with surviving children and the family's ability to make sense of the suicide death.

We are seeking participants 18 years of age or older who have lost a brother, sister or child younger than 20 years of age to suicide, in the past 5 years. 

Participants may complete a detailed online questionnaire or arrange a confidential interview, in person or by phone.  Online questionnaires may take up to an hour to complete. Semi-structured interviews can be arranged at the participant’s convenience and are expected to be completed in approximately 2 hours.

Participants may choose to enter a prize draw for $100 JB-HiFi or $100 Ticketek voucher.

If you would like further information, or to participate in this study please contact Liz Adams on 0402692755 or via email at: Elizabeth.adams@griffithuni.edu.au for a link to an online survey or to make an appointment for a private interview

Parents who prefer to share their story anonymously can click onto an online survey link here.

Siblings who prefer to share their story anonymously can click onto an online survey at this link

Identifying genes that contribute to anorexia nervosa

[posted 15 May 2014; closes 31 October 2015]

The Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative (ANGI) study needs more participants to search for the genes behind anorexia nervosa. We have 600 and need 600 more.

 

If you have ever suffered from anorexia in your lifetime, please go to https://angi.qimr.edu.au/ and complete the survey.

 

Those eligible will be asked to provide a blood sample, from which we can analyse DNA markers and look for the genes predisposing anorexia. Anyone across Australia, of any age, is able to participate. We encourage you to pass information about this study on through your networks.
If you need further information, please email the ANGI team at angi@qimr.edu.au or call 1800 257 179.

Intensive treatment of paediatric OCD: Improving access and outcomes

[posted 22 April 2014; closes 1 Jan 2017]

Dr Lara Farrell and her team at Griffith University, Gold Coast and Mt Gravatt, are conducting a study that seeks to determine whether D-Cycloserine enhances the effectiveness of an intensive cognitive-behavioural treatment (CBT) for children and youth (ages 7 – 17 years) who experience obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

 Another aim of the study is to examine whether D-Cycloserine works best when given either before or after CBT.

The study also aims to explore important cognitive or thinking mechanisms in children and parents/guardians that may be associated with the development and maintenance of this anxiety disorder.

Eligible participants will receive a comprehensive assessment, including psychiatric review, in addition to 3 x intensive therapy sessions followed by weekly follow up sessions for 1 month after treatment.

For more information, or if you would like to refer at client please contact us on (07) 5552 8317 or ocdbustersgc@griffith.edu.au.

The study is supported by the National Health and Medical Research Committee and has received ethical approval from Griffith University (GU Ref No: PSY/A4/13/HREC).

Understanding the relationship between attachment style, relationship satisfaction, illness behaviour, and psychological distress in couples

[posted 3 February 2014; closes 25 November 2015]

This research investigation is examining the relationship between adult attachment styles, relationship satisfaction, illness behaviours, and psychological distress in couples. Most of the previous work in this area has focused on individuals. Very few studies have sought to determine the relationship between attachment style, relationship satisfaction, illness behaviour, and psychological distress among couples, and how they might interact within the dyadic structure. You must be aged between 25 and 65 years, and currently in a couple relationship - both partners would need to be willing to be involved. 

 The questionnaire should take approximately 30-35 minutes to complete and can be found here: https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=158321.

 

For further information about the study, please contact Assistant Professor Peta Stapleton at pstaplet@bond.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

Fluoxetine for the treatment of autistic repetitive behaviours (FAB Trial)

[posted 8 Nov 2013; closes 31 October 2015]

This study investigates the efficacy of low dose Fluoxetine on restricted, repetitive and stereotyped behaviours.

Repetitive behaviours (e.g., stereotypies, routines and rituals) among children with autism are typically associated with high levels of anxiety and self-injury. The use of off-the-label medications such as Fluoxetine (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor - SSRI) is increasingly common in Australia and overseas to reduce the severity of these repetitive behaviours. The FAB Trial is a large clinical study and outcomes will provide evidence for the safety and efficacy of Fluoxetine in children with autism, so to influence clinical guidelines and informed decision-making regarding treatment options for families affected by autism. 

This is a multi-site randomised controlled trial of Fluoxetine versus placebo, funded by the NHMRC.

Participants undergo pre and post treatment cognitive and behavioural assessments then are closely monitored for therapeutic effects over 22 weeks.

Eligibility: Patients between the ages of 7.5 and 17 years with a provisional or confirmed diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Exclusion Criteria: Patients must not:

  • Be on any psychotropic medication, MAOI’s or antidepressants 6 weeks prior to the trial
  • Have a known diagnosis of Rett’s Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Major Depression or Schizophrenia
  • Have concurrent/comorbid significant medical conditions such as unstable seizures.

For more information, or to request participation, please contact one of the following:

Online video game use problems and disorders in adults – conceptualisation, assessment and relationship with psychopathology

[posted 6 November 2013; closes 31 December 2015]

Online video games are an increasingly popular form of entertainment, however, excessive use has been associated with significant impairment in occupational, educational, social, family and interpersonal functioning, as well as various physical problems.

The present study aims to investigate problems associated with video game use. Adults who identify as having problems associated with online video game use are invited to participate in the study and should call 02 47342581 for further information.  After an initial telephone interview to determine suitability for the study, eligible participants will be forwarded the Participant Information Sheet and Consent Form together with a set of online questionnaires which will need to be completed.  Participants will also be required to attend an interview with one of the study investigators after completion of the online questionnaires.

CONTACT NUMBER: (02) 4734 2581 OR (02) 4734 2585
CONTACT NAME: Ms Mani Viswasam
Email address: Mani.Viswasam@swahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Using computers to help mental health concerns: What are your thoughts on computers as an extra set of hands?

[posted 30 July 2012; closes 31 March 2016]

Computerised and online interventions are an exciting and innovative progression developed to provide alternative options for people with mental health concerns who are hesitant or unable to attend face-to-face therapy or counselling. But what do professionals working with these populations really think about computer and online therapy?

As a team of researchers from the University of Southern Queensland and Griffith University we are seeking professionals Australia-wide (e.g. psychologists, counsellors, guidance officers, nurses, researchers, case workers etc.) who as part of their everyday practice work with children, adolescents, or adults with mental health concerns.

Even if you’ve never used computerised interventions, we want your opinion.

Participation involves a brief survey that asks about your opinions concerning computerised therapy and information regarding either computerised interventions or healthy lifestyle tips. Participants may also be invited to view a very brief demonstration and answer some additional questions. It should take no longer than 20-30 minutes to complete this research.

Interested participants can learn more about the research or register to participate by visiting our website:

http://griffithbbh.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eLKDXqtmhGg6IU5

 

If you are interested in participating, or would like any further information, please contact Caroline Donavan (Griffith supervisor) at c.donovan@griffith.edu.au or Ph (07) 3735 3401  

 

Children’s adaptation to family litigation and interparental conflict: discerning the risks, resources, and coping processes underlying resilience and vulnerability

[posted 12 February 2013; closes 31 December 2015]

This research is seeking participation from separated families, particularly those that have engaged in mediation or litigation in the Federal Magistrates or Family Court of Australia. To participate, children age 9-14 years and one of their parents are asked to complete a 30 minute online questionnaire. Children will also be asked to complete a brief (5 minute) diary for 5 days.

The aim of the study is to determine the factors that assist children to cope with the stress of interparental conflict. In particular, the research seeks to better understand factors that help children cope following family involvement in the Federal Magistrates Court or Family Court of Australia. The study is examining variables associated with children’s competence, coping, and resilience in order to determine the elements that assist or hinder children’s outcomes following stressful events. This research project is specifically designed to assess risk and resilience in children whose parents are engaged in the Australian Courts.

The research is being promoted in psychology services and community organisation that provide services to separated children and their family. If you can assist by displaying posters and flyers about the research in your service, or for further information, please contact susan.rowe@griffithuni.edu.au or (07) 5552 9121.

The research is being conducted by PhD student Susan Rowe under the supervision of Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck (m.zimmer-gembeck@griffith.edu.au) and Doctor Michelle Hood (m.hood@griffith.edu.au), School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Gold Coast.

 

To participate, please go to www.copingsurvey.wix.com/online.

 

The research has approval from the Griffith University Human Research Ethics Committee Ethics Protocol Number PSY/B9/11/HREC, until 2015.

How to add a research project

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