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.
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:
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:
Ph: (02) 9385 0376
WMike Tyrrell, a PhD student at Centre for Remote Health (CRH), a joint campus of Flinders and Charles Darwin Universities at Alice Springs, seeks to develop a) a useful framework for considering health practitioner work motivations and their influence; and b) a health practitioner’s motivations scale.
These are expected to be useful in the career mentoring, recruiting and supporting of especially (but not only) practitioners considering work in the bush, to enhance job satisfaction and retention. The project needs up to 300 practitioner respondents, each from four levels of remoteness - Major City, Regional, Remote and Very Remote. The benefits from responding are listed on page 1 of the survey (link below). The study has been Ethics approved by Flinders’ SBREC (Approval no. 5669); respondents remain anonymous; it takes 20-25 minutes; feedback suggests most enjoy completing it.
|Link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HPMotivation|
The project’s joint principal supervisors are Profs Tim Carey and John Wakerman of CRH Alice Springs. It commenced February 2010 and is due for completion by Feb 2015. For more details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Few studies have investigated the influences of cognitions (thinking style) and emotions (mood and affect) on risk perception and risk attitude. A concept that addresses the cognitive and emotional aspects is the intolerance of uncertainty (IU). IU is a dispositional feature stemming from negative beliefs about uncertainty and its implications, and is associated with the experience of anxiety, fear and distress. Behaviourally, IU increases uncertainty-motivated actions, such as avoidance, as a means of coping with anxious and distressing situations.
The current study investigates how IU, worry, rumination, mood and affect relate to risk perception and risk attitude. Additionally, as IU and risk-avoidance have been identified as possible transdiagnostic vulnerability factors of anxiety pathology, the current study examines how anxiety symptomology relates to risk perception and attitude.
Seeking participants to volunteer 20 to 30 minutes of their time to complete a short anonymous online survey. Participants can claim $5.00 at the completion of the survey.
If you are interested in participating, or would like further information, please contact John Shin: email@example.com
Further details are provided on the first survey page. This research has gained ethics approval from the Australian National University.
|The link to the online survey is: bit.ly/riskanduncertainty|
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:
For more information, or to request participation, please contact one of the following:
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
This study aims to compare individuals who have suffered bullying at work and returned (within 3 months) with bullied workers who have been unable to return to work within 3 months. A Control Group of individuals who have not suffered bullying will also be recruited. These three groups (or six counting gender) will be compared on the basis of personality variables to see if these stable traits can predict ability to return to work within 3 months following a workplace bullying incident.
If you have any questions about this research please contact Adam Patrech by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on (02) 6658 5979.
You may also contact my supervisor, Dr Debra Dunstan, who can be contacted at email@example.com or 02 6773 3764.
To access the survey please go to:
Many people who struggle with suicidality do not seek help. There is currently a paucity of studies investigating web-based unguided mental health interventions for suicidal ideation, as patients with suicidal ideation have routinely been excluded in trials of internet-based treatments. Self-help can be effectively delivered through the Internet, with unguided self-help having the advantage of being able to be delivered to a large number of people at relatively low cost, with increased convenience, accessibility and anonymity for users.
The Black Dog Institute, in collaboration with ANU, are currently recruiting for a ground-breaking trial of web-based treatment for suicide prevention. This trial, ‘The Health Thinking Study’, will recruit adults aged 18-64 Australia-wide and test the efficacy of a 6-week fully-automated web-based program for suicidal thoughts. The main goal of the intervention program is to help participants decrease the frequency and intensity of their suicidal thoughts via the use of a self-help program. Improvement in suicidality (as measured by suicidal ideation, suicide plans and capacity to cope with suicide thoughts) will be associated with improvement in anxiety and depression and other outcomes associated with suicidality such as burdensomeness and rumination.
If you would like to express your interest in this trial, please contact Daniela Solomon, Phone: 02 9382 9274 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also express your interest via the website at: www.blackdoginstitute.org.au
All clinical supervisors in psychology who supervise 4 + 2 and 5 + 1 internship students, professional higher degree placements and registrar programs are invited to participate in this research.
It has been shown that supervisors are a vital element in the training and ongoing support of provisional and registered psychologists, impacting the profession of Psychology as a whole. As a profession it is in our own best interests to support these supervising professionals in their role. The following research aims to reveal how current and potential psychology supervisors can be best supported to aspire to, achieve and maintain board-approved supervisor status?
Participation will involve completing an online survey about your role as a clinical supervisor. All survey data will remain anonymous as no identifying information will be collected. The survey can be accessed directly via the link below and will take approximately 10-15 minutes.www.research.net/s/needanalysis
The research has received ethical clearance, Approval Number: 2013/1171-13
The research is being conducted by Master of Psychology (Clinical) student Karen Fossey under the supervision of Professor Denise Charman, Cairnmillar Institute: email@example.com
This project was designed to train staff in brief motivational interviewing techniques (specifically in relation to healthy eating and physical activity) in organisations from the health and community sector that provide support to at-risk groups. We now wish to compare the trained group to health professionals in the community who have not participated in the training.
|This survey is anonymous and will take 10 minutes to complete For further information about the study or to complete the questionnaire/s please go to: https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=156599.|
The name of the supervisor is: Assistant Professor Peta Stapleton (no students involved) and Elizabeth Scott. Ethical approval has come from Bond University.
If you would like to take part in the research please contact Peta at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This study is being conducted to explore the impact of exposure to the traumatic experiences of other people in the course of employment as a psychologist or other employee/volunteers working with survivors of trauma. This study is focused on understanding the affective, physiological, cognitive and behavioural responses, especially post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms that appear after listening to reports of traumatic experience by one’s clients.
Over the last four decades, some researchers have proposed that there is a “cost of caring” that results from working with people who have experienced trauma. This cost has been described in different ways, but it has been thought to sometimes have a significant impact on a person’s wellbeing. The purpose of this study is to assess whether there is a cost of caring and, if there is, how it presents.
Do you work with clients who have experienced trauma? Have you ever wondered if this has impacted on your personal well-being?
Seeking participants to volunteer 15 minutes of their time to complete a short anonymous 15-20 minute survey.
If you are interested in participating, or would like further information, please contact Jessica Bishop: email@example.com
|The link to the study is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/vicarioustraumatisation-compassionfatigue-or-posttraumaticstressdisorder
Investigator Phyllis Parr, Student (Doctor of Psychology) 0419 485 818
Supervisors: A/prof. Michael Kiernan (02 6338 4169) and Ms Judith Gullifer (02 6338 4572)
Charles Sturt University
RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS NEEDED
In many ways, it is difficult to articulate what the therapeutic alliance construct actually is, perhaps because many of our responses to clients are driven by processes out of our awareness.
We are interested in talking to you about your experiences of the therapeutic alliance.
Involvement in this research includes:
participation in a 60 minute face-to-face interview and a brief follow-up telephone call.
We would love to hear from you if you are:
ALL INTERVIEWS AND INFORMATION WILL REMAIN PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL
This study is part of a student research project.
If you are interested in participating, could you please contact:
Phyllis Parr, on 0419 485 818 or 9571 1234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name is Donna Simpkins and I am conducting a research project with Drs John Roodenburg and Janette Simmonds, who are Senior Lecturers in the School of Psychology (Faculty of Education) towards a combined Master/PhD in Educational and Developmental Psychology at Monash University.
My research is interested in identifying whether people pass through distinct stages as they change their behavior regarding their household energy use. Additionally, I am also looking at whether personality plays a role in this.
I invite you to participate in this study by completing an online survey about your thoughts and feelings regarding your current energy use. A second survey looks at your personality profile and gives you a brief summary of your profile across five dimensions of personality.
Each questionnaire will only take about 15 -20 minutes of your time.
You are not required to provide any identifying information and only group data will be analyzed and reported.
If you have any further questions about this project please contact the primary researcher, Donna Simpkins, email: email@example.com. Thank you for your consideration.
During their career, psychologists may encounter clients who pose a risk of being violent or aggressive toward others. We are seeking to interview psychologists registered within Australia who have previously worked with at least one person perceived to have had a potential risk of violence. This interview will explore how psychologists recognise, identify and assess violence risk.
We are interested in the views of a wide range of psychologists. By participating in this research you will have the opportunity to reflect on your practice and contribute to research seeking to improve the understanding of psychologists’ responses to violence risk.
Participation in this study will involve completing a short demographic questionnaire and being interviewed either face-to-face or via telephone for approximately 25-45 minutes. Interviews will be audio-recorded and held at a convenient time and location. To protect their confidentiality, participants will not be identified by name or place of employment on any project reports.
If you are interested in participating or have any further enquiries, please contact Damien Khaw: firstname.lastname@example.org
This research is being conducted for a Doctor of Philosophy degree under the supervision of A/Prof. Ann Knowles and Dr. Sunil Bhar. It has received approval from the Swinburne University Human Research Ethics Committee (SUHREC Project 2011/211).
This project will investigate the attitudes toward online therapy, and factors that may influence people’s perceptions and engagement of online psychological supports. In particular the research will explore the effects of personality factors and social networking usage on perceptions of, and likelihood to engage in, online psychological therapy.
If you would like to participate in this study, we will ask you to complete an online questionnaire which will ask you to respond to questions relating to your general wellbeing and quality of life, mood and stress, internet usage, social interactions and personality features and attitudes towards online counselling. We will also ask you basic demographic data as well as previous help seeking behaviours. The survey is expected to take no longer than half an hour to complete.
|The survey can be accessed here: http://www.psychsurveys.org/onlinetherapyatt/onlinetherapyattitudes.|
For further information on this research, please contact Amy Coe (email@example.com).
Work stress costs the Australian economy $14 billion annually in lost productivity and treatment costs (Medibank Private, 2008). Employees with work stress have 50 per cent more risk for developing cardiovascular heart disease (Kivimaki et al., 2006).
In this project, researchers from UQ and QUT examine the impact of daily work stressors on physiological stress and recovery at both work and at home. Moreover, whether particular recovery activities in the evening (e.g. creative pursuits, volunteering, or physical activity) mitigate the negative impact of work stressors. This project is a one-week diary study where participants wear a portable ECG monitor.
This study will help find ways for people to cope better with day-to-day stress, providing insight on how to protect individuals from the longer-term damage caused by unrelenting work stress.
Individuals meeting all of the following criteria are invited to participate:
Participants of this research will receive feedback on their ECG recording and the chance to win one of two $500 gift cards.
I am researching separation anxiety in kindergarten children across Australia, and how this predicts anxiety when children enter school. I am looking for parents of ‘kindy’ children who are interested in participating by completing a short online questionnaire.
As you might know, separation anxiety is quite common in the kindergarten age group and these children are more likely to develop anxiety later on in life. What I am trying to find is how parents think about their ‘kindy’ child’s separation anxiety and whether this is important to their child’s future anxiety when they go into full-time school next year. The study requires parents to complete a short on-line survey (about 10 mins) now and then again in one year’s time when their child enters full-time school.
If you know of any interested parents, please pass on the following link to the survey: http://tinyurl.com/kindykids.
This research is being conducted by Susan Smith, supervised by Assoc Prof Jeneva Ohan, for a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
For further information on this project, please contact Susan Smith on (08) 6488 2644 or emai firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are seeking psychologists who work with people with intellectual disabilities to take part in a national survey. Participation involves completion of an anonymous survey investigating current professional attitudes and practices when working with this specialist population. Information gathered from this study will contribute to providing information on the current state of mental health service provision for adults with intellectual disabilities in Australia, and will provide direction regarding specific training needs for psychologists working in this specialist population.
The on-line survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and can be accessed at https://macquariehs.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_ex72A4Kh7IKu6Cp.
For further information, please contact Joyce Man at email@example.com.
The purpose of this study is to investigate the prevalence and utilization pattern of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) amongst Australian, British and American registered psychologists. It is of particular interest to see whether Psychologists are also professionally trained in a CAM speciality. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a category of diverse medical and healthcare systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered as part of conventional medicine and has been defined by the Cochrane Collaboration as “a broad domain of healing resources that encompasses all health systems, modalities, and practices and their accompanying theories and beliefs other than those intrinsic to the politically dominant health systems of a particular society or culture in a given historical period”. This survey is anonymous and will take 10-15 minutes to complete.
|The survey can be accessed by the following link: https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=155202|
This research is being conducted by Assistant Professor Peta Stapleton (Bond University); please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
This online research study is investigating vicarious posttraumatic growth; the development of positive outcomes arising from indirect exposure to trauma. The study is being conducted by David Younger, a student at Charles Sturt University, New South Wales, in the Master of Psychology (Clinical) course. I would be very grateful if you could spare 20 minutes to partake in this short survey.
Participation in this study is completely voluntary and the completed surveys are entirely anonymous. Only my supervisor and I will have access to the results of this online survey, but we will not have access to the source of the information (i.e. your name remains entirely confidential).
If you are willing to become involved in this research please follow the link below. It will take you to a more detailed information sheet and a questionnaire set. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CWK78NC
Currently, there is around 40 years of research literature documenting the harm that can be caused to children from witnessing or experiencing domestic violence (DV). Exposure to DV can result in neurophysiological changes that affect childhood learning and development, and is often associated with elevated scores on measures of externalizing and internalizing behaviours. Despite the potential impacts of DV, relatively little instruction concerning this issue is included in most professional training programmes for people (clinical psychologists or legal officers) likely to engage with victims of DV during the family court process.
Psychologists who are currently involved (within the last 12 months) in assessing families during the Family Court Process are invited to participate in an anonymous online survey to examine their attitudes towards and understanding of DV, and their experiences in dealing with DV cases, and how these may influence residence and contact recommendations. If you would like any further information, please contact Donna Roberts on Ph: 08 8313 0461 or email: email@example.com The supervisors for this project are A/Prof Paul Delfabbro and Dr Peter Chamberlain.
|You may access this survey at the online survey link:
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:
If you are interested in participating, or would like any further information, please contact Caroline Donavan (Griffith supervisor) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ph (07) 3735 3401
[posted 5 July 2013; closes 9 March 2014]
This research will explore the association between coping style, compassion fatigue and posttraumatic growth in psychologists following client death by suicide.
By identifying the coping processes that may facilitate or inhibit psychological healing, it is hoped that psychologist training and postvention can be designed and delivered to provide support for this suicide survivor group.
If you are a psychologist registered in Australia who has experienced, while provisionally or fully registered, the death by suicide of one or more of your clients, you are invited to participate in this study. Your responses will be confidential, as no identifying information will be collected.
Janine Brooks is conducting this project as part of the requirements for her Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree at the Charles Sturt University. She can be reached on 0409 312 698, or her supervisor, Dr Aine McGovern, on (02) 6933 2476.
Charles Sturt University’s Human Research Ethics Committee has approved this project (Approval: 2013/059).
Participation requires you to complete a demographics questionnaire and three brief surveys in one sitting. This should take approximately 15 - 20 minutes of your time.
To access the survey online, please follow the link below: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CGRY7KF
[posted 3 June 2013; closes 13 December 2013]
Investigators at the Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre (BPsyC) at Swinburne University are seeking both people diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and healthy volunteers without GAD, to participate in a brain imaging study that will investigate the brain activity associated with anxiety.
Participants who fulfill the inclusion criteria will be asked to complete a psychological assessment and participate in four short brain imaging recordings in a magnetoencephalography (MEG) machine (totalling 40 minutes) and a 5 to 10 minute structural MRI scan. MEG is a non-invasive method that records the weak magnetic fields produced by the brain using a large set of sensors suspended over the participants head in a specially shielded room. MRI is also a non-invasive method that can be used to image the structure of the brain.
To participate in this research, or to seek further information, please contact Mr Kaelasha Tyler (email@example.com).
[posted 14 June 2013; closes 31 May 2014]
We are interested in how psychologists manage their own emotions when working with individuals or groups, and which aspects of their work, training or support mechanisms are most effective for well-being. Specifically we are interested in how you express and manage emotion when interacting with clients, how you deal with the emotions of clients, and the effects these aspects of your role have on your well-being, including how well supported you feel from your organisation, supervisors, peers or others.
If you are a psychologist registered in Australia and currently working directly with individuals or groups, you can assist in this research by completing an anonymous on line survey, which consists of questions relating to how you manage emotion during your interactions with clients. The survey will take between 10-15 minutes to complete.
If you are happy to participate in this study, please click on the link below to access the survey. Please note, by doing this, you are consenting to participate. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/emotional_labour
The data will be collated and analysed to determine the types and extent of emotional engagement that is used by practicing psychologists as well as the sort of support mechanisms that are reported as most useful.
This study has been approved by the Murdoch University Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval 2013/001). If you would like to discuss any aspect of this study please feel free to contact Associate Professor Pia Broderick on (08) 93602860 or P.Broderick@Murdoch.edu.au
[posted 14 June 2013; closes 30 July 2014]
University of South Australia (UNISA) is undertaking a study on the relationship between core beliefs, stress and burnout in clinical and counselling psychologists. We are particularly interested in the extent to which work schemas and resilience mediate the relationship between work demands experienced by clinical and counselling psychologists and their physical and emotional health.
We believe that the study is potentially of great value to psychologists. Once we have identified the schemas operating in psychologists we plan to offer resilience workshops to enable psychologists to strengthen coping skills.
We are asking you to participate in the study by completing an online questionnaire which can be accessed via this link: http://tinyurl.com/kkbfnfo.
The questionnaire will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and can be completed in several sessions over a 2 week period.
We hope that you will consider your participation in the study as an investment into your personal and professional development.
Should you choose to participate your name will go in the draw to win one of several copies of the book Schema Therapy: A practitioner Guide by Young, Klosko and Weishaar.
This study has been approved by the University of South Australia’s Human Research Ethics Committee. If you would like any additional information about the study, please contact Dr. Susan Simpson (Susan.Simpson @unisa.edu.au).
[posted 14 June 2013; closes 30 December 2013]
Mental health work can potentially have positive and/or negative effects on professionals. Positive effects include the mental health worker feeling positive about being able to help, an experience referred to as compassion satisfaction (Stamm, 2010). They are also at risk of experiencing emotional exhaustion or burnout, symptoms of compassion fatigue (Stamm, 2010). In addition, rural mental health workers may face stressors of professional isolation, work overload and ethical dilemmas unique to their setting (Devine, 2006).
This research aims to examine the experiences of mental health care workers in rural and regional practice in Australia in order to understand their degree of compassion satisfaction and fatigue and to identify factors that may promote greater meaning and satisfaction from the challenges they face.
If you are interested in participating, please access the survey by copying the following link into your browser: http://www.surveymethods.com/EndUser.aspx?DBFF938ADE908A89DC. The questionnaire will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. This study is voluntary and you may withdraw at any time. Confidentiality is assured.
This research is being conducted by Dr Christina Samios and Stacey Thomas from the Department of Psychology at Bond University. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Stacey Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[posted 5 June 2013; closes 1 July 2014]
The Family Accommodation Support program is a new, free program to provide psychoeducation and support to family members of people who experience OCD. There is a considerable body of evidence which acknowledges the difficulty that family members of those who experience OCD have in managing the disease and the impact on quality of life.
The program is run in the evenings over 5 sessions covering the following information;
Each 2 hour session provides psychoeducation and a chance to ask questions about the key topic followed by an opportunity for participants to discuss their experiences of living with OCD.
To participate in the program participants must be over 18 years of age and the person with OCD must also be over 18 years of age. There is no requirement for a formal diagnosis of OCD to have been made for the person experiencing OCD symptoms.
This project has been approved by Swinburne’s Human Research Ethics Committee.
For further details please contact Samantha Beeken at Swinburne on 0457 116 037 or at email@example.com
[posted 6 June 2013; closes 31 March 2014]
Are you a psychologist working in a health setting working with cancer patients? Are you interested in delivering a new intervention for the treatment of fear of cancer recurrence as part of a research project?
Fear of cancer recurrence (FCR) is a significant concern for many cancer survivors yet there are no proven treatments. We are looking for psychologists working in oncology to help deliver a novel manualised-intervention for the treatment of FCR. If you agree to deliver this intervention as part of this research study, your workplace will be reimbursed for the time you spend delivering the intervention. You will be required to deliver the intervention and the comparison treatment to approximately 13 patients in 5 x 45-90 minute sessions delivered weekly/fortnightly over an 18-month data collection.
To be eligible to participate you must:
You will be supported throughout the study by the research team led by Prof Phyllis Butow, together with the Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG). The team consists of experts in psycho-oncology: Jemma Gilchrist, Louise Sharpe, Belinda Thewes, Jane Turner, Afaf Girgis, Melanie Bell, Cathy Mihalopoulos and Jane Beith.
This study would not be possible without skilled psychologists.
If you are interested in being part of this exciting new study and would like more information please contact the study co-ordinators Ben Smith and Joanna Fardell at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 02 9351 4518
[posted 3 June 2013; closes 31 Dec 2013]
Health professionals are invited to take part in an anonymous online survey about your use of online mental health resources with clients. Participation in this survey is optional and more information can be obtained from: http://opinio.online.swin.edu.au/s?s=13957. This survey is being conducted by Dr Jo Abbott (National eTherapy Centre Content Coordinator) and Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology student Robert Bruno. This survey will help inform knowledge about health professionals’ experiences with using (or not using) online mental health resources with their clients.
To take part in this survey please visit: http://opinio.online.swin.edu.au/s?s=13957
For further information you can contact Dr Jo Abbott on (03) 9214 5866 or email@example.com.
[posted 24 May 2013; closes 30 Dec 2013]
There is a high prevalence of distress and depression in adult students and relatively low levels of professional help. Depression has a significant impact on the capacity of students to study and is associated with lower academic performance. This study is investigating levels of depression in adults over 18 years who are currently enrolled in formal study (e.g. TAFE, university, distance, online).
|This survey is asking for general adult community members who are currently studying to complete a brief online questionnaire. The survey can be accessed via this link: https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=154915.|
This study is being conducted by Assistant Professor Peta Stapleton from Bond University and will run until 30 December 2013. For further information about this study, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
[posted 23 May 2013; closes 31 Dec 2013]
Educational and developmental psychologists play an important role in the identification of students with learning disabilities; however a 2009 scoping study commissioned by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations to examine current assessment approaches for children with problems in literacy and numeracy suggested that “the diagnostic tools” in use in Australian schools vary widely (Forster, 2009). In addition, educational and developmental psychologists are divided in relation to the approaches they use for identifying and providing assistance to students with learning disabilities.
Psychologists who undertake assessment of Australian children and young people with literacy and numeracy problems are invited to participate in a study conducted by Dr Linda Gilmore and John Meteyard from Queensland University of Technology, which aims to: 1) ascertain which approaches are most commonly used by educational psychologists as a basis for identifying students with learning disabilities and 2) determine precisely what diagnostic tools this group currently uses to assess literacy and numeracy related learning problems.
|Participation will involve completing an online or paper survey comprising multichoice and Likert scale questions, which should take approximately 10 -15 minutes of your time. To access the survey online, please follow this link: http://www.eSurveysPro.com/Survey.aspx?id=149d1deb-9810-4c70-8b5e-3fce60d5d2de.|
[posted 21 May 2013; closes 31 Jan 2014]
Australian women aged 18 years and older are invited to take part in a study investigating the relationship between eating attitudes and behaviours, weight management and wellbeing. Some research suggests that dieting or restrained eating patterns are associated with decreased health and wellbeing, while eating patterns which are based on biological feelings of hunger and fullness are associated with increased health and wellbeing.
The study is being conducted by Lauren Bruce as part of the Doctor of Psychology (Health) degree, under the supervision of Associate Professor Lina Ricciardelli, School of Psychology, Deakin University.
Participation involves completing a 30-minute anonymous survey online. Survey items include information about your background (e.g., age, education), height and weight, eating attitudes and behaviours, mood, body satisfaction and social support. Women who complete the survey will have the chance to win one of six $30 Coles-Myer gift vouchers.
|The online survey can be accessed at: www.deakin.edu.au/psychology/research/laurenbruce.|
For further information about the project, or to obtain a hardcopy version of the survey, please contact student researcher Lauren Bruce at email@example.com or (03) 9244 3042.
[posted 9 May 2013; closes 31 January 2014]
A mindfulness-based parenting group program has been developed for mothers who have symptoms of BPD, and would like to improve their experience of being a mother and have a better relationship with their child.
We are looking for women who:
The program involves developing mindfulness skills to help mothers to reduce stress and develop more satisfying relationships and ways of parenting. The program includes parenting and attachment education.
12 free weekly sessions from June 2013
Fridays 10:30am – 12:30pm
Swinburne University Psychology Clinic, Hawthorn
The evaluation component will involve individual assessment interviews and questionnaires before the program, after the program, and at 3 months follow-up. Doctoral student Natasha Rogers and Dr Roslyn Galligan, a child and family clinical psychologist at Swinburne University, developed and facilitate this program.
Ms Natasha Rogers
0439 960 965
[posted 19 July 2012; closes 31 December 2014]
The Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre and the National e-Therapy Centre are conducting an NHMRC-funded clinical trial of OCD STOP!, our online cognitive-behavioural treatment program for obsessive-compulsive disorder.
To be eligible, participants must:
Participants will receive at no cost:
|For further information, please contact the trial coordinator Sam Mancuso on 9214 4628 or firstname.lastname@example.org .|
This study has received ethics approval from the Swinburne University of Technology Human Research Ethics Committee (SUHREC) (Project Number 2010/104).
[posted 27 March 2013; closes: 30 December, 2013]
The central question of the current study is what makes some individuals prone to emotional eating, in relation to their body mass index (BMI), attachment style and any psychopathology, while others are clearly less vulnerable in this regard. A person’s attachment style reflects the quality of bonding in early life, and is believed to remain stable throughout adulthood, therefore comprehensive assessment of this in obese and normal weight adults may highlight whether attachment style influences the tendency to engage in emotional eating when BMI is also assessed.
Thus measures of attachment style, love attitudes, psychopathology and restrained eating as well as emotional eating will be explored across obese and normal weight adults currently in a relationship. Because the majority of research has occurred in female populations, this study will attempt to also explore these concepts in an equal male to female sample.
To participate in this study, please complete the survey found here:
This research is being conducted by Assistant Professor Peta Stapleton & Louise Pennant. For further information on this research, please email Dr Stapleton at email@example.com.
[posted 27 March 2013; closes: 30 December, 2014]
In order to determine whether certain behaviours and symptoms relating to food cravings are unique to those who are overweight and obese (Body Mass Index >25), we wish to compare to a non clinical and non-obese community sample. To participate: you need to be over 18 years, have a Body Mass Index between 18 and 25 (you can work it out here (http://nhlbisupport.com/bmi/bmi-m.htm) and complete some online questionnaires as a once off.
You can access these questionnaires via the survey found here:
This research is being conducted by Assistant Professor Peta Stapleton & Terri Sheldon. For further information on this research, please email Dr Stapleton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[posted 13 March 2013; closes 1 February 2014]
A recent review of the literature on what works in therapy, conducted by a special taskforce of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), revealed that there are a number of important factors influencing the quality of the therapy relationship and therapy outcomes, including patient expectations and attachment style.
This projects seeks to better understand how patient expectations about therapy and attachment style impact on therapeutic alliance and therapy outcomes.
The project is comprised of two studies: The first study surveys general practitioners (GPs) about their referral practices. The second study aims to survey both psychologists and patients about their experiences in therapy.
You are invited to participate in the second study by completing a short online survey at the start of treatment and again at the review session. Psychologists who participate will receive access to a free CPD activity. Patients who participate receive a $20 Coles/Myer or iTunes voucher.
Participation in this project is open to psychologists who work with patients under the Better Access program and patients who are accessing treatment for depression and / or anxiety under Better Access.
The study is not open to patients with a severe mental illness or those in psychological treatment through other programs.
|For further information and details about how to become involved in the study, please visit www.latrobe.edu.au/psy/research/projects/patient-expectations, or contact Elke Kellis (ph: 03 9028 7242, email: email@example.com).|
This project is under the supervision of Dr. Nikolaos Kazantzis, La Trobe University.
[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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (07) 5552 9121.
The research is being conducted by PhD student Susan Rowe under the supervision of Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck (email@example.com) and Doctor Michelle Hood (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.
[posted 24 September 2012; closes 31 December 2013]
If you are a father you are invited to participate in this research. Participation involves answering an online questionnaire, which will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. As well as asking you about your relationship with one of your children, there are questions on how you handle emotions, your general health, general relationships with people, and your attitudes in given social situations.
Your responses will help to provide baseline data for the intervention phase of the study planned for 2013, in which a group of fathers will participate in a parenting program which will aim to improve both their relationships with their children and their (fathers’) general levels of mental health. The sample will be taken from a group of fathers in the late stages of recovery from addictions, whose children are aged between 2 and 12 years. However, for the purposes of your involvement in the questionnaire, it is neither necessary that you have an addiction nor that your children be any particular age.
This project is being supervised by Dr Brenda Dobia and Dr Roberto Parada from the University of Western Sydney. The closing date for this part of the study is 31st January 2013.
To find out more information and to enter the survey here.
If you have any questions about the study please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Samantha Ward, is conducting a PhD research project through Queensland University of Technology that aims to investigate current diagnostic practices amongst health care professionals who are involved in the early assessment and diagnosis of young children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
Your participation in this research project would involve completing an online anonymous practitioner questionnaire, which can be accessed via http://survey.qut.edu.au/survey/174464/10ce/
The current research is also aiming to build on previous research to establish the utility of an Autism Specific instrument (Autistic Behavioural Indicators Instrument – ABII; Ward & Gilmore, 2010) in detecting young children with Autism.
It is hoped that this research will help to facilitate earlier identification and diagnosis of ASD, and in doing so, allow for earlier entry into intervention programs and improve developmental outcomes for children with ASD. It would also be greatly appreciated if you could help to distribute information about the research project to prospective families. If you would be happy to do this, please feel free to contact Samantha on firstname.lastname@example.org or 3902 1572.
The research has received ethical clearance, Approval Number: 0900001353
We are inviting practitioners working with eating disorders to refer eligible clients (adult males and females) to two studies investigating new treatments for anorexia nervosa. Anorexia nervosa is a leading cause of early death among women and has high relapse rates. These studies will introduce new psychological treatments, focused on normalising eating behaviours and addressing the factors that maintain eating disorders, including the knowledge and skills to regain control of exercise behaviour.
An estimated 300 participants will be recruited for these double-blind studies, and randomly allocated to treatment groups. Treatment consists of 25 to 40 outpatient sessions with a psychologist over a 10-month period, and is available in Sydney, Adelaide and Perth in 2012. Before, during and after treatment, participants will complete questionnaires and their body mass index will be recorded.
|For further information, or to make a referral, please contact the study research officer, Andreea Heriseanu (02 4620 3726 / email@example.com) or the Sydney Chief Investigators, Professor Phillipa Hay (02 4620 3838 / firstname.lastname@example.org) and Professor Stephen Touyz (02 9351 5428 / email@example.com).|
This research has been approved by Universities of Sydney and Western Sydney Human Research Ethics Committees (LEAP approval numbers: 12660 and H7732; SWAN approval numbers: 12645 and H7711), and is funded by NHMRC grants.
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:
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 will contact you using the details provided.
The above details should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The APS reserves the right to not list research projects that are deemed not to be in keeping with its scientific and professional aims.
When new research projects are added, members will be alerted via the fortnightly APS Matters email, which is sent to more than 18,000 psychologists.
*Member, Associate Member, Honorary Fellow or Fellow