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

Psychologists' understanding of and attitudes towards evidence based practice in Australia

[posted 21 April 2015; closes 15 June 2015]

This research aims to develop some understanding of what Australian psychologists think Evidence-based practice in psychology (EBPP) is, and what their attitudes towards EBPP are. No studies have been conducted in Australia with psychologists regarding EBPP. This is research that is likely to impact on future training programs in Australia.

This questionnaire will take approximately ten minutes to complete and can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7QRZFBD

 

Your participation is greatly appreciated. Your assistance in forwarding this study to other psychologists would be appreciated. No identifying data from participants is collected.
Should you have any questions regarding this research, please contact the Chief Researcher, Naomi Hamill, on: 0411 055 830, or naomihamill@hotmail.com.

Whether self-care assists psychologists to thrive rather than burn out: An Australian sample

[posted 21 April 2015; closes 13 July 2015]

Burnout is a phenomenon that has been observed in a number of professions, namely child welfare, social work and psychology (Benedetto & Swadling, 2014; Salloum et al., 2015). Burnout has a ripple effect whereby afflicted persons’ feelings of despondency can cause them to leave the profession (Strolin-Goltzman, 2010). Consequently, the industry is losing competent and passionate psychologists at rapid rates, thereby creating an even greater burden on those who remain in the field (Strolin-Goltzman, 2010).

The current study aims to examine the frequency of burnout in psychologists throughout Australia and to identify what professionals need to do in order to remain in the industry long-term whilst maintaining competence and avoiding burnout.

Of particular interest is whether rural psychologists experience higher levels of burnout than their urban counterparts. Findings will generate awareness and advocate for adequate supervision and support for rural psychologists, especially provisional and newly registered psychologists.

Should you decide to complete the survey you will be asked eight demographic questions, a series of questions relating to professional burnout and questions regarding self-care practices. The survey should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete. Thank you for your time.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJ6B95B


For further information regarding this study please contact:

Lauren Carter (Student and primary contact):
11033963@student.uws.edu.au or 0431 924 874

Dr Josephine Milne-Home (Supervisor):
j.milnehome@uws.edu.au or 0417 627 599

Approaches to trauma treatment by mental health professionals

[posted 21 April 2015; closes 30 June 2015]

What treatment approach do you take for people who have trauma symptoms?

Members of the Colleges of Clinical Psychology and Counselling Psychology are invited to participate in the research project entitled, ‘Approaches to trauma treatment by mental health professionals’ which will take 10-15 minutes to complete. The aim of the research is to determine how different mental health professionals understand and treat people who present for help with problems related to traumatic stress. We would like you to read two brief vignettes which outline the difficulties experienced by two women in their late 30s. You will be asked:

  1. how you would diagnose their respective symptoms and 
  2. how you would consider treating their symptoms.

You will then be asked to respond to some general questions about your profession and your attitudes to therapy and mental health problems.

If you are interested in participating, please click the following link:
http://canterbury.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bf958k0Utp7fIi1

 

This study has been approved by the University of Canterbury Human Ethics committee and is undertaken by the research team below.

If you would like further information or to discuss any issues, please contact Martin Dorahy +64 3 364 3416 or martin.dorahy@canterbury.ac.nz

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

Psychologists’ experience of working with homeless youth

[posted April 9, closes 1 July 2015]

You are invited to participate in a research study investigating the experience of psychologists working with homeless youth, and how this compares to working with housed youth.

The study is being conducted by Maya Buchanan, MPsych (Counselling) student, under the supervision of Dr. Tristan Snell (Monash University).

We would love to hear from you if you are:

• Interested in sharing your experience of working with homeless youth (15-24 years)
• Registered with the Psychology Board of Australia
• Have a minimum two years post qualification clinical experience
• Have experience working with homeless and housed youth

Participation procedure

Participants will be asked to participate in a 60-minute, audio recorded, interview (face-to-face or via Skype). Access to the interview questions will be available prior to the interview. Confidentiality and anonymity will be ensured.

If you would like further information please contact Maya Buchanan by email at mbuc11@student.monash.edu

 

Study Investigating Experiences of Psychologists Working in Private Practice

[posted 20 March 2015; closes 31 May 2015]

his research aims to contribute to the area of working practices in the private sector for psychologists to ensure sustainability of the psychology work force and timely quality patient care. All psychologists working in private practices of any scope are invited to participate.

This study involves two parts. Participants are invited to participate in either or both:

  1. A telephone interview – the interview aims to explore perspectives on psychologists’ personal experiences of working in private practice, perspectives on client experiences, and how psychologists view the role of regulatory bodies. To participate, please e-mail the researcher at 1346-14@cairnmillar.edu.au.
  2. An online survey the survey will take approximately 15 minutes and explores different aspects of private practice, including client care, risk assessment, psychologist self-care, and codes of conduct and practice. The survey is based on the Private Practice Management Standards (PPMS) self-assessment tool developed and owned by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). The APS has granted the researchers permission to use these materials in this study.  

The survey can be accessed via the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L7C2TDF

 

This research is being conducted by Nikki Glavas as part of the Master of Clinical Psychology degree at Cairnmillar Institute under the supervision of Dr. Gemma Russell. If there are any concerns about this study, please contact Cairnmillar Institute School of Psychology Counselling and Psychotherapy Human Research Ethics Committee on 03 9813 3400. Participants’ time and interest in this research is greatly appreciated.

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

Client Suicide: Frequency, Impact and Coping Responses for Psychologists

[posted 25 February 2015; closes 31 May 2015]

A study on the frequency and impact of client suicides on psychologists is being conducted at Monash University by Melissa Finlayson and supervised by Dr Janette Simmonds.

The study seeks psychologists who are willing to complete an online survey about their experience of a client’s suicide. The online survey is voluntary and can be completed in your own time. It does not matter if you have limited experience with client suicide, as part of the study involves finding out how frequently psychologists in Australia experience a death of client by suicide.

It is anticipated that the findings from this study will increase awareness of the frequency and impact client suicide’s have on psychologists. The study will also help to inform training and workplace related practices.

To get more information or to take part in this study, please contact Melissa Finlayson on mfin6@student.monash.edu or follow the link below to the explanatory statement and online survey:

http://monasheducation.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4Jb13PppOmNQp93

Cultivating therapist wellbeing in the practice of self-compassion

[Posted 24 February 2015; closes 31 May 2015]

Psychologists commonly encounter client content that are of intensely emotional or traumatic nature. This exposure has been found to increase psychologists' susceptibility to experience work-related stress, burnout and vicarious trauma. Vast amounts of research have indicated the importance of therapist self-care, and made recommendations for them to engage in self-compassion, as measures to improve wellbeing and reduce work-related stress. However, little is known about how self-compassion is practiced. 

The purpose of this study is to broaden the understanding of how self-compassion is practiced and cultivated. A greater understanding will potentially promote and inspire more adaptive therapist practices, so that work-related stress, burnout and vicarious trauma can be minimised.
Psychologists who have at least 6 years of experience in a counselling capacity, are currently working within that capacity, and identify that self-compassion is an important aspect of their professional growth, are invited to participate in a confidential interview regarding their experience and practices of self-compassion.

If you are interested in participating or would like further information please email Elizabeth Tsang at etsa5@student.monash.edu

Working with complex case presentations from a CBT perspective: A qualitative research project

[posted 13 December 2014; closes 1 June 2015]

This research constitutes part of the course requirements for a masters of psychology degree (clinical) and I am seeking participants to interview for my study. Your one-hour contribution to the research body and my thesis would be appreciated.

The study aims to explore how clinical psychologists, who identify primarily as CBT practitioners, work with complex case presentations through reflection on a case vignette.
Prerequisites to take part in this research:

  • Hold a clinical psychologist title
  • Identify primarily as a CBT practitioner
  • Been in private practice for at least five years

Thanks for your consideration, if you would like to participate in this study or would like more information, my contact details are:

email: siorcha@gmail.com
Mobile: 0423 034 577

Validation of the counselor burnout inventory among Australian counselors

[posted 12 February 2015; closes 31 July 2015]

This research will explore the relationships among counselor burnout, career growth, and intention to quit, and will attempt to confirm cross-cultural validation of the Counselor Burnout Inventory.  It focuses on professional counselors representing multiple disciplines and specialties to be recruited from email lists or groups of Australian counseling organisations.

If you work as a mental health counselor, marriage and family therapist, school counselor, psychologist, substance abuse counselor, or clinician delivering counseling services, you qualify to participate in this study. The survey contains 50 items and takes approximately 20-25 minutes to complete. It can be done completely online and no personal identifying information will be requested.

The scale has been previously validated in the United States, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, and the Philippines. We plan to develop burnout prevention and intervention strategies for practicing counselors across the globe. The study’s counseling researchers are from Sydney University, University of Florida, U.S, Korea University, Seoul, and University of Nebraska-Kearney, U.S.

To participate in this study, please go to: https://ufl.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8IZs4n0S1cBf9eB

 

If you have any questions, please contact Ana Puig at anapuig@coe.ufl.edu.

Therapist mindfulness, the therapeutics relationship and treatment outcomes

[posted 29 January 2015; closes 31 July 2015]

Do you have a new client!

Psychologists are invited to take part in a study on mindfulness and the therapeutic relationship which is currently being conducting at Monash University. If you have starting seeing a new client recently (that is a client who has completed at least 3 sessions but no more than 8 sessions), we would really like you to participate in this study. You do not have to be involved in mindfulness practices to participate. You will be asked to reflect on the developing therapeutic relationship and answer questions regarding the therapist-client relationship, plus mindfulness in these sessions. 

If you are interested in participating, please follow this link to the survey explanatory statement and complete the questionnaire. The survey will only take 20 mins. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

 

Student Researcher: Patrick McLaren
Email: pmcl4@student.monash.edu
Research Supervisor: Dr Janette Simmonds

 

Mental health assessment for people with intellectual disabilities: The Impact of Work Settings

[posted 16 December 2014; closes 1 July 2015]

Psychologists and clinical psychologists with a minimum of two years’ experience working with adults with intellectual disabilities and mental health concerns, are invited to take participate in this study. Psychologists currently working in government disability agencies, non-government organisations and public health settings are targeted for this study.  Participation involves completion of a short questionnaire and participation in a focus group lasting approximately one and a half hours in total.  Current clinical assessment practices of psychologists will be discussed.  Participation may be counted towards professional development hours as enhancement of clinical practice.

Please contact Joyce Man at joyce.man@students.mq.edu.au for further information and to organise a focus group in your organisation.

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

 

What would make a difference…to families where a parent has a mental illness?

[posted 2 December 2014; closes 1 July 2015]

The aim of this project is to establish a research agenda, grounded in the perspectives of those who work with families where a parent has a mental illness. 

Psychologists and other professionals working with parents and/or children, consumer advocates, administrators, researchers and/or government officials are invited to complete some brief demographic items and then respond to the following ONE question:

What key research question(s) do you want answered that if answered would help to significantly improve services to families where a parent has a mental illness?

It is estimated that responding to this question will not take any longer than 10 minutes.  The study will close July 1, 2015.  

The survey can be found here: https://monashmnhs.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_086IIPM6fw30a4B

 

Contact Details
Associate Professor Andrea Reupert   
Faculty of Education
Phone: 03 9902 4587
email:andrea.reupert@monash.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.

 

The self-perceived religious and spiritual competency of Australian psychologists

[posted 14 November 2014; closes 31 May 2015]

You are invited to participate in a research study investigating psychologists’ perceptions on religion and spirituality issues in therapy. The study is being conducted by Eden Foster, Master of Clinical Psychology student, under the supervision of A/Prof Rocco Crino (School of Psychology, CSU) and Laurenn Thomas.

Before you decide whether or not you wish to participate in this study, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take the time to read the information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish.

If you wish to participate in this study, please click on the below link which will take you directly to the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/austpsychcompspirit

 

We would also appreciate your assistance in forwarding this survey out through your own professional networks to attract further psychologists to complete. No identifying data from participants will be collected.

If you would like further information please contact Eden Foster, Chief Investigator in this research on 0409 797 814 or by email at edenfoster@hotmail.com 

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.

Examination of job related attitudes and self-care in Australian psychologists

[posted 30 April 2014; closes 30 April 2015]

You are invited to participate in a research project investigating the job related attitudes and self-care practices of Australian Psychologists. This is being completed by Vicky Todd, Master of Clinical Psychology Student from Charles Sturt University, New South Wales under the supervision of A/Prof Rocco Crino (Clinical Psychologist, Charles Sturt University) and Corrie Ackland (Clinical Psychologist).

Psychologists are noted to be exposed to the problems and emotional distress of their clients. This pressure has been connected to job related attitudes in Psychologists overseas, but has not received much attention within Australia. The impact of job related attitudes on a psychologist personally, professionally and on those around them is one of ethical importance and requires further investigation. The purpose of this study is therefore to evaluate job related attitudes within Australian Psychologists and understand influencing factors, such as self-care. This information would help raise awareness and understanding of factors influencing the work of psychologists.

For more information on this study and to participate click on the link below. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YVKKXVB

 

Your assistance in forwarding this study to other Psychologists would be appreciated.

If you have any questions regarding this study please contact me at vickyltodd@gmail.com.

 

School psychologists and supervision in Australia

[posted 2 October 2014; closes 31 May 2015]

All Australian psychologists, including school psychologists, are increasingly encouraged to promote superior levels of practice through professional development, networking and supervision. Supervision for professional practice development is a requirement of the psychologists’ regulatory body, the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA). The practices of Australian school psychologists vary greatly in contexts, policies, roles and activities. So when reviewing school psychology and supervision, the authors felt it appropriate to seek information directly from school psychologists and their supervisors.

The purpose of this survey is to understand more about the provision of psychological supervision and the supervision experiences of Australian school psychologists. The survey has been derived from a number of international sources and questions both supervisors and supervisees about the roles, contexts and availability of supervision.

The results will be grouped and collated and then submitted for publication. All individual information will be treated with respect for privacy and confidentiality. The internet survey method being used will not allow the respondents to be identified. However, during analysis of results a few individuals, who have indicated by giving their contact details that they consent, may be phoned for a follow-up interview to assist with further clarification of responses and issues.

Only school psychologists and their supervisors are eligible to participate in this study. Please contact the Chief Investigator, Janene Swalwell, directly at janene.swalwell@monash.edu should you wish to discuss your participation in the research.

Psychologists' job related attitudes and perceptions

[posted 20 August 2014; closes 31 May 2015]

You are invited to participate in a research study investigating the job related attitudes and perceptions of Australian psychologists. The study is being conducted by Renee Gentle, Master of Clinical Psychology student, under the supervision of A/Prof Rocco Crino (School of Psychology, CSU) and Mark Boyce.

Before you decide whether or not you wish to participate in this study, it is important for you to understand why the research is being conducted and what it will involve. Please take the time to read the participant information sheet carefully and discuss it with others if you wish.

If you wish to participate in this study, please click on the below link which will take you directly to the survey.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FCCLG6G

 

If you would like further information please contact Renee Gentle, Chief Investigator in this research on 0438 773 458 or by email at renee.gentle@hotmail.com

Prescription privileges for Clinical Psychologists: A mixed method analysis on opinions of holistic mental health care

[posted 12 August 2014; closes 30 June 2015]

Decisions about prescription privileges for clinical psychologists are rife with pros and cons and may have significant implications for psychologists, mental health service users (members of the public) and psychology students in programs that prepare for a career in mental healthcare work. This study gathers opinions of practicing psychologists about possible prescribing rights in Australia and Singapore, given the precedents of prescribing psychologists in parts of the USA.

This is an online survey that takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. Participation in this survey is entirely voluntary and anonymous. It has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Board of James Cook University.

If you are interested in participating in this survey, please click on the link below:
Click here to take the survey!

 

Research supervisor: Dr Claire Thompson

Contact information:
Principal Investigator:                                 
Neo Li Fang                                                 
School of Psychology                                  
James Cook University (Singapore)                 
lifang.neo@my.jcu.edu.au     

Supervisor:
Dr Claire Thompson
School of Psychology
James Cook University (Singapore)                     
claire.thompson@jcu.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).

OCD? Not me! Curtin on-line OCD treatment for young people

[posted 26 February 2014; closes 30 April 2015]

Researchers at Curtin University have developed "OCD? Not Me!", a new, fully online self-help program for young people aged 12-18 years and currently experiencing the symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Interested participants are invited to take a free, online assessment to determine the suitability of the program for their current needs. Eligible participants will receive access to a free, 8-stage online program consisting of information, activities, and tips and techniques designed to help them overcome the symptoms of OCD. The program also provides information and support for parents and caregivers.

We are currently running a research trial to evaluate the effectiveness of this program for reducing symptoms of OCD and improving well-being amongst young people, and reducing distress amongst their parents and caregivers. If you are interested in participating in this research or recommending the program to clients or colleagues, you can find out more at our website: www.ocdnotme.com.au, or contact us on ocdnotme@curtin.edu.au.

This study has been approved by the Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval Number HR45/2013).The Committee is comprised of members of the public, academics, lawyers, doctors and pastoral carers.  If needed, verification of approval can be obtained either by writing to the Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee, c/- Office of Research and Development, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, 6845 or by telephoning 9266 2784 or by emailing hrec@curtin.edu.au.

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

The healthy thinking study

[posted 6 November 2013; closes 30 June 2015]

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: d.solomon@blackdog.org.au

You may also express your interest via the website at: www.blackdoginstitute.org.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