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

Exploring the concept of clinical governance in the government and non-government disability sector

[posted 16 December 2014; closes 31 January 2015]

Psychologists working within disability support organisations are invited to complete a 30 minute online questionnaire that will investigate the personal and organisational factors that influence clinicians in their practice. Some of the factors of interest are supervision, professional development, the use of evidence-based practices, and client participation in services. This study will also survey other professionals working within disability support organisations such as speech pathologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. This study is being conducted by the University of Queensland, the Centre of Excellence for Clinical Innovation and Behaviour Support and Yooralla. Participation is anonymous and the information provided by all participants will remain confidential.

To participate:
To participate click on the following link

The password to access this online questionnaire is clinical. Plain language information about the study is available prior to entering the questionnaire.


Any questions?
Feel free to contact the lead investigator, Maria Vassos [ or (07) 3247 5080] if you have any questions about this study.

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 for further information and to organise a focus group in your organisation.

Discovering the demographics, attitudes, knowledge and training of Australian psychologists who practice play therapy

[posted 16 December 2014; closes 13 February 2015]

This research aims to identify the prevalence of play therapy practice, the demographics of those who practice versus those who don’t, play therapy knowledge and skills, and the suitability of Australian psychologists to practice play therapy in terms of their attributes. The outcome of this research will contribute to the gap in knowledge regarding the practice of play therapy by Australian psychologists.

Participants do not have to be practicing play therapy or have any specific training in or knowledge of play therapy in order to participate.

This research project has received Faculty Ethics Approval from Charles Darwin University.

This questionnaire will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and can be found at:


Your participation is greatly appreciated. Your assistance in forwarding this study to other psychologists would be appreciated. No identifying data from participants will be collected.

Should you have any questions regarding this research, please contact the primary researcher, Katherine Mayger, at , or the supervisor, Dr Mark Davis, on (08) 8946 6614. 

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:


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


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:


Contact Details
Associate Professor Andrea Reupert   
Faculty of Education
Phone: 03 9902 4587

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:  (Clinical Psychology Doctorate student) or Dr. Marianna Szabo (Supervisor): 02 9351 5147; .

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

[posted 2 December 2014; closes 31 December 2014]

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:


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


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:


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 

Workplace perspectives on Indigenous psychology education

[posted 14 November 2014; closes 31 January 2015]

The AIPEP survey seeks the input of psychologists and other mental health professionals who provide psychological services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities, to ascertain what competencies are required in psychology education and training.  We would like your perspectives on what is happening in the workplace – what is working well, what is needed, and what can be done to increase psychology’s ability to work effectively and appropriately with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities, and to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait psychologists.  The responses you provide will help to inform our recommendations on national psychology curriculum and training.

The survey is anonymous and, in the reporting of findings, we will make every effort to ensure that comments are not identifiable to any person or agency.

The survey can be accessed from   


The survey will take approximately 10-30 minutes to complete (depending on how much you would like to say!).

This survey is part of the Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project (AIPEP) led by Professor Pat Dudgeon of the University of Western Australia.  For more on AIPEP visit or contact the Project Manager at


Professor Pat Dudgeon (Project Leader)          
08 6488 3743

Dr Jillene Harris (AIPEP Team member)                      
02 6338-4295

Ms Katrina Newnham (Project Manager)    
03 8662 3332

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:

Evaluating suicide risk assessment scale

[posted 11 November 2014; closes 30 January 2015]

This study aims to improve our understanding of identifying suicide risk and test a new questionnaire for assessing it. Anyone who is over 18 and currently lives in Australia is invited to participate in this 10-15 min survey to investigate 

suicide risk phenomena.  Participants will get the chance to enter a prize draw for an iPad mini.

We need participants who have never had suicidal thoughts/behaviours and those who have had suicidal thoughts/behaviours.

The questionnaire involves questions about suicide, suicidal thoughts and behaviours, and about aspects of death and dying. All results remain confidential and anonymous.

Please follow this link for more information and to take the survey:


Contact details: 

If you would like further information please contact Jurgita Rimkeviciene at  

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.


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

If you have any questions regarding this study please contact me at


School psychologists and supervision in Australia

[posted 2 October 2014; closes 30 March 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 should you wish to discuss your participation in the research.

Vicarious Posttraumatic Growth in the helping profession: A preliminary investigation into the relationship between Self-Regulation and Mindfulness

[posted 9 September 2014; closes 20 December 2014]

Allied health professionals working in the trauma field bear witness to many tragic and distressing life events. The emotional and psychological cost of caring can be very demanding work. However, less is known about the benefits from working in this area. Such benefits may include personal and psychological growth and a greater appreciation for life.

Recent studies have explored whether individual differences exist in allied health professional’s levels of positive growth, as a direct result of their vocation. I would like to extend on the work in this area as such research has beneficial implications for professionals working in the trauma field. I would appreciate if you would consider participating in this online survey. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

This research is being conducted by Sharon Black Clinical Masters Student under the supervision of Dr Gene Hodgins.   If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me via email at or my supervisor Dr Gene Hodgins on 02 6933 2746 or

To partake in this survey please click on the link below:

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.


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

Assessing Australian mental health professionals’ competencies for working with transgender people

[posted 12 August 2014; closes 30 Jan 2015]

This research aims to better understand the capacity of Australia’s mental health workforce for engaging with transgender clients. As a counsellor, psychologist, social worker, mental health nurse or psychiatrist working in Australia, you are invited to participate in a brief 15 minute online survey. We are interested in hearing from both mental health professionals who have worked with transgender clients, as well as those who do not have experience in this area.

Your responses to this survey will be anonymous and any reports or publications produced from the findings will be written in ways that ensure your privacy. The survey is not likely to produce distress for participants, though it is possible that a small number of the questions may be challenging in terms of the content. 

Findings will inform training materials aimed at increasing the skill set of Australian mental health professionals to work with transgender clients. If you participate in the survey, you will have the option of receiving information on the outcomes of the study.

Survey link:


For further information contact Dr Damien Riggs This research was approved by the Flinders University Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee (Approval #6494). 

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)             

Dr Claire Thompson
School of Psychology
James Cook University (Singapore)            

Attitudes towards overweight and obesity in mental health professionals

[posted 14 July 2014; closes 31 December 2014]

While there is considerable research on negative attitudes and behaviour towards overweight and obese persons in health care settings, there is limited research on this issue among fitness professionals who may also be approached by overweight and obese individuals to help them with weight loss. The current research project aims to compare anti-fat attitudes and a pro-thin bias in fitness professionals and the general population. Additionally, this study will explore several factors which may contribute to anti-fat attitudes and pro-thin bias such as knowledge of obesity, how someone might make judgements based on appearance, and experience in working with obese individuals.

If you wish to participate in this project, please go to

For further information on this study please contact:
Mr Toby Mizzi at or 03 9214 4436 or
Dr Sharon Grant at or 03 9215 7221

Health professional’s understanding of premenstrual symptoms and interventions

[posted 14 July 2014; closes 31 December2014]

The purpose of this study is to gather information regarding the understanding and individual experiences of Premenstrual Symptoms, Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. The information will be gathered from women who experience significant premenstrual symptoms, and from health professionals whom these women may approach for assistance. The information gathered will provide insight into experiences of severe PMS symptoms and the knowledge base linked to the management and treatment of such symptoms.  In addition, the information gathered will assist to identify what women with severe PMS perceive as the most difficult aspects of this condition, the impact of severe PMS on general wellbeing, as well as the self-management strategies that they use.

The study will provide an opportunity to reflect as a practitioner on knowledge and understanding of women’s menstrual cycles, mental health and how these two areas of practice can overlap.

 Participation in the study will require the completion of a brief 5 – 10 minute anonymous online survey, which you can access through the link below:
Your participation is very much appreciated and will assist in broadening the literature in this field of practice.

Your participation is very much appreciated and will assist in broadening the literature in this field of practice. Should you require further details about the study or participation please feel free to contact:

Tiana Hankins
Registered Psychologist ǀ Clinical Psychologist Trainee, Curtin University

Dr Trevor Mazzucchelli
Project Supervisor
Clinical Psychologist, Curtin University

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 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 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

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).

Psychiatric treatment for men with depression and insomnia: The SOMNA treatment trial

[posted 26 March 2014; closes 31 December 2014]

The University of Sydney’s Brain & Mind Research Institute (BMRI) at Camperdown has developed a treatment trial available for men aged 50 years and over who are experiencing symptoms of depression and insomnia. This trial offers eligible participants a free psychiatric assessment and development of an individual care plan with ongoing management over three months, in accordance with beyondblue depression treatment guidelines. In addition, trial participants will be randomly allocated to one of two internet-based programs that focus on sleep problems and insomnia. The aim of the trial is to evaluate whether an adjunctive internet program focusing on insomnia-based CBT is effective in improving sleep and mood problems in comparison to depression treatment alone. Funded by beyondblue and supported by the Movember Foundation, the trial will be recruiting male patients over the next 6-12 months.

Trial participants do not require GP referral in order to join the study. APS members who have male patients aged 50 years or older, with depression and sleep problems, that are seeking immediate specialist treatment, are invited to contact the SOMNA Treatment Trial team on (02) 9114 4002 or, or visit the study website ( for more information.

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:, or contact us on

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

Autism Spectrum Disorders, cognitive and developmental assessments: Case reviews by Australian psychologists

[posted 26 February 2014; closes 30 January 2015]

Cognitive and developmental assessments provide an opportunity for psychologists to pick up signs of autism, regardless of the referral question. Please help us identify autism-specific response profiles and behaviours during testing to be included in a new autism screening tool for psychologists.

To participate, please complete an online case review questionnaire in relation to a child or adolescent (with autism or not) with whom you have already completed a developmental or cognitive assessment. The questionnaire can be found here:

The questionnaire takes 30-60 minutes to complete and it will not be possible for us to identify you, your client or the organisation you work for.

Once you’ve completed the questionnaire, you are able to print a certificate acknowledging your participation. We believe this case review meets criteria for one CPD hour (60 minutes) for AHPRA psychologist registration and APS membership:

  • Peer consultation
  • Active CPD
  • Specialist CPD Activities

ACER has kindly offered a 10% discount on psychology products to participants of this research project (discount code at end of questionnaire). 

For more information, please contact Lydia Meem, Autism Understanding Pty Ltd on 02 4967 3363 or at

College of Applied Psychology Ethics Approval Number: 116300114. 

The predictive ability of the identity and self-efficacy theory regarding healthy behaviour and coping choices

[posted 3 February 2014; closes 31 December 2014]

This research will investigate whether your identity as a healthy eater or frequent exerciser, will impact your decisions to engage in certain health behaviours. Use a new and exciting intervention from your own smartphone or computer to enter in the food and drinks you consumed that day, and any exercise. This 2 minute questionnaire will be completed everyday during the week, for 8 weeks. All participants will receive a FREE book - Your Mind Power by Dr Peta Stapleton.

For further information on this study, please contact Dr Professor Peta Stapleton at

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:


For further information about the study, please contact Assistant Professor Peta Stapleton at

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:

Interested clinicians and parents can contact us at:
Ph: (02) 9385 0376

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

[posted 6 November 2013; closes 21 January 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:

The healthy thinking study

[posted 6 November 2013; closes 31 December 2014]

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:

You may also express your interest via the website at:

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:


If you are interested in participating, or would like any further information, please contact Caroline Donavan (Griffith supervisor) at 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 or (07) 5552 9121.

The research is being conducted by PhD student Susan Rowe under the supervision of Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck ( and Doctor Michelle Hood (, School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Gold Coast.


To participate, please go to


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 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