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

Decision-making in the treatment of panic disorder

[posted 23 March 2016; closes 1 July 2016]

Psychologists are trained to read and analyse research in order to inform their clinical practice.  However, research suggests that this is not always happening in practice for many reasons. 

This study aims to identify how psychologists make decisions about a common presentation in clinical practice, panic disorder. 

In order to complete this study, psychologists who are registered with AHPRA are asked to complete a 10-minute questionnaire.  This will involve some questions about your work as well as reading a short case vignette then answering some follow-on. 

Thank you for taking the time to complete this study.

For further information please contact Stacy Shepherd:

stacy.e.shepherd@gmail.com 

0433 538 523.

 

Sexual health in mental healthcare

[posted 15 March 2016; closes 15 June 2016]

Are you a registered or endorsed psychologist?

Are you working with clients or patients in a metropolitan area in Australia?

You are invited to participate in a study exploring mental healthcare professionals’ understanding and perceptions of sexuality and sexual health. Participants do not need any prior or specific experience in the area of sexual health.

This project aims to develop an in-depth understanding of the experiences and perceptions of sexuality and sexual health for three groups of professionals working in the mental health setting in Australia: psychologists, psychiatrists, and mental health nurses. Participants will be interviewed at a time that is convenient for them, either face-to-face or via skype or telephone. Interviews will take approximately 45-90 minutes.

This project is being conducted by Kristi Urry as part of her PhD project in the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide and has been approved by the human ethics committee. Please email Kristi or Professor Anna Chur-Hansen for further information:

anna.churhansen@adelaide.edu.au

kristi.urry@adelaide.edu.au

Ethical dilemmas with older clients

[posted 7 March 2016; closes 31 July 2016]

As more Australians live to an older age, there is an increased risk of physical frailty and cognitive impairment. These changes can have an impact on the sense of identity and agency of older adults. Psychologists working with these clients have an opportunity to make a positive contribution towards the enhancement of their quality of life.                            

However, one of the challenges psychologists face is the particular ethical dilemmas that arise when working with older clients. This study will explore the experience of psychologists in Australia managing these dilemmas. We will be looking into the factors that psychologists take into account, as well as the supports and resources used when making decisions affecting older adult clients.

Participation will involve one-on-one interviews where clinicians will be invited to discuss a case study involving an ethical dilemma. Each interview will be no longer than one hour. 

If you are interested in participating, or would like any further information, please contact Dina Jones (Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Master of Laws Degree) at dinajones@swin.edu.au or phone 0402 021 121

Supervisor: Associate Professor Ann Knowles, Swinburne University 

Preventing alcohol and drug impaired driving: Early identification and treatment of at-risk individuals in primary care environments

[posted 19 February 2016; closes 30 June 2016]

The purpose of this research is to explore how assessment and treatment of impaired driving in primary care contexts may contribute to prevention of impaired driving.

The research team is looking for psychologists (and other practitioners) who are the first point of care for any clients who may present with any level of substance use or any related issues. Your participation will involve an online questionnaire taking around 15 minutes that relates broadly to impaired driving and the barriers to assessment and treatment that you would consider in your own practice. 

Please click on the link below to participate in this survey.

If you choose to participate you will be provided the option of piloting the online training module that will be built based on the results of this research. If you would like any further information, please email Dr Hollie Wilson (hollie.wilson@qut.edu.au) or Dr Gavan Palk (gavan.palk@qut.edu.au).

Thank you for your consideration of this request. 

 

Do rumination, mindfulness and engagement moderate the relationship between antecedent-focused emotion regulation and positive affect?

[posted 8 February 2016; closes 30 September 2016]

Individuals may use a wide range of methods to regulate their emotions, one of those methods being music. The aim of this study is to explore the relationship between emotion and the use of music. I am interested in any participants over the age of 18 to take part in my survey. 

The procedure involves filling out an online survey including a number of questionnaires and the opportunity to pick from several excerpts of music, where you will then be invited to listen to a full version of the chosen piece. Your responses are confidential and no identifying information will be collected. There is also the opportunity to win 1 of 2 iTunes vouchers valued at $50 each. Your entry into the prize draw will be in no way connected with your survey responses. 

The survey can be accessed via the link:

 

The study is being conducted by provisional psychologist and clinical masters student Lisa Butcher, Dr Tony Marks (Principal Supervisor) and Associate Professor Nicola Schutte (Co-Supervisor) at the University of New England, Armidale and it has been approved by University of New England's Human Research Ethics Committee (HE15-286)

For further information, please contact:

Lisa Butcher: lbutche2@myune.edu.au

Dr Tony Marks: tony.marks@une.edu.au

A/Prof Nicola Schutte: nschutte@une.edu.au 

Family carer experiences of mental health services, knowledge and help seeking for people with intellectual disabilities

[posted 19 January 2016; closes 31 December 2016]

Family carers with an adult child with intellectual disabilities are invited to participate in a national online survey.  Services for challenging behaviours or mental health concerns via local hospital or community health settings or government or non-government disability services must have been accessed within the past two years.   Carers will be asked to complete an online survey examining experiences of previous contact with services to address mental health concerns and challenging behaviours for their adult child with intellectual disabilities.  The survey will also assess general knowledge of mental health issues and help seeking attitudes.  Basic English literacy is required to complete the online survey.  Carers wishing to participate can access the online survey here:   

Carers and adults with intellectual disabilities will also be invited to participate in follow up interviews.  Information gathered from this study will assist in the evaluation of current mainstream services and provide suggestions to improve accessibility for families. 

This study is being undertaken as part of the requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology degree at Macquarie University and has been approved by the human ethics committee.  Please contact Joyce Man at joyce.man@students.mq.edu.au for further information.

Case formulation beliefs and practices among cognitive behavioural therapists

[posted 1 December 2015; closes 31 August 2016]

Are you a registered health professional?

Do you regularly use cognitive behavioural therapy?

You are invited to take part in a study looking at cognitive behaviour therapists’ practice.

The researchers are looking at how therapists identify a client’s presenting problems, and then hypothesise about the relationship between presenting problems, causal and maintaining factors, in order to develop a treatment approach. This is called case formulation.

The purpose of the study is to find out more about what CBT practitioners believe are important, and which activities CBT practitioners regularly implement when they practise case formulation. In particular, we hope to find out more about the impact of training, workplace and client presenting problems on formulation, and identify barriers to case formulation practice.

Participants will be asked to complete an anonymous online survey which takes a maximum of 30 minutes to complete.  Participants who complete the survey can go in the draw to win one of ten, $50 shopping vouchers.

Contact details

Associate Professor Maria Kangas (Supervisor)

02 9850 8599

maria.kangas@mq.edu.au

The ethical aspects of this study have been approved by the Macquarie University Human Research Ethics Committee, project reference number 5201500768.

If you are interested in participating, please click on the link below to access the survey and to read more information about the survey.

Touch screen device use in typically developing children and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Parent perceptions and relationship with parent wellbeing

[posted 20 November 2015; closes 28 February 2017]

Calling all professionals working with children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

What are your views on touch screen devices being used for therapeutic and/or educational purposes? The growing inclusion of touch screens in mobile phones, mobile computing and gaming devices has meant that touch screen devices are being used increasingly by children. One of the aims of this project is to explore the views of practitioners who work with children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Your contribution towards this research is greatly appreciated and shall help us understand further the use of touch screen devices with young children with an ASD.

Contact details

Siobhan James                         smjames@swin.edu.au

Dr Jordy Kaufman, Supervisor   jkaufman@swin.edu.au

Please follow the relevant links below to complete the survey.

For Psychologists, SLTs, OTs, Researchers and other practitioners working in the health sector please go to this link here: 

For teachers and educational professionals please go to this link here: 

 

Validation of the Multi-component Training Distress Scale (MTDS) version 2

[posted 16 November 2015; closes 30 September 2016]

Current research has indicated that self-report measures which adopt a multi-construct approach will likely have greater predictive ability and utility over those self-report measures which capture responses in only one domain. The present study aims to determine the validity of a revised version of the Multi-Component Training Distress Scale (MTDS). The MTDS is a multi-dimensional measures that has been validated and developed within the sporting context, and was recently trialled in physically demanding occupations (e.g., firefighting).

To assist with the validation of the new MTDS factor structure, participants will be required to complete the modified MTDS and two other selected self-report questionnaires: the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS) and the vitality subscale from the SF-36. Completing the measures will take approximately 10 minutes and participation is completely voluntary.

This project was approved by the Human Research Advisory Group for the Faculty of Health, Deakin University (HEAG-H 133_2015).

Contact details:

Project Primary Supervisor

Dr Luana Main

luana.main@deakin.edu.au

For further information and to participate in this research please click on the survey link below.

Therapists’ attitudes to different types of relationships

[posted 20 October 2015; closes 30 June 2016]

Relationships Australia New South Wales and Macquarie University are working together to investigate therapists’ varying attitudes to different types of relationships. You are invited to take part in a survey on this issue.

If you are currently working as a therapist we would love to hear from you. This anonymous online survey is expected to take 10 minutes to complete. 

The information generated by the survey will be used to raise awareness among therapists about commonly held beliefs that could negatively impact therapeutic practice. All participants will remain anonymous.

This research is being conducted to meet the requirements for the degree Master’s of Clinical Psychology under the supervision of A/Prof. Kerry Sherman, , Psychology Department Macquarie University.

If you have any questions about this project you can contact A/Prof. Kerry Sherman by phone 02 9850 6874 or email kerry.sherman@mq.edu.au

 

Raising Resilience: An Energy Psychology approach in Children

[posted 25 September 2015; closes 10 July 2016]

This study is examining Psychologist’s beliefs regarding treatment options for anxiety disorders in children. Participation in this study is completely voluntary and anonymous. 

The research is being conducted by Masters of Research student Laura Love under the supervision of Dr Peta Stapleton, School Psychology, Bond University, Gold Coast.

For further information about this study, please contact:

Laura Love - lauralouiselove@gmail.com

Dr Peta Stapleton - pstaplet@bond.edu.au

To participate in the survey, please visit the link below.

 

Intimate partner violence treatment program provider survey

[posted 20 August 2015; closes 19 August 2016]

You are invited to help inform the development of an Australian treatment program for female perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). 

The introduction of pro-arrest and pro-prosecution policies by Australia Police Forces in response to IPV over the last 10 years has led to an increasing number of female perpetrators coming into contact with the criminal justice system and we are yet to develop a service system response to their unique set of needs. I would therefore like to incorporate the views of current treatment providers into the design of an evidence-based treatment program for female perpetrators of IPV in Australia and would be grateful if you would distribute this invitation to participate in the research to your staff and/or amongst your professional network.

The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete, and is voluntary and anonymous.

I am seeking treatment providers’ views about:

  • The underlying causes of IPV perpetrated by females;
  • The treatment needs of female perpetrators of IPV and whether and in what ways these differ from male perpetrators;
  • What theoretical orientation(s) should underpin the treatment of female perpetrators of IPV and why; and
  • Effective forms of treatment for female perpetrators of IPV.

If you wish to discuss the study further please contact

Robyn Yaxley robyn.yaxley@utas.edu.au  or

Dr Kimberley Norris kimberley.norris@utas.edu.au or 03 6226 7199.

 

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

[posted 13 July 2015; closes 1 December 2016]

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

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

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

 

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

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

Self-care behaviours in Australian psychologists

[posted 2 June 2015; closes 18 May 2016]

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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.

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).

Testing an adapted evidence-based parent training intervention for treatment-resistant conduct problems in young children

[posted 2 December 2013; closes 9 September 2018]

Severe conduct problems among young children are a serious public health concern particularly for those with callous-unemotional traits (i.e., lack of empathy/guilt) who respond poorly to traditional interventions and are at risk for severe impairment into adulthood. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a scientifically-supported intervention reducing problem behaviours in children 3 to 7 years old.

We are testing an adapted version of PCIT that addresses the unique treatment needs of young children with conduct problems and callous-unemotional traits.

Young children with callous-unemotional (CU) traits benefit from treatment with PCIT, but do not improve as much as children without CU traits. This intervention was adapted to address emotional processing deficits common to youth with CU traits. Families will receive standard or enhanced PCIT.

This research is being conducted within the School of Psychology at the University of New South Wales, and is approved by UNSW HREC (ref # HC13234).

Clinicians are encouraged to refer children who demonstrate:

  • Temper tantrums, disobedience, anger & irritability, low motivation
  • Little remorse, little empathy, shallow emotions, discipline is ineffective

More information can be found at our website: http://www.conductproblems.com/research/treating-child-conduct-problems/

Interested clinicians and parents can contact us at:
Email: preschoolparenting@gmail.com
Ph: (02) 9385 0376

If you are an APS member* conducting research, or supervising a research student, and would like to invite other APS members to be involved in the project, please email the following details for consideration by the APS:

  • A copy of the research proposal
  • A brief explanation of the project (no longer than 200 words) for the website. If an online survey is part of your project, please include a link to the survey.
  • For student research project, the name of the supervisor
  • A phone number or email address so that members can contact you to take part in the research or seek further information
  • A start date and a closing date for the project, as well as an end date for the website listing
  • A scanned copy of the official notification of final ethics approval.  This should include an end date for approval. If your ethics committee only provides electronic confirmation of approval, please contact us for further requirements. 

The above information should be emailed to science@psychology.org.au. The APS reserves the right not to list research projects that are deemed not in keeping with the Society’s scientific and professional aims.
Please note that copies of the survey and consent form will not be added to the APS website. Members who are interested in taking part may contact you using the details provided.

When new research projects are added, members will be alerted via the fortnightly APS Matters email, which is sent to more than 20,000 psychologists.

*Member, Associate Member, Honorary Fellow or Fellow