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

How psycho-educational reports are used: The experiences of teachers, parents, students and psychologists

[posted 20 September 2016; closes 28 February 2017]

Are you a psychologist with experience of writing psycho-educational reports?

We are seeking psychologists with experience in writing psycho-educational reports for children and young people who experience learning difficulties at school. Participation will involve a 1-hour interview at a time and place of your convenience. It is anticipated that the results of this research will provide insight into how psychologists write reports to support educational inclusion and identify the challenges they face in doing so. 

This project is being conducted by Joanne Lindelauf, under the supervision of Dr Andrea Reupert and Dr Kate Jacobs, as part of her PhD project in the Faculty of Education at Monash University.  The study has ethics approval from Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee.  

Thank you for your interest in the study.

For more information please contact Joanne at joanne.lindelauf@monash.edu

Knowledge and Use of ASD Intervention Practices by Allied Health Professionals

[posted 8 September 2016; closes 31 December 2016]

The research project is investigating intervention practices used by allied health professionals when working with individuals with ASD. Further, we will be investigating organisation culture and attitudes towards intervention practices. We are interested in what intervention practices allied health professionals use, and why, to help develop future training in this area. Your participation would require the one time completion of an online survey which is expected to take approximately 30-35 minutes to complete. 

If you are interested in participating, please click on the survey link below.

Contact Details

Dr Jessica Paynter (Supervisor) j.paynter@griffith.edu.au or

Miss Rhylee Sulek (Research Assistant) r.sulek@griffith.edu.au

Identifying barriers and facilitators impacting psychologist practice in treating secondary psychological injuries within the State Insurance Regulatory Authority governed insurance frameworks.

posted 23 August 2016; closes 31 January 2017]

Are you a registered psychologist practicing in either Sydney, regional or rural NSW who has experience in treating claimants under Worker’s Compensation and CTP insurance frameworks?

If so, you are invited to take part in this study as we want to tap into your experiences and opinions about the challenges which may exist when treating claimants under Workers Compensation and CTP insurance schemes.

The purpose of the study is to identify barriers to psychologists’ practice in this context, including difficulties in adhering to clinical guidelines when treating claimants within Workers Compensation and CTP insurance schemes.

Participants will be invited to participate in a lunchtime focus group of 1-2 hours duration conducted in one of three locations (Sydney; UNE Future campus, Regional: Coffs Harbor Education Campus and Rural NSW: Tamworth Education Centre). 

For your invaluable input you will receive an honorarium of $180 and lunch will be provided.   

Contact details

If you would like to participate in this study, please contact Tahira Haider (PHD candidate) at thaider@myune.edu.au

Associate Professor Debra Dunstan (Primary Supervisor)

Dr Navjot Bhullar (Co-Supervisor)

This project has received ethics approval from the University of New England: HE16-095

Meeting the needs of the psychology workforce: Sixth year internship program models

[posted 12 August 2016; closes 31 October 2016]

The 5+1 route to registration as a psychologist is increasingly available to people wishing to become a psychologist in Australia. If you are currently a student of a 5th year program, or recently graduated from one, we invite you to take part in our survey which aims to find out more about your preferences and experiences of completing the 6th year internship program.

Participation involves completing an anonymous, online survey that will take about 10 minutes to complete and is entirely voluntary. 

The research is being undertaken by Professor Lynne Harris, Associate Professor Kathryn Nicholson Perry and Mr Simon Milton from the School of Psychological Sciences, Australian College of Applied Psychology. The project has received ethical approval from the Navitas Professional Institute Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval Number 349180716).

For more information about the project or to participate in the survey please click the link below.

Queries about the project can be directed to:

Associate Professor Kathryn Nicholson Perry

kathryn.nicholsonperry@acap.edu.au

(02) 8236 8048

 

 

Meeting the needs of the psychology workforce: Sixth year internship program models

[posted 12 August 2016; closes 31 October 2016]

The 5+1 route to registration as a psychologist is increasingly available to people wishing to become a psychologist in Australia. If you are currently a supervisor of provisionally registered psychologists undertaking their 6th year internship program, or part of an organisation that offers them, we would like to invite you to take part in our survey to find out about the experiences and preferences of organisations and supervisors hosting internships.

Participation involves completing an anonymous, online survey that will take about 10 minutes to complete and is entirely voluntary.

The research is being undertaken by Professor Lynne Harris, Associate Professor Kathryn Nicholson Perry and Mr Simon Milton from the School of Psychological Sciences, Australian College of Applied Psychology. The project has received ethical approval from the Navitas Professional Institute Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval Number 349180716). 

For more information about the project or to participate in the survey please click the link below

Queries about the project can be directed to:

Associate Professor Kathryn Nicholson Perry

kathryn.nicholsonperry@acap.edu.au

(02) 8236 8048

 

Awareness and uptake of e-mental health resources by health service providers in Australian primary care

[posted 20 July 2016; closes 30 September 2016]

Have your say on e-psychology and online mental health resources – 2016 eMHPrac survey!

e-mental health tools (e-MH) are increasingly part of psychological practice and Australian clinicians can access a rich array of tools.

ANU eMHPrac is currently running their third annual survey to explore psychologists’ views about and experiences of using e-MH in their work with a view to evaluate whether there have been any changes since the previous 2014 and 2015 surveys.

The 2016 survey takes about 15-20 mins to complete online. Data will inform policy makers, eMHPrac training and be written up for scientific publication.

All psychologists are welcome to participate in this year’s survey. This includes those who haven’t used e-MH and those who have completed a previous years’ survey.

Please let us know what you think.

Contact details

Julia Reynolds MAPS MCCLP, eMHPrac Allied Health Team lead, Centre for Mental Health Research, ANU

e: emhprac@anu.edu.au T: + 61 2 6125 7275

This survey is part of the eMHPrac project which supports health practitioners to use e-MH in their practice. Julia Reynolds leads the ANU team, which is working with psychologists and other allied health professionals. The eMHPrac project is funded by the Australian Government.

To participate in the 2016 survey, please click on the link below. Please help us by sending this invitation on through your professional networks

Ecological momentary assessment of schema mode fluctuations and their relation to eating disorder behaviors

[posted 18 July 2016; closes 30 January 2017]

Eating disorders (EDs) are associated with severe psychological and physiological impacts. Many studies have examined the frequency of eating disorder behaviors (EDBs) using retrospective self-reports method (e.g., self-monitoring diaries) for data collection; however, the interpretation of the data is often limited due to retrospective recall biases, cognitive biases and noncompliance with self-monitoring procedures. In addition, the frequency of EDBs fluctuate in the natural environment in response to stress and negative affect which may also shift across the time intervals both between and within days, making it difficult to capture using the global retrospective assessment method.

 This study will examine whether abrupt shifts of SMs can be linked to EDBs in ED participants. An "in the moment" real-time reporting system known as "ecological momentary assessment (EMA)" will be used to capture participant's active schema modes and the nature of any concurrent eating disordered behaviors. The EMA technology will be utilized within smartphone-based software, adapting an established Schema mode measure (Schema Mode Inventory) for ED patients.

Who can take part?

Adult females and males who self identified as experiencing eating disorder symptoms

Please note: Access to an iOS or Android operated smartphone is necessary to install a free research app “Metriwire”

Contact details:   

Jinyuan (Queenie) Wu, PhD candidate, wjiny@deakin.edu.au

A/Prof Ross King, Research supervisor, ross.king@deakin.edu.au

 Please click on the link below to access the survey.

 

Smartphone technology adoption and use among professionals

[posted 5 July 2016; closes 31 December 2016]

How do you – as a professional – use Smartphones?

How would you prefer to use Smartphones?

This international study will examine the practices and preferences of professionals – like you – about their use and perceptions of Smartphone technology.

We would therefore like to invite you to participate in this voluntary study by completing a confidential and an anonymous online survey. Approved by the Western Sydney University Human Research Ethics Committee, the survey is expected to take approximately 20 minutes of your time.

Contact details

If you would like further information about this study, please contact:

Dr Ann Dadich

Phone: 02 9685 9475

Email: A.Dadich@westernsydney.edu.au

We hope that you consider this invitation favourably. If you agree to participate in this study, kindly access the survey by clicking on the link below.  By doing so, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the contents of the information page and provide your informed consent to participate in this study.

How does personality influence your study preferences?

[posted 13 July 2016; closes 10 October 2016]

This study will examine how factors such as learning style, motivation, and personality influence a student's preference for either online or on-campus study. This will hopefully help career/school counsellors recommend a study mode that better aligns with an individual's particular traits, and also help university's deliver courses that help facilitate success.

We therefore invite you to participate in this voluntary study by completing a confidential and an anonymous online survey. Approved by the Charles Sturt University Human Research Ethics Committee, the survey is expected to take approximately 20 minutes of your time.

If you agree to participate in this study, kindly access the survey by clicking on the link below.  If you proceed with the survey you acknowledge that you have read and understood the contents of the information page and provide your informed consent to participate in this study.

Contact details

If you would like further information about this study, please contact:

Thomas Marsden

Phone: 0451 515 569

Email: tkmarsden@gmail.com

The Therapeutic Working Alliance: Understanding therapist empathic attunement

[posted 14 July 2016; closes 31 December 2016]

Therapists’ empathic abilities are an important factor in forming therapeutic relationships with clients. Therapists’ past traumatic experiences may impact this therapeutic alliance. This study seeks to understand the relationship between three variables: therapists’ empathic attitudes; capacity to form therapeutic alliances; and the mediating influence of past traumatic experiences. This is a joint project with a primary focus on empathic attunement, and is split into two streams depending on your responses.

We therefore invite you to participate in this voluntary study by completing a confidential and anonymous online survey. Approved by the University of Southern Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee, the survey is expected to take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

If you agree to participate, kindly access the survey by clicking on the link below. If you proceed with the survey you acknowledge that you have read and understood the contents of the information page and provide your informed consent to participate in the study.

Contact details

If you would like further information about this study, please contact:

Sue Littler, PhD MAPS

Ph: 07 4631 1645

E-mail: littlers@usq.edu.au

 

Women in Retirement

[posted 21 June 2016; closes 1 December 2016]

Emeritus Professors Susan Moore and Doreen Rosenthal from Swinburne University and the University of Melbourne are conducting a study to find out about the experiences of women who have retired from the paid workforce. The aim of the research is to examine the psychosocial consequences of retirement among older women. They are interested in factors associated with both contentment and discontentment among women retirees and comparing retirement satisfaction among women who differ with respect to partnership status, length of time in the workforce, attachment to the workplace and other variables.

They are looking for women aged 55 years or older, who have substantially retired from the paid workforce, to fill out an anonymous online questionnaire about their retirement experiences. 

To participate in the survey please click on the link below.

Alternatively, you can access the survey through a women in retirement Facebook page at

www.facebook.com/womeninretirement

Contact details

If you have any queries about the study you can contact Susan Moore at smoore@swin.edu.au

Clinicians on the couch: Psychologists’ retrospective perspectives on the experience of their personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy and how it informed their professional role.

[posted 30 May 2016; closes 30 November 2016]

I am a clinical psychologist conducting a research project supervised by Dr Janette Simmonds and Dr Christine Hill, towards a PhD of Psychology at Monash University.

This research involves interviewing psychologist that have undergone and completed their own personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy to understand ‘what worked’ with the aim of gaining a richer understanding of the patients’ experience of what was therapeutically effective. The results of the study are expected to provide greater insight and understanding which can be useful for participants, clinicians and training institutions.

The researcher invites participants:

  • Who are or have been active clinicians.
  • Who have undergone personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy with a trained psychoanalytic psychotherapist (psychodynamic therapist).
  • Who have completed their psychoanalytic psychotherapy two or more years ago.

If you agree to participate in this research, you will be interviewed for approximately 60 minutes.  The interviews will take place at a venue and time convenient to you and will be confidential, with data responses under pseudonyms.  The transcripts will be given to you within two weeks and you are free to make any changes and to add any further thoughts or reflections that may have occurred since the interview. 

Contact details

Debra Meese - Clinical Psychologist

Tel: +61 3 9905 9982       Mobile +61 (0)418 111 008

Debra.Meese@monash.edu

Worry levels in adults: Investigating factors of anxiety control, motivational temperament and worry content.

[posted 12 May 2016; closes 29 May 2017]

Little is known about how much people worry, or how well people control their worry, or changes in worry, across the adult lifespan.  This study is investigating age-related differences with worry, anxiety control, worry content, and approach-avoidance temperament.  The survey is composed of a series of multiple-choice questions, is easy to do, and takes 10-15 minutes to complete.  Adults aged from 18 years are eligible to complete the survey - please feel free to share the link with any eligible participants. 

For further information about the survey please contact:

Graeme Cheverton -  0490 179 264

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.

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.

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

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