As a member service, the APS includes on this website details of research being conducted by members who are seeking participants in research.

If you are interested in participating, please contact the individual cited in the 'Contact details' section under each project listing. Please do not contact the APS directly.

Please note: The APS in no way endorses, has no involvement in, and is not responsible for the research projects listed. Your participation in any of the projects listed is entirely voluntary.

Current research projects

Psychologists Attitudes to Mandatory Reporting of Problems of Professional Competence in Psychological Practice

[posted 10 July 2017; closes 29 September 2017]

The aim of this study is to investigate the types of competence problems displayed by psychologists, the concerns psychologists have about reporting a colleague with competence problems, and the factors they consider when deciding whether to make a report. This research also hopes to widen clinical knowledge and understanding of problems of professional competence that exist in the psychology profession. 

Participation in this study is open to any psychologist who is currently registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and involves responding to an anonymous and confidential online questionnaire which takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

The research is being undertaken by Heidi Wicker and Dr Leanne Humphreys from Charles Sturt University. The project has received ethical approval from Charles Sturt University Human Research Ethics Committee (Protocol Number H17020).

For more information about the project or to participate in the survey please click the 'Start the Survey' button below.

For further information please contact:

Heidi Wicker - Email: heidijwicker@gmail.com

Dr Leanne Humphreys (Supervisor) - Email: lhumphreys@csu.edu.au

 

Is the New Cybermind a Form of Transactive Memory?

[posted 7 July 2017; closes 15 September 2017]

Is the internet becoming part of our external memory? Do you become increasingly reliant on the internet that you forget information that’s available online? Will your attitude to "change" affect how you adapt to the internet?

More modern learners have become adaptable to the internet, and it is changing the way they learn. This study will investigate how people of different age and culture (Australian and Hong Kong) use the internet to retrieve information nowadays. We hope to examine whether the “Transactive Memory” and “Google Effect” are applicable to our use of the internet. Also, we would like to investigate if our attitude of “change” is a factor to how we adapt to internet use.

For more information, go to:  https://tinyurl.com/cybermind

We would like to invite you to participate in this voluntary study by completing a confidential and anonymous online questionnaire.

Please feel free to share the link. Participation should take no more than 15 minutes.

This study is approved by the University of Melbourne Human Research Ethics Committee.

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

Researcher: Chun Ho WONG (Student) [Supervisor: Dr Terence Bowles]

Email: chunw7@student.unimelb.edu.au 

 

Parents, teachers and psychologists' perceptions of the usefulness of psycho-educational reports

[posted 26 June 2017; closes 31 July 2017]

This research is looking at how psychological reports are used to support students experiencing learning difficulties.

We are seeking parents, teachers and psychologists who have experience of psychological reports for students experiencing learning difficulties to participate in this research. 

It is hoped that this research will provide greater insight into how, if at all, stakeholders use reports and the impact, if any, this has on supporting children who experience difficulties in their learning.

If you would like to participate, please click the survey button. The survey should take about 20 minutes. 

Participants will have the option to go into a draw to win 1 of 3 $100 Coles/Myer vouchers.

This project is being conducted by Ka Leng Lei and Stephen Campbell, under the supervision of Dr Kate Jacobs and Joanne Lindelauf, as part of their 4th year thesis in the Faculty of Education at Monash University.  The study has ethics approval from Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee.

For further information, please contact:

Joanne Lindelauf - Co-Investigator      

Phone:  (03) 9905 2988  

Email:joanne@lindelauf@monash.edu                              

 

'Who am I?' - A self-report measure

[posted 26 June 2017; closes 31 July 2017]

You are invited to be a part of a rapidly growing body of literature that is investigating the isolation of positive psychological traits and secular resilient qualities from measures of spirituality.

Should you agree to take part, you will be asked to complete a short online survey that should take no longer than 15 minutes. This survey will ask questions about positive psychological traits, human characteristics, spirituality, and resilient qualities.  The survey will be completely anonymous and non-identifiable.

Participation is open to anybody aged 18 or over. If you meet this criteria and would like to participate, please click the 'Start the Survey' button. This will take you to a more detailed information sheet and the online survey.

Please feel free to share the link with any eligible participants.

For further information please contact:

Chief investigator: Chris Adams at cta1612@gmail.com   

Supervisors: Dr Robert Buckingham at rbuckingham@csu.edu.au  

Dr James Schuurmans-Stekhoven at jschuurmans-stekhoven@csu.edu.au

 

Workplace Stressors: Understanding the contributors

[posted 8 June 2017; closes 30 September 2017]

The financial and psychological burden of workplace stress can be potentially devastating for both an individual and a business.  According to Worksafe Queensland’s website, mental disorders represented $52 million total claim payments in 2014-15, with a loss in productivity cost of $10.9 billion nationally each year.  In addition, they state that a typical mental disorder claim is valued at $53,000 and 34 weeks off work. 

Therefore, understanding what contributes to a workplace stress through asking questions about the individual, the role, the organisation and how we each approach different situations is the aim of this study.  A variety of scales are included in this questionnaire to identify the influencing elements.

This survey is open to anyone working a minimum of four hours a week and 16 years and over, and is anonymous.  The study has received ethical approval (S/17/10/40) for the data to be made available for future collaborative research.

Supervisor

Dr Prudence Millear, University of the Sunshine Coast

Contact details:

Supervisor: Dr Prudence Millear - pmillear@usc.edu.au Tel: 07 5430 1243

Student: Clare Farley - ctf001@student.usc.edu.au  Mobile: 0434 632 063

 

Ethical ideology and behavioural judgement within the context of Australian psychology

[posted 25 May 2017; closes 1 August 2017]

You are invited to participate in a research study investigating the ethical ideology and behavioural judgements within the context of Australian psychology. Participation is open to anybody who meets the following criteria:

• Are aged 18 and over, and

• Have studied or are studying psychology at 4th year level or higher at an Australian tertiary institution, or

• Have trained or are training as a provisional psychologist within Australia, or

• Have trained or are training as a psychologist registrar within Australia, or

• Are registered as a psychologist with AHPRA. 

To participate in the research study please click on the button below to commence the survey. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. You will be asked to address questions relating to your ethical ideology and behavioural judgements, and has been approved by Charles Sturt Ethics Committee (approval no. 200/2017/17).

Please feel free to share the link with any eligible participants.

For further information please contact:

Chief investigator: Melinda Lee at Melinda.lee@hotmail.com

Supervisor: Dr Karl Wiener at kwiener@csu.edu.au

 

Herbal medicines as complementary treatments for depression, what is your view?

[posted 25 May 2017; closes 28 July 2017]

Do you hold current AHPRA registration or provisional registration as a psychologist?

If so you are invited to participate in our study.

This study is exploring psychologists’ complementary medicine beliefs, attitudes towards herbal medicine and practice behaviours related to these medicines. This study is one of the requirements of completing the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours) program at Charles Sturt University.

Using an online survey platform, you will be asked to answer some basic demographic questions and to complete a series of questionnaires exploring your complimentary medicine beliefs, your attitudes towards herbal medicine, your practice behaviours related to these medicines and your knowledge of herbal medicines.

Participation should take no more than 15 minutes.

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary and anonymous to protect your privacy and you will not be asked any identifying information.

Supervisor:  Dr Erica McIntyre

If you would like to take part in the research or seek further information please contact:

Ms Lindsay McFarlane: lindsaymcfarlane1@gmail.com  Dr Erica McIntyre: emcintyre@csu.edu.au

 

Adjusting to the Retirement Transition

[posted 4 May 2017; closes 31 December 2018]

Are you retiring within the next six months? If so, we invite you to take part in a research study that investigates the contribution of various social factors to adjustment during the retirement transition.  

Taking part will involve answering online survey questions about your workplace, retirement preparation, social relationships, sources of support and well-being.

This is a three-phase study, so you will complete similar surveys three times during your retirement transition – up to six months before retirement, within one to two weeks of your retirement date, and again two to three months following retirement.  

These surveys will each take about 30 minutes to complete. To thank you for your participation, we will put you in a prize draw where you have the chance to win Coles Group and Myer eGift cards on completion of each survey.

So if you are planning to stop full-time work in the next six months and would like to be involved, please click on the 'start the survey' button: 

 

For further information please contact Dr Ben Lam at ben.lam@uq.edu.au  

This study has received ethical approval from The University of Queensland: 2015001736. The chief investigator is Professor Catherine Haslam.

 

 

Pre-schoolers’ eating behaviour and ability to delay gratification

[posted 2 May 2017; closes 29 December 2017]

Researchers at the Swinburne BabyLab are investigating the relationship between preschool children's ability to delay gratification and their eating behaviour, with the aim of contributing to research into early precursors of disordered eating.

We are looking for 2.5-3.5 year old children who can attend a once off, one hour session in person at the Swinburne Babylab at Swinburne University, 425 Burwood Road Hawthorn, Victoria. The children will complete an activity while their caregiver completes some questionnaires.

Please contact us if you are willing to display study flyers in your clinic. For more information and for registration, please visit www.babylab.org or contact us on (03) 9214 8822 or babylab@swin.edu.au   

Principal researcher: Clare Billings, Master of Clinical Psychology student

Supervisor: Dr Jordy Kaufman, Associate Professor

Someone Else’s Problem: Behaviour in communal kitchens as a marker of collegiality in the workplace

[posted 4 April 2017; closes 31 December 2017]

This research investigates how people interact in their shared work kitchens. We have all had experiences where someone takes the milk that is not theirs, food goes missing, or there is a mess on the sink that last for days!

I am interested in how these kitchen behaviours reflect the wider social environment in the workplace and if the simple things, like cleaning up after yourself can serve as marker for a healthy and happy workplace.  Anyone who has a shared kitchen or eating area in their workplace is invited to take part in this survey - regardless of the number of people in your workplace (from at least 2 to many more), your position in the work hierarchy, or how many hours you work each week.

The survey has been approved by the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Ethics Committee (A/15/772) and it will only take about 15 minutes to complete, although you can opt out at any time if you find you don’t want to finish it. To have the widest understanding of different people’s experiences, you can share this email with others that you know who would like to take part as well. 

Contact details:

Dr Prudence Millear

Lecturer in Psychology, University of the Sunshine Coast

E: pmillear@usc.edu.au

T: 07 5430 1243

 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders: How Do Clinician Characteristics Impact on Treatment Fidelity?

[posted 6 March 2017; closes 31 July 2017]

This project consists of an online survey which aims to explore clinician characteristics that impact on the delivery of individual treatment for eating disorders in adults and the implication of these findings on clinician training. 

Are you a psychologist? Do you practice cognitive behavioural therapy?  Have you treated at least one individual client with an eating disorder over the past 12 months?   If so, you are invited to participate in the study via an online survey.  You will have the option of entering your name into a prize draw to win a one of four $50 Coles/Myer vouchers.

The research is being undertaken by Caroline Brown and Associate Professor Kathryn Nicholson Perry 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 29720217).

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

For further information please contact:

Caroline Brown  - email: 228442@my.acap.edu.au  or

Associate Professor Kathryn Nicholson Perry (Supervisor) email: Kathryn.NicholsonPerry@acap.edu.au

 

Smartphone technology adoption and use among professionals

[posted 5 July 2016; closes 31 December 2017]

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.

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

Professional Attitudes towards Problem Gambling

[posted 17 July 2017; closes 31 October 2017]

This research is looking at attitudes and beliefs towards problem gambling by professionals.

We are seeking mental health professionals, mental health trainees, and the general community in Australia (18+) to participate in this research.

We hope this research will provide good insight into the understandings of attitudes towards problem gambling, leading to knowledge and evidence base for training and educational programs for health professionals and anti-stigma policies and strategies.

If you would like to participate, please click the survey button 

The survey should take about 20 minutes. 

Participants will have the option to go into a draw to win 1 of 15 $50 Coles/Myer vouchers.

This project is being conducted by Effie Chen, under the supervision of A/P Nicki Dowling, A/P Petra Staiger, and Professor Lina Riccaridelli from Deakin University. This study has ethics approval from Deakin University Human Research Ethics Committee (Project 2017-089).

For further information, please contact:

Effie Chen

School of Psychology, Deakin University

221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

Email: zifei@deakin.edu.au

 

Jealousy and Gay Male Relationships

[posted 19 July 2017; closes 30 September 2017]

This project aims to explore jealousy within gay male relationships and how jealousy relates to other relationship factors such as relationship satisfaction, love (intimacy, passion, commitment), and socio-sexuality. There is little known about jealousy within gay relationships. What is known is that approximately half of gay relationships are monogamous compared to over 95% of heterosexual relationships. The non-exclusivity of gay relationships creates social and emotional pressures for those individuals that do experience jealousy. This is an exploratory study interested in getting a clearer picture of gay relationships and how jealousy relates to other relationship factors.

The researcher is seeking the assistance of psychologists in inviting potential participants to complete the short online survey. This study would be of interest to psychologists working with gay men in relationships, particularly in helping them develop strategies to manage jealousy.

For further information, please contact Terry Evans at evatj001@mymail.unisa.edu.au or

Mobile: 0407 184 656

Supervisor: Associate Professor Phillip Kavanagh

To participate in the survey, please click the ‘start the survey button’