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.
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.
Siobhan James email@example.com
Dr Jordy Kaufman, Supervisor firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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).
Project Primary Supervisor
Dr Luana Main
For further information and to participate in this research please click on the survey link below.
Relationships Australia New South Wales and Macquarie University are working together to investigate couples 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 couples’ 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 email@example.com
What do fathers want from parenting programs?
Researchers at UNSW are seeking volunteers to participate in a national online survey of fathers, to learn about what fathers want from parenting programs and to develop new parenting programs to meet the specific needs of fathers.
Previous participation in a parenting program, or knowledge of parenting programs, is not necessary to take part.
The study would be a good fit for you if you are:
To participate in an anonymous 15-minute survey, please click on the link below:
What are clinicians’ experiences in working with fathers?
Are you currently working as a clinician/practitioner in Australia and delivering parenting programs (or treatment for child conduct problems?
If so, then we would really value your input!
To participate in an anonymous 15-minute survey, please visit:
This research is being conducted by UNSW and is funded by the Movember Foundation.
Employee well-being is paramount for any worker to engage in beneficial organisational behaviours that determine positive individual and organization outcomes.
The primary objective of this study would be to identify elements of employee well-being of nurses and allied health staff (for example – psychologists) in Australia, and to examine its effect on volunteered helpful behaviours called organisational citizenship behaviours (OCBs) toward their clients, colleagues and the organisation. Employee well-being means whether one particularly feels and thinks positively and thrives at work and life through a sense of autonomy and growth, perceived mutual employer-employee care, support and trust.
This survey is voluntary, anonymous and takes 10-15 minutes to complete. This study has been approved by the ‘University of Wollongong Human Research Ethics Committee (Ethics No:HE14/274)
For further information regarding the study please contact:
Indrani Mukherjee (3rd year Ph.D.) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Anil Chandrakumara (Supervisor) at email@example.com
To participate please click on the link below.
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Peta Stapleton - email@example.com
To participate in the survey, please visit the link below.
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:
If you wish to discuss the study further please contact
Robyn Yaxley firstname.lastname@example.org or
Dr Kimberley Norris email@example.com or 03 6226 7199.
Most people experience psychological distress at some point in their lives. The purpose of this study is to find out whether mental toughness has a role to play in stress and wellbeing in university students.We are particularly interested hearing from you if:
The procedure involves filling an online survey (simply tick the relevant boxes for your answers) that will take approximately 30 minutes. The survey questions will be about mental toughness, stress, and wellbeing. Your responses will be confidential and we do not collect identifying information such as your name, email address, or IP address. Other information we ask are related to your age, gender, study, work, and family.
The study is being conducted by Dr Charlotte Ho (student) and Dr Gina Villar (Supervisor/Adjunct Lecturer) at the School of Psychology, Charles Sturt University and it has been approved by Charles Sturt University’s Human Research Ethics Committee (100/2015/114).
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:
If you would like more information on this study, please contact the research team at firstname.lastname@example.org or the principle researcher:
Merrilyn Hooley, PhD.
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
Working collaboratively within interprofessional environments is paramount to successful intervention planning for patient care. The aim of this survey research is to examine medical and health professionals’ clinical reasoning capabilities, and to improve interprofessional collaboration. Please see the link below to conduct the survey. This survey should only take up to 25 minutes to complete.
For further queries please email email@example.com
You are invited to participate in a brief (15 minute) de-identified survey that aims to develop awareness of the clinical services offered to individuals with ASD who experience anxiety and depression. Participation is completely voluntary.
In order to take part in this study you must be a registered mental health practitioner who has direct clinical contact with consumers seeking service for their mental health. If you are working within the public mental health sector, please answer the questions in respect to this area of practice. However, you are still eligible to participate if you are employed within the private sector.
An online version of the survey is available via the link below. Alternatively, a hard copy version of the survey can be mailed to you at your convenience.
This study was developed as a part of the Deakin University Master of Clinical Psychology program. If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact the researchers.
Edwina Ford (Student researcher)
Dr. Mark Stokes (Principal researcher)
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.
The parent-child relationship is important to children and adults throughout the life course, with negative experiences within the family context reported to predispose individuals to the development of various emotional, behavioural and social impairments. Previous studies into the parent-child relationship have been based on different theoretical perspectives about parent-child relationships during infancy and early childhood (e.g. attachment and parenting-styles), however, little is known about the developmental correlates of attachment disorganisation in middle childhood and the resulting impact on the psychological adjustment of the child. Further, no research currently exist to explore the potential role that love attitudes play in attachment and positive parent-child relationships during middle childhood.
The present study aims to use a novel approach of exploring whether the way parents and children express and receive love impacts on the quality of their relationship and consequently on the adjustment of the child.
Criteria for inclusion in this study include:
Participation in this study is completely voluntary and anonymous.
To participate in the survey, please head to www.loveattitudes.com
The research is being conducted by PhD student Rebecca Mailli (firstname.lastname@example.org) under the supervision of Dr Peta Stapleton (email@example.com), School Psychology, Bond University, Gold Coast.
Eating disorders (EDs) such as Anorexia Nervosa (AN), Bulimia Nervosa (BN), and Binge Eating Disorder (BED) are associated with severe psychological and physiological impacts, and represent a significant and escalating problem in community health. In the past two decades, a myriad of treatments have been developed for EDs and while these show varying degrees of evidence-based support, none are universally effective for all eating disorders or clients. Given this, there is a need to better understand those psychological factors that underpin ED behaviours.
Schema Therapy was initially developed to treat personality dysfunction, but has increasingly been used with other complex psychiatric disorders. Cross-sectional research in adults confirms the presence of Early Maladaptive Schemas (EMSs) in individuals with EDs as well as the association of schema and binge eating and depression. The concept of schema mode (SM) is relatively new, but its use in clinical practice has grown rapidly, due to its utility in overcoming clinical difficulties in individuals with PDs. SMs reflect the combination of schemas and coping strategies active for an individual at any point in time and account for rapid changes in emotional state and behaviour linked to emotional instability.
This study aims to examine the association among EMSs, SMs and specific ED behaviours in individuals with EDs. Using an online survey, participants will be assessed for eating disorder by an online diagnostic screening tool. Those meeting this criteria will compete an online survey of psychological measures.
We are seeking adult females and males who self identified as suffering an eating disorder.
|The survey can be accessed at:
For further information please contact Jinyuan (Queenie) Wu
It is widely acknowledged that globally obesity is rising at an alarming rate, and much research attention has focused on programs, strategies and public health campaigns aimed at assisting people to reduce weight. However, the literature has identified that only 20% of people who lose weight through dieting maintain this weight loss for more than 12 months.
Research indicates the more time that elapses between the end of a diet and follow-up, the more weight is regained. This coupled with the psychological effects of remaining overweight/obese (e.g. low self-esteem) highlights a crucial need: to ascertain why people regain weight after significant loss, and determine the resources and traits needed to stay weight-maintained after weight loss. We are surveying 3 groups of people:
This survey is anonymous and will take 20 minutes to complete.
|To access the survey please click on the following link: https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=164643|
For further information about this study please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – email@example.com or phone – 0434 825 499
The intention to leave one's employer is referred to as turnover, and there has been recent interest in what factors are important when considering turnover intentions for psychologists. The aim of our research is to investigate the contributing factors of turnover and occupational attrition within psychologists, as this will allow us to identify which areas of being employed as a psychologist are most important in professional retention. To do this, we need psychologists to take our very brief survey, which will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
If you are a psychologist working for an employer, we invite you to take part in this research by completing an online questionnaire asking questions about the satisfaction and sacrifices incurred as part of your job, factors related to stress relevant to your work, and aspects related to turnover from your employer / psychology as a profession.
Although participation in this research will not benefit you directly, the information provided will help in furthering our understanding of turnover and attrition within psychologists, and which factors are important when considering this area.
|Participation in the study is entirely voluntary, and a link to the participant information sheet and study is available here: https://curtin.asia.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3axMTIFCYOLAUEB|
If you have any questions before, during or after the survey, please contact:
Dr Brody Heritage - B.Heritage@curtin.edu.au
A/Prof Lynne Roberts - Lynne.Roberts@curtin.edu.au
Dr Trevor Mazzucchelli - Trevor.Mazzucchelli@curtin.edu.au
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 mirella.dibenedetto@.rmit.edu.au.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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).
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:
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:
Ph: (02) 9385 0376
Online video games are an increasingly popular form of entertainment, however, excessive use has been associated with significant impairment in occupational, educational, social, family and interpersonal functioning, as well as various physical problems.
The present study aims to investigate problems associated with video game use. Adults who identify as having problems associated with online video game use are invited to participate in the study and should call 02 47342581 for further information. After an initial telephone interview to determine suitability for the study, eligible participants will be forwarded the Participant Information Sheet and Consent Form together with a set of online questionnaires which will need to be completed. Participants will also be required to attend an interview with one of the study investigators after completion of the online questionnaires.
CONTACT NUMBER: (02) 4734 2581 OR (02) 4734 2585
CONTACT NAME: Ms Mani Viswasam
Email address: Mani.Viswasam@swahs.health.nsw.gov.au
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Ph (07) 3735 3401
[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 email@example.com or (07) 5552 9121.
The research is being conducted by PhD student Susan Rowe under the supervision of Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Doctor Michelle Hood (email@example.com), School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Gold Coast.
|To participate, please go to www.copingsurvey.wix.com/online.|
The research has approval from the Griffith University Human Research Ethics Committee Ethics Protocol Number PSY/B9/11/HREC, until 2015.
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:
The above information should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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