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

Like father like son

[posted 28 September 2015; closes 1 March 2016]


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:

  • a father / male caregiver of a child aged 2-16 years.
  • aged over 18 years and live in Australia.

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.

To contact us, email the team on, or contact Dr Lucy Tully (Senior Project Leader) on or 02 9385 1697.

Impact of employee well-being on citizenship behaviours toward individuals and organisation

[posted 25 September 2015; closes 31 January 2016]

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

Dr. Anil Chandrakumara (Supervisor) at

To participate please click on the link below.  


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 -

Dr Peta Stapleton -

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


Interprofessional Clinical Decision Making for Collaborative Practice Research Participation Opportunity

[posted 21 September 2015; closes 30 November 2015]

You are invited to participate in an exciting innovative project to explore interprofessional decision making, collaboration, and communication processes. Michelle Parker-Tomlin (Clinical Psychology PhD Candidate) and her team are interested in how medical, nursing, and allied health practitioners view clinical decision making processes.  

Incentives for participants:

  • Interesting and very relevant research with national and international ‘think tanks’ and organisations dedicated to improving issues of communication and collaboration within interprofessional teams.  
  • This workshop provides a valid opportunity to interact in an interprofessional setting regarding decision making processes. 
  • From a professional development point of view, this workshop provides a very cost effective way to ‘up skill’ regarding interprofessional learning, interprofessional education, and clinical decision making. 
  • You will have the chance to win the prize draw (iPad Mini).    
  • Lunch, morning and afternoon tea provided

Who should attend:  If you practicing within your profession (medical, nursing, or allied health) and are interested in interprofessional collaborative practices and clinical decision making – then this event is for you! 

Available Dates in October & November 2015:  Please click on the link below to register your interest

For further information please contact:


Using the Online Environment to Improve Wellbeing and Social Connectedness

[posted 7 September 2015; closes 30 October 2015]

The University of Tasmania is currently running an online survey to investigate how the use of online social media may promote social connectedness and wellbeing. You are invited to participate if you are 18 years or over (regardless of whether you use social media). We are very interested in hearing from you if you provide informal care for a family member or friend due to a medical condition or illness, or receive informal care. The research involves completing a 30min online survey about your: interactions with others, online social media use (if you use it!), and experiences as a carer or care-recipient (if applicable).

If you have questions about this research you can contact the project officers at the HealthCOPE Lab, on (03) 6226 2576. 

Schema and workplace stress in mental health professionals

[posted 20 August 2015; closes 2 October 2015]

As a mental health professional, we are all aware of how stressful the occupation can be.  We are interested in how individual characteristics such as our beliefs about the world and ourselves might influence our professional susceptibility to workplace stress.  If you would like to participate in this 20 – 30 minute anonymous survey, please take the survey link below.

For further information about this study please contact:

Jackie van der Klooster on 0400 762 533 or


Intimate partner violence treatment program provider survey

[posted 20 August 2015; closes 30 October 2015]

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  or

Dr Kimberley Norris or 03 6226 7199.


The moderating influence of mental toughness on psychological distress and psychological wellbeing in university students

[posted 12 August 2015 closes 29 February 2016]

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:

  • You are 18 or over
  • You are currently enrolled in a university course in Australia

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).

For further information, please contact
Dr Charlotte Ho: or
Dr Gina Villar:

Predictors of disclosure of and help-seeking for mental health difficulties in clinical psychology trainees

[posted 12 August 2015 closes 31 October 2015]

This research study aims to examine the predictors of disclosure of and help-seeking for mental health difficulties of clinical psychology postgraduate students (trainees). Research suggests that clinical psychology trainees have an increased risk of experiencing a mental health difficulty associated with the high demands of their coursework (Arkowitz, 1990). Despite this, disclosure rates of mental health issues by these students are reportedly low (Craig and Zinkiewicz, 2010).

Participation is completely anonymous and involves completing a 20-30 minute questionnaire that could contribute toward better supporting future postgraduate psychology students through their course. To participate, please go to:

The research is being conducted by Deakin University fourth-year students Lauren Flood and Alex Kua, under the supervision of Dr Lucy Zinkiewicz (, phone 03 5227 8497) and Dr Rebecca Diehm. The study has received ethical approval from Deakin University Human Research Ethics Committee (project no. DUHREC 2015-105)

Validating a measure of worldviews

[posted 15 July 2015; closes 3 November 2015]

The main aim of this study is to validate a new measure of worldview belief systems: metaphysical, physical, and agnostic. The study also aims to develop a measure for worldview functionality. Both of these aims are important for investigating how worldview beliefs might relate to well-being, something that has consequences for therapeutic practice.

The study is a voluntary on-line survey, which will take about 30 minutes. You don't need to have any specific beliefs to participate; we are looking for as many different opinions as possible. You will be asked questions about your attitudes and experiences relating to spirituality, mysticism, science, and beliefs about the universe. There will also be some questions about your personality. All of your answers will be anonymous and confidential.

For queries about this study, please contact the researcher directly: Oliver Holmes,

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:


If you would like more information on this study, please contact the research team at 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

Interprofessional clinical decision making for collaborative practice research participation opportunity

[posted 30 June 2015; closes 31 October 2015]

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

Knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) of psychologists working with visually impaired persons

[posted 18 June 2015; closes 31 October 2015]

This qualitative research project constitutes part of the course requirements for an Honours degree in Psychology under the supervision of Professor Anna Chur-Hansen, PhD, Head of School. I am seeking participants to interview for my study. Your one-hour contribution to the research body and my thesis will be greatly appreciated.

The study aims to:

  1. explore the knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) identified by psychologists as necessary or desirable for working with visually impaired persons; 
  2. explore the differences in competency when working with sighted versus non-sighted clients; and 
  3. explore any disadvantages faced by visually impaired persons when seeking psychological treatment.

Participants must be: 

  • English-fluent registered psychologist living and working in Australia who have, at some point in their career – either presently or historically – worked with a client who is visually impaired. 
  • Over the age of 18-years.

Thank you for your consideration. If you would like to participate in this study or would like more information, my contact details are:
Mobile: 0413 114 904

What does the mental health sector offer people with Autism Spectrum Disorder for their anxiety and depression?

[posted 2 June 2015; closes 31 December 2015]

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)
Provisional Psychologist

Dr. Mark Stokes (Principal researcher)
Associate Professor

Development of culturally appropriate mental health first aid guidelines for non-health trained community-based workers assisting resettled Iraqi refugees

[posted 2 June 2015; closes 15 October 2015]

This study will aim to explore what culturally appropriate mental health first aid strategies are currently available for assisting Iraqi refugees in mental health crises or in the development of mental health problems and which of these are considered by experts in the field to be the most appropriate strategies for assisting this vulnerable group.  This involves identifying and recruiting experts to rate the importance of action statements on how to provide culturally appropriate mental health first aid to Iraqi refugees by community-based workers by utilising a Delphi consensus technique.

The participant panel will be composed by professionals with expertise on refugee mental health.

Participants of this panel will be required to meet an inclusion criteria:  to be qualified as a psychologist, social worker, psychiatrist or general practitioner; and have worked in refugee mental health PT or FT for at least 4 years. Additionally, another desirable but not essential criteria, will be to have experience with working with Iraqi refugees and their common mental health presentations.

Statements that achieve substantial consensus regarding their importance will then be considered the recommended actions, which non-health trained community-based workers should take. These guidelines will provide the basis for developing a cultural adaptation of the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training course for non-health trained community-based workers interacting with Iraqi refugees.

To preview the online survey please click the link here: Survey link


Contact details: M. Gabriela Uribe Email: Mobile: 0415 709 109 


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 :


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

Parent-Child Relationships: The role of love attitudes on attachment, psychological adjustment and resiliency

[posted 7 May 2015; closes 31 December 2015]

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:

  • A child (boys and girls) aged between 4 to 9 years
  • Availability of one parent / caregiver
  • Availability of up to 45 minutes to complete the online survey package (approx. 30 mins for parent/caregiver responses and 15 minutes for child responses)

Participation in this study is completely voluntary and anonymous. 

To participate in the survey, please head to


The research is being conducted by PhD student Rebecca Mailli ( under the supervision of Dr Peta Stapleton (, School Psychology, Bond University, Gold Coast.

Profiling the early maladaptive schemas, schema modes, and eating disorder behaviours in eating disorder subgroups

[posted 21 April 2015; closes 1 April 2016]

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

Therapist mindfulness and its links to awareness, courage, love, and compassion

[posted 21 April 2015; closes 31 October 2015]

Researchers at Curtin University are seeking mental health practitioners (counselors, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers etc.) to complete a short (15 minute) on-line survey to investigate the relationship between mindfulness and the attributes of awareness, courage, love, and compassion. Participants can enter a draw to win one of two $100 Amazon vouchers. The survey includes questions relating to the use of mindfulness-based therapies, but please note you do NOT need to be currently using mindfulness-based therapies or have a history of using these therapies to be eligible. 

Please click the following link to be taken to the survey:


For more information regarding this study please contact
Trevor Mazzuchelli -

A psychological and behavioural profile of successful weight maintenance

[posted 20 March 2015; closes 31 December 2015]

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:

  • Those who have lost at least 10% of their maximum body weight for 12 months or longer, and maintained this weight loss
  • Those who have lost at least 10% of their maximum body weight for 12 months or longer, and NOT maintained this weight loss
  • Adults who do not have a weight issue – you would be a normal weight and typically stay the same no matter what you do

This survey is anonymous and will take 20 minutes to complete.

To access the survey please click on the following link:


For further information about this study please contact

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 – or phone – 0434 825 499

Turnover intention and job embeddedness in the Australian Psychology Workforce

[posted 16 December 2014; closes 31 December 2015]

The intention to leave one's employer is referred to as turnover, and there has been recent interest in what factors are important when considering turnover intentions for psychologists. The aim of our research is to investigate the contributing factors of turnover and occupational attrition within psychologists, as this will allow us to identify which areas of being employed as a psychologist are most important in professional retention.  To do this, we need psychologists to take our very brief survey, which will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

If you are a psychologist working for an employer, we invite you to take part in this research by completing an online questionnaire asking questions about the satisfaction and sacrifices incurred as part of your job, factors related to stress relevant to your work, and aspects related to turnover from your employer / psychology as a profession.
Although participation in this research will not benefit you directly, the information provided will help in furthering our understanding of turnover and attrition within psychologists, and which factors are important when considering this area.

Participation in the study is entirely voluntary, and a link to the participant information sheet and study is available here:


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


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

[posted 2 December 2014; closes 31 December 2015]

Do you have a chronic illness?

Around 50% of individuals with depression do not seek professional help. It is suggested that patients’ attitudes prevent them from seeking help. Research also shows that beliefs in biological causes of depression to be correlated with confidence in pharmacological treatments and seeking professional help, while those who believe that depression is caused by social, environmental factors specifically stressors were more likely to prefer self-help and non-pharmacological treatments. Furthermore, of those who seek help, a mismatch between preference for treatments and the offered treatment by health professional results in higher attrition rates and attending fewer than expected visits. 

This study aims is to examine the relationship among attitudes towards depression, beliefs about what causes depression and their influence in predicting the kind of treatments individuals are likely to accept and adhere to among Australian with a chronic illness.

I would highly appreciate it if you can distribute this web link to any adult friends, family or colleagues with sufficient knowledge of the English language who may have a chronic illness.

Web link to the online survey:


If have any questions about this project or if you require additional plain language statements please contact Dr Mirella Di Benedetto on 03 9925 3019 or email


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:

Parental grief and sibling suicide bereavement outcomes

[posted 14 July 2014; closes 30 Sept 2015]

Suicide is a major public health problem.  The impact of losing a sibling by suicide on the increased risk of psychopathology and suicide for remaining siblings, ‘the forgotten mourners’ has been largely overlooked.

Our aim is to learn more about the grieving process, its impact on family relationships and bereavement outcomes. Factors involved in the development of complex grief will be explored as they relate to parental communications and connectedness with surviving children and the family's ability to make sense of the suicide death.

We are seeking participants 18 years of age or older who have lost a brother, sister or child younger than 20 years of age to suicide, in the past 5 years. 

Participants may complete a detailed online questionnaire or arrange a confidential interview, in person or by phone.  Online questionnaires may take up to an hour to complete. Semi-structured interviews can be arranged at the participant’s convenience and are expected to be completed in approximately 2 hours.

Participants may choose to enter a prize draw for $100 JB-HiFi or $100 Ticketek voucher.

If you would like further information, or to participate in this study please contact Liz Adams on 0402692755 or via email at: for a link to an online survey or to make an appointment for a private interview

Parents who prefer to share their story anonymously can click onto an online survey link here.

Siblings who prefer to share their story anonymously can click onto an online survey at this link

Identifying genes that contribute to anorexia nervosa

[posted 15 May 2014; closes 31 October 2015]

The Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative (ANGI) study needs more participants to search for the genes behind anorexia nervosa. We have 600 and need 600 more.


If you have ever suffered from anorexia in your lifetime, please go to and complete the survey.


Those eligible will be asked to provide a blood sample, from which we can analyse DNA markers and look for the genes predisposing anorexia. Anyone across Australia, of any age, is able to participate. We encourage you to pass information about this study on through your networks.
If you need further information, please email the ANGI team at or call 1800 257 179.

Intensive treatment of paediatric OCD: Improving access and outcomes

[posted 22 April 2014; closes 1 Jan 2017]

Dr Lara Farrell and her team at Griffith University, Gold Coast and Mt Gravatt, are conducting a study that seeks to determine whether D-Cycloserine enhances the effectiveness of an intensive cognitive-behavioural treatment (CBT) for children and youth (ages 7 – 17 years) who experience obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

 Another aim of the study is to examine whether D-Cycloserine works best when given either before or after CBT.

The study also aims to explore important cognitive or thinking mechanisms in children and parents/guardians that may be associated with the development and maintenance of this anxiety disorder.

Eligible participants will receive a comprehensive assessment, including psychiatric review, in addition to 3 x intensive therapy sessions followed by weekly follow up sessions for 1 month after treatment.

For more information, or if you would like to refer at client please contact us on (07) 5552 8317 or

The study is supported by the National Health and Medical Research Committee and has received ethical approval from Griffith University (GU Ref No: PSY/A4/13/HREC).

Understanding the relationship between attachment style, relationship satisfaction, illness behaviour, and psychological distress in couples

[posted 3 February 2014; closes 25 November 2015]

This research investigation is examining the relationship between adult attachment styles, relationship satisfaction, illness behaviours, and psychological distress in couples. Most of the previous work in this area has focused on individuals. Very few studies have sought to determine the relationship between attachment style, relationship satisfaction, illness behaviour, and psychological distress among couples, and how they might interact within the dyadic structure. You must be aged between 25 and 65 years, and currently in a couple relationship - both partners would need to be willing to be involved. 

 The questionnaire should take approximately 30-35 minutes to complete and can be found here:


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

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

[posted 2 December 2013; closes 9 September 2018]

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

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

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

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

Clinicians are encouraged to refer children who demonstrate:

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

More information can be found at our website:

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

Fluoxetine for the treatment of autistic repetitive behaviours (FAB Trial)

[posted 8 Nov 2013; closes 31 October 2015]

This study investigates the efficacy of low dose Fluoxetine on restricted, repetitive and stereotyped behaviours.

Repetitive behaviours (e.g., stereotypies, routines and rituals) among children with autism are typically associated with high levels of anxiety and self-injury. The use of off-the-label medications such as Fluoxetine (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor - SSRI) is increasingly common in Australia and overseas to reduce the severity of these repetitive behaviours. The FAB Trial is a large clinical study and outcomes will provide evidence for the safety and efficacy of Fluoxetine in children with autism, so to influence clinical guidelines and informed decision-making regarding treatment options for families affected by autism. 

This is a multi-site randomised controlled trial of Fluoxetine versus placebo, funded by the NHMRC.

Participants undergo pre and post treatment cognitive and behavioural assessments then are closely monitored for therapeutic effects over 22 weeks.

Eligibility: Patients between the ages of 7.5 and 17 years with a provisional or confirmed diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Exclusion Criteria: Patients must not:

  • Be on any psychotropic medication, MAOI’s or antidepressants 6 weeks prior to the trial
  • Have a known diagnosis of Rett’s Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Major Depression or Schizophrenia
  • Have concurrent/comorbid significant medical conditions such as unstable seizures.

For more information, or to request participation, please contact one of the following:

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

[posted 6 November 2013; closes 31 December 2015]

Online video games are an increasingly popular form of entertainment, however, excessive use has been associated with significant impairment in occupational, educational, social, family and interpersonal functioning, as well as various physical problems.

The present study aims to investigate problems associated with video game use. Adults who identify as having problems associated with online video game use are invited to participate in the study and should call 02 47342581 for further information.  After an initial telephone interview to determine suitability for the study, eligible participants will be forwarded the Participant Information Sheet and Consent Form together with a set of online questionnaires which will need to be completed.  Participants will also be required to attend an interview with one of the study investigators after completion of the online questionnaires.

CONTACT NUMBER: (02) 4734 2581 OR (02) 4734 2585
CONTACT NAME: Ms Mani Viswasam
Email address:

Using computers to help mental health concerns: What are your thoughts on computers as an extra set of hands?

[posted 30 July 2012; closes 31 March 2016]

Computerised and online interventions are an exciting and innovative progression developed to provide alternative options for people with mental health concerns who are hesitant or unable to attend face-to-face therapy or counselling. But what do professionals working with these populations really think about computer and online therapy?

As a team of researchers from the University of Southern Queensland and Griffith University we are seeking professionals Australia-wide (e.g. psychologists, counsellors, guidance officers, nurses, researchers, case workers etc.) who as part of their everyday practice work with children, adolescents, or adults with mental health concerns.

Even if you’ve never used computerised interventions, we want your opinion.

Participation involves a brief survey that asks about your opinions concerning computerised therapy and information regarding either computerised interventions or healthy lifestyle tips. Participants may also be invited to view a very brief demonstration and answer some additional questions. It should take no longer than 20-30 minutes to complete this research.

Interested participants can learn more about the research or register to participate by visiting our website:


If you are interested in participating, or would like any further information, please contact Caroline Donavan (Griffith supervisor) at or Ph (07) 3735 3401  


Children’s adaptation to family litigation and interparental conflict: discerning the risks, resources, and coping processes underlying resilience and vulnerability

[posted 12 February 2013; closes 31 December 2015]

This research is seeking participation from separated families, particularly those that have engaged in mediation or litigation in the Federal Magistrates or Family Court of Australia. To participate, children age 9-14 years and one of their parents are asked to complete a 30 minute online questionnaire. Children will also be asked to complete a brief (5 minute) diary for 5 days.

The aim of the study is to determine the factors that assist children to cope with the stress of interparental conflict. In particular, the research seeks to better understand factors that help children cope following family involvement in the Federal Magistrates Court or Family Court of Australia. The study is examining variables associated with children’s competence, coping, and resilience in order to determine the elements that assist or hinder children’s outcomes following stressful events. This research project is specifically designed to assess risk and resilience in children whose parents are engaged in the Australian Courts.

The research is being promoted in psychology services and community organisation that provide services to separated children and their family. If you can assist by displaying posters and flyers about the research in your service, or for further information, please contact or (07) 5552 9121.

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


To participate, please go to


The research has approval from the Griffith University Human Research Ethics Committee Ethics Protocol Number PSY/B9/11/HREC, until 2015.

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

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

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

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

*Member, Associate Member, Honorary Fellow or Fellow