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

Face-to-face and Technology Assisted Supervision in Psychology: A comparison of Supervisory Alliance, Supervisory Satisfaction and Competency-based Outcomes

[posted 9 November 2017; closes 30 April 2018]

You are invited to participate in a research study investigating the differences between Technology Assisted Supervision Techniques and traditional Face-to-face supervision techniques within psychology. Differences will be measured on supervisory alliance, supervisory satisfaction, the activities completed in supervision and the supervisee’s evaluation of supervision. Participation is open to all registered psychologists, provisionally registered psychologists or psychology students who have undertaken some form of professional supervision where they were the supervisee within the last 6 months.

Participation should take approximately 20 minutes and involves completing an online survey where you will also be asked some brief demographic questions, about your age, gender, employment status and postcode, followed by questionnaires assessing your experiences with your most recent psychological supervision. 

For further information, please contact Lianne Fulcher by email liannefulcher11@gmail.com or Supervisor, Dr Leanne Humphreys on 02 6338 4570, email lhumphreys@csu.edu.au    

If you would like to participate in the survey, click the ‘Start the Survey’ button.

 

Psychologists’ and Community Members’ Awareness of Child Abuse and Reporting

[posted 9 November 2017; closes 12 October 2018]

One of the factors that can adversely affect children’s long term health and psychological wellbeing is the experience of child abuse. Despite this, child abuse is known to commonly occur in the family home and community recognition of the problem remains low. Furthermore, there is very little research into community understanding of child abuse and willingness to report child abuse in an Australian context.

The current study aims to explore whether a sample of community members’ knowledge and perceptions of child abuse and reporting are different from those of registered and provisional psychologists. It also aims to examine a community sample’s awareness of child abuse, intention to report child abuse and understanding of mandatory reporting legislation.

Participation in the study involves completing an anonymous online questionnaire. The questionnaire will involve a number of questions regarding participants’ perceptions of child abuse and understanding of mandatory reporting legislation. Participants will also be asked about their perceptions of the seriousness of child abuse in the Australian community, what they would do if they suspected a child was being abused and their experiences working with children and mandatory reporting. Completion of the questionnaire will take approximately 10 - 15 minutes.

Ethics approval was granted by Swinburne University Human Research Ethics Committee on 12th October, 2017 (SHR Project 2017/226)

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

Chief Investigator: Associate Professor Ann Knowles

Email: aknowles@swin.edu.au - Phone: (03) 9214 8205

Student Investigator: Alana Pisani - Email: apisani@swin.edu.au

 

Therapist Beliefs about Exposure Therapy Implementation

[posted 20 October 2017; closes 28 February 2018]

Participation in a study is open for individuals who are currently registered with the Psychology Board of Australia.

This study seeks to facilitate a better understanding of the behaviours therapists engage in while working with anxious clients, and the beliefs therapists hold regarding these behaviours. Secondly, this study aims to psychometrically evaluate a novel measure of the beliefs therapists hold regarding their own behaviours while treating anxious clients.

Participation is expected to take approximately 20 minutes and involves reading a participant information sheet, providing consent, and completing a set of questionnaires.

Participants will be entered into a draw to win one of six visa gift cards in the amounts of $100 (1) AND $50 (5)

If you are interested in participating, please click ‘Start the Survey’ button.

Please share the link with other individuals registered with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Contact details:

Chief Investigator: Peter Kelly at pkelly@uow.edu.au

Doctoral Student: Johanna Meyer at jmm730@uowmail.edu.au

Co-investigator: Steven Roodenrys at steven@uow.edu.au

 

Working with Older Adult Clients

[posted 18 October 2017; closes 31 July 2018]

Calling all provisional and registered psychologists! 

We want to hear your thoughts about working with older adult clients (even if you’ve seen very few or none at all!) to help develop an understanding of the challenges faced by psychologists working with this age group.

 

If you are able to help, please complete the short survey (less than 10 minutes) linked below. All responses will be de-identified and completely confidential.

 

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want to know more about the study, at dinajones@swin.edu.au or on 0402021121. This research has ethics approval from Swinburne University Human Research Ethics Committee.

Thanks for your help! 

Student researcher:  Dina Jones, Master of Psychology (Clinical) Student

Supervisor: Associate Professor Ann Knowles

 

YouTube Dating Advice: Content Analysis and Interviews with Users

[posted 18 October 2017; closes 30 May 2018]

Modern dating can be a confusing experience, and individuals may consult YouTube for guidance in this area.

The present study aims to review YouTube dating advice videos and conduct interviews with women who use the advice.

We are looking for heterosexual women aged 26 or older who have used YouTube dating advice (videos featuring a dating coach/expert offering advice to women) to share their perspectives in a one-hour individual interview.

$25 Coles-Myer gift cards for completed participation to thank you for your time.

The interview will be audio recorded. Your responses will be de-identified and a pseudonym used to protect identity. Individuals who express interest in the study will be sent an explanatory statement containing further details of the study along with a consent form to be completed prior to participation.

For more information or to participate, please contact the PhD student researcher:

Julia Horn

Master of Psychology (Counselling)/PhD candidate

Ph: (03) 9902 4874   E: julia.horn@monash.edu

Supervised by Dr Janette Simmonds (Main Supervisor; janette.simmonds@monash.edu) and Dr Tristan Snell (Associate Supervisor; tristan.snell@monash.edu)

Minding My Mind

[posted 6 October 2017; closes 31 January 2018]

My name in Angela Van Roden, I am a Master of Psychology (Clinical) student at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst Campus, and I am currently undertaking the Research Dissertation component of the course, with the supervision of Dr Amie Frewen.

You are invited to participate in my research study (Ethics Protocol ID: 200/2017/58), investigating barriers and determinants of help-seeking in Mental Health Practitioners.

If you are interested in participating please click the ‘Start the Survey’ button which will take you directly to the survey. The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

Please also consider forwarding this through your professional networks to others who you think would be interested in participating. 

I thank you in anticipation for your time and interest in this study. If you have any questions relating to this study, please direct them to the Chief Investigator - Angela Van Roden at angela.vanroden@gmail.com or follow the directions on the Information Statement found at the start of the survey.

 

Vicarious Posttraumatic Growth in Health Care Professionals

[posted 2 October 2017; closes 31 January 2018]

You are invited to participate in a research study investigating factors predictive of vicarious posttraumatic growth in health care professionals treating individuals who have experienced trauma. Participation is open to health care professionals (registered psychologists, social workers and psychiatric nurses) who work with clients who have experienced trauma.

If you are interested in participating, please click the ‘Start the survey’ button. It will take you to a more detailed information statement and a questionnaire set. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Please only complete this survey if you are a healthcare professional (registered psychologist, social worker or psychiatric nurse) who has treated a client with trauma in the past month as a part of your regular work duties.

Please feel free to forward this message to other who may fit this criteria and would like to partake.

This research is being conducted as part of a Master of Psychology Dissertation through Charles Sturt University and has been approved by Charles Sturt Ethics Committee (approval no. H17145).

Please direct any questions to Chief investigator – Natalie Kuester at nlkuester17@gmail.com or follow the directions on the Information Statement.

 

Evidence-based practice used by psychologists treating secondary psychological injuries within the State Insurance Regulatory Authority governed frameworks (i.e. Workers Compensation Insurance and Motor Accidents Compulsory Third Party Insurance)

[posted 22 September 2017; closes 21 February 2018]

You are invited to participate in a research which aims to explore the feasibility (i.e., the applicability, acceptability and practicality) of recommendations proposed by a group of expert psychologists to overcome barriers in using evidence-based practice within the State Insurance Regulatory Authority Insurance Frameworks (i.e., CTP & Workers Compensation).

The survey questions will ask you to rate the recommendations which in your opinion are the most feasible in overcoming barriers in the uptake of evidence based practice. The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes and can be completed using the online Qualtrics platform.

Following completion of the survey, you will be given an opportunity to provide your email address (in a separate survey) if you would like to receive a $20 Amazon e-gift card in appreciation of your time for completing this survey.

This project has received ethics approval from the University of New England: HE17-191

Thank you for participating in this research.

Kind Regards,

Tahira Haider (University of New England, PhD candidate)

Associate Professor Debra Dunstan (Primary Supervisor)

Associate Professor Navjot Bhullar (Co-Supervisor)

School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences                          

University of New England

Armidale NSW 2351 Australia

Phone: 02 6773 3764       Email: thaider@myune.edu.au

 

Australian Psychology Workforce: Work-related Stress and Satisfaction

[posted 20 September 2017; closes 31 December 2017]

Australian Psychologists are invited to participate in an anonymous online survey about the characteristics of their work (e.g. setting, role, years of experience, income), challenges experienced at work (e.g. high risk clients, access to supervision, professional isolation); level of stress and self-care practices.

Participants will have the option to add an email address at the end of the study to enter in a draw to win one of 50 $50 Coles/Myer gift cards.

This project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of New England (Approval No HE17-197 Valid to 31/12/2017).

Researchers’ Contact Details

Ms Andrea del Pozo de Bolger – University of New England (UNE) - adelpoz2@une.edu.au  

A/Prof Debra Dunstan – UNE- ddunstan@une.edu.au  

 

Psychologist & Counsellor decision-making when working with young people: Exploring the challenges of consent & confidentiality

[posted 18 September 2017; closes 31 December 2017]

This study seeks to understand the ethical and professional challenges of working with young people as a psychologist or counsellor. Of interest to the researchers are individual differences in decision making in relation to confidentiality and consent when working with young people during adolescence. A questionnaire will involve a small number of hypothetical case studies which involve ethical dilemmas for practitioners working with young people. We are seeking provisional and registered psychologists to undertake the survey.

Supervisor: Drs Zoe Morris & Nicholas Gamble

Student researchers are enrolled in the Master of Educational & Developmental Psychology and Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology

Contact email: zoe.morris@monash.edu

 

Burnout in Australian Eating Disorder Treatment Providers: A Replication and Extension Study

[posted 6 September 2017; closes 31 January 2018]

You are invited to participate in a study that aims to conduct the first exploration of overall burnout levels in Australian eating disorder treatment providers, as well as identify the demographic and work-related factors that are most relevant to burnout in Australian eating disorder treatment providers. Findings from this study will provide the first snapshot of burnout levels in Australian eating disorder treatment providers. Furthermore, findings may assist in the development of burnout prevention and support programs specifically for clinicians who work with eating disorder patients, as well as inform important targets for supervision and professional development activities.

This research project is being undertaken by Anna Simpson to meet the requirements for the Master of Clinical Psychology degree at Charles Sturt University, under the supervision of Dr Stephanie Quinton from the School of Psychology at Charles Sturt University. The project has received ethical approval from Charles Sturt University Human Research Ethics Committee (Protocol Number H17144). 

We are seeking any mental health professionals who are either currently or historically have provided treatment to eating disorder patients. This may include individuals from the following professions: Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Nurses, Dieticians, Social Workers, General Practitioners, and Counsellors. If you are a mental health professional who is not currently providing, or has not previously provided, treatment to eating disorder patients, then you are unfortunately not eligible to participate.

Participation will involve completing an anonymous online survey that will take approximately 30 minutes of your time. The survey consists of three questionnaires that ask about your experiences with burnout and treating eating disorder patients, as well as some demographic information. The ‘Start the Survey’ button below will take you to the full Participant Information Sheet and the survey. 

For further information please contact:

Anna Simpson – Email: australianburnoutstudy@gmail.com

Dr Stephanie Quinton (Supervisor) – Email: squinton@csu.edu.au

Thank you for considering this invitation to participate in this study.

 

Survey of Dementia Care

[posted 8 August 2017; closes 30 November 2017]

Research is being undertaken by a 4th Year Honours student, under the supervision of Dr Michelle Kelly, School of Psychology University of Newcastle. You are invited to take part in a study that aims to investigate the current assessment, treatment and care of people with dementia by allied health professionals. We are seeking allied health clinicians (including psychologists) who are currently working, or have worked in the past 12 months, in a setting with people with dementia and their carer(s) and/or family.

Participants are required to have adequate English literacy skills to complete the survey. Completion of the survey takes approximately 15 minutes. The survey does not require the input of any identifiable information. The ‘Start the Survey’ button will take you to the full Participant Information Statement and the survey.

If you would like further information please contact student researcher, Jayde.Noble@uon.edu.au or Dr. Michelle Kelly (supervisor) on Michelle.Kelly@newcastle.edu.au or (02) 4921 6838.

Thank you for considering this invitation to partake in this research project. 

 

Assessment of Specific Learning Difficulties (SLD) in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) school students

[posted 8 August 2017; closes 31 January 2018]

The increasing tendency of immigration practises around the world has made countries’ population culturally and linguistically diverse. Australia is considered one of the most multicultural countries worldwide. Consequently, the proportion of school - aged children with diverse culture and language is also increasing.  In order to provide equal opportunities for children to learn, the school system is called to address the educational needs that this population brings to the classroom. School psychologists and guidance counsellors face the challenge of designing sound interventions and fair assessment practices for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) students who experience difficulties with their learning. 

The purpose of this study is to investigate current practices in the assessment of potential Specific Learning Difficulties in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse students in Australia. Findings from this research may also assist with providing more specific and tailored professional development for school psychologists and guidance counsellors. This study is approved by the Queensland University of Technology Human Research Ethics Committee.

Participation will involve completing an anonymous survey that will take approximately 20 minutes of your time.

If you want more information, please email Azucena Velasco Leon at azucena.velascoleon@connect.qut.edu.au or Prof Marilyn Campbell at ma.campbell@qut.edu.au 

 

Mature First-time Mothers on Childbirth and Early Parenting: Informing the Transition to Motherhood

[posted 8 August 2017; closes 31 December 2017]

The profile of first-time mothers is changing over time.

This project aims to identify expectations and subsequent experience of childbirth and early parenting of mature first-time mothers.  In addition, the study will investigate the personal experience of transitioning to motherhood.  It is hoped that the study findings will assist psychologists and other allied health professionals in supporting mature first-time mothers.

Participants, aged 35 to 44 years, are invited to take part in two interviews.  The first interview will take place between 28 and 32 weeks of pregnancy.  The second interview will be conducted between four and five months postnatal.  Interviews will be conducted face to face or via skype and will be audiotaped.  It is anticipated the duration of each interview will be approximately 60-90 minutes.  Participants will receive a gift voucher to the value of $100 at the completion of the second interview as a thank you for their time.

For further information, please contact Jennifer Nottingham-Jones on jennifer.s.jones@monash.edu  or Dr Janette Simmonds (supervisor) on janette.simmonds@monash.edu

Professional Attitudes towards Problem Gambling

[posted 17 July 2017; closes 31 December 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

 

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

 

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