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

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).

Australian mental health therapist experience of e-therapy

[posted 22 April 2014; closes 30 May 2014]

This research project will collect information from a wide variety of Australian mental health professionals who use e-therapies for the provision of mental health services.  E-therapy is where a client receives therapist support via phone, or internet. 

For the purposes of this survey, e-therapy will refer to any therapy you provide to a client via technology, including phone, video and the internet. This could include Skype, texting, emails, online psycho-education or 3D virtual reality programs.

This invitation is open to; social workers, psychologists, crisis-line volunteers, mental health workers, occupational therapists, guidance officers, mental health nurses, general practitioners or anyone who is providing mental health therapy to clients via technology.

If you are over 18, and have provided e-therapy within Australia within the last 5 years, we are interested in learning from your experiences, and invite you to be part of this study.

You can access the survey by clicking on the following link:


Should you have any questions in relation to this study, please do not hesitate to contact;

Rachel Garcia
QUT Honours Student
07 3138 3511

QUT Human Research Ethics Committee approval number 1400000230.

An investigation of psychologists’ use of exposure therapy

[posted 22 April 2014; closes 30 June 2014]

Exposure therapy (ET) is consistently identified as an important treatment component for a range of anxiety disorders. However, despite this evidence, it remains one of the least used interventions for the treatment of anxiety disorders. So, why are we not using it?

The research remains unclear and there have been few studies exploring this in Australia. This study seeks to address this gap by exploring the factors that limit psychologist’s use of ET in Australia. Specifically we would like to find out more about your training in, experience with, and thoughts and feelings towards using ET in your work.

We would love to hear from currently registered and practicing psychologists in Australia, who have provided treatment during the past twelve months, to at least one client experiencing an anxiety disorder.

Please follow the below link if you are happy to participate. The questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. If you need to leave it for any reason you can minimise it on your screen and come back to it later. Importantly, because of the de-identified nature of responses it is not possible to close it and come back later.


For further information, please contact;
Ms Christie Chamberlain
Phone: 0408236679

Research on diet and behaviour in children with and without ASD

[posted 22 April 2014; closes 31 October 2014]

Research has shown that diet, behaviour, gastrointestinal and sleep problems can impact children's quality of life. We are conducting a research study investigating how diet, behaviour, gastrointestinal and sleep problems in children with and without ASD might be related across cultures. Parents or carers of children aged 4 to 11 years from Australia, the United States and Bangladesh are invited to complete a series of online questionnaires and a 3-day diet diary. Participation is anonymous and may take up to an hour of your time. Responses can be saved and continued later if the same computer is used.

To participate, go to:


For more information, please contact Miss Stephanie Mertins at

This study is being conducted by Stephanie Mertins under the supervision of Associate Professor Amanda Richdale as a part of the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre at La Trobe University. This research will contribute to Stephanie's thesis as part of a Master of Clinical Psychology degree. It has received La Trobe HEC approval (13/R72). 

Attachment and self-dehumanisation in romantic relationships

[posted 9 April 2014; closes 30 June 2014]

Relationship researchers from Deakin University are conducting a study on how people think about themselves and behave in their romantic relationships.

The purpose of the project is to better understand the reasons that motivate people to behave in certain ways and the impact of this on relationship quality and symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress.

If you are over 18 and currently in a romantic relationship, you are invited to participate in this study by completing the survey found at the link below;


Should you have any queries in relation to this survey or would like to contact the researchers, please contact Dr Gery Karantzas (

Conceptualising the competencies required to provide clinical supervision to psychologists: A Delphi survey

[posted 9 April 2014; closes 5 June 2014]

This Delphi survey is being conducted by Kirsty Olds, under the supervision of Professor Russell Hawkins (James Cook University) as part of a professional doctoral thesis in Psychology (Clinical).

If you are a registered psychologist with at least 5 years’ experience as a clinical supervisor and have experience working in a leadership capacity in regards to clinical supervision, you are invited to participate in this study.

This Delphi study builds upon a thematic analysis of international competency frameworks for clinical supervisors (Olds & Hawkins, 2014). The findings of the thematic analysis suggested that further conceptualisation of the type of competencies as well as the content of competencies is still necessary before the core competencies of clinical supervisors can be determined.

The purpose of this Delphi survey is to present the competencies delineated from the thematic analysis to a panel of experts in clinical supervision, to determine the level of support that exists for each and to identify if additional competencies are necessary.  

If you are interested in participating in the study or require additional information please email  The survey will be conducted electronically between 15 May and 5 June 2014.

Readiness for treatment for perfectionism study

[posted 26 March 2014; closes 1 August 2014]

For my PhD at Curtin University, I am developing a measure for readiness for treatment for perfectionism. This measure could be used by clinicians to assess individuals’ readiness for treating their perfectionism. My supervisors are Dr Lynne Roberts, Dr Trevor Mazzucchelli and Prof Jan Piek.

My research requires a clinical sample currently receiving psychological treatment. Participants need to complete an on-line questionnaire. Questions relate to their mood, personal standards, attitude about seeking treatment for perfectionism and demographics. It is not expected that completing the questionnaire will cause any distress.

Participants are informed they are not required to participate in therapy for perfectionism for this study, nor will they be excluded from therapy by completing or refusing to complete the questionnaire. They will also be informed that their participation in this study is entirely voluntary, and they may withdraw at any time.

The survey can be accessed via the following link:


If you have any concerns about this study, or to request a supply of flyers or a poster for waiting rooms, please contact Dolores Elek at or via phone on 0450 944 200.

Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval Number HR 156/2008).

"Beating the Rush": Web-based assessment and brief intervention for amphetamine use

[posted 26 March 2014; closes 30 June 2014]

Are health services doing all they can do? Do you have ideas on how to improve things?
We want your feedback!

Help us understand what stops people from getting the help they need. If you have ever worked with people who have used amphetamines, then we’re interested in your thoughts. We are also recruiting people who have ever used amphetamines to give their opinion.

You could win a $500 Amazon voucher!

This questionnaire is confidential and we do not collect any identifying information.
To access the questionnaire, please visit:

If you have any queries, please contact the research team, Eliana Hirakis & Dr Leanne Casey, via 07 3162 9135 or email

If potential participants have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of the research project they should contact the Manager, Research Ethics on (07) 3735 5585 or

Mindfulness and obsessive compulsive disorder

[posted 26 March 2014; closes 31 July 2014]

This on-line study is investigating the relationship between Obsessive and Compulsive thoughts and behaviours; and Mindfulness. Anyone who is 18 years and over, and is not currently receiving treatment for a mental health disorder and/or alcohol and drug abuse/dependence, is eligible to participate. Participation is anonymous and the on-line survey should take about 20 minutes to complete. Full information about the study is detailed on the survey’s Information Page.

If you feel you might be interested in taking part, please complete the survey found at the following link:


This research is being conducted by Elisabeth Bakes, Doctor of Clinical Psychology student (University of Essex, U.K.), as part of a doctoral thesis, and supervised by Dr Frances Blumenfeld.

For further information, please contact Elisabeth Bakes at
Thank you for considering this research.

Psychiatric treatment for men with depression and insomnia: The SOMNA treatment trial

[posted 26 March 2014; closes 31 December 2014]

The University of Sydney’s Brain & Mind Research Institute (BMRI) at Camperdown has developed a treatment trial available for men aged 50 years and over who are experiencing symptoms of depression and insomnia. This trial offers eligible participants a free psychiatric assessment and development of an individual care plan with ongoing management over three months, in accordance with beyondblue depression treatment guidelines. In addition, trial participants will be randomly allocated to one of two internet-based programs that focus on sleep problems and insomnia. The aim of the trial is to evaluate whether an adjunctive internet program focusing on insomnia-based CBT is effective in improving sleep and mood problems in comparison to depression treatment alone. Funded by beyondblue and supported by the Movember Foundation, the trial will be recruiting male patients over the next 6-12 months.

Trial participants do not require GP referral in order to join the study. APS members who have male patients aged 50 years or older, with depression and sleep problems, that are seeking immediate specialist treatment, are invited to contact the SOMNA Treatment Trial team on (02) 9114 4002 or, or visit the study website ( for more information.

Working with adolescents who self-harm: Interventions and clinician resilience

[posted 26 March 2014; closes 1 May 2014]

Do you work with adolescents who self harm? We are seeking clinicians who work with adolescents aged 10 – 18 years who engage in self-harm. This research is being conducted by Dr Miles Bore and Ms Kathryn Russell from the School of Psychology at the University of Newcastle. The research is part of my Masters in Clinical Psychology studies at the University of Newcastle, and supervised by Dr Miles Bore.

We would like to examine what strategies clinicians use when working with adolescents aged between 10 years and 18 years who self harm, and how they manage working with this client group.

Participation in the study is anonymous, and will take about 20 minutes to complete an online survey. If you would like to participate, please clink on the following link and follow the prompts:


For any further information on this research, please contact Kathryn Russell at

This research has been approved by the Hunter New England Human Research Ethics Committee of Hunter New England Local Health District, Reference 13/12/11/5.17.

Relationship between mindfulness, eating behaviour, experiential avoidance, rumination, and impulsivity

[posted 26 March 2014; closes 1 August 2014]

Are you a male or female 18 years or over? If so, you are invited to participate in an on-line study to examine the relationship between mindfulness, eating behaviour, and mechanisms proposed to underlie eating behaviour. The findings of this research will assist in enhancing our understanding of how mindfulness-based interventions might assist people with problems associated with eating behaviour.

If you decide to participate in the research, you will be asked a series of questions relating to your eating habits, your beliefs about your shape and weight, your attitudes to experiences, and the ways in which you generally act and think.

The study will take approximately 30 minutes to complete, and all of your answers will be completely confidential. You will not be able to be identified from any of your responses in the survey. If you would like to participate in this study, please click on this link:

This research is being conducted by Clare Russell-Williams as part of her work for the Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree at the Australian College of Applied Psychology under the supervision of Professor Lynne Harris. If you would like further information please contact Clare Russell-Williams ( or Professor Lynne Harris (

How are therapists intentionally using humour for therapeutic benefit

[posted 12 March 2014; closes 29 August 2014]

Ever use Humour Intentionally in Therapy?

Are you a Registered Psychologist with at least two years' experience in therapy?

Are you willing to share your experience of using humour intentionally in the therapy room?

This research project is designed to gain an understanding from those in the field about their use of humour therapeutically. Your experiences will help identify how and when intentional humour is beneficial, or not. It is hoped that features elicited from psychologist interviews will contribute to theoretical understanding of how and when humour is used. The research is being conducted by Ms Nicolee Beaumont of ACAP, toward the degree of Master of Psychology (Clinical). It is being supervised by Dr. Fiona Ann Papps, a lecturer in the School of Psychological Sciences at ACAP.

If you are interested and can spare 60 - 90 minutes of your time, then contact Ms Nikki Beaumont at As a participant, you must be an English speaking, registered psychologist with at least two years experience in therapy.


If this doesn’t suit you, but you think someone you know might be interested, then please forward this email.

This research has been approved by the ACAP Human Research Ethics Committee: approval no.: 115090114

An investigation into the relationship between news media, core beliefs and psychological wellbeing

[posted 26 February 2014; closes 24 June 2014]

If you are aged 18 years or over you are invited to participate in this online research currently being conducted by the Federation University (University of Ballarat). I am currently undertaking post graduate study at the Federation University within the Masters of Psychology (Clinical) Program. This research forms part of my course requirements for this program and is being conducted under the supervision of Dr Mari Molloy.

The aim of this study will be to examine the relationships between core beliefs (beliefs we hold about ourselves place in the world) our habits around the viewing of news media and our emotional and/or psychological wellbeing.

Participation in the study is anonymous and will take about 20 minutes of your time. If you would like to participate, please click on the link below and follow the prompts.


For further information on this research, please contact Tristan Miller (

Thank you for considering this research.

OCD? Not me! Curtin on-line OCD treatment for young people

[posted 26 February 2014; closes 30 April 2015]

Researchers at Curtin University have developed "OCD? Not Me!", a new, fully online self-help program for young people aged 12-18 years and currently experiencing the symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Interested participants are invited to take a free, online assessment to determine the suitability of the program for their current needs. Eligible participants will receive access to a free, 8-stage online program consisting of information, activities, and tips and techniques designed to help them overcome the symptoms of OCD. The program also provides information and support for parents and caregivers.

We are currently running a research trial to evaluate the effectiveness of this program for reducing symptoms of OCD and improving well-being amongst young people, and reducing distress amongst their parents and caregivers. If you are interested in participating in this research or recommending the program to clients or colleagues, you can find out more at our website:, or contact us on

This study has been approved by the Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval Number HR45/2013).The Committee is comprised of members of the public, academics, lawyers, doctors and pastoral carers.  If needed, verification of approval can be obtained either by writing to the Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee, c/- Office of Research and Development, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, 6845 or by telephoning 9266 2784 or by emailing

Research on the quality of children’s sleep

[posted 26 February 2014; closes 31 May 2014]

Research has shown that the quality of children’s sleep can affect their behaviour and academic performance and factors such as watching TV and playing on the computer around bedtime or having these in the bedroom can create sleep problems in children.

Our pilot study with 2-5 year olds identified environmental factors that may influence children's sleep quality and some of the findings were published recently in The Age:

We are verifying the findings from the pilot study in a new national study by extending the age range of children from 2-5 years to 2-10 years and asking parents/carers to complete a questionnaire (online or paper).

If you are a parent or carer of child/children aged 2 to 10 years, please help us by completing this survey (takes about 20 minutes):


For more information or if you would like to be sent a paper version of the survey, please contact Miss Ru Ying Cai on (03) 9479 6762 or

This study is being run out of the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre at La Trobe University and will conclude by May 31, 2014.

Research on children’s bedding on the quality of sleep

[posted 26 February 2014; closes 31 May 2014]

We are conducting a research study looking at relationships between doona fillings and children’s sleep quality. Families with boys aged from 8 to 10 years old are invited to participate in this study. Boys must have no sleep problems.

If you have a child aged from 8 to 10 years old and would be interested in participating, we will ask you and your child to:

  • Take part in an initial appointment
  • Be part of an in-home sleep study for 3 weeks.


All families who participate will receive a report on the quality of their children’s sleep. Families can keep the children’s pyjamas, doonas (2) and doona cover used in the study.

For more information, please contact Miss Ru Ying Cai on (03) 9479 6762 or

This study is being run out of the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre at La Trobe University and will conclude by May 31, 2014.

Autism Spectrum Disorders, cognitive and developmental assessments: Case reviews by Australian psychologists

[posted 26 February 2014; closes 30 January 2015]

Cognitive and developmental assessments provide an opportunity for psychologists to pick up signs of autism, regardless of the referral question. Please help us identify autism-specific response profiles and behaviours during testing to be included in a new autism screening tool for psychologists.

To participate, please complete an online case review questionnaire in relation to a child or adolescent (with autism or not) with whom you have already completed a developmental or cognitive assessment. The questionnaire can be found here:

The questionnaire takes 30-60 minutes to complete and it will not be possible for us to identify you, your client or the organisation you work for.

Once you’ve completed the questionnaire, you are able to print a certificate acknowledging your participation. We believe this case review meets criteria for one CPD hour (60 minutes) for AHPRA psychologist registration and APS membership:

  • Peer consultation
  • Active CPD
  • Specialist CPD Activities

ACER has kindly offered a 10% discount on psychology products to participants of this research project (discount code at end of questionnaire). 

For more information, please contact Lydia Meem, Autism Understanding Pty Ltd on 02 4967 3363 or at

College of Applied Psychology Ethics Approval Number: 116300114. 

Ethical behaviours in counselling: Surveying the profession

[posted 26 February 2014; closes 30 May 2014]

A PhD candidate, Paul Kremer, from Monash University is conducting research on the topics of malpractice and regulation for counselling professionals, and related modalities, in Australia. The Monash University Ethics Committee approval reference is CF13/2485-2013001319.

This study aims to understand the antecedents to becoming a therapist and to explore counselling behaviours and ethics in practice. The research will be of considerable benefit to current and future counselling and therapy clients as the findings may inform future policy concerning regulation. Outcomes may also be used in developing educational content supporting therapist supervision and personal/professional development. Therapists engaged in counselling related roles are invited to take part in the study.

To complete the online the survey, which takes approximately 30-35 minutes, go to

Should you have any questions concerning this research project, please call Paul Kremer or Mark Symmons on 03 9902 6747 or email or mobile 0418 599 565.

The psychology of internet use

[posted 26 February 2014; closes 30 April 2014]

The Internet has benefited society greatly in many respects, however, several studies have highlighted the potential social, physical, and psychological harm caused by this technology. This is a relatively new area of research interest, with studies first emerging in the late 1990s.

The current project investigates the relationship between Internet usage and psychology, and has implications in regards to assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Very few studies have been completed on an Australian population, so your participation is greatly appreciated.
Participants need to be 18 years old or above.

Participation in the study involves completion of an online survey, which should take approximately 10 minutes. Your responses are confidential and are anonymous. If you would like to take part, please visit


This research is being conducted by Prabu Dhanapalan under the supervision of Dr Damith Woods. The investigation will contribute to Prabu’s thesis as part of a Master of Clinical Psychology degree at the Australian College of Applied Psychology. For further information about this research, please contact the researcher on 0425 339 485 or

Study of symptom-based subtypes of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

[posted 4 February 2014; closes 30 September 2014]

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a heterogeneous condition which is thought to affect 2% of the population and to be one of the most disabling of mental disorders. Researchers at Nepean Hospital have been attempting to better understand the heterogeneity of OCD by conducting a comprehensive interview-based assessment followed by a 6 month, 12 month and a 2 year follow-up.

If you have patients with a primary diagnosis of OCD who may like to participate, please ask them to call Dr V Brakoulias at the Department of Psychiatry at Nepean Hospital on (02) 4734 2585.

The predictive ability of the identity and self-efficacy theory regarding healthy behaviour and coping choices

[posted 3 February 2014; closes 31 December 2014]

This study aims to assess adults’ ability to ascertain their health identity and measure their engagement in healthy versus non-healthy behaviours. In particular, this research will investigate whether a person’s identity as a healthy eater or frequent exerciser will impact their decision to engage in a behaviour congruent way. This part of the study is calling for adult participants to complete a questionnaire package twice – 8 weeks apart. A reminder can be sent for the second completion.

To participate, please complete the questionnaire found here:


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

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

What lights your fire at work? The nature and influence of the health practitioner’s work motivations on key workplace outcomes

[posted 2 December 2013; closes 28 February 2015]

WMike Tyrrell, a PhD student at Centre for Remote Health (CRH), a joint campus of Flinders and Charles Darwin Universities at Alice Springs, seeks to develop a) a useful framework for considering health practitioner work motivations and their influence; and b) a health practitioner’s motivations scale.

These are expected to be useful in the career mentoring, recruiting and supporting of especially (but not only) practitioners considering work in the bush, to enhance job satisfaction and retention. The project needs up to 300 practitioner respondents, each from four levels of remoteness - Major City, Regional, Remote and Very Remote. The benefits from responding are listed on page 1 of the survey (link below). The study has been Ethics approved by Flinders’ SBREC (Approval no. 5669); respondents remain anonymous; it takes 20-25 minutes; feedback suggests most enjoy completing it.

Link to survey:


The project’s joint principal supervisors are Profs Tim Carey and John Wakerman of CRH Alice Springs. It commenced February 2010 and is due for completion by Feb 2015. For more details, please email

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

[posted 8 Nov 2013; closes 30 June 2014]

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 21 January 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:

The healthy thinking study

[posted 6 November 2013; closes 30 June 2014]

Many people who struggle with suicidality do not seek help. There is currently a paucity of studies investigating web-based unguided mental health interventions for suicidal ideation, as patients with suicidal ideation have routinely been excluded in trials of internet-based treatments. Self-help can be effectively delivered through the Internet, with unguided self-help having the advantage of being able to be delivered to a large number of people at relatively low cost, with increased convenience, accessibility and anonymity for users.

The Black Dog Institute, in collaboration with ANU, are currently recruiting for a ground-breaking trial of web-based treatment for suicide prevention. This trial, ‘The Health Thinking Study’, will recruit adults aged 18-64 Australia-wide and test the efficacy of a 6-week fully-automated web-based program for suicidal thoughts. The main goal of the intervention program is to help participants decrease the frequency and intensity of their suicidal thoughts via the use of a self-help program. Improvement in suicidality (as measured by suicidal ideation, suicide plans and capacity to cope with suicide thoughts) will be associated with improvement in anxiety and depression and other outcomes associated with suicidality such as burdensomeness and rumination. 

If you would like to express your interest in this trial, please contact Daniela Solomon, Phone: 02 9382 9274 or Email:

You may also express your interest via the website at:

A needs analysis of clinical supervisors in psychology

[posted 6 November 2013; closes 30 April 2014]

All clinical supervisors in psychology who supervise 4 + 2 and 5 + 1 internship students, professional higher degree placements and registrar programs are invited to participate in this research.

It has been shown that supervisors are a vital element in the training and ongoing support of provisional and registered psychologists, impacting the profession of Psychology as a whole. As a profession it is in our own best interests to support these supervising professionals in their role. The following research aims to reveal how current and potential psychology supervisors can be best supported to aspire to, achieve and maintain board-approved supervisor status?

Participation will involve completing an online survey about your role as a clinical supervisor. All survey data will remain anonymous as no identifying information will be collected. The survey can be accessed directly via the link below and will take approximately 10-15 minutes.


The research has received ethical clearance, Approval Number: 2013/1171-13
The research is being conducted by Master of Psychology (Clinical) student Karen Fossey under the supervision of Professor Denise Charman, Cairnmillar Institute:

Therapists’ experience of the therapeutic alliance

[posted 3 October 2013; closes 26 September 2014]

Investigator Phyllis Parr, Student (Doctor of Psychology) 0419 485 818
Supervisors: A/prof. Michael Kiernan (02 6338 4169) and Ms Judith Gullifer (02 6338 4572)
Charles Sturt University


In many ways, it is difficult to articulate what the therapeutic alliance construct actually is, perhaps because many of our responses to clients are driven by processes out of our awareness.

We are interested in talking to you about your experiences of the therapeutic alliance.

Involvement in this research includes:
participation in a 60 minute face-to-face interview and a brief follow-up telephone call.

We would love to hear from you if you are:

  • Interested in sharing your experiences of the therapeutic alliance
  • Registered with the Psychology Board of Australia
  • Have more than five years experience working as a counselling or clinical psychologist and  
  • Work within the Sydney metropolitan area


This study is part of a student research project.

If you are interested in participating, could you please contact:
Phyllis Parr, on 0419 485 818 or 9571 1234 or email

Applying the Transtheoretical model of change to environmentally responsible behaviour

[posted 3 October 2013; closes 30 June 2014]

My name is Donna Simpkins and I am conducting a research project with Drs John Roodenburg and Janette Simmonds, who are Senior Lecturers in the School of Psychology (Faculty of Education) towards a combined Master/PhD in Educational and Developmental Psychology at Monash University. 

My research is interested in identifying whether people pass through distinct stages as they change their behavior regarding their household energy use.  Additionally, I am also looking at whether personality plays a role in this.

I invite you to participate in this study by completing an online survey about your thoughts and feelings regarding your current energy use.  A second survey looks at your personality profile and gives you a brief summary of your profile across five dimensions of personality.

Each questionnaire will only take about 15 -20 minutes of your time.
For further information about the study or to complete the questionnaire/s please go to:

You are not required to provide any identifying information and only group data will be analyzed and reported.

If you have any further questions about this project please contact the primary researcher, Donna Simpkins, email: Thank you for your consideration.

The effect of personality and social interactions on attitudes towards online therapy use

[posted 26 September 2013 ; closes 1 July 2014]

This project will investigate the attitudes toward online therapy, and factors that may influence people’s perceptions and engagement of online psychological supports. In particular the research will explore the effects of personality factors and social networking usage on perceptions of, and likelihood to engage in, online psychological therapy.

If you would like to participate in this study, we will ask you to complete an online questionnaire which will ask you to respond to questions relating to your general wellbeing and quality of life, mood and stress, internet usage, social interactions and personality features and attitudes towards online counselling. We will also ask you basic demographic data as well as previous help seeking behaviours. The survey is expected to take no longer than half an hour to complete.

The survey can be accessed here:


For further information on this research, please contact Amy Coe (

Use of complementary therapies by registered psychologists: A comparison of Australian, UK and American professionals

[posted 14 August 2013; closes 30 November 2014]

The purpose of this study is to investigate the prevalence and utilization pattern of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) amongst Australian, British and American registered psychologists. It is of particular interest to see whether Psychologists are also professionally trained in a CAM speciality.  Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a category of diverse medical and healthcare systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered as part of conventional medicine and has been defined by the Cochrane Collaboration as “a broad domain of healing resources that encompasses all health systems, modalities, and practices and their accompanying theories and beliefs other than those intrinsic to the politically dominant health systems of a particular society or culture in a given historical period”. This survey is anonymous and will take 10-15 minutes to complete.

The survey can be accessed by the following link:


This research is being conducted by Assistant Professor Peta Stapleton (Bond University); please email for further information.

Towards an understanding of domestic violence in the Australian family law system

[posted 7 August 2013; closes 30 November 2014]

Currently, there is around 40 years of research literature documenting the harm that can be caused to children from witnessing or experiencing domestic violence (DV). Exposure to DV can result in neurophysiological changes that affect childhood learning and development, and is often associated with elevated scores on measures of externalizing and internalizing behaviours. Despite the potential impacts of DV, relatively little instruction concerning this issue is included in most professional training programmes for people (clinical psychologists or legal officers) likely to engage with victims of DV during the family court process.

Psychologists who are currently involved (within the last 12 months) in assessing families during the Family Court Process are invited to participate in an anonymous online survey to examine their attitudes towards and understanding of DV, and their experiences in dealing with DV cases, and how these may influence residence and contact recommendations. If you would like any further information, please contact Donna Roberts on Ph: 08 8313 0461 or email:  The supervisors for this project are A/Prof Paul Delfabbro and Dr Peter Chamberlain.

You may access this survey at the online survey link:


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  


The effects of emotional labour on the well-being of practicing psychologists

[posted 14 June 2013; closes 31 May 2014]

We are interested in how psychologists manage their own emotions when working with individuals or groups, and which aspects of their work, training or support mechanisms are most effective for well-being. Specifically we are interested in how you express and manage emotion when interacting with clients, how you deal with the emotions of clients, and the effects these aspects of your role have on your well-being, including how well supported you feel from your organisation, supervisors, peers or others.

If you are a psychologist registered in Australia and currently working directly with individuals or groups, you can assist in this research by completing an anonymous on line survey, which consists of questions relating to how you manage emotion during your interactions with clients. The survey will take between 10-15 minutes to complete.

If you are happy to participate in this study, please click on the link below to access the survey. Please note, by doing this, you are consenting to participate.


The data will be collated and analysed to determine the types and extent of emotional engagement that is used by practicing psychologists as well as the sort of support mechanisms that are reported as most useful.

This study has been approved by the Murdoch University Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval 2013/001). If you would like to discuss any aspect of this study please feel free to contact Associate Professor Pia Broderick on (08) 93602860 or

Core schemas and vulnerability to burnout amongst psychologists

[posted 14 June 2013; closes 30 July 2014]

University of South Australia (UNISA) is undertaking a study on the relationship between core beliefs, stress and burnout in clinical and counselling psychologists. We are particularly interested in the extent to which work schemas and resilience mediate the relationship between work demands experienced by clinical and counselling psychologists and their physical and emotional health.

We believe that the study is potentially of great value to psychologists. Once we have identified the schemas operating in psychologists we plan to offer resilience workshops to enable psychologists to strengthen coping skills.

We are asking you to participate in the study by completing an online questionnaire which can be accessed via this link:  


The questionnaire will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and can be completed in several sessions over a 2 week period.

We hope that you will consider your participation in the study as an investment into your personal and professional development. 

Should you choose to participate your name will go in the draw to win one of several copies of the book Schema Therapy: A practitioner Guide by Young, Klosko and Weishaar.

This study has been approved by the University of South Australia’s Human Research Ethics Committee. If you would like any additional information about the study, please contact Dr. Susan Simpson (Susan.Simpson

OCD family accommodation support group

[posted 5 June 2013; closes 1 July 2014]

The Family Accommodation Support program is a new, free program to provide psychoeducation and support to family members of people who experience OCD.  There is a considerable body of evidence which acknowledges the difficulty that family members of those who experience OCD have in managing the disease and the impact on quality of life.

The program is run in the evenings over 5 sessions covering the following information;

  • Introduction to OCD
  • Development and treatment of OCD
  • What is Family Accommodation?
  • Living with OCD and managing family accommodation
  • Self care

Each 2 hour session provides psychoeducation and a chance to ask questions about the key topic followed by an opportunity for participants to discuss their experiences of living with OCD.

To participate in the program participants must be over 18 years of age and the person with OCD must also be over 18 years of age.  There is no requirement for a formal diagnosis of OCD to have been made for the person experiencing OCD symptoms.

This project has been approved by Swinburne’s Human Research Ethics Committee.

For further details please contact Samantha Beeken at Swinburne on 0457 116 037 or at

Australian health professionals' attitudes towards and frequency of use of internet supported psychological interventions

[posted 3 June 2013; closes 31 Dec 2013]

Health professionals are invited to take part in an anonymous online survey about your use of online mental health resources with clients. Participation in this survey is optional and more information can be obtained from:  This survey is being conducted by Dr Jo Abbott (National eTherapy Centre Content Coordinator) and Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology student Robert Bruno. This survey will help inform knowledge about health professionals’ experiences with using (or not using) online mental health resources with their clients.

To take part in this survey please visit:


For further information you can contact Dr Jo Abbott on (03) 9214 5866 or

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.

How to add a research project

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 (no longer than 200 words) explanation of the project, for the website;
  • For students, the name of the supervisor;
  • A phone number or email address so that members can contact you to take part in the research;
  • A start date and a closing date for the project; and
  • A hard copy of your final ethics approval documentation. (If your ethics committee only provides electronic confirmation of permission, you will need to contact us for more information.)

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 will contact you using the details provided.

The above details should be emailed to The APS reserves the right to not list research projects that are deemed not to be in keeping with its scientific and professional aims.

When new research projects are added, members will be alerted via the fortnightly APS Matters email, which is sent to more than 18,000 psychologists.

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