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If you are interested in participating in members research projects and surveys, please follow the instructions provided. Questions should be directed to the contact listed for each project. Please do not contact the APS directly.gfdkjgfd

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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.

Medical and Allied Health Practitioner Knowledge of Endometriosis

Posted 5 March 2018; Closes 7 July 2018

The University of Tasmania’s School of Medicine (Division of Psychology) is currently researching the awareness and knowledge of endometriosis among Australian medical and allied health practitioners. We would like to invite any general practitioner, medical specialist or allied health practitioner to participate in this study via an online or paper-pen questionnaire.

Your survey responses will be used to assist in understanding the awareness of endometriosis in the medical and allied health sector. This information can be used to guide recommendations for educational institutions, medical or allied health colleges or divisions and ultimately, improve care for women diagnosed with endometriosis.

If you agree to participate in this project you will be asked to complete a questionnaire that asks you about your demographic information, medical or allied health qualifications, knowledge of endometriosis and treatment strategies you are aware of for endometriosis. This survey takes approximately 15 minutes.

It can be completed online: Start the Survey  

or via a pen-paper form.

If you have questions about this research you can contact Dr Leesa Van Niekerk (Leesa.Vanniekerk@utas.edu.au) or Dr Mandy Matthewson (Mandy.Matthewson@utas.edu.au) at the UTAS School of Medicine (Division of Psychology).

Barriers to Disclosure of Distress or Impairment as a Psychologist: Is Stigma An Issue?

Posted 12 February; Closes 31 May 2018

Psychologists with general registration are sought for a study investigating barriers to the disclosure of distress or impairment among Australian Psychologists. 

All contributions are anonymous, will take approximately 15-20 minutes and can only be completed on a desktop computer; i.e. not on a smartphone. You will be asked to complete some validated surveys relating to stigma and mental health, some demographic information and complete an online task.

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 three $50 Coles/Myer gift cards.

This study is being conducted as part of a Master of Psychology (Clinical) Dissertation through the Australian College of Applied Psychology, under the supervision of Associate Professor Kathryn Nicholson Perry (Approval No.: 361161017; Valid to 16/10/2018).

If you would like to know more about this research please feel free to contact Associate Professor Kathryn Nicholson Perry, who is supervising this project [email: Kathryn.NicholsonPerry@acap.edu.au; tel: (02) 8236 8048] or Itohan Omoregbee at psych.stigma.au@gmail.com.

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Organisational vulnerability to insider threat- Development of an Organisational vulnerability assessment identifying intentional insider threat risk.

Posted 16 January 2018; Closes 20 April 2018

Increasingly, even successful organisations are seeking ways to respond to negative behaviours of insiders. Whilst it may be obvious that organisations need ways to address insider threats, it is difficult to achieve.

The current project is being conducted to understand how, and to what extent, organisational vulnerabilities to intentional insider threat can be measured by survey method. It is an extension of recent Delphi research which found insider threat to be a multidisciplinary concern and that a focus on organisational, individual and technical vulnerabilities is important. 

The purpose of the survey is to give organisations a greater understanding of their vulnerability to insider threat behaviour. This information can then be used to develop or implement relevant countermeasures to help reduce vulnerability to insider threat.

We invite you to participate in this survey and contribute to the growing research on insider threat. Your input is critical to developing a valid and reliable assessment of organisational vulnerabilities to insider threat. Participation in this survey is anonymous and any information gained during the study will be published without identification of any participants. It is expected the survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

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For further information please contact Justine Bedford (justine@jconsulting.net.au or +61 425 793 618). 

Primary Supervisor: Dr Luke van der Laan (University of Southern Queensland)

Naturalistic Observations of Families in Therapy: Clinicians’ Perspectives

Posted 16 January 2018; Closes 30 April 2018

You’re invited to participate in this research study regarding the use of an audio recording app (Electronically Activated Recorder; EAR) for therapy with families.

I am looking for AHPRA-registered practising psychologists (including provisional) currently working with any of the following client groups: families, children/youth, and/or parents. Our goal is to explore psychologists’ perspectives on naturalistic observation in therapy, as well as the use of a validated audio recording app (the EAR).

Participation includes a 10-15 minute online survey, with the option of a 30 minute interview, if you wish. Please note that this study has been approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (project number 9081).

Thank you for taking the time to consider this request.


For further details on the study, please click on the survey link below or contact:

Shaminka Gunaratnam: shaminka.gunaratnam@monash.edu

Supervised by Dr Eva Alisic

Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

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Video-based Digital Mental Health (DMH) Services Study

Posted 16 January 2018; Closing 1 May 2018

The Faculty of Health, School of Health Sciences & Psychology at Federation University is investigating the attitudes of Australian adults towards digital mental health (DMH) services, specifically aimed at understanding the acceptance of, and intention to use, video-based technology to deliver DMH services. It will also explore the perceived barriers and advantages associated with the delivery of DMH services using video-based technology.

The main research aims are to investigate the:

1. Acceptance of online video-based technology as a mechanism for delivering MH services.

2. Intention to use online video-based technology to provide, or consume, MH services.

3. Advantages and disadvantages of using online video-based technology to deliver MH services.

4. Personal attributes that might predict these factors amongst clinicians and clients

We are asking mental health clinicians, and consumers in general, to complete a brief, online survey in relation to these measures.

Psychologists, GPs, mental health nurses, and other healthcare professionals are invited to complete the following survey:

Start the Survey


Mental healthcare consumers and members of the general public are invited to complete the following survey:

Start the Survey


Supervisor Details

Professor Britt Klein, Personal Chair in Psychology and eHealth

Phone: 03 5327 6717

Email: b.klein@federation.edu.au

Testing an adapted evidence-based parent training intervention for treatment-resistant conduct problem 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

Adjustment 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 the start button:

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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.

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

Posted 8 August 2017; closes 30 June 2018

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

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

[posted 8 August 2017; closes 30 June 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.

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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  

Vicarious Posttraumatic Growth in Health Care Professionals

Posted 2 October 2017; closes 30 April 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 others 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.

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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)

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

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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

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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.

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Psychologists as Expert Witnesses in Australian Courts and Tribunals

Posted 1 December 2017; Closes 31 August 2018

You are invited to participate to a PhD research project investigating psychologists’ perceptions of psychologists as expert witnesses in Australian courts and tribunals.

Any psychologist [from any discipline (e.g. clinical, forensic, generalist), and any formative pathway (e.g. 4+2 or postgraduate pathway)] who has in the past or is still currently providing expert witness services to the judicial system is invited to participate. However, even psychologists who have never provided those services but are interested in this research are welcome to participate, as their opinions are highly valuable to the overall scope of this research.

Participation in this research will involve completing an online questionnaire, which should take approximately 30 minutes. Most of the questions will be open-ended as we are interested in your professional experience in providing services to the judicial system and/or your professional opinions regarding concepts associated with specialised knowledge and expertise.

This survey gives participants the opportunity to express their views regarding psychological services offered to the Australian judicial system as well as their opinions regarding what constitutes specialised knowledge and expertise, and how this is acquired and maintained over time.

For further information, please contact:

Principle Investigator - Dr Stephanie Sharman at stefanie.sharman@deakin.edu.au or 03 9244 6485

Student Investigator - Elle Gianvanni at egianvan@deakin.edu.au or 0450 234 163

To participate, click the 'Start the Survey' button

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App-Integrated Psychological Service Provision for Adolescents: Moving towards research-based guidelines

Posted 15 December 2017; Closes 30 April 2018

How do you use apps with your adolescent clients?

You are invited to participate to a PhD research project exploring the use of mobile apps with adolescents.  We are currently seeking AHPRA registered psychologists who have used mobile apps, in anyway, to support individual therapy with adolescents aged 12-18 years.

Participation will involve an interview with a researcher. Interviews are expected to take around 60 minutes, and will take place at a time and location convenient to you, including online using secure meeting software.  We are interested in hearing about how you choose apps, how you introduce and use them, as well as how apps inform traditional face-to-face therapy.

We want to hear from you! Further information and how to register your interest can be found by viewing the study link:

Study Link

Enquiries can be directed to:

Simone Gindidis: simone.gindidis@monash.edu

Supervisors: Dr Sandy Stewart and Dr John Roodenburg

Development of the e-Therapy Attitude and Process Questionnaire Therapist Version

Posted 18 December 2017; closes 30 April 2018

There is a need not only for greater access to treatments for mental illness, but also for improved efficacy in those currently being delivered. For these reasons, the use of technologically based and adjunctive approaches to treatment of mental illnesses has been argued to be of particular importance. Given the Australian governments' endorsement of 'e-Mental Health' or 'digital interventions', the current research project seeks to gain an understanding of mental health professionals' perceptions towards technology use in therapy. Digital interventions are defined as any program that provides information and support (emotional, decisional and/or behavioural), for mental health problems via digital platforms such as computer programs, apps, email, websites etc. 

This research aims to develop and investigate a tool that measures mental health professionals' attitudes, behaviours towards and intentions to use, digital interventions within their practice. Using the data collected, we hope to inform and better explain the use of digital interventions in the treatment of mental illness. 

Who can participate? Psychologists, Mental health Nurses, Psychiatrists, Counsellors, General Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Music Therapists, Social Workers or related mental health professionals. To participate, mental health professionals' must be currently practicing within their respective profession however, they do not need to be using digital intervention, within their current practice.  

You will be asked to respond to a set of questions pertaining to your qualifications, work, in addition to questions specific to digital interventions. Other surveys have been included in this survey that relate to constructs relevant to the development of the tool.

For more information about the study, please click the ‘Start the Survey’ button. 

The survey takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete and can be accessed through the ‘Start the Survey’ button.

For any enquiries, please contact, Mr Dale Rowland, (07) 567 80832 d.rowland@griffith.edu.au

Supervisor: Dr Bonnie Clough

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Diagnosis, Treatment Recommendations, and Effectiveness: A Comparison across Different Health Professions

Posted 19 December; Closes 30 March 2018

This study concerns the differences in diagnosis and treatment recommendations made by members of different professions with different levels of experience following the consideration of a short clinical vignette outlining a number of symptoms.

We are recruiting participants from a variety of health professions. If you are able to spare approximately 20 minutes to participate we would be very grateful.  You are under no obligation to take part and are free to withdraw at any time.  

The study is supervised by Dr Jonathan Mason, and he can be contacted at jmason3@usc.edu.au   

Alternatively, please contact Daniel Jamieson

Email: dmj004@student.usc.edu.au

Phone: 0466587910

Kylie Hinde

Email:  kah018@student.usc.edu.au

Phone:  0407642588

To participate, please click the ‘Start the Survey’ button

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