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By participating in research relating to anxiety and depression you can:

  • Be involved in innovative programs
  • Help increase knowledge and understanding of anxiety, depression, and related issues
  • Help improve management and treatment options

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arrow_red.gif Seeing oneself across time and the associations to anxiety and depression

Swinburne University
Posted 24 April 2017swinburne_logo_vertical_red_2014_smaller.jpg

We are conducting a research project to investigate how the way one sees themselves across time (past, present and future) is associated with an individual’s feelings. In particular, we are interested in whether the way people think about themselves across time will differ among individuals with/without an anxiety or depressive disorder. 

What the study involves: 
Participants will complete four parts to this study, which can be divided into two parts: Part one: a brief interview to screen you for the presence of depression and anxiety symptoms; and a survey which will ask you to provide basic demographic information and answer questions regarding mood, life satisfaction, time perspective and self-view. Part two: experience sampling where you will answer five questions once a day for four weeks on your phone; and a follow-up survey. 

Participation in the interview should take approximately 30 minutes, while each survey should take approximately 45 minutes. Experience sampling should take 2 minutes each day (with a total of 1 hour for the four weeks). Participation is voluntary and you can withdraw at any time. Your participation will also be reimbursed. 

Who can participate?
You are eligible to participate in the study if you: - Are aged over 18 - Have a current anxiety or depressive condition - Can be participate in the activities listed above

How to participate: 
If you are interested in participating or would like further information, please contact the research team:

arrow_red.gif Exploring the Role of Attitudes and Cognition in Toilet Anxiety

Swinburne University
Posted 12 July 2016

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Toilet anxiety involves an inability to use or an avoidance of public toilets when other people are around despite needing the toilet and comfortably using one at home. In this study, we wish to investigate how cognitive processes and coping styles relate to toilet anxiety.

During this online study you will be asked questions about common (yet uncomfortable) experiences that individuals may have in public toilets and in social situations. This study will take no longer than 40-60 minutes to complete.

Who can participate?
Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to participate in the study.

How to participate?
To participate, please click here

For more information, please contact the research team:

Principle Investigator: Dr Simon Knowles, (03) 9214 8206, email:

Student Investigator: Mr Kenley Kuoch, email:

arrow_red.gif Brain imaging and social anxiety disorder

Australian Catholic University
Posted 24 November 2015
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Is shyness or Social Anxiety a problem for you?

We are seeking volunteers to assist in a study investigating the links between individuals’ brain response to socio-emotional information and hormonal levels (e.g., oxytocin) in the body.

Participation involves an over the phone interview to determine suitability, and one session involving a brain scan (MRI) (approx.  1 hour) where you will complete tasks and a series of questionnaires.
We will also collect blood and/or cheek cell samples.

You will be reimbursed for your time and effort at the completion of the study.

Eligibility:ACU cog and emo lab.jpg
•    Current or suspected diagnosis of Social Phobia or Generalised Social Anxiety Disorder;
•    Aged 18-55 years;
•    Right-handed, non-smoker, no drug/alcohol abuse, medication free (ideally);
•    No metal object present in the body (or which can’t be removed).

For more information please contact Principle Researcher: Dr Izelle Labuschagne
•    Email:
•    Phone: (03) 9230-8323

arrow_red.gif Brain imaging and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)

Swinburne University

Posted 1 September 2015

We are looking for individuals diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) to be a part of our research study.

How much time does it take?swinburne_logo_vertical_red_2014_smaller.jpg
3 sessions (each lasting around 3 hours)

What do I have to do?
• Complete tests of memory, language, and cognition
• Complete tests of smell perception and auditory perception
• Computerised tests of facial perception
• 2 separate MRI scans after a nasal spray of oxytocin (a brain hormone)

 You can participate if you:
• Are English speaking
• Are right-handed
• Are not pregnant
• Have no metallic pins or implants st-vincents-sydney_small.jpg
• Have no history of neurological condition or brain injury
• Are pre-menopausal (women only)

Testing will be completed at the Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre (BpsyC) at Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn.

You will be reimbursed to cover costs you may incur as a result of participating in this project.

If you are interested in participating and require further information or you have any questions, please contact the research team:

  • Study co-ordinator, Sally Grace, 
  • Email:
  • Phone: (03) 9214 8415.

arrow_red.gif Out & Online

Swinburne University
Posted 29 August 2014

Online mental health and wellbeing program tailored to the needs of same-gender attracted young adults is now available.

swinburne_logo_vertical_red_2014_smaller.jpgA free online program designed to improve the mental health and wellbeing of same-gender attracted young adults aged 18 to 25 is now available via participation in a research trial. Out & Online ( a comprehensive program tailored to the gender and mental health symptoms of individual users has been developed by a team of researchers from Swinburne University of Technology, Federation University Australia and Deakin University, in consultation with mental health experts and same-gender attracted youth. 

The aim of the program is to help make mental health assistance more accessible and relevant to the needs of same-gender attracted young adults. Following evaluation, improvements will be made based on feedback received and the program will be made publicly available via Swinburne University of Technology’s Mental Health Online service. 

For further information or to register for the trial see:

For more information please contact the research team:

  • Principle Researcher:    Dr Jo Abbott
  • Email:
  • Phone: (03) 9214 5866

arrow_red.gif Sleep-e

Swinburne University
Posted 29 August 2014

Having trouble sleeping?

Online help is available!

Aswinburne_logo_vertical_red_2014_smaller.jpgustralians aged 18+ with internet access are invited to take part in a research trial testing the effectiveness of an online treatment program called Sleep-e.

Participation involves:
  • Completing a 7-week online program that teaches cognitive-behavioural strategies for better sleep
  • Completing short online surveys during the program, and at 8 and 21 weeks after finishing

Benefits of participation:
  • Free insomnia treatment
  • Therapist-assistance by e-mail
  • A convenient way to help reduce your insomnia symptoms and improve your sleep quality

For more information please contact the research team:

arrow_red.gif Wellbeing and Generalized Anxiety Disorder

University of Western Sydney
Posted 13 June 2014

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Do you struggle with worry and stress?
Do you find there are thoughts that bother you and won’t go away?

Sometimes our worries and the challenging emotions that arise from them seem to have been with us for years and they can be difficult to cope with. If this sounds like you, your participation in our research may help us understand those experiences and may contribute to advances in clinical practice and the treatment of anxiety. By participating in this study, you will be helping to extend the literature in this area, which may assist psychological research into the future.

Researchers from the University of Western Sydney School of Social Science and Psychology invite you to participate in an online study investigating peoples’ attitudes, the way they process and regulate emotions, and how they cope with stress. The survey will take approximately 15-30 minutes to complete and all responses are anonymous. If you are at least 18 years old and wish to participate, please click on the link below for further information and access to the survey. Please feel free to pass the link along to any friends you believe may be interested.  This project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of Western Sydney (H10629).

For more information please contact the research team:

  • Student Researcher:      Megan Haire, email
  • Research Supervisor:    A/Prof Tanya Meade, email

arrow_red.gif Perfectionism, Mindfulness and Test Anxiety

Swinburne University
Posted 29 May 2014

swinburne_logo_vertical_red_2014_smaller.jpgPerfectionism is a risk factor for many psychological conditions. Previous research has linked perfectionism with anxiety and in particular test anxiety. In this study, we wish to examine the relationship between test anxiety and perfectionism and how mindfulness is involved in this relationship.

What the study involves:

If you would like to participate in this study, we will ask you to complete a few online questionnaires. You may complete the questionnaire at any time and at a location of your choice. The questionnaires will ask you to rate your responses to statements regarding your beliefs and behaviours in relation to everyday experiences and test situations. You will also be asked to complete a logic test. The time to complete all questionnaires may take approximately 40 minutes.

Who can participate?

Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to participate in the study.

How to participate?

To participate, please click on the link below. Please note that the questionnaire is not compatible with smartphones or tablets.

For more information please contact the research team:

  • Principle Investigator: Dr Maja Nedeljkovic, Ph: (03) 9214 4428, e-mail:
  • Student Investigator:  Stephanie Mathews, e-mail:

arrow_red.gif Are you a Family member of an OCD sufferer?

Cairnmillar Institute
Posted 28 April 2014

Are you a Family member of an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder sufferer?cairnmillar_logo_smaller.jpg

A new study is being conducted into the impact an OCD sufferer has on family life. Researchers from the Cairnmillar Institute will investigate the role that ‘family accommodation’ (e.g. helping the sufferer complete rituals, providing reassurance etc.) plays in an OCD individual’s recovery. The aim of the study will be to examine potential underlying variables that contribute to a family member’s need to assist the sufferer despite knowing such assistance is counterproductive. The outcomes of the study may assist in providing adjustments to current treatments, to better equip OCD sufferers and their families regarding the nature of the condition.

The online questionnaire will take 20 minutes to complete. Questions relating to how you may be accommodating and why, will be asked as will questions concerned with quality of life and how you are coping with the OCD sufferer. You will not be asked to provide you name or contact details, and the research is completely anonymous.

Participation on the study is voluntary and multiple family members living with the sufferer are encouraged to participate. Family members who participate must be at least eighteen years of age.

The questionnaire can be found by accessing the following website:

For more information please contact the research team:

  • Student researcher:     Melinda Rak, email
  • Research supervisor:   Professor Don Jefferys, email:

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression
and University of New South Wales
Posted 28 April 2014

  • st-vincents-sydney_small.jpgAre you someone bothered by intrusive thoughts or images that you find difficult to control?
  • Do you find yourself repeating certain behaviours (checking, washing, counting) that you find difficult to resist?
  • Were you bothered by these types of thoughts or behaviours in the past?

unsw_logo_small.jpgResearchers at the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression and the University of New South Wales are seeking participants for a study investigating the influence of different types of beliefs and thoughts on behaviours that are characteristic of people with anxiety symptoms, in particular symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Participation will involve answering online self-report questionnaires and completing word tasks over the internet for a period of 1 week with some 1-month follow-up questionnaires. Participants must be fluent in written and spoken English.

This project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committees of the University of New South Wales (HC11505) and St. Vincent’s Hospital (13/SVH/191).

For further details and to apply please visit the following website:

For more information please contact the research team:

  • Project manager, Dr. Alishia Williams, email:, Ph: (02) 8382 1400.

arrow_red.gif Hair Pulling Disorder (Trichotillomania)

Swinburne University
Posted 10 April 2014

swinburne_logo_vertical_red_2014_smaller.jpgDo you pull out your hair to the point of causing unintended hair loss?

Do you find your hair pulling difficult to control?

Does your hair pulling interfere with your life or cause you emotional distress?

Psychological researchers at Swinburne University (Melbourne, Australia) are currently developing a measure of thoughts and beliefs associated with Trichotillomania (aka Hair Pulling Disorder). It is hoped that the final measure can be used across Australia and internationally to improve our understanding of this disorder so we can develop more comprehensive, effective, and targeted treatments.

If you think you might have this problem and are aged 18 or older, we need your help!

In order to help us develop this measure you will be required to:

  1. Participate in a 30-minute interview about your hair pulling with student investigator, Imogen Rehm. Interviews can be conducted via Skype for inter-state and international participants
  2. Complete a series of questionnaires about hair pulling, related thoughts and feelings, and other  psychological symptoms

For more information please contact the research team:

  • Principle Investigator: Dr Maja Nedeljkovic, Ph: (03) 9214 4428, e-mail:
  • Student Investigator:  Imogen Rehm, Ph: (03) 9214 5553, e-mail:

arrow_red.gif Panic Attacks

Swinburne University
Posted 10 April 2014

swinburne_logo_vertical_red_2014_smaller.jpgHave you every had a panic attack and are you aged between 18-55 years?

If you answered yes to the above and are interested in participating in a research study we would like to hear from you.

What the study involves:

We are conducting a research study which aims to investigate whether some of the techniques used in free diving (cold facial immersion and breath holding) are able to be used in the treatment of anxiety disorders particularly panic disorder.  Participation involves completing a semi-structured interview that takes approximately 60 minutes. Participants are then invited to take part in a laboratory study involving a series of physical tasks and are required to complete a battery of psychological tests which will take approximately 60 minutes.

Who can participate?

If you have ever had a panic attack, when you suddenly felt frightened, or anxious or suddenly developed a lot of physical symptoms you may be able to participate in this study.  Please note that participation is completely voluntary and anonymous and you can cease involvement at any time.

How to register your interest?

If you are interested, please contact Peter on 0429 998 188 or register online by logging on to:

If you have any questions or comments about the study, please forward them on to: Mr Peter Kyriakoulis (Researcher):

arrow_red.gif Mood, personality, and gambling

Federation University (formerly University of Ballarat)
Posted 1 April 2014

federation_uni-logo.gifHave you gambled (at least once) in the past 6 months? If so, you may be interested in participating in our research study by filling out a short 10-15 minute questionnaire!

What is the research about?
Researchers at Federation University (previously known as the University of Ballarat) are looking for individuals to participate in a study further investigating the psychological determinants of problem gambling. Specifically, this project will aim to further investigate the relationship between mood, personality and gambling.

The findings of this study may contribute to the development of interventions to assist people with gambling problems and help researchers to understand the complex multi-faceted nature of gambling behaviour.

Who are we looking for?
Anyone who is over 18 years old and has gambled at least once in the past 6 months. All forms of gambling are included (e.g. playing the pokies, betting on horses/dogs, card games, roulette, Tattslotto etc.)

How to participate?
Participation in this study involves the completion of an online survey which should take between 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey contains questions about your current gambling behaviour as well as questions about depression, anxiety, stress and personality.

All responses are confidential and the survey is anonymous. This study has ethics approval from Federation University’s Human Research Ethics Committee. Participation is voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any time.

To complete the online survey please click the link below. Thank you in advance for your time and contribution to this important area of research.

For more information please contact the research team

Principal researcher:      Dr Peter Gill
Phone:                         03 5327 9624

Student researcher:       Mr Samuel Rosson

arrow_red.gif Obsessive-compulsive disorder and sensitivity to reward and punishment

Melbourne University and Monash University
Posted 25 March 2014

Monash Uni logo_smaller.jpgMelbourne Uni logo_smaller.jpgAre you currently experiencing obsessive-compulsive disorder? Then you may be interested to participate in our research study!

What are we investigating?
How the brain and personality characteristics are associated with sensitivity to rewards and punishment in certain situations.

Who are we looking for?
  • Individuals who experience OCD
  • Participants aged between 18-55 years
  • Fluent in English
  • Normal or corrected vision
  • Not pregnant / breastfeeding
  • No history of alcohol/drug dependence

What will your participation involve?
  • A phone interview to see if you are eligible
  • A 1-hour online survey to complete from home
  • One all-day session at Monash University involving: An MRI scan that will safely take pictures of your brain, psychological questionnaires and computer tasks, and a collection of saliva sample for genetic analysis.

You will be reimbursed $200 Coles/Myer voucher for participating in the study.

For more information contact the research team:

Researcher:   Leah Braganza at Monash Biomedical Imaging / Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre
Phone:          (03) 9902 9767

arrow_red.gif Mindfulness, Mental Reasoning and Obsessive-compulsive symptoms

Cairnmillar Institute
Posted 25 March 2014

cairnmillar_logo_smaller.jpgResearchers at the Cairnmillar Institute are looking for individuals to participate in a study investigating the impact of “inferential confusion”, a style of mental reasoning, on obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviour. Inferential confusion involves the tendency to overlook sensory information and infer that an imagined state of affairs may have occurred in reality. This factor might have a crucial role in maintaining doubt about obsessional concerns, thereby triggering intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviour stemming from this doubt.

The study is also examining whether mindfulness exercises could reduce the occurrence of obsessive-compulsive symptoms through their effect on mental reasoning processes. The accepting, non-judgemental state of mind associated with mindfulness could prevent the experience of distress in response to intrusive thoughts, thus reducing the likelihood of obsessive-compulsive symptoms.

The study’s findings could ultimately lead to improvements to existing treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Anyone can participate in the study. Should you choose to participate, you will be asked to complete questionnaires online measuring 1) mindfulness 2) inferential confusion 3) belief domains and 4) obsessive thinking & compulsive behaviour. The survey will take 15 - 20 minutes to complete. You will not be required to provide your name or contact details, and the research is completely confidential and anonymous. 
Participation in the study is voluntary and you are free to discontinue participation at any time.

This study has received ethics approval from the Cairnmillar Institute Human Research Ethics Committee.

To proceed, please go to the following website to complete the survey online:

For more information contact the research team:

Student Researcher:   Jonathan Rasmussen

Research Supervisor:  Dr. Alastair Anderson
Phone:                       (03) 9813 3400

Thank you for your interest and participation.

arrow_red.gif Online Treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

University of Tasmania
Posted 22 January 2014

uni-tas_logo_thumb.jpgThe University of Tasmania is seeking volunteers with symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) to participate in a research study of a trial treatment for OCD called OCDdrop. OCD symptoms might include fear of dirt or contamination which can result in rituals around washing or cleaning. Other symptoms might include excessive checking and other rituals.

OCDdrop uses an interactive 3-D game world to practice skills in exposure with response prevention (ERP). ERP is a recognised effective treatment method in both clinic based and self-help approaches. The research aims to find out how effective the online skill building approach is in reducing symptoms of OCD.

OCDdrop was developed by Professor Ken Kirkby, Dr Allison Matthews and Dr Joel Scanlan at the University of Tasmania.  The current research is being conducted by Rosie Maunder, a Masters of Psychology (Clinical) student.

Eligible participants will be required to complete a phone interview followed by three 45 minute treatment sessions online, at 7 day intervals (using their own computer). They will also be asked to complete some online questionnaires both before and after the treatment sessions.

Volunteers who are interested in participating can register for the treatment trial at no cost by visiting

For more information contact the research team:

Rosie Maunder

We look forward to hearing from you

arrow_red.gif Reassurance Seeking

Swinburne University
Posted 14 January 2014

Why do some people seek reassurance and others don't?swinburne_logo_vertical_red_2014_smaller.jpg

Swinburne University is undertaking research investigating how people relate to one another and the role this plays in the development and maintenance of reassurance seeking behaviour.
Reassurance Seeking is a common symptom of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other Anxiety Disorders including: Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD).

Reassurance seeking can be defined as the need to repeatedly ask for safety-related information from others about a threatening object, situation or relationship.  It is a major problem as it can create relationship difficulties and increase the severity and frequency of one’s anxiety. Unfortunately, very little research has been conducted on reassurance seeking. Therefore, this project aims to further develop our understanding about the development and maintenance of reassurance seeking behaviour, which could lead to new interventions and treatment options. Specifically it aims to examine how our styles of relating to other people influence the development of this behaviour.

We are seeking both participants who are over the age of 18 and are experiencing:
  1. Obsessions and or compulsions, and/or have been diagnosed with OCD.
  2. High anxiety, and/or have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

Participation will involve an interview and a pen and paper questionnaire which usually takes between 1 -2 hours. This can be conducted over the phone or in person at Swinburne University in Hawthorn. All information collected for this project will remain confidential.

For more information contact the research team on:

Researcher:    Kate FitzGerald
Phone:           (03) 9214 5098

Brain Imaging of Generalized Anxiety

Swinburne University
Posted 18 September 2013

swinburne_logo_vertical_red_2014_smaller.jpgnvestigators at the Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre (BPsyC) are seeking both people diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) and healthy volunteers without GAD, to participate in a brain imaging study that will investigate the brain activity associated with anxiety.
Participants who fulfill the inclusion criteria will be asked to complete a psychological assessment and participate in four short brain imaging recordings in a magnetoencephalography (MEG) machine (totaling 40 minutes) and a 5 to 10 minute structural MRI scan. MEG is a non-invasive method that records the weak magnetic fields produced by the brain using a large set of sensors suspended over the participants head in a specially shielded room. MRI is also a non-invasive method that can be used to image the structure of the brain.

Inclusion criteria for control participants:
  • Between the ages of 20 and 40 years
  • Non-smoker
  • Good general health
  • No history of epilepsy
  • No history of psychiatric/mental illness
  • No history of medical sleep apnoea

Inclusion criteria for GAD participants:
  • GAD diagnosis
  • Between the ages of 20 and 40 years
  • Non-smoker
  • Good general health
  • No history of epilepsy
  • No history of medical sleep apnoea

Participants will be reasonably compensated for their time.

For more information contact the research team:

Kaelasha Tyler
Mob:   0424 606 884

arrow_red.gif A free program for family members of those who experience OCD

Swinburne University
Posted 11 March 2013

Swinburne University is undertaking research to pilot a program developed to support family members* or carers of adults who experience OCD symptoms.  (*Family member is anyone living with, or in a supportive relationships with, someone experiencing OCD symptoms.)

There is a considerable body of evidence which acknowledges the difficulty that someone with OCD and their loved one experience in managing OCD and the impact on the quality of life of family members.  The purpose of the program is:

  • To educate family members on the possible causes, development and treatment of OCD, family accommodation and how to manage living with OCD including self care.
  • To assist family members to reduce the number of incidents of family accommodation behaviours.
  • To reduce the level of distress experienced by family members and carers of people with OCD.
  • To improve the quality of life reports of family members and carers of people with OCD.

The 5 session program covers 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 information and a chance to ask questions about the key topic followed by an opportunity to discuss your experiences of living with OCD with the group facilitator and other group members.
To participate in the program you 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 with OCD.
Prior to participating in the program you will be asked to participate in an interview regarding your experiences of living with an adult who has been diagnosed with OCD (see separate consent information sheet). If you do not wish to undertake the interview you will not be precluded from participating in the program.  You will also be asked to complete some questionnaires both before and after undertaking the program. The questionnaires include questions about your current quality of life and your mood in the past four weeks and also information about your experiences of living with OCD and being asked to accommodate OCD rituals.  The interview and questionnaire will take approximately 30- 60 minutes to complete. These can be competed at Swinburne University Psychology Clinic or at a mutually agreed meeting place. 

The group program itself is a two hour session completed over 5 weeks (or fortnightly depending upon the preference of the group).  The first hour provides information and support about each of the key topic areas outlined in the introduction delivered by the group psychologist.  There is a short break followed by a discussion group where participants will have the opportunity to discuss their experiences of living with OCD, to seek assistance and support from the Psychologist and group members regarding managing aspects of OCD behaviour and requests to be involved in OCD rituals.

There is no cost to participants for taking part in the group. Groups will be held at the Swinburne Psychology Clinic.  However, if demand for the groups arises in regional areas the group facilitator is willing to travel to complete groups on those areas.

For more information contact the research team on:

  • Researcher:    Samantha Beeken
  • Phone:             0457 116 037
  • Email:    

arrow_red.gif Social anxiety in a "connected" world

Posted 14 September 2012

This study is looking at electronic communication (e.g. facebook, twitter, email, chat-rooms, forums) used by people who find social interaction challenging.

We want to talk to people who are:
  • 18 years or over
  • Like to use online communication and
  • Experience anxiety symptoms in a social situation (eg blushing, raised heart-rate, shaking hands, fear of saying something silly)
We will ask you some questions about how and why you use the computer to communicate with others. We will also ask about your social anxiety.

Following an initial phone call to talk over your experiences and how you might be included in our study, we’ll make an appointment to meet with you. The face to face session will take approximately 1.5 hours and can be done at a location that suits you (eg Swinburne University, library, at your home etc.).

To sign up or ask for more information, contact:

  • Researcher:     Ian Clark –  (mobile: 0409 251 290)
  • Supervisor:    Anna Thomas - 

arrow_red.gif Feeling Depressed?
Posted 7 September 2012

Little is known about how to effectively treat depression and most individuals experiencing depression often need to try numerous medications to find suitable treatment.
International Study to Predict Optimized Treatment in Depression [iSPOT-D] is the largest study of its kind, aiming to determine who will respond to which antidepressant.

The Principal Aim is to get the prescription right the first time.

You may be eligible to participate if you are:
  1. currently experiencing symptoms of depression
  2. are aged  between 18–65 years

The study involves:
  • Completing two visits to Swinburne University in Hawthorn
  • Completing 7 brief telephone check-ins within one year
  • Treatment from your own doctor with a commonly prescribed antidepressant
  • Providing a blood sample

Participants are reimbursed for their time.

If you are interested and would like to find out more please contact

  • Karen Savage at The Centre for Human Psychopharmacology, Swinburne University, Hawthorn on Phone (03) 9214 8267 or Email
  • Research flyer

arrow_red.gif The effect of parenting styles and stressful life events on the development of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Posted 20 July 2012

Researchers from Victoria University are currently looking for anyone over the age to 18 to participate in a study investigating the effect of parenting styles in early childhood and recent stressful life experiences on the development of obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours.

This research is designed to better identify specific environmental risk factors involved in the development of obsessive-compulsive symptoms in a non-clinical population.  Parenting styles and stressful life events have extensively been shown in the literature to effect the development of anxiety disorders, such as social anxiety disorder and panic disorder.  However, more research is needed to further extend our knowledge of their effect on the potential development of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Each participant who completes the questionnaire for this study will help towards understanding the extent to which the combination of parenting styles and recent stressful life experiences contribute towards the potential development of sub-clinical levels of OCD. Further, the findings of this research will highlight environmental risk factors to look out for when screening for OCD in a clinical setting.

Participation in this anonymous research project is voluntary and requires following a direct link to complete the questionnaire online, which should take approximately between 10 to 15 minutes. Please note that no personal identification details will be recorded for this research as the questionnaire is entirely anonymous. 

If you would like to participate in this research, please follow the link below to complete the questionnaire online. Participation is voluntary and you are free to discontinue participation at any time.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact the researchers:

  • Associate Professor Gerard Kennedy (03 9919 2481)                                
  • Catherine Hluchanic (

arrow_red.gif  A program for managing Anxiety for Teenagers with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
Posted 6 July 2012

A research study at The Royal Children’s Hospital is currently underway aimed at helping teenagers with acquired brain injury (ABI) manage their anxiety.  We are looking for teenagers to participate in the study who have had an ABI and are experiencing anxiety.

We know that after an acquired brain injury, some teenagers may experience increased levels of anxiety, for instance, in social situations. So far, very little research has looked at the ways we can help them overcome anxiety difficulties and improve the way they are able to get along with others at school, home and in the community. We have developed a program for managing anxiety for teenagers who have had an acquired brain injury. The program is based on the “Chilled” program which previous research has shown to be helpful for teenagers who do not have an acquired brain injury.

Who can participate?
We would like to hear from you if you or your child:
  1. is aged 12–19 years,
  2. has had an acquired brain injury (e.g., traumatic brain injury, stroke),
  3. has difficulties with anxiety, and
  4. the injury/onset occurred more than 6 months ago.

What does it involve?

Teenagers enrolled in the study will participate in a cognitive-behavioural therapy program aimed at reducing their anxiety and to increase his/her participation in everyday activities. The program runs for 11 sessions over 11 weeks.

Want to participate?

For more information, or to express your interest in participating in this study, please contact the Researchers:
  • Irene Dinatale on (03) 9936 6630    Email:
  • Tamera Clancy on (03) 9936 6671  Email:

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