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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 Public Restroom Anxiety and Predictors of Toilet Choice

Posted 19 August
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Toilet anxiety refers to not feeling comfortable using a public toilet (i.e., urinating and/or having a bowel motion) despite feeling comfortable using the toilet at home. Toilet anxiety affects around 1 in 15 adults, and to date there has been limited study investigating feelings of worry and nervousness while using public toilets and its relationship with social anxiety. If you would like to participate, your answers will help researchers at Swinburne University gain a better understanding of the thinking styles that individuals with toilet anxiety. The findings will be used to inform mental health professionals in order to offer better support to individuals feeling uncomfortable in public restrooms.

You can help by taking part in the most comprehensive investigation into restroom anxiety and toilet choice to date.

How to participate

For further information and to participate, click here: 

Contact: Dr. Simon Knowles, Senior Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn + 61 03 9214 8206 Email:

arrow_red.gif Exploring Participant Experiences with Online Peer Support Groups for Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders

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  • Do you experience persistent and intrusive thoughts or obsessions?
  • Do you perform repetitive or compulsive behaviours which are difficult to control?
  • Do you find these thoughts and behaviours upsetting?
  • Do you use online peer support groups?

Individuals with obsessive-compulsive and related disorders (OCRDs) experience persistent and intrusive thoughts and often perform repetitive behaviours in response to those thoughts. Unfortunately, finding appropriate treatment for OCRDs can be difficult and many people turn to online peer support groups for information and emotional support.

Researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, are exploring the experiences people have with using online peer support groups to manage their condition. They hope that this study will help to understand the benefits and potential downsides of using such online support peer groups. They are seeking people aged 18+ who experience hair-pulling, skin-picking, and other obsessive compulsive behaviours (including body dysmorphia) to participate in this study. You do not need to be a current or active member of any online peer-support groups to take part as they are interested in a wide range of experiences.

You will be asked to participate in an anonymous online survey which will take 30 minutes to complete.

How to participate
Please click on the link below for further information and to access the survey:

Further queries, please contact:

Dr Alexander De Foe, Chief Investigator, Ph: +613 9925 3294, e-mail:
Yi Tong Tan (Cheryl), Primary Research Student, e-mail:

arrow_red.gif  Gastrointestinal Unhelpful Thinking Scale (GUTS) Development Study

Posted 16 June 2019
Swinburne University of Technology

In 2017 and 2018 we conducted a study which developed a new scale (Gastrointestinal Unhelpful Thinking Scale [GUTS]) to assess cognitive processes associated with bowel discomfort. We are now conducting a new study and looking for both male and female participants who are at least 18 years of age. The current project is exploring how responses to the GUTS relate to other similar scales.  

Participants are welcome to enter a draw to win one of four $100AUS (or Coles Myer/JB HIFI) gift vouchers.

How to participate
For further information, click here

Dr. Simon Knowles, Senior Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn + 61 03 9214 8206 Email:

arrow_red.gif Social Anxiety Disorder: looking at the Brain and Hormones

Posted 15 May 2019
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Is shyness or social anxiety a problem for you? Do you fear social situations (e.g., meeting new people, social gatherings, and public speaking)?  Are you diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder, or think you may suffer from this? If so, then this project may be of interest to you!

You can participate if you:
• Have a current or suspected diagnosis of Social Anxiety Disorder or High Social Anxiety
• Are between the ages of 18 - 55 years• Are right-handed
• Are a non-smoker & no drug/alcohol abuse
• Are medication free (ideally)
• Have no metal objects in your body which cannot be removed(medical plates and pins are permitted)

What does participation involve?
One session for approximately 3.5 hours, including: 
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• Collection of hormone samples (at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Flemington Road, Parkville) 
• MRI scan session (at The Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre, Swinburne University of Technology, Burwood Hwy, Hawthorn)  

How to participate
If you are interested in participating or if you would like further information about the study, please contact Hannah via email at latrobe-logo-og.png

You will be reimbursed for your participation in this study with Coles Myer vouchers.

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arrow_red.gif Meaning and Experiences of Recovery from Anxiety
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Posted 04 December 2018

Do you have personal experience of an anxiety condition?  Are you interested to explore what it means to experience social, emotional and personal
recovery from anxiety?

Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health conditions, worldwide. In Australia, up to 14% of adults reported experiencing an anxiety disorder in the last year. Anxiety is a problematic feature of many related conditions, such as:
  • Generalised anxiety disorder
  • Phobia and panic disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder and related conditions like hoarding, skin-picking and hair-pulling
  • Social anxiety
  • Separation anxiety

These conditions can negatively affect a person’s self-esteem, relationships, sense of connection to others, and the ability to work, study and participate in enjoyable activities. The ability to participate in these important aspects of life can be referred to as “recovery”.  

We are seeking people aged 18+ who have past or current experience of anxiety to participate in an anonymous online survey. This survey asks about your anxiety symptoms and what RECOVERY from anxiety means to you. It will take 25-30 minutes to complete.

How to participate
Please click on the link below for further information and to access the survey:

For any further queries, please contact:
Dr Imogen Rehm, Chief Investigator, Ph: +613 9925 7341, e-mail:
Kaylah De Silva, Primary Research Student, e-mail:

arrow_red.gif Panic Attacks - a clinical research study of online CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

Posted 04 December 2018
The University of NSW and St Vincent's Hospital Sydney

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Do you experience frequent panic attacks? Worry about having a panic attack? Or avoid situations due to fear of having strong physical symptoms of anxiety?

Researchers at the UNSW and St Vincent’s Hospital are evaluating an online course for panic disorder and/or agoraphobia. 

It contains 6 lessons of CBT delivered via the internet over 8 weeks, with support available from mental health clinicians via phone or email.  st-vincents-sydney_small.jpg

The course is self‐paced and can be completed from the comfort of your home!

You may be eligible if:
  • You are over 18 years old
  • Live in Australia
  • Have significant problems with panic and anxiety
  • Have regular access to a computer with internet

How to participate
For more information and to apply, go to:  
If you have questions or would like more information, email

arrow_red.gif How does depression influence the processing of emotion?

Monash University 

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Researchers at the School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University are looking for individuals who are currently experiencing depression to take part in a study.


What does the research involve?

The research involves attending a session at Monash University (Clayton) which include a brief interview followed by the completion of questionnaires and computer tasks. The session will take about 2 hours.


Who can participate?

Participants must be aged between 18 and 60 years and must not have a diagnosis of substance dependence, a history of psychosis, or an organic brain injury.


Participants will be offered $30 to thank them for their time.


How to participate

Please contact:

Dr Laura Jobson

Email:  Phone: 99053945

arrow_red.gif Social Anxiety Disorder - Paid Participation

Posted 31 July 2018
Australian Catholic University

Is Shyness or Social Anxiety a problem for you? Do you fear social situations? (e.g., meeting new people, social gatherings, and public speaking) Are you diagnosed with Social Phobia or Social Anxiety Disorder, or think you may suffer from these? Do you or someone you know with social anxiety want to participate in research into the experience of Social Anxiety? Then this project may interest you!  Click here for further information.

Who can participate?
You can participate if:
  • You have a current or suspected diagnosis of Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Are right-handed
  • Between the ages of 18 - 55 years
  • A non-smoker & no drug/alcohol abuse
  • Medication free (ideally)
  • Have no metal objects present in body (or which cannot be removed)
  • Own a smartphone (android or ios)

How to participate
If interested in participating, contact Caitlin Grace via email at 

Participation is voluntary and you can withdraw at any time. You will be reimbursed for your time and effort: $150 at the completion of the study. Total time commitment is approx 4 hours.

arrow_red.gif Bugs and Brains: The Gut and Mental Health Study

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The University of Melbourne 

Posted 5 June 2018

Have you ever wondered whether your gut bacteria (and gut health) is associated with your mental and physical health? Researchers at the University of Melbourne are conducting a study to find out!

Are you:
  • Female?
  • Between 18-40 years of age?
  • Living in Greater Melbourne or Geelong (or willing to travel)?
  • Fluent in written and spoken English?
  • A non-smoker, or irregular smoker?
  • Not currently on anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medication

  • Currently diagnosed with a depressive &/or anxiety disorder

  • Currently diagnosed irritable bowel syndrome

  • Never been diagnosed with a depressive &/or anxiety disorder or irritable bowel syndrome?
  • Interested in taking part in an exciting new study investigating the association between bacteria, mental and physical health?

How to participate
If you answered yes to all these questions, and would like more information about the study and eligibility details, please visit or contact us on  (03) 8344 1845 or

Principal Investigator: Dr Julian Simmons
Phone: +61 3 9035 8318

arrow_red.gif Exploring the role of attitudes and cognition in toilet anxiety and fear of incontinence

Swinburn University 

Posted 2 May 2018

Do you feel uncomfortable using public toilets or experience fear of incontinence in public?

We are interested in learning more about toilet anxiety (also known as shy bladder or shy bowel, and paruresis or parcopresis) and fear of incontinence (also known as bladder and bowel incontinence phobia. Toilet anxiety involves feeling uncomfortable using public toilets despite feeling comfortable using a toilet at home, while fear of incontinence refers to the overwhelming fear of incontinence in the absence of a medically diagnosed bladder or bowel condition. 

This project involves exploring how attitudes about oneself, cognitive processes (unhelpful thoughts), social-cognitive processes (positive and negative evaluations) and social anxiety, relate to toilet anxiety and fear of incontinence. 

Your answers to this questionnaire will help inform mental health professionals to offer support to individuals with toilet anxiety and/or fear of incontinence. 

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 on the link below.

For more information, please contact the research team:
Principle Investigator: Dr Simon Knowles, (03) 9214 8206, email:
Student Investigator: Mr Kenley Kuoch, email:

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