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Participate in Research

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 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:

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

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Posted 03 November 2017

  • Do you get anxious in front of others?
  • Do you feel embarrassed if you have to give a speech or perform at a public function?
  • Do you avoid meeting new people, going to parties, or dating?
  • Is it difficult to eat, drink, or write while others may be watching you

If so, you may be suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder.

A clinical research study is underway to evaluate an oral investigational medication.

You may qualify if you:
  • Are between 18 and 64 years of age
  • Additional requirements apply

How to participate
For details on how to participate or for further information contact the Research Nurse, Xenia Jung on: 
PHONE: 03 9770 1579 or EMAIL: WEB:

arrow_red.gif Hair pulling disorder

Swinburne University
Posted 24 July 2017

  • Do you engage in non-cosmetic hair-pulling behaviour?swinburne_logo_vertical_red_2014_smaller.jpg
  • Are you 18 or over?

Researchers at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia, are currently looking at developing an online, cognitive-behavioural treatment program for trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder). They want you to help in the creation of this and tell them what you want to see!

They are seeking people who engage in non-cosmetic hair-pulling behaviours and are aged 18+ to complete a 40-minute online survey. Participants will be asked about their hair pulling experiences, other psychological symptoms (like anxiety and depression) and of course, what they want to see from an online treatment. 

How to participate

For more information or to take part, please click here or contact student investigator Tanya Arabatzoudis at or Principal investigator, Dr Maja Nedeljkovic

arrow_red.gif Impact of mindfulness on buying behaviour

Australian Catholic University
Posted 8 July 2017

  • Go shopping to make yourself feel better?
  • Buy things and never use them?
  • Find it difficult to get through a day without spending?


Researchers at the Australian Catholic University are seeking participants for a study investigating the impact of mindfulness on buying behaviour.ACU logo.png


What does this research involve?

  • Downloading a free mindfulness smartphone application
  • Completing daily mindfulness exercises (7-10 minutes) over 6 weeks
  • Providing estimates of your spending behaviour
  • Filling out some online questionnaires  

Who can participate?

Anyone over the age of 18 years, who owns a smartphone (iPhone 4S or later version, or Android with GooglePlay), and has no history of bipolar disorder, substance use disorder or brain injury.


Additional Information

Following study completion, you will enter the draw to win one of two $150 Endota Spa Vouchers.

How to participate

If you wish to participate, or would like more information, please contact the research team: Sophie Lynn-Evans;

arrow_red.gif Cognitive mediators of bowel discomfort: An exploratory study  

Swinburne University
Posted 30 June 2017

Do psychological concerns drive your bowel discomfort? - help us develop a scale to better measure these processes.


Psychological distress and gastrointestinal symptoms commonly occur together and are frequently reported in community samples. Your responses will help us better understand how thinking patterns impact upon gastrointestinal discomfort. Further your participation will also help us to develop a new scale that can help better identify and target psychological processes associated with gastrointestinal discomfort.  The study involves completing an online questionnaire which should take approximately 60 minutes to complete.

Go into the draw to win 1 of 4 $100AUS vouchers
At the end of the study you are welcome to add your email address (stored independently from the questionnaire data) in order to go into a draw to win 1 of 4 $100AUS vouchers. Winners will be drawn on the 31st of October 2017.

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:

Other investigators involved: Dr Pragalathan Apputhurai (Lecturer in Statistics), Dr Rebecca Burgell (Consultant Gastroenterologist, The Alfred Hospital), Ms Sarina Cook (Research Assistant) & Professor Laurie Keefer (Health Psychologist, Susan and Leonard Feinstein IBD Clinical Center, New York).  


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