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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 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 Cognitive Mediators of Bowel Discomfort: A validation study

Posted 31 July 2018
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Researchers at Swinburn University are seeking individuals 18 years or older to participate in an online questionnaire. Responses will help to better understand how thinking patterns impact upon gastrointestinal discomfort.  Participation will also help to evaluate the study's new scale against other similar scales that assess cognitive processes associated with bowel discomfort. Validation of the new scale will lead to better ways to measure and assess common cognitive factors associated with bowel discomfort.

Participants are welcome to enter a draw to win one of four $100 gift vouchers.

How to participate
For further information please click here.

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

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 

Posted 22 November 2018Monash Uni logo.jpg


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:

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