We are always looking for research study or survey volunteers.

If you would like to participate, please browse through the research studies below. Most research study volunteers will be reimbursed in some way.

 


Medical, Nursing and Health Research

(Various projects available)

Research in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences is informing practice and improving health outcomes in our local community and internationally.

In many cases our vital research would not be possible without the involvement of research volunteers.

Please see our research projects that are currently inviting volunteer participation.


Beverage preferences study

The purpose of this study is to investigate the psychology of beverage preferences. Volunteers will be required to complete several simple computer tasks and a series of questionnaires. The study will be conducted at Flinders University at Bedford Park.

You can be involved if you:

  • Are aged between 18-25 years old.
  • Like soft drink and drink soft drink regularly (i.e., consume soft drink at least once a fortnight).
  • Do not have any food or drink allergies or intolerances.
  • Have not participated in any other beverage studies during the past 6 months.
  • Speak English as your first language.

Volunteers will be reimbursed for their time.
To register your interest, e-mail Amber at tusc0003@flinders.edu.au

 

Traumatic stress research study

The Traumatic Stress Research Studies Unit of the School of Psychology is seeking participants for a research study.

The study will involve thinking about a negative autobiographical event.

We strongly suggest that if you believe you may be overly distressed by thinking about a negative event that you DO NOT participate in this experiment.

Requirements:

  • Must be aged 18 years or older.
  • Must be a native English speaker.
  • Must have the use of a smartphone.
  • Must be willing to complete questions relating to past negative events.
  • Must have experienced a negative event in the past three months (events don’t have to be bothering you now, or may not have even bothered you at the time).

What happens during the study?
Participants will be asked to pay attention to any thoughts about their negative autobiographical event and complete a series of relevant questionnaires and a daily diary for a one-week period.

How long will it take?
Approximately 2hrs over the course of a week.  Participants will receive monetary reimbursement their time and inconvenience.

To register your interest, please email event.study16@gmail.com . You will then be contacted with more information about the study.

This research project has been approved by the Flinders University Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee (Project Number 4060). For more information regarding ethical approval of the project the Executive Officer of the Committee can be contacted by telephone on 8201 3116, by fax on 8201 2035 or by email human.researchethics@flinders.edu.au .

Perfectionism and the Relationship between Stressful Life Events and Postnatal Depression

Suzanne is conducting a research study on Perfectionism and symptoms of Postnatal Depression, titled, ‘Perfectionism and the Relationship between Stressful Life Events and Postnatal Depression’.

I'm looking for mothers 18 years of age and over of a child or children up to the age of 6 months to complete a 15 minute online questionnaire.

Purpose of the study:

This project aims to gain a better understanding of the relationship between perfectionism and symptoms of postnatal depression.

  • To influence early interventions aimed to target the effects of perfectionism on symptoms of postnatal depression.
  • To contribute to the current research by providing practical benefits to professional psychologists.

To participate in this study please either click on the link below or copy and paste the link into your web browser. It will take you first to the Participant Introduction letter and Information Sheet providing more details on the study and then straight to our online questionnaire:
https://flinderspsychology.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3sbGIl7JFHxjWnz

Should you have any questions about this study please contact me via email: scut0003@flinders.edu.au

This research project has been approved by the Flinders University Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee (Project number 7352).  For more information regarding ethical approval of the project the Executive Officer of the Committee can be contacted by telephone on 8201 3116, by fax on 8201 2035 or by email human.researchethics@flinders.edu.au

Eating Behaviour Study

The purpose of this study is to investigate the psychology of eating behaviour in women. Volunteers will be required to complete several short computer tasks and a series of questionnaires. The study will be conducted at Flinders University campus at Bedford Park. The study takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.

You can be involved if you:
-    Are female, 18-30 years old.
-    Speak English as your first language.
-    Like most foods.
-    Do not have any food allergies or dietary requirements.

Volunteers will be reimbursed for their time.

To register your interest, e-mail Fanoula at thom1061@flinders.edu.au

Health Messages and Personal Breast Awareness

This project investigates how certain health messages may have an impact on personal breast awareness. Participation will involve completing an online Questionnaire and viewing a message pamphlet. Participants will also be invited to complete a short (2 minute) follow up online questionnaire one month following the study.

If you are a Female between 18 to 40 years old and would like to learn more about personal breast awareness, please click on the link below and spend an approximate 20 minutes to complete the study.

Link: https://flinderspsychology.au1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0qScaG0D0rCImJn

Contact: Email must0041@uni.flinders.edu.au

Survey about health and physical activity behaviours

Leah is conducting a survey about health and physical activity behaviours for her Honours thesis under my supervision.

The aim of her study is to understand how attitudes towards health in general are associated with health behaviours such as physical activity, cancer screening and eating fruit and vegetables. This information will assist with the development of strategies aimed at encouraging behaviours that improve long term health.

Participation would involve answering questions about your attitudes to health in general, physical activity, eating, and participation in regular screening.

The survey is for people 55 – 74 years of age. You must be an Australian resident.

The survey will take about 20 minutes to complete.

To take part in the survey, please click on the following link or copy and paste to your browser:
                  
Follow this link to the Survey:
         https://flinderspsychology.au1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bJc1S7GRYVaImz3

All individual responses are completely confidential, only the overall survey results are reported on.

In appreciation of your time, you will be able to go into a draw to win one of 5 x $50 gift cards.  On completing the survey, you will be redirected to a separate survey where you can enter your name and email address to participate in the prize draw.  Your name and email will only be used for the purposes of the prize draw and will not be linked to your responses to the survey.

If you have any issues using the survey, please email Leah Frost at leahfrost@internode.on.net

You may choose to withdraw from the survey at any time.

Please contact me if you have any questions about the study.

Kind regards,
Dr Nadia Corsini
Cancer Council SA
ncorsini@cancersa.org.au , 82914382

Treatment to improve symptoms of disordered eating

What is disordered eating?
Flinders University Services for Eating Disorders (FUSED) is offering treatment to improve symptoms of disordered eating, such as binge eating, purging, fasting,
and preoccupation with weight and shape.

What happens during treatment?
This treatment involves working through a new treatment for eating disorders, Intensive Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBTi), with a trainee therapist at Flinders University. As part of treatment you will also be asked to complete an interview and questionnaire on five occassions which will take approx. 90 minutes for each assessment.

You will also be asked if you are willing to consent to this information being used
in a research project investigating the impact of this intervention on quality of life.

Who can participate?
If you are over 16 years of age and are experiencing problems with disordered eating you may be eligible to participate.

Where can I get more information?
Please contact Mia at FUSED
Email: fused@flinders.edu.au

This study has been reviewed by Southern Adelaide Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee

Food and Cravings Daily Diary Study

Do you experience food cravings? Are you interested in contributing to research?

We are currently seeking participants for a new field study investigating the psychology of food cravings.

Participants will be asked to complete a food craving diary over a period of 2 weeks. Participants will also be asked to fill out several questionnaires.

Additionally, participants will be required to attend 2 separate information sessions during the 2-week period. Each information session will be 15-30 minutes, and daily diary completion should take no longer than 15 minutes of your time.

You are eligible to participate if you:

• Have a craving for food at least once per day
• Are female
• Speak English proficiently
• Have a smartphone/tablet and headphones

Contact Sophie at schu0338@flinders.edu.au to indicate your interest.

Computer gaming and sleep during adolescence

The School of Psychology in Flinders University is conducting a paid research study ($50 Westfield voucher) investigating how computer gaming affects the sleep of teenagers.

Participating in the study will involve attending the sleep laboratory at Flinders University for 2 nights spaced approximately 1 day apart from 8pm to 8am on these nights. Food and drinks to be provided.

We are looking for people who are:

  • Aged 15-17 years
  • A good sleeper
  • Do not consume excessive caffeine or take recreational drugs
  • Have not travelled overseas in the past 3 months

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Mrs Lisa Smith:
Email: lisajoanne.smith@flinders.edu.au

**A brief initial phone screening will be conducted to determine your eligibility for the study.

Evaluation of augmented reality authoring using handheld devices

We are seeking volunteers to participate in a short research study to evaluate the design of a custom augmented reality (AR) authoring tool. We are looking for volunteers who have minimal AR knowledge (preferably none), no computer programming experience, and are above 18 years old.

You will be required to use the authoring tool on a tablet device to complete two tasks. The tasks will focus on specific aspects of the tool’s user interface and how well it caters to inexperienced users. Following each task, you will asked to answer a few questions related to your experience.

Completion of the tasks is expected to take approximately 30 minutes. Any data provided by you during the study will be treated anonymously and confidentially. 

If you are interested in participating or would like further information, please contact Lawrence Sambrooks at the following email address: lawrence.sambrooks@flinders.edu.au

NB. This study will take place at the Flinders University Tonsley campus.

This research project has been approved by the Flinders University Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee (Project Number 6881).

Management of our identities

Researchers at Flinders University are seeking participants for a study investigating how people manage their multiple roles in day-to-day life. This project will investigate how individuals experience and cope with situations in which their social identities have conflicting expectations. Social identities are the groups and roles we identify with in our day-to-day life, they may include being a parent, a worker, an athlete, a student, or other groups and roles. Due to individuals having many different social identities, there may be times when an individual is unable to adhere to the expectations of both identities at once. A working parent, for example, may be unable to simultaneously prioritise their working and parenting commitments. We are interested in how conflicts between social identities impact on overall psychological well-being, and if there are management strategies that enable people to cope with conflicts more effectively.

Participation will involve completing an online survey. You’ll be asked a number of questions, including what your social groups/roles are, how important these social groups are to you, and whether the expectations of these social groups conflict with each other. You’ll also be asked to rate your emotions (including emotions such as shame, anger, remorse, pride and others). Some questions will ask how you responded in situations when your social groups had conflicting expectations of you (e.g., whether you took time to think about the best way to deal with the situation, whether you tried to avoid the situation, whether you could not stop thinking about the situation).

To be eligible, you must be 18 years of age or over, fluent in English, and residing in South Australia.

The survey will take 20-30 minutes. Please note that participation is voluntary, and you will not be reimbursed for your time. If you are interested in participating, more information and the survey are accessible through this link: https://flinderspsychology.asia.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6D5Rzg9Yj0InVfn .

Relationships for people with physical and communication disabilities

Getting past “let’s just be good friends” is often a faraway dream. This can be even more challenging when having a physical disability and difficulty communication using speech.

Are you a person with physical and communication disabilities, and have you had any of the following:

  • A desire to enter into a romantic or sexual relationship?
  • A friendship that you hoped would develop into more than a friendship?
  • A girlfriend and/or boyfriend?
  • Something stopping you from developing a romantic or sexual relationship?

If so, you might be interested in this research project by Darryl Sellwood, a PhD candidate at the Flinders University. He is looking for participants who have physical and communication disabilities to share their experiences of romantic or sexual relationships, pleasurable and not so pleasurable moments. All information provided by the participants will be treated as strictly confidential.

You can read more information about the project and register your interest here:

www.tinyurl.com/RSRccn by February 2016

If you would like to know more, please feel free to email Darryl at sell0074@flinders.edu.au

Behavioural Activation group treatment program for young people

Do you know someone who is 14-18 years old and worries too much?

The Emotion and Behaviour Lab within the School of Psychology, Flinders University, runs a Behavioural Activation group treatment program for young people with excessive worry.

For more information please contact the research team by email (youth.worry.flinders@gmail.com) or phone (0434 809 354).

This study has been approved by the Southern Adelaide Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee.

The "break from gaming" challenge (win prizes)

People who play massively multiplayer online games (MMOs; e.g. World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2) are invited to participate in a new video-gaming study. This study will explore the experiences of MMO players before, during, and after a three-day break from gaming. Participation in the study will involve completing online questionnaires. No physical attendance or identifying information is required. The break from gaming will begin on June 5th, 2015.  

Prizes: People who complete this study will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 4 Prepaid Visa Gift Cards (1 x $100 card and 3 x $50 cards will be awarded). These cards can be used for in-store purchases and online purchases. We are seeking approximately 50 people to participate in this study; if more people choose to participate, more prizes will be offered.

Who can participate: MMO players aged 18 years and older are invited to participate.

Further information: If you are interested in participating in the study, or would like more information, please email Dean Kaptsis at kapt0002@flinders.edu.au with the subject heading “break from gaming challenge”. You can use an anonymous email address and do not have to provide your name, phone numbers, or any other identifying information.

Therapy following trauma

The School of Psychology in Flinders University is conducting a research study investigating how a more individualised Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) can be used to treat those who have been traumatised.

Participating in the study will involve attending 12-15 individual therapy sessions with a trained therapist. You will also be asked to complete an interview and questionnaires about your life experiences, beliefs and symptoms before therapy, immediately after and 3-months following therapy.

This treatment is available to anyone age 18 or over who has experienced or witnessed a trauma 4 or more weeks ago.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact:

Phone: 8201 5995 
Email: traumaunit@flinders.edu.au

**A brief initial phone screening will be conducted to determine your eligibility for the study.

Chocolate cravings study

The purpose of this study is to investigate the psychology of chocolate cravings in young women. Volunteers will attend 7 sessions at Flinders University to complete simple computer tasks and several questionnaires. In total, the study takes approximately 2.5 hours.

You can be involved if you:

  • Are female, 18-25 years old
  • Do not have any food allergies or intolerances
  • Speak English as your first language.

Volunteers will be reimbursed $50 for their time.

To register your interest, e-mail Sarah at chocolatecravings@flinders.edu.au