Current Research Studies

The following Research Studies within the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, are currently looking for participants.

Interested in participating in one of the many research studies listed below? please contact the studies primary researcher.  

If you would like to participate in future studies: Sign up on our Research Participation web page by, clicking here.


Healthy Volunteers Needed: Cancer-related Cognitive Impairment

The Royal Adelaide Hospital and the University of South Australia invites you to help further our understanding of cancer-related cognitive impairment.

We are seeking English-speaking healthy participants over 18 years of age with no history of cancer or medical conditions affecting cognition. 

What does it involve?

 Participation will involve completing questionnaires about cognition, fatigue, sleep, psychological distress and employment demands on two occasions six months apart. In addition, participants will be asked to complete a face-to-face assessment taking no longer than 15 minutes. 

How do I participate?

If you would like to participate in the study, please contact Dr Amanda Hutchinson by phone on 8302 4468 or by email at amanda.hutchinson@unisa.edu.au

This project has been approved by the Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Ethics Committee [protocol no: R20120512] and the University of South Australia's Human Research Ethics Committee [protocol no: 0000035670].


Participants Needed: Development and Wellbeing Study

What is the study?
This study is being conducted as part of a PhD project and aims to examine how environmental pressures cause us to develop in a certain way, and whether there is an association between these choices, and mental wellbeing. 

Who can participate?
Anyone who is 18 years and over, whether you have or have not experienced mental health concerns.

What does it involve?
Answering questions online

How long does it take?
Approximately 40 minutes

What’s in it for me?
Go in the draw to win one of two $100 E-Gift Cards

How do I participate?
Go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/development_wellbeing  

For more information please contact the primary researcher Bianca Kahl (PhD Candidate): bianca.kahl@mymail.unisa.edu.au 

This study has been approved by UniSA Human Research Ethics Committee.


Participants Needed: Mindfulness and Employee Wellbeing

Take part in a mindfulness training program and contribute to exciting research investigating mindfulness and wellbeing in the workplace. Participants go into the running to win one of three prizes: $200 Myer gift card, $50 Myer gift card or $30 Myer gift card.  

Participation involves:  

  • Completing a short questionnaire and daily diary (i.e., a very short survey) on 10 workdays. 
  • Taking part in a mindfulness self-directed training program, consisting of 15 minutes of mindfulness practice on 10 workdays guided by a manual and audio recordings. 

If you are over the age of 18, residing in Australia, working 30 hours or more a week and not currently engaged in mindfulness training, you are eligible to take part in this research project.

To register your interest, please email Stephanie Jamieson: jamsd001@mymail.unisa.edu.au    

This project has been approved by the University of South Australia’s Human Research Ethics Committee. 


Participants Needed: Study on inheritance in farming / primary producer families

PARTICIPANTS WANTED

This study aims to increase understanding of farming family inheritance practices by exploring a broad range of issues (of which business succession is just one aspect), and by involving daughters to learn about their experiences and perspectives on this topic.

The study is being conducted using online discussion groups, and will involve daughters of primary producers across Australia sharing their family inheritance experiences with other daughters. Participants will be able to take part in the online discussions at any time of the day, and may contribute as much or as little as they choose.

If you are a daughter of an Australian primary producer, at least 18 years of age, and would like to learn more about this study and how to take part, please go to the research project webpage at  http://unisa.edu.au/farming-families-study

 This project is being undertaken by Leonnie Blumson, a PhD candidate with the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy at the University of South Australia. Leonnie is also a farmer’s daughter.
This project has been approved by the University of South Australia's Human Research Ethics Committee Protocol No 0000031973.

 If you have any ethical concerns about the project or questions about your rights as a participant please contact the Executive Officer of this Committee, Tel: 08 8302 3118; email: vicki.allen@unisa.edu.au


Participants Needed: Now I lay me down to sleep….or do I?

Sleepwalking – the strange state that finds people mobile and seemingly lost between full consciousness and sleep – still excites enormous curiosity, this research will help to fill in some big gaps in our understanding of sleepwalking.

What is the study?

 To learn more about people’s experience of sleepwalking.

What does it involve?

1. Complete an anonymous questionnaire which covers a range of topics about sleepwalking, sleep patterns, stress, personality and cognitive function.

2. (Optional) To talk to the researchers about your experiences

How do I participate?
Anyone with experience of sleepwalking who would like to contribute to an improved understanding of this occurrence can find out more about the study from https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sleepwalking

If you have any questions about the study or your eligibility to participate, please don’t hesitate to contact the researcher directly: Helen.Stallman@unisa.edu.au

Dr Stallman recently spoke to Ali Clarke on 891 mornings, if you would like to listen to the podcast of the interview it can be accessed from the ABC website via the following link
http://blogs.abc.net.au/sa/2016/05/why-do-some-of-us-sleepwalk.html?site=adelaide&program=adelaide_mornings

This study has been reviewed and approved by the UniSA Human Research Ethics Committee approval number: 35075.


Participants Needed: Emotional Memory & Sleep Research Study

A NEURAL BASIS FOR THE BENEFIT OF SLEEP FOR EMOTIONAL MEMORY

The University of South Australia is inviting you to help further our understanding of the brain mechanisms underlying the importance of sleep on emotional memory.

We are seeking participants:

  • between the ages of 60-85
  • primary English speakers
  • not currently taking medication that affects sleep and/or psychological performance
  • not currently diagnosed with a sleep disorder
  • not diagnosed with a current psychiatric condition or known cognitive impairment
  • have not got Impaired hearing or vision that has not been corrected-to-normal
  • have not taken recreational drugs in the past 6 months

What does it involve?
Participation in the study will involve attending the University of South Australia for 2 sessions in total, to undergo short memory tests and sleep monitoring. Participants will be asked to wear a watch like device that monitors your sleep and wake activity for 7 days prior to each testing session. A reimbursement of $40 will be given to assist with any expenses associated with participation in the study.

How do I participate?
If you would like to participate in the study, please contact: Amanda Santamaria by email at amanda.santamaria@mymail.unisa.edu.au or by phone on 8302 4170

This project has been approved by the University of South Australia’s Human Research Ethics Committee. (Approved Ethics Protocol # 34184)

If you have any ethical concerns about the project or questions about your rights as a participant please contact the Executive Officer of this Committee, tel: +61 8 8302 3118; email: vicki.allen@unisa.edu.au.


Participants Needed: Social and Personality Psychology Research Study

What is the study?
Friendship, Personality, and Impression Formation

What does it involve?
There are two parts:
1. Answering anonymous questions online
2. (optional) Coming into the lab to take part in an impression formation study

How long does it take?
Part 1 takes approximately 10 mins Part 2 takes approximately 45mins

What’s in it for me?
Experience participating in a psychology studies
If you come in for Part 2, you will receive a $10 gift voucher for your time
 
How do I participate?
Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sociometer there you’ll receive a full information sheet about participation.

For more information please contact the primary research Dr Phil Kavanagh: Phil.Kavanagh@unisa.edu.au

This study has been reviewed and approved by the UniSA Human Research Ethics Committee (approval number: 34091);


 

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