Research projects and results

Research group

School of Psychology staff and postgraduate students need participants for their research projects and online research surveys. The surveys below are open to the public and we would appreciate you taking the time to help us with our research.

Past online surveys

  • See summaries of results of past online surveys at Survey results.
  • See Closed surveys for recent surveys. The researchers are analysing their data and writing up the results for publication.

Surveys currently collecting data

Have you ever wondered how Third Wave Therapies overlap? Creating a Compendium of Third Wave Therapy Strategies.

Michelle Rous – Research is a partial requirement for a Master’s degree in Psychology

This research investigates the relationship between strategies used by therapists in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. Whilst all therapies have strategies considered ‘central’ to them, strategies are often very similar or the same across different therapies. This research seeks to identify the areas of overlap, similarity and difference, and represent these relationships in a model.

If you are a therapist in a mental health discipline, I welcome you to take part in this study. This involves sorting cards of strategies from these therapies, following a set of instructions. I will mail all the required materials to you, regardless of your location, and you can simply email the necessary forms back. To thank you for your contribution, a summary of the findings will be sent to you should you request this.

Access: Third Wave Therapies: Information sheet and instructions
Project opens - 12/09/2017

Leadership and employee wellbeing in information technology (IT) related work

Suzanne Davies - This research is a partial requirement for a Master’s degree

Despite overwhelming evidence demonstrating a positive relationship between constructive leadership behaviours and employee psychological wellbeing; occupational burnout and low engagement are found to be the norm in employees with low coping strategies or resilience. This research aims to explore how leadership is related to employee burnout and engagement, and whether employees’ psychological flexibility (resilience) can enhance their well-being. It also investigates if high strain roles exist beyond occupations where employees perform frontline work.

If you are 18 years or older, employed on IT related projects and reside in Australia or New Zealand you are invited to participate. Participation involves completing an online questionnaire, taking no longer than 15 - 20 minutes.
Should you not be involved in IT related project work, but know of someone who is, please forward this research request onto them. As a way of thanking participants for their contribution a summary of the findings will be provided on request.

Access: Leadership and employee wellbeing in IT project work
Survey opens – 20/07/17

A Helpful Dose of Humour

Andrew Walmsley – This research is a partial requirement for an Honours degree.

It has long been known stressful events have the potential to cause psychological and physical distress. Where there is uncertainty, is understanding why particular individuals experience more distress than others following a stressful event? Why some individuals are able to ‘bounce’ back? Why some individuals continue to decline?
I’m interested in exploring the adaptive and maladaptive functions of humour. In particular, whether different styles of humour can help people cope with some of life’s challenges? Or whether certain types of humour function as a barrier to recovery?

You are kindly invited to participate by completing an anonymous short survey online that will ask you a number of questions about humour, trauma and wellbeing. The survey will take 5 – 10 minutes to complete. As a way of thanking you for your participation, you may get a chance to win a $40 gift card from Countdown.

Access: A Helpful Dose of Humour
Survey opens – 01/07/2017

Work and interpersonal relationships among emergency first responders

Johnrev Guilaran - This research is a partial requirement for a Doctoral degree

Social relationships are found to be one of the cornerstones of psychosocial recovery. In times of emergencies and disasters, both survivors and first responders may be affected; however, relatively few studies focus on first responders. This research aims to know the role social relationships play on the psychological outcomes related to emergency first response work. This is also the first bicultural study comparing emergency first responders in New Zealand and the Philippines.

We are looking for emergency first responders to participate in the study. If you are 18 years old and above, and currently a member of the police, military/defence force, civil defence, emergency/disaster management organisation, emergency medical service (either ambulatory or hospital-based), fire service, emergency/disaster response organisation (such as the Red Cross), we are inviting you to participate in the study. Participation involves answering a questionnaire, which takes 30 to 45 minutes to finish. As a way of thanking you for your participation, you may get a chance to win a $40 gift card from Countdown (if you are in New Zealand) or ₱1,000 gift card from SM (if you are in the Philippines).

Access - Work and interpersonal relationships among emergency first responders
Survey opened: 01/05/2017

Have you ever come close to death? Sleep habits after a near-death incident

Natasha Tassell-Matamua (Staff member from the School of Psychology)

I am interested in exploring the sleep habits of people who have experienced a near-death incident. I would like to know whether your sleep habits have changed since your near-death incident, and if so, in what ways. It is possible they may not have changed at all, and I am also interested in this.

If you are over the age of 18 years and feel you have had a near-death incident at some time in your life, then I would like to invite you to take part in this research. A ‘near-death incident’ may be defined as any event where you experienced some physiological / physical impairment, and were unconscious for a period of time, and may or may not have been clinically dead. Some examples of a near-death incident may include physical trauma associated with a car accident, a heart attack, surgery, near-drowning, near-suicide, assault, childbirth, coma, head trauma, among others.

Access - Survey: Near death incidences and sleep habits
Survey opened: 2/11/2016

Near Death Experiences and Attitudes to Death

Nicole Lindsay, This research is a partial requirement for completing a Masters of Arts degree in Psychology.

This research is interested in exploring Near Death Experiences (NDEs) and corresponding attitudes toward death. If you have had an experience where you were dead, dying or close to death then you are invited to take part in this research. You may or may not have a conscious memory of this episode. An NDE is defined as an experience where you felt as though something unusual yet significant happened to you during this time, such as leaving your physical body; seeing an unusual light or meeting deceased relatives. Your participation is also welcome if you have had a close brush with death but do not recall any unusual memories from this time. This online survey is completely anonymous and will approximately 20 minutes.

Access - Survey on Near Death Experiences and Attitudes to Death
Survey opened: 11/09/2014

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