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How do Mental Health Professionals Deal with Cultural Differences
Canadian society identifies itself as multicultural, meaning that mental health professionals will
inevitably deal with cultural differences in their conversations with clients. Cultural differences
in therapeutic relationships may impair mental health professionals’ ability to meaningfully
connect or empathize with clients, preventing clients from benefiting the most from counselling
or therapy. This study aims to understand how mental health professionals deal with cultural
differences in their therapeutic conversations with clients, including the skills, experiences,
education, and resources that mental health professionals use when working with clients of
another culture.

Participants should be mental health professionals (i.e., registered psychologists, counsellors,
social workers, family therapists, mental health workers) who have experience working with
clients who identify with culture(s) different than their own. Participants should be currently
practicing and registered with the appropriate governing body.

Your participation in this study requires a commitment of approximately one hour. You will be
asked to attend a virtual interview conducted via the MRU Google Meet platform (similar to
Zoom). In this meeting, you will be asked to share your experience of dealing with cultural
differences in your conversations with clients. A secure link will be emailed to you by the
researcher, Arden Hughes, for the interview. This interview will be audio-recorded and later
transcribed and analyzed for the purposes of the study. No identifying information will be
recorded in the transcripts, and all information on your participation in this study will be
kept confidential.

If you are interested in volunteering for this study or want to know more about it, please contact
Arden Hughes at

Recruitment Poster

We are looking for psychologists to take part in a study of barriers and facilitators to support
clients of the LGBTQ2 to develop self-advocacy skills.

As a participant in this study, you will be asked to take part in two sessions: one 60-90 minute
face-to-face or online interview and one brief, follow-up email/telephone interview. The
interview questions will ask participants to discuss their practices in supporting clients to
develop self-advocacy skills within counselling and mental health services, what interventions
they have used, what has helped and hindered their self-advocacy development practices, and
what services and supports would have been helpful to them.

Your participation in this study will be kept confidential, and you will have an opportunity to
verify transcripts and alter information that might be used to identify you. Please note that this
study is not about clients per se, but about your skills as a psychologist.

In appreciation for your time, you will receive a gift (valued at approximately $15).

For more information about this study or to volunteer for this study, please contact:

Student Researcher: Luis Gerardo Ibarra Alexanderson

MSc Student, Counselling Psychology Program,
Werklund School of Education

At (403)-220-3364 or email:

Primary Investigator: José Domene, Ph.D., R. Psych.

The University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board has approved this research
study (REB22-0782)

Poster Social Justice Oriented Research Study

Hello there,

You are being invited to take part in a research study entitled “Personality, Emotions and Workplace Experiences”. This study is being conducted by Amanda McQuarrie, Chantal Van Landeghem, and Reegan McCheyne, graduate students in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manitoba, and their work will be supervised by Dr. Lorna Jakobson. This research has been approved by the Research Ethics Board at the University of Manitoba, Fort Garry campus.

The purpose of the study is to learn about the impact of certain personality traits on workplace stress and negative emotions in psychology- and counselling-based professionals. This study involves completing a survey that includes several short questionnaires that ask about your experiences related to work, your personality, and your mood. The survey is easy to do, and the questions can be quickly answered. All questions are in multiple-choice format. The answers are already there; you just select the number corresponding to the answer that fits you best.

You will need to read an Informed Consent form (at the start of the survey) and agree to take part before you can begin your participation. Once you have agreed (by clicking I AGREE at the bottom of the consent page) the survey will begin.

The entire session will take about 20-30 minutes. Your participation is voluntary, and you may decline to participate or withdraw at any time without penalty. You will be provided the opportunity to enter a draw to win one of four $50 Amazon gift cards by emailing the Principal Investigator.

Your participation in this research will help inform us of the links between certain personality traits and mental health in the workplace. Our hope is that the findings will increase our awareness regarding risk factors for workplace stress and negative emotions in individuals with involved in applied psychology professions.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this email and for considering taking part in this research. We greatly appreciate it.


Amanda McQuarrie, B.Sc.,

Chantal Van Landeghem, M.A.

Reegan McCheyne, M.A.

Dr. Lorna Jakobson, PhD.,

To participate in the study, please click on the following link:

We are looking for volunteers to take part in a study of the compassionate release of aging offenders in federal correctional institutions, including those convicted of sexual offenses.

We are looking to recruit nurses, physicians, corrections officers, and psychologists who have worked full or part-time in a CSC setting for 6 months or longer, or those who have worked in CSC over the past 5 years (for greater than 6 months full or part-time). Participants will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis.

As a participant in this study, you would be asked to participate in an individual interview, either in person, over the telephone, or via Zoom.

Your participation would involve a single interview session, which will take approximately 60 minutes, with the potential for a follow-up interview, which will take up to 30 minutes. Interviews will be conducted in English.

This project is being conducted independently of CSC and the agencies through which you have been contacted.

For more information about this study, or to volunteer to participate, please contact:

Jim Johansson (Principal Investigator)
School of Nursing, University of Ottawa
(780) 982-5170

The ethical components of this study have been approved by the University of Ottawa Office of Research Ethics and Integrity

Recently, our research team launched a new study called “ALOE: Acknowledging Loss Outcomes and Experiences” after noticing the lack of research focused on sexuality and relationships after pregnancy loss.

With ALOE our goal is to establish a foundational understanding of how pregnancy loss is associated with couples’ sexual wellbeing, and we are also interested in examining the effects of perinatal grief on sexuality and relationships.

The study involves taking one 40-55 minute survey in which participants will be compensated $20 CAD (or US equivalent).

If interested, please email, or complete our new screening survey: !

Settler School Psychologists’ Perceptions of Decolonizing Practice

Student Researcher: Michael White

I am a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina, and I am conducting a research project on how settler school psychologists understand and work with the idea of decolonization in their professional practice. I am seeking school psychologists who are not Indigenous to participate in this study. Data from this research will be used in my
dissertation and other means of publication and dissemination such as journal articles, conference presentations, continuing education opportunities.

Who would best be suited for this project?

  • School psychologists (recognized to practice in your jurisdiction) who believe they have meaningful experience in working with Indigenous children and families through school settings. Early-, mid-, and late-career psychologists are all welcomed to participate
  • Experience can be from work in large and small urban settings, rural areas, Northern areas, and on-reserve schools.

What would be involved?

  • A Semi-Structured Interview of approximately 90 minutes conducted via Zoom. Interviews will be video and audio recorded.
  • Between March 1st, 2022 and August 31st, 2022, I will ask you questions about your experience as a school psychologist working with Indigenous children and their families.

Possible Benefits to You

  • While there is no guarantee of any personal benefit, you may feel empowered from sharing your work experiences.
  • Your participation may feel purposeful and reinforce your identity as a psychologist, contributing to knowledge in the profession.
  • Your participation may encourage other psychologists to look at their own practice.

If you wish to participate in this study, please contact Michael directly at the information below to ask questions or to make arrangements and begin discussions related to informed consent.

Michael White
(306) 520-8611

Pamela Osmond-Johnson

Investigating practitioners’ outlook toward the potential application of social robots in psychological practices

University of Waterloo: Invitation to Participate in a Research Study for Psychologists’ Association of Alberta Members

The Social and Intelligent Robotics Research Laboratory (SIRRL) at the University of Waterloo is inviting you to participate in a study investigating practitioners’ outlook on the potential application of social robots in psychological practices. In this study, you will be asked to complete a three-part online questionnaire. The whole process should take approximately 40-45 minutes of your time. Your participation will be extremely valuable for informing the future design of social robots and ensuring that the potential of social robots is maximized to benefit both the treatment providers and recipients.

To participate in this study, you must be a mental healthcare provider registered in one of the provincial or territorial regulatory bodies of psychology in Canada and 18 years of age or older. Please note that participation in this study is voluntary. Your responses will be anonymized and your contact information (i.e., email address) will be kept confidential.
By participating in this study, you will have the opportunity to enter yourself in a draw for an Amazon Gift Card, valued at $100. If you are interested in participating in this study, please use the URL stated below:

This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the University of Waterloo Research Ethics Board. If you would like further information about the study or have any other questions, please contact

Best Regards,
Garima Gupta, Shruti Chandra, Moojan Ghafurian, Samira Rasouli, Charlotte Aitken, Elizabeth Nilsen, Kerstin Dautenhahn
Social Intelligent Robotics Research Laboratory (SIRRL)
200 University Ave. W.
Waterloo, Ontario
Canada N2L 3G1

Professional and Student Understanding of Clinical Presentations: A Vignette Study


I am a graduate student completing my master’s thesis that involves conducting an online survey for professionals and professional students. The survey is comprised of two short clinical vignettes, followed by a brief series of questionnaires based on the vignettes you read. The average completion time based on piloted data was 10-15 minutes. All answers are completely confidential. In exchange for completing the survey, you will have the option to enter a lottery to win one of five $100 gift cards. Thank you for your consideration and I greatly appreciate your help if you do decide to participate.

Please click on the following link to proceed to the survey:

Finally, if you have questions regarding your rights as a research participant please contact the Health Research Ethics Authority at (709) 777-6974 or

Thank you very much for your time.


Chelsea Lahey, B.A.

Teletherapy for Specialists Accompanying People with a Psychotic Disorder

How biased is our clinical decision-making?

Dear psychologists and counsellors,

Please complete our survey about clinical decision-making and bias in Canadian professional psychology! This research is important for understanding our profession and for informing training and regulation.

If you completed graduate studies in counselling, counselling psychology, or clinical psychology and have worked with clients for at least one year total, your participation in this survey would be greatly appreciated! The anonymous survey should take about 20-25 minutes. This study has been approved by the University of Alberta Research Ethics Board 2 (Pro00110343).

Please find the survey (and more information) here:

Thank you kindly!

Heather Gower,

M.Ed., R.Psych.

Principal Investigator

Counselling Psychology Doctoral Candidate

University of Alberta (CPA-Accredited)


Dr. Rebecca Hudson Breen

Assistant Professor University of Alberta

Virtual reality is simply an illusory environment. It’s a technology that gives users the impression of being somewhere other than where they are. As you sit safely in your home, virtual reality can transport you to a football game, a rock concert, a submarine exploring the depths of the ocean, or a space station orbiting Jupiter. Nowadays Virtual reality has been enlisted to treat people suffering from certain phobias. Exposing people who are afraid of heights to virtual cliff edges has been shown to reduce that fear. We are looking into what is the potential of it solving more serious mental health challenges. This survey is to gather the public’s opinion on how virtual reality can be useful for mental health.

My name is Erin Neill and I am a doctoral candidate in Iowa State University’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies. I’m also a licensed clinical social worker (LICSW licensed in Washington, DC).

I am working on my dissertation study exploring practicing licensed therapists’ experiences with Empirically-Supported Treatments (EST’s). I am asking you to participate in a confidential, online survey regarding how therapists make decisions about, and use, EST’s in individual therapy. You are being invited to participate in this study if you:

  • Are a licensed therapist
  • Spend at least 50% of your professional time seeing clients for individual therapy

If you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to fill out an online survey where you:

  • Answer questions about your use of EST’s in your practice
  • Answer questions about your decisions around using EST’s
  • Complete questionnaires about your own demographic information and your personality, behaviors, and feelings

We will not ask for any identifying information about your clients.

We anticipate that your participation time will range from 15 – 25 minutes.


If you have any questions about the study, please contact Erin Neill at or 515-346-8323. To take the survey, please click the link below:

Thank you!

Erin L. Neill, MS, MSW

Doctoral Candidate

Graduate Research Assistant – Weems Lab

President, HDFS Graduate Student Network

Human Development & Family Studies

Iowa State University


We are looking to understand the reasons why counsellors engage in various self- care behaviors.

Participants will complete a virtual (phone or video call) interview lasting approximately 60 -90 minutes.


  • registered psychologist or psychotherapist
  • currently provide therapy and/or assessments
  • reside in Canada

To participate or for questions about this study, please contact us at:

This study has been approved by the University of Toronto’s Office of Research Ethics

We are looking for volunteers to take part in a study of Mental Health Professionals’ Consideration and/or Accommodation of Faith Practices: Focus on Immigrants

You would be asked to: complete an interview that will contribute to a better understanding of immigrants’ experiences of faith and how mental health professionals consider and/or accommodate faith in counselling.

Your participation would involve an interview, which will be about 90 minutes long. Based on participants’ comfort level, consideration will also be given for interviews to be conducted using telephone or  Zoom/Skype. Participation is confidential.

In appreciation for your time, you will receive a Tim Hortons $20 eGift Card via email as a token of my and the Faculty of Education’s appreciation.

I am seeking both Mental Health Professionals (i.e., counsellors, clinicians, psychologists, therapists, psychotherapists, and social workers) and immigrant clients of faith for this study.

-Inclusion Criteria for Immigrant Clients interested in participating in this study:

  • Are you an immigrant who has lived in Canada for the past 15 years?
  • Are you over 18 years old?
  • Are you fluent in English?
  • Are you a person of faith?
  • Have you participated in any form of counselling since you have immigrated to Canada?

-Inclusion Criteria for Mental Health Professionals interested in participating in this study:

  • Are you licensed with a regulatory body?
  • Are you fluent in English?
  • Do you work with immigrant populations?

For more information about this study, or to volunteer for this study, please contact:
Primary Investigator: Dr. Sandra Dixon, PhD., R. Psych.
Faculty of Education
Phone: 403-380-1834


Graduate Assistant: Juliane Bell

This study has been reviewed for ethical acceptability and approved by the University of Lethbridge Human Participant Research Committee.

Evaluating Policies for Digital Delivery of Trauma Therapies

We are aiming to recruit policy makers and stakeholders (clinical support staff, managers or senior leaders at organizations that work with trauma-affected populations) to complete an anonymous survey (approximately 30-45 minutes) and/or engage in a confidential interview and/or focus group (approximately 60-90 minutes). The purpose of this project is to examine the policies surrounding the digital delivery of trauma-focused psychotherapy (both online video and phone sessions) for military members, Veterans, public safety personnel, and civilian front-line workers. As this study aims to inform future policy and practice in this area, it is important to directly hear from policy makers.

The safety of all study participants is of utmost importance. All personal identifying information will be kept confidential. Study participation is voluntary; consent will be obtained and can be withdrawn at any point.

Study website (participation links on website):


I am requesting your participation in a brief online survey regarding how forensic mental health professionals assess delusions caused by psychotic disorders.

This survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, and your responses will be confidential. You may also participate in a chance of winning one of five $100 gift cards after completing the survey! This research project has been approved by the Research Ethics Board at the University of Manitoba Fort Garry campus.

To qualify, you must be:

  • A licenced psychologist or psychiatrist practicing in Canada or the USA
  • Working in the field of forensic mental health services

We appreciate your time and participation!

To access the survey, please copy the following link in your browser:


If you have any questions, please email Katérine Aminot at, or Dr. Alicia Nijdam-Jones at


Thank you,

Katérine Aminot, Principal Investigator

Undergraduate Psychology Honours Student

University of Manitoba


Alicia Nijdam-Jones, Ph.D., Advisor and Co-Investigator

Assistant Professor | Department of Psychology

University of Manitoba


Tara Ryan, Ph.D., Co-Investigator

Forensic Evaluator

Northwest Forensic Institute



We are Canadian researchers studying how auditory sounds influence the cognitive and
emotional attention of mental health therapists.

To participate you must:

  • be 18 years of age or older,
  • be fluent in written and spoken English,
  • have an email address and access to the internet,
  • be living in Canada
  • hold membership with a regulatory or certifying body for those providing mental health
    therapy to clients, and currently be providing therapy to clients during their workday


This study runs over the course of a 14-day period. You can start at any time, up until February 6,
2023. This project will be capped at 150 participants.

If you think you’d like to be part of this program – check us out at: 

If you have any questions: please contact the researchers:
Janna Mulholland, MA, CCC, RCT:
Holli-Anne Passmore, PhD


My name is Sofija Lavrinsek and I am a Clinical Psychology graduate student at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly known as Ryerson University, see I am seeking participants for a research study titled “Attitudes Toward Different Groups.” This study is being conducted in partial fulfillment of my Doctor of Philosophy degree in Clinical Psychology and is supervised by Dr. David Day and Dr. Jason Deska.

In this study, we are examining attitudes toward two groups: 1) individuals who are sexually attracted to minors (i.e., those under the age of 18) and 2) individuals who drink large amounts of alcohol almost daily.

Eligibility Criteria: To participate you need be either a) a registered mental health care provider (e.g., psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, psychotherapist) licensed to practice in Canada or the United States or b) a student in a program where you are on track to become a licensed mental health care provider in Canada or the United States. A total of 225 mental healthcare providers are expected to participate.

Your identity will remain anonymous. If you volunteer to participate, you will be asked to complete a demographic questionnaire, a questionnaire about your attitudes toward individuals who are sexually attracted to minors under the age of 18, a anonymous questionnaire about your attitudes toward individuals who drink large amounts of alcohol almost daily, two open-response questions about your openness to providing psychological services to individuals who are sexually attracted to minors, and a brief questionnaire about your clinical experiences. This study will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. After completion of the study, you will have the opportunity to enter into a draw to win one of four $50 Amazon gift cards. Please note that if you enter into this draw, your identity will be known to the researcher, but it will not be linked to your survey responses and your email will only be used to contact you should you be a winner of the prize.

The research is funded by the Jackman Foundation and has been reviewed and approved by the Toronto Metropolitan University Research Ethics Board (REB 2022-095).

If you are interested in participating in this study, please click the following link:

You are encouraged to share this study with your mental healthcare provider friends and coworkers who may be interested in participating.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the study, please contact Sofija Lavrinsek at 

If you have a research project that you would like posted in this area, please contact the PAA office for further details.