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Research Projects Seeking Participants

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

The Canadian Pain Task Force online consultation is now open

We would like your help to identify ways to improve how we address pain in Canada. The online consultation will be available from February 27, 2020 to April 17, 2020.

Your input will help shape our report to Health Canada, which we will submit to the department in June 2020. At that time, we will identify best and leading practices, potential areas for improvement, and elements of an improved approach to understand, prevent, and manage pain in Canada.

The consultation invites all Canadians to share their ideas and experiences including:

  • People personally impacted by pain
  • Family members and friends of people living with pain
  • Health care professionals, service providers, support workers and caregivers
  • Civil society and community groups working in areas related to pain, or social determinants of pain
  • Pain researchers and academics
  • Private industry and insurers

We encourage you to share the link to the online consultation with others. Please include your family, friends, colleagues and anyone else you may know who would like to help improve the lives of Canadians impacted by pain.

It will take approximately 15 to 30 minutes to complete the consultation ‘questionnaire’, depending on how much input you would like to provide. You may also use the ‘share your experience’ tool to share your experience and comments with all viewers. You can save your work at any point by registering to the Letstalkhealth platform and submit your response at any time before the closing date.

For more information about the Canadian Pain Task Force and our mandate, please visit our website at the following link:

Serious Games are computer or video games that go beyond the purpose of pure entertainment, and include an educational component (e.g. promote a healthy lifestyle, train cognitive skills, etc.). Serious Games are becoming more popular in many settings, including psychological therapy. We are doing an international survey to find out what patients/clients/mental health service users and clinicians of Canada think, and how their perception differs on the use of serious games in therapy.

Who can take part?

1. If you are a mental health clinician (or if you are currently in training to become one) working with clients of any age group, in any psychotherapeutic modality in Canada. You can go straight to the survey from this link:

The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete.

2. If you are between the age of 18 and 85 and have experienced any form of psychological therapy (i.e. any form of “talking therapy” such as cognitive behavioral therapy/CBT, psychoanalysis or other forms of psychological counselling) in Canada. You can go straight to the survey from this link:

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.

If you cannot access the links directly, please copy and paste the address into your internet browser to access the surveys.

Even if you haven’t played any Serious Games in psychological therapy, your views are important and we want to hear from you.

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.

The Psychotherapy Practice Research Network (PPRNet) was awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grant to conduct a study to improve psychotherapists’ effectiveness in identifying and repairing therapeutic alliance tensions. This is a unique opportunity for psychotherapists across Canada to receive free professional development and to contribute to knowledge about psychotherapy. 

To learn more about the study, go to our website: and click on the “Study” tab. Or watch this information video: 

University of Sherbrooke Research Project on Certain Variables of Therapiests’ Personality on their Empathic Abilities

Influence of therapist’s personality on empathic abilities during therapeutic alliance rupture.

My name is Marie-Céline Vallerand-Roy. I’m a student in psychology at Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec. As part of my doctoral studies, I invite the psychologists and doctoral students in psychology of Alberta to participate in my research project that aims to study certain variables of therapist’s personality on their empathic abilities. The goal of this research is to verify the existence of ties between the personality of the therapist and their empathic abilities, in the context of a therapeutic alliance rupture.

We are soliciting individuals practicing psychotherapy as part of their profession or their academic training. To participate, you have to be able to identify a difficult therapeutic follow-up in which you have experienced one or several therapeutic alliance ruptures.

Participation in this study involves answering a socio-demographic questionnaire and other questionnaires that aim to measure therapist’s personality dimensions. You will also be asked to answer questionnaires measuring the attachment of your client and the severity of their pathology. This will take you between 60 and 75 minutes. If you feel the need, you can decide to save your answers and finish the questionnaire later. You only have to press the tab “Save and continue later” located at the bottom of the page. You can then return to your questionnaire by clicking on the unique link that was sent to you by email and that directed you to this page.

Please read the invitation form and information and consent form for more information by clinking on the hyperlink below. You can answer the survey directly via this hyperlink or contact Marie-Céline Vallerand-Roy by email :

Your participation to this study could lead to the improvement of scientific knowledge in the field of clinical psychology. In particular, it could lead to a better understanding of the factors and processes that influence the therapist’s empathy. On a professional level, it could allow you to reflect on your professional practice, especially regarding your empathic abilities in a moment of rupture with your client.

Approval of the Research Ethics Board

The Research Ethics Board of the Université de Sherbrooke (CÉR Lettres et sciences humaines) approved this research and is responsible for the monitoring of the study.

For any question concerning your rights as a research participant taking part in this study, or if you have comments, or wish to file a complaint, you may communicate with the Research Ethics Board at the following phone number 819-821-8000 (or toll free at 1-800-267-8337) extension 62644, or by email at

This study is directed by Marie-Céline Vallerand-Roy, doctoral student in clinical psychology at Université de Sherbrooke, and Olivier Laverdière, professor at the Department of Psychology at Université de Sherbrooke.

Thanks for your interest and your support.

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

Dear Members of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta,

We invite you to participate in a Canada-wide survey on rehabilitation practices in the management of stroke. This study is part of a Professional Master’ Research project at McGill University. The purpose of this study is to investigate how clinicians promote community reintegration following a stroke during the outpatient and/or community rehabilitation phase of recovery.

Nature of Participation

The first few questions will confirm your eligibility to participate and will obtain your consent. Then, you will be directed to a demographic questionnaire. We ask that you perform this survey on your own without discussing study questions or answers with colleagues to ensure the validity of the results. Please click on the link below in your preferred language if you wish to participate in this study.

English Survey Link:

French Survey Link:

Duration/Time Commitment

The survey requires 20-30 minutes to complete. Once you start the survey you must complete it in one session, otherwise your answers will not be saved. The survey will be available between June 15th 2018 – August 6th 2018, although we encourage you to complete it as soon as possible.

Benefits of Participation

Participating in this study does not provide immediate personal benefits, however, this study is part of a knowledge translation project seeking to promote best practice in stroke management that is client centered and evidenced based. As such, your participation will promote the advancement of clinical practice.


There will be no unique identifiers used (i.e. names, email addresses, etc.) that could link your identity to any of the information that you will provide. The questionnaire responses will be transcribed and coded by the research team and will follow proper ethical guidelines to guarantee anonymity and confidentiality. Only aggregate data will be presented.

Collaborators on the Research Project

Sara Ahmed, Principal Investigator

Associate Professor at McGill University, School of Physical & Occupational Therapy

Research Scientist at Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en réadaptation (CRIR)

514-487-1891, extension 185

Marie-Josée Malo

Social Worker and Clinical Coordinator

CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal

514-487-1891, extension 281


Audrey Breton Bishop, Occupational Therapy Masters Student, McGill University

Julie Lalande, Physical Therapy Masters Student, McGill University

William Lippi, Physical Therapy Masters Student, McGill University

Marc-Antoine Rouillier, Physical Therapy Masters Student, McGill University

Dear members of the PAA, 

You are invited to participate in a study assessing the game Above Water, developed by Rina R. Wehbe ( and team under the supervision of Dr. Lennart E. Nacke and Dr. Edward Lank at the University of Waterloo. Above Water is designed to help people learn about the stigma associated with clinical anxiety, specifically generalized anxiety and panic disorder.  

As an expert participant in this study, you will be asked to evaluate and provide feedback on Above Water (a card game with digital components), especially with respect to your thoughts on its use and other feedback based on your professional expertise. Participation in this study is voluntary, and we ask you to complete it on your own time. We expect the evaluation of the game to take approximately half an hour to an hour, and a follow up interview to take approximately one hour. Follow up will be conducted either in person, via telephone/Skype, or via email, whichever is preferable to you. You may decline to answer any questions; you may decide to withdraw at any time. 

Please see attached Information Letter for more details about the game and the study. If you are interested in participating or would like more information on our project, please contact research assistant Kelly Zhang at

Subject: Seeking Participants for a Study on Safe and Inclusive Spaces for LGBTQ youth in Schools 

You are being contacted regarding a study that may be of interest to you. I encourage you to share this message with other school personnel who you believe may be interested as well.

Survey of School Counsellors, School Psychologists, and Educators with Regard to GSAs (Gay Straight Alliances)/QSAs (Queer Straight Alliances), and Safe and Inclusive Spaces

I am wanting to conduct surveys and follow-up audio-recorded interviews with school counsellors, school psychologists, and other educators in Alberta schools.

This mixed-methods study is intended to contribute to a greater understanding of how to create safe and inclusive spaces for LGBTQ youth, as well as determine the barriers faced in creating those spaces.

The expectation is that this study will contribute to approaches to support educators in the development of safe and inclusive spaces for LGBTQ youth, identify institutional barriers as well as areas for professional development, and improve school policies to support diverse youth. 

This study is being done in conjunction with a team of researchers at the University of Calgary that includes myself, Dr. Jac J.W. Andrews, Dr. Tom Strong, Dr. Sharon Robinson, and Vanessa Vegter (Ph.D. student in Counselling Psychology).

To participate in this study, click here:

If you are interested in learning more about this study, please contact:

Researcher: Andrew Luceno, M.Sc. Student

Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary 

(647) 947-6672 or

Supervisor: Dr. Jac J.W. Andrews 

Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary 

(403) 220-7503 or

The University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board has approved this research study.

Dear Members of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta, 

I am contacting you to invite you to participate in a research study on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). You are being invited to participate in this research study because you are affiliated with a professional mental health organization (e.g., WCBCT, CPA, APA, ABCT, CACBT, AACBT, BABCP). In this study, we are reaching out to individuals who have professional training in the provision of mental health services (expertise in OCD is not required to participate).

For this study, we are particularly interested in how mental health professionals approach the treatment of OCD. More specifically, we know that OCD is a heterogeneous disorder and that clients may present with a number of different symptoms (e.g., fears of contamination, fears of harming a loved one). Although exposure with response prevention has been shown to be effective in the treatment of OCD, less is known about how this exposure therapy is applied across different OCD presentations. In the current study, we are interested in examining how mental health professionals apply exposure therapy strategies across different OCD presentations.   

It is our hope that we can use the information gathered from mental health professionals such as yourself to help us develop a better understanding of OCD treatments and how they are currently being implemented.


Please see the Participant Information Sheet below for additional information about the study. If you would like to take part in this research, please click on the following link

 We thank you for your time and consideration. Do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.


Dr. Dubravka (Dee) Gavric, C.Psych.

Participant Information Sheet 


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