Research

Below are research projects that are being undertaken by ANZAED members.  Each projects has ethics permission granted from the appropriate institution

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Eating Disorder Care Transitions – Healthcare Practitioner Perspective, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

The research team, which includes clinician researchers and consumers with lived experience, are investigating the need and potential design of a support system for patients with eating disorders that are discharged from hospital for medical compromise straight home. Please click this link for a comprehensive participant information and consent form.
All results are strictly anonymous and will be reported as grouped data. This survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Ethics approval has been received from the Metro North Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC/2022/MNHB/91333). This research has been funded by the Australian Eating Disorders Research and Translation Centre.  

Please click this link to complete the survey.

Lead researcher: Kylie Matthews-Rensch from Dietetics and Foodservices, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
Contact via: kylie.matthews@health.qld.gov.au or (07)3646-8268
Closing date: 24 March 2023 

The University of Sydney is launching a new survey to better understand lived experience of individuals with an eating disorder!

If you are someone with an eating disorder, take prescribed medications and other drugs, for recreational and/or therapeutic purposes, we want to hear from you!

The MEDication and other drugs for Eating Disorders (MED-FED Survey) is an international survey to investigate types of prescription medications and other substances used by individuals with eating disorders.  The study will run for three months and will conclude on 12 February 2023. Please help us learn more by completing our anonymous and confidential survey

Your contribution will help us understand the efficacy of drugs in the treatment of eating disorders.

For more information, please refer to the flyer.

Contact: sarah-catherine.rodan@sydney.edu.au | Supervisor: Sarah Maguire & Iain McGregor | Ethics approval 2022/526 University of Sydney

Do you currently have an eating disorder?

By participating in this short online survey you will help develop a new questionnaire that will enable people with eating disorders, researchers and clinicians to better understand and measure body image disturbance.

We are seeking individuals aged 18 years who currently have an eating disorder, to participate in this online study. You will be asked questions about typical experiences with your body shape and size, eating habits, and some personality traits. Participation is anonymous and will last around 25 minutes. At the end you can choose a charity to which we will donate $5 AUD.

Click here to learn more about this study and to access the survey: https://t.ly/avk3

If you have any questions about this study, please contact Katarina Prnjak at k.prnjak@westernsydney.edu.au

Investigating the lived experiences of psychologists with a history of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI)

Recent research has found that psychologists have histories of diagnosed and undiagnosed mental illness at rates similar to or greater than the general population. That study found that 1 in 10 psychologists had a history of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). To date, no research has focused on learning more about the lived experiences of psychologists with a history of NSSI.

We are recruiting provisional and registered psychologists across Australia who have a history of NSSI to participate in a 10- to 15-minute anonymous online survey to learn more about this topic.

You are eligible if you:

  • Hold provisional or general registration, including additional areas of practice endorsement
  • Have a history of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) (this includes anyone who has intentionally self-injured without suicidal intent at least once in their lifetime)
  • Have not engaged in NSSI for the last 12 months
  • Do not have current suicidal ideation

Participation in this study will involve completing a 10- to 15- minute anonymous online survey. You can find out more by clicking on the Survey link: 

By participating, you will be contributing to advancing our understanding on the lived experience of psychologists with a history of NSSI. Findings from this study will advance the literature on this lived experience, may help to combat the stigma of NSSI, and may inform guidelines and training to improve inclusive practice in psychology.

We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to contribute to this research.

For further information please click here:

If you have any questions about this study, please contact me at jmackelprang@swin.edu.

Nature and psychological wellbeing survey (6 x $50 draw)

How does being in nature affect your psychological wellbeing?
Your responses will contribute to an international effort aiming to better understand the role of nature in our wellbeing.
To be eligible for the study you must be:

  • 18 years or older
  • An Australian resident

Participation in the online survey will take approximately 25 minutes. Volunteers will go into the draw to win one of six $50 vouchers.

Survey link:  http://go.unimelb.edu.au/2dwi

For any questions about the study, please contact Isabel Krug at Isabel.Krug@unimelb.edu.au

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, That Is Not What I Look Like at All: Exploring Self-Perception

(Online via Zoom) You are invited to take part in an online self-perception study. We hope to learn what psychological factors, including problems with eating and body image concerns, may influence how flexible self-perception is.

What will I be asked to do? Should you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete three online components:

Phase 1). A short 10-minute pre-screening survey to assess your eligibility, where you will be asked to:
•       Complete an online questionnaire assessing your current eating behaviours.

If you meet our eligibility criteria, you will then be invited to complete:

Phase 2). An online experiment via Zoom, where you will be asked to:
•       Complete an online questionnaire
•       Pose for a neutral photograph that only our research team will see
•       Complete some online experimental tasks which assess self-perception (this will involve looking at a picture of your face, viewing a video of another person’s face with various expressions and mimicking such facial expressions when instructed)
•       The time needed to complete this is not expected to exceed 2-hours.

Phase 3). A clinical interview via Zoom, where you will be asked to:
•       Respond to questions assessing your current eating behaviours.
•       The time needed to complete this is not expected to exceed 1-hour.

The overall time commitment for the entire study is not expected to exceed 3 hours 10 minutes.

Requirements for participation:
•       You are female
•       You are aged 18 years or over
•       You are of Caucasian, South-Eastern Asian or Eastern Asian ethnicity

What are the possible benefits?
The information gathered from this research will contribute to the literature on the effects of self-perception on eating patterns and body image.

Based upon which phase/s of the study you are eligible for, you will receive ONE of three forms of compensation:

1. If you only complete Phase 1 of the study (but not Phase 2) you will be entered into a draw to win one of six x $50 e-gift cards. OR
2. If you complete Phases 1 and 2 (but not Phase 3) you will receive a $40 e-gift card.  OR
3. If you complete Phases 1, 2 and 3 you will receive a $60 e-gift card.

How can I participate?
Please click this link to complete Phase 1: Link

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact me directly (Jade Portingalejportingale@student.unimelb.edu.au)

Investigation of Transdiagnostic Factors Underlying Depression, Anxiety, and Eating Disorders: A Focus on Community, Medically-Ill and Clinical populations

This study is longitudinal, involving the completion of two online surveys that ask questions about physical and psychological health. Survey-one will take approximately 1hr to complete. At 6-months later, participants will be invited by email to complete survey-two, taking approximately 30mins. Upon completion of the second shorter survey, participants will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 10 $50 (AUD) vouchers.

Participants can access survey-one here: https://melbourneuni.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0JVw2sIw1cUYT3g

Research findings will be published in scientific journals and help to inform the development of targeted psychological interventions.

This research is led by senior clinical researchers in this area Dr. Litza Kiropoulos and Dr. Isabel Krug and PhD candidates Rebekah Davenport and An Dang at the University of Melbourne. You can find more information about the Transdiagnostic Research Program on our website: https://psychologicalsciences.unimelb.edu.au/research/msps-research-groups/mood-and-anxiety-disorders-laboratory/transdiagnostic-research-program-trp.

Research Participation | Road testing a guide to finding a therapist for the treatment of an eating disorder

What is the study about?
A team of researchers and consumers have developed a checklist that can help consumers navigate the process of establishing the suitability of potential private treatment providers.

Who can participate?
We wish to obtain feedback from consumers with an eating disorder, or family members involved in treatment, or treatment providers, who would be willing to comment on a preliminary version of the checklist. Feedback will be used in the ongoing development of the checklist. 

What will I be asked to do?
The survey will ask you to provide demographic information and then get you to rate each item in the checklist for suitability. The online survey will ask open questions such as “What is the most/least helpful aspect(s) of the checklist?” and should take no more than 20 minutes to complete.

How can I participate?
Please press control and click on this link: https://qualtrics.flinders.edu.au/jfe/form/SV_0fxIsj09LVLCorH

If you have further questions, please contact Professor Tracey Wade at tracey.wade@flinders.edu.au.