Recruit Research Participants Portal (R2P2)

Welcome to the CPA’s Recruit Research Participants Portal!

This CPA-member-only portal has been developed to allow CPA members to post requests for other CPA members to serve as participants in their research studies.

Posting requires you to provide a brief description of your project, stating who you are looking to recruit, participant obligation, and duration of data collection.
For more information, see the Submission Process to the R2P2 page.


Current Research Studies

The Effects of Acculturation on Gender Ideology Within South Asian-Canadians

Description: The purpose of this study is to better understand the bicultural experience of first- and second-generation immigrants of South Asian descent; particularly, gender perceptions apparent in the interaction of both cultures: Canadian vs South Asian.

Specifics: Study Population:
To participate in this study, you must be South Asian (from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Kashmir, Maldives, Bhutan, and Afghanistan) and either born outside of Canada or born in Canada with parents born outside of Canada.

Participant Obligation:
You will be asked to label some icons and symbols and complete a word search puzzle. You will then be asked to answer questions regarding your ethnicity, language, and gender. This study will take less than 50 minutes to complete.

Location: Online - Edmonton.

Project lead: Ramanjot Kalher, Supervisor Dr. Kimberly Noels

Study Dates: February 22, 2021 to April 30, 2021

Study Website:

The Social Tech and Physical Distance Study 2021

Description: The Social Tech and Physical Distance Study 2021 is an online survey study about people using technologies to connect with others while the COVID-19 physical distancing measures are in place during North American Winter 2021. Are you 18 or older? Read English well or very well? Then you can participate! Get to the survey here: If you have any questions or comments, please send an email to Dr. Shaughnessy at Thank you for your interest!

Specifics: Study Population:
Individuals 18 years and older who speak English well or very well

Participant Obligation:
Complete a 20 minute online survey

Location: Online - Ottawa

Project lead: Krystelle Shaughnessy

Study Dates: February 18, 2021 to April 30, 2021

Study Website:

Couple HOPES (Helping Overcome PTSD and Enhance Satisfaction)

Description: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will be a severe problem in Canada in the wake of COVID-19, especially for Military Members, Veterans, First Responders, and Healthcare Workers (MVFH). However, gold standard face-to-face PTSD treatments do not meet current MVFH needs, which requires virtual interventions and minimal healthcare resources. Recognizing the need for a virtual, low-resource PTSD intervention for MVFH with PTSD and their loved ones, the investigators developed Couple HOPES (Helping Overcome PTSD and Enhance Satisfaction). Couple HOPES is a secure, online self-help intervention for those with PTSD and their partners. However, MVFH are now particularly likely to be exposed to traumas related to COVID-19. It is essential to identify if Couple HOPES is safe and helpful for couples involving MVFH with COVID-19-related PTSD specifically. This project will therefore test the efficacy of Couple HOPES compared to a delayed waitlist control in 140 couples wherein one member is a MVFH with PTSD, half of whom have COVID-19-related PTSD. The investigators will examine if Couple HOPES is helpful in improving PTSD symptoms and relationship satisfaction for such couples, and if it is more or less helpful to this end for these couples compared to those with other forms of trauma exposure.

Specifics: Study Population:
The study population includes couples that have at least one member of the couple who is a service member, veteran, first responder, or healthcare worker with significant symptoms of PTSD.

Participant Obligation:
Both members of the couple must be willing to do intervention modules together, have a computer and access to high-speed Internet, have brief phone calls with a “coach” to help them use the online program, and complete online questionnaires.

Location: Online - Toronto, Ontario

Project lead: Skye Fitzpatrick

Study Dates: March 31, 2020 to December 31, 2021

Study Website:

Self-care behaviours amongst Canadian professional psychology graduate students

Description: The purpose of this project is to examine self-care, stress, and wellbeing amongst trainees in professional psychology graduate programs.

Study Population: All graduate students in professional psychology programs (e.g., clinical, counselling, school, clinical neuropsychology) are welcome to participate.

Participant Obligation: Participation in this study consists of the completion of a 20 minute questionnaire via SurveyMonkey regarding your (a) current self-care behaviours and (b) stress and wellbeing.

Location: Online - across Canada

Project lead: Kathryn Amanda Maranzan

Study Dates: February 10, 2021 to June 30, 2021

Study Website:

Familial Conflict and Emotional Experiences of Middle Eastern Adults Across Generations

Description: Description of Study (Limited to 1400 characters) The purpose of this study is to examine the relations among intergenerational familial conflict and/or abuse, emotion regulation, and internal and external sources of support among Middle Eastern adults. If you volunteer to participate in this study, you will be asked to: Complete online questionnaires that ask you about your: • background information; • childhood experiences, including experiences of conflict and/or abuse; • parents’ childhood experiences, including experiences of conflict and/or abuse; • emotional experiences; • perceptions of support from others; • ability to adapt; • overall pattern of responding. You will also be asked to provide responses to open-ended questions regarding your cultural background and how it potentially shaped your views towards your familial relationships.

Study Population:
Eligibility Criteria:
• You must be at least 18 years of age
• You must identify as Middle Eastern
• You must be able to read and write in English to be in this study

Location: Online--Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Project lead: Noor Khachab, Supervisor: Patti Timmons Fritz

Study Dates: February 10, 2021 to March 21, 2021

Study Website:

Experiences of Rural Professional Psychological Practice in Alberta: Nominate a Rural Psychologist

Description: The purpose of this dissertation research study is to understand what it is like to be a psychologist working in or commuting to rural communities when they are not originally from the community and to explore how they experience developing helpful relationships with rural clients. This study also explores what it is like to be a rural client receiving services in their community from a psychologist not originally from their community and what it is like to develop a therapeutic relationship with that provider. Research holds that the therapeutic alliance is key to successful outcomes but that developing relationships in rural communities may be more difficult, especially for outsider providers. For the purpose of this recruitment phase, the researcher is inviting CPA members to nominate a rural psychologist who you believe is successful in rural practice and who is registered with the College of Alberta Psychologists, to be a participant in this study. To nominate a rural psychologist practicing in Alberta, please send their publicly available information (i.e., work contact) to Laura Friesen at Nominated psychologists will then be contacted and invited to participate in this study. Nominator information will not be shared with potential participants and participants may freely choose to participate with no negative consequences should they opt out

Study Population: This study is inviting individuals to nominate a Registered Psychologist who is registered and working in Alberta, who has at least one year of experience living and working in or commuting to rural communities when they are not from that community.

Participant Obligation: Participants in this study will be asked to take part in an online video (Zoom 5.0) interview. Two interviews may be needed to complete the interview. Participants will be asked to complete several simple pre-interview activities (PIAs).

Location: This study will be conducted online - Edmonton and will recruit participants across Alberta, Canada.

Project lead: Laura Friesen, Supervisor: Dr. Sophie Yohani

Study Dates: February 1, 2021 to April 30, 2021

How everyday experiences contribute to ethnic minority individuals’ wellbeing

Description: The objective of this two-phase study is to examine the relationship between coping responses to everyday challenges and wellbeing. For phase 1, participants will complete an online questionnaire. The online questionnaire will ask participants questions about their mental health status (e.g., anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress symptoms) and how they cope with negative life events or challenges. The second phase of the study will consist of completing daily expressive writing activities for seven consecutive days. Participants will be asked to reflect on things that occurred earlier that day, while following guides to help them reflect on these events. The second phase of the study will also consist of completing three follow-up online questionnaires (2 weeks, 1 month, and 3 months after completing the writing program). Enrolment in phase 2 of the study requires the completion of the online questionnaire for phase 1. If participants are interested in enrolling in phase 2, they will have the opportunity to provide us with their email address to commence phase 2. This study has received ethical approval by the ethics board at the University of Ottawa.

Specifics: Study Population: Seeking individuals who are 16 years or older who can read and write well in English and who identify as ethnic minorities (e.g., Black/African-Canadians, Indigenous Canadians, East Asians) to partake in a two-part study.

Participant Obligation: It will take participants one hour to complete phase 1. For phase 2, it will take participants 10-15 minutes per day for seven days, in addition to four follow-up surveys that will each take one hour to complete.

Location: Online - Ottawa

Project lead: Kayla Boileau, Supervisor: Dr. Andra Smith

Study Dates: January 23, 2021 to January 23, 2022

Study Website:

Psychological Impact of COVID-19

Description: The aim of this survey is to better understand how the coronavirus and the impact the current lockdown is having on our day to day lifestyle. We hope to find out what is helpful for people during this time and also what may be causing some people to be affected more than others in terms of their wellbeing. NOTE: This is the 2nd wave of this survey - if you completed the 1st wave of this survey study in September/October 2020, you are very welcome to also complete the 2nd wave! We also hope that those who missed our 1st survey will consider completing this 2nd one! Collecting information on your current experiences will be helpful in comparing the experiences of Canadians earlier on in the pandemic to experiences more recently.

Specifics: Study Population: This study is open to individuals living in Canada who are 17 years of age or older.

Participant Obligation: To participate in this study, you will be asked to complete an online survey which will take approximately 15 minutes. It can be completed on most browsers on most devices, including mobile devices.

Location: Online – Victoria, BC

Project lead: Dr. Theone Paterson

Study Dates: January 5, 2021 to March 31, 2021

Study Website:

Current Practices and Preferences of Practicing School Psychologists

Description: This study will be updating research describing the scope of practice of current school psychologists to gather insight on their role, current challenges, and aspirations as a school psychologist in 2020-2021. School psychologists will be asked to provide demographic information (e.g., gender, years of practice, etc) first, and then will be asked to provide information about their roles, challenges, and aspirations as a school psychologist by filling out a 25-30 minute survey. For example, they will be asked to provide an approximation of the amount of time they spend in various tasks (e.g., “Please check the percentage of time spent providing the following services”), as well as how much time they wish they were spending on those services to provide a thorough understanding of their current role.

Specifics: Study Population: The targeted study population is current, practicing school psychologists from any part of Canada.

Participant Obligation: Participants will be asked to fill in a 25-30 minute survey describing their experiences as practicing school psychologists; no other follow-up will be required.

Location: Online - Calgary, Alberta

Project lead: Nicole Macmillan. Supervisor, Dr. Jac Andrews

Study Dates: January 4, 2021 to April 5, 2021

Study Website:

Longitudinal impact of COVID-19 on clinical practice and well-being of global mental health professionals

Description: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, health care workers face highly stressful and rapidly changing work environments. Mental health concerns in the population have also increased (e.g., isolation, anxiety, substance use), but accessing mental health services is more difficult. Mental health clinicians face increased demands and substantial stress; it is critical to understand their experiences to ensure the availability of high-quality services, including those using telehealth technologies like videoconferencing. This study uses online surveys in 6 languages (including French and English) to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on clinical practice and well-being of global mental health professionals. Surveys will be implemented at three time points to asses changes over time; the first has been completed. Participants will be members of the World Health Organization’s Global Clinical Practice Network, including 15,500 mental health clinicians from 159 countries. The study assesses: 1) Effects of COVID-19 on work circumstances and services provided; 2) Work-related stress and distress; 3) Use of telehealth services and related concerns; and 4) Expectations, resource needs, and recommendations. Results will inform clinical and health system management and public health response. Findings will be crucial for developing policies to protect the mental health workforce in Canada.

Specifics: Study Population:
Seeking registered psychologists in Canada. Participants are asked to join the Global Clinical Practice Network (GCPN; website link below).

Participant Obligation:
Once a GCPN profile is set up, in October 2020 and March 2021, members will be invited via email to participate in a 30-minute COVID-19 survey. For questions, please email

Location: Online - Ottawa

Project lead: Dr. Cary Kogan

Study Dates: July 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021

Study Website:

Anxiety as a Symptom Among Adolescent Females: Sub-Clinical Characteristics and Influences of Parenting and Peer Relationships

Description: The primary aim of the proposed study is to examine the complex interplay between multiple self, peer, and family variables relative to the development of anxiety symptoms in females. The literature has provided an abundance of evidence to suggest that anxiety related issues and symptoms in adolescence predominately reside in females. Due to these sex differences in anxiety symptom severity during this developmental period, the current study aims to focus on examining the abovementioned variables in a female population. The rationale for developing the proposed model is based on bodies of literature, including (1) developmental psychopathology perspective and cognitive-behavioural theory of anxiety disorders; (2) etiological perspectives of anxiety disorders in youth; (3) research on youth’s emotional distress (i.e., associated cognitive, behavioural, and physiological symptoms), peer relationships, parents anxiety symptoms, and parenting behaviours. The goal of the proposed research is to move towards conceptualizing the development of anxiety symptoms through multiple variables, rather than isolated factors. This examination has the potential to enhance the scientific understanding of the development of sub-clinical anxiety symptoms in youth.

Study Population: Female youth aged 11 to 18 and their parents. Individuals can choose to participate if they experience(d) current/past diagnoses or medical conditions, take prescribed medications, and live in any city or province within Canada.
Participant Obligation: Complete a series of questionnaires via Qualtrics.

Location: Online City - Calgary, AB

Project lead: Victoria Purcell, Supervisor: Jac J.W Andrews

Study Dates: May 4, 2020 to May 14, 2021

Study Website:

How do you feel about COVID-19?

Description: This two phase study examines the relationship between personality characteristics and life circumstances on coping responses to the 2019 Coronavirus (phase 1). Additionally, this study examines the impact of tailored expressive writing exercises on processing and coping with challenges posed by COVID-19 (phase 2). This study requires the complete of an online survey (phase 1), daily writing activities/reflections, and follow-up surveys (phase 2). Compensation is provided for phase 2, such that each writing activity completed corresponds to an additional chance to win one of four money prizes.

Study Population: Seeking individuals who are 17 years or older who can read and write well in English.
Participant Obligation: Completing an online survey (phase 1, 30-40 minutes), daily writing activities for fourteen consecutive days (10-15 minutes each), and completion of follow-up surveys at 2 weeks, 1 month, and 3 months after the writing activities (phase 2).

Location: Online by accessing a link to a survey.

Project lead: Luc Pelletier

Study Dates: May 12, 2020 to May 12, 2021

Study Website:

Pratique psychologique et utilisation d’indicateurs de suivi de progrès en thérapie : Le cas des francophones en milieu minoritaire

Description: Une étude récente, menée auprès de psychologues canadiens, a révélé que les indicateurs de suivi de progrès en thérapie sont encore peu connus et peu utilisés par les psychologues francophones (Ionita & Fitzpatrick, 2014). En effet, par comparaison aux anglophones, les cliniciens francophones sont moins conscients de l’existence de ces mesures et les utilisent significativement moins dans leur pratique. Une des raisons expliquant l’existence de cette différence est le fait que plusieurs de ces indicateurs de suivi de progrès ne sont pas disponibles en français. L’objectif général de ce programme de recherche est de combler ces lacunes en traduisant et en validant, en français, diverses mesures d’indicateurs de suivi de progrès en thérapie.


Study Population: Les critères d’inclusion des participants sont les suivants : être âgé de 18 ans et plus, être francophone et être en début de psychothérapie. Nous recrutons des participants qui proviennent du Nouveau-Brunswick et de l’extérieur de la province.

Participant Obligation: La tâche des participants est de remplir une série de questionnaires après leur 1ere séance, 4e séance et 8e séance de thérapie. La série de questionnaires prend environ une heure à compléter et peut être remplie au domicile du participant.

  • Les participants recevront une compensation monétaire de 20$ après chaque temps de mesure.
  • Les coûts de livraison des questionnaires sont assumés par les chercheurs.

Pour nous contacter : par courriel

Location: Cette étude est menée par l’École de psychologie de l’Université de Moncton. Nous recrutons des participants qui proviennent du Nouveau-Brunswick et de l’extérieur de la province.

Project lead: Geneviève Bouchard et Mylène Lachance-Grezla

Study Dates: May 1, 2017 to September 1, 2021