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

Technology-Facilitated Sexual Violence as a Micro-Trauma: Understanding its Role in the Development of Traumatic Stress

Description: Little research has investigated technology-facilitated sexual violence (TFSV), and little is known about the psychological impact. Preliminary research suggests that victims of TFSV tend to experience higher rates of anxiety, stress, and depressive symptoms, while also experiencing lower rates of self esteem, perceived control, and social support (Snaychuk & O'Neill, 2020; Cripps, 2016). However, existing research does not typically consider the effect of traumatic stress on victimization, and as a result of victimization. Understanding the factors associated with TFSV may help mitigate the negative consequences experienced by victims. Using a battery of standardized tools to assess various aspects of mental health and TFSV-related questions developed by the researcher, this study seeks to answer the following research questions: 1) what is the prevalence rate of TFSV in the sample and what demographic factors are associated with victimization (age, gender, etc.)? 2) what are the psychological effects (anxiety, stress, depression, trauma) of TFSV and the associated risk/protective factors (social support, perceived control, self-esteem, etc.)? 3) does previous trauma exposure have an effect on the emergence of adverse symptoms following TFSV?

Specifics: Study Population: This study is Canada-wide and is open to all Canadian citizens aged 18+
Participant Obligation: This study will require participants to access an online survey consisting of several questions related to technology-facilitated sexual violence and mental health. The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Location: online - Nanaimo

Project lead: Lindsey Snaychuk, Supervisor: Dr. Melanie O'Neill (R.Psych)

Study Dates: January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021

Study Website:

E-mental health care for parents and caregivers struggling with anxiety and depression during COVID-19: Improving access and matching services to need

Description: COVID-19 is having a serious impact on mental health worldwide. Parents/caregivers are experiencing higher rates of anxiety and depression due to increased stressors. Virtual mental health care has become necessary during the pandemic. Internet-based CBT (iCBT) has long-standing evidence of effectiveness for treating anxiety and depression. Existing iCBT does not always provide the necessary content to help parents with pandemic-related distress and/or options to access care in a way that is flexible to the needs of parents with children at home. The present study aims to develop innovative ways to provide equitable and effective mental health care for parents struggling with anxiety and depression during COVID-19 by pursuing three objectives. We will investigate parents’ preferences for levels of iCBT service delivery (unguided, minimally guided, or fully guided) and modality of guidance (phone, in-app messaging, or video chat) during a pandemic; enroll parents in a COVID-adapted iCBT program, Tranquility, with their choice of level of service delivery and analyze whether levels of service delivery predict intervention outcome; and identify which COVID-19 parent stressors are most prevalent and most closely associated with intervention outcome, and how this differs by gender, by using machine learning to mine participants’ written responses as part of their CBT program.

Specifics: Study Population: Parents/caregivers of children under the age of 18 located in New Brunswick (NB), Nova Scotia (NS), or Prince Edward Island (PEI). Participants will be experiencing signs of anxiety or depression.

Participant Obligation: Participants in this study will be asked to engage in an online intervention for parents with anxiety and/or depression. They can choose to work through the intervention on their own or with the support of a coach.

Location: online - Fredericton

Project lead: Dr. Janine V. Olthuis

Study Dates: May 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021

Study Website:

Victim-Perpetrator Relationship Characteristics and Perceptions of Personal Sexual Assault and Coercion Experiences

Description: As many as 50% of women report having experienced some form of sexual violence within their lifetimes, with experiences of sexual violence frequently resulting in negative physical and psychological outcomes. The severity of these negative outcomes can be significantly affected by aspects of the victim-perpetrator relationship. However, little research has been done to identify how else victim-perpetrator relationship characteristics may affect the survivor. The primary aim of this study is to investigate survivors’ perceptions of their own sexual assault/coercion experiences in relation to victim-perpetrator relationship characteristics. These relationship characteristics will include a) the length of time the survivor has known the perpetrator, b) how close the survivor feels to the perpetrator, c) whether or not the survivor maintains contact with the perpetrator, and d) the type of victim-perpetrator relationship (coworker, romantic partner, friend etc.). Three relationship characteristics specifically looking at romantic relationships will also be included (whether the relationship is casual or serious, satisfaction, and commitment). The investigated perceptions will fall into three domains: a) emotional reactions to the sexually assaultive/coercive event, b) allocation of blame, and c) the application of the labels sexual assault and sexual coercion.

Specifics: Study Population: Be sure to specify the regional population you are targeting in addition to other study characteristics. Participants will be women who have experienced coercive/assaultive events with male perpetrators. They must be at least 17 years old. They must speak/write in English. They will primarily come from North America, given the sampling methods used.

Participant Obligation: Participants must contact the primarily investigator for a link to the online study. They will answer several questionnaires and some qualitative questions. They can choose not to answer specific questions or to discontinue early.

Additional Notes: Compensation will either be $5.00 Tim Hortons gift card (for those who do not qualify or end the study early), or a $15.00 Tim Hortons gift card (for those who qualify and complete the study.

Location: Online - Windsor

Project lead: Frasia Margaret Morrison. Supervisor: Dr. Patti Timmons-Fritz

Study Dates: April 21, 2021 to April 21, 2022

Study Website:

Teaching and Learning Statistics in the Wake of COVID-19

Description: You are invited to take part in a research project about how teaching and learning statistics and research methods has been impacted by COVID-19. In particular, we are interested in understanding how statistics and research methods is taught at a tertiary level, and how these practices have changed as a result of the necessary switch to online learning during the pandemic. The study is being conducted by Kira Maher and will contribute to her Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) project at James Cook University. Kira is supervised by Dr Amanda Krause and Dr Daniel Miller. This study has been approved by the JCU Human Research Ethics Committee (ID: H8362) and is funded by the JCUA/S Cross-collaboration grant scheme.

Specifics: Study Population: Be sure to specify the regional population you are targeting in addition to other study characteristics. This study is open to all tertiary educators involved in teaching research methods and/or statistics.
Participant Obligation: Participants are invited to complete an online questionnaire that should take 20-30 minutes to complete.

Location: Online - Townsville

Project lead: Kira Maher. Supervisor: Dr Amanda Krause

Study Dates: April 26, 2021 to July 31, 2021

Study Website:

Development and Initial Feasibility Testing of Treatment for Sleep Disturbance in Women with Eating Disorders

Description: BACKGROUND: Recent evidence shows that sleep disturbance can predict the severity of eating disorder (ED) symptoms. This link suggests that improving sleep problems in ED populations is a viable pathway to improving ED symptoms. Cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is the first-line treatment for sleep disturbance in psychiatric populations. Before introducing CBT-I to a new population, it is critical that it is adapted to the sleep-related thoughts and behaviours unique to that population. PROBLEM: Sleep-related thoughts and behaviours unique to ED populations remain unknown. PURPOSE: The present study assesses sleep-related thoughts and behaviours in ED populations to inform the development and initial feasibility of a behaviourally-based sleep intervention tailored specifically to ED populations. METHODS: A mixed-methods explanatory sequential design will be used, which includes an online survey followed by a virtual focus group. The study is shared via multiple media platforms dedicated to eating disorder awareness and recovery. We are recruit females, aged 18–50 years, and who report co-occurring insomnia and eating disorder symptoms. DATA ANALYSIS: The quantitative data will be analyzed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS, Version 25) and the qualitative data will be analyzed using thematic analysis

Specifics: Study Population:
Participants: Females, aged 18-50 years, who are not pregnant, and who are currently experiencing eating disorder symptoms and sleep disturbance.
Regional population: North America.
Sample size: Survey (N=200) and focus group (N=6).
Participant Obligation:
Obligation: online informed consent and survey with questions on thoughts and behaviours related to sleep and eating.
Optional: Express interest in participating in the focus group.

Location: Online - Edmonton

Project lead: Dr. William J. Whelton

Study Dates: March 1, 2021 to February 1, 2022

Study Website:

Intimate Partner Violence Risk Assessment and Communication Research Project

Description: The purpose of this study is to assess the utility of different levels of communication in intimate partner violence risk assessments. All participants receive complimentary access to a 1-hr webinar on intimate partner violence risk assessment and management presented by Dr. P. Randall Kropp and offered online through CONCEPT at Palo Alto University, a leading CE provider for mental health and other human service professionals - a USD $100 value!

Specifics: Study Population:
Mental health professionals, law enforcement officers, and victim service workers involved in the assessment and management of intimate partner violence who are fluent in English.

Participant Obligation:
Participants will be asked to complete an anonymous, online survey that will take approximately 30 to 60 minutes.

Location: Online – British Columbia

Project lead: Mehrnaz Peikarnegar, Supervisor: Dr. Stephen D. Hart

Study Dates: January 20, 2021 to May 31, 2021

Study Website:

Psychologists’ Suicide Risk Assessment Practices and Experiences in Canada

Description: The purpose of this survey is to better understand how psychologists conduct suicide risk assessments and how the practice affects them. The goal is to use these data to inform suicide risk assessment training, practice, and policy in Canada.

Specifics: Study Population
This study is open to individuals who are:
(a) registered/licensed psychologists currently practicing in Canada AND
(b) have completed suicide risk assessments with clients/patients in the last 10 years.

Participant Obligation:
In this study, you will be asked questions about your suicide risk assessment practices, training, and experiences, as well as demographics at the end.

This anonymous survey is expected to take 20-30 minutes to complete.

Location: Online - Edmonton

Project lead: Jonathan Dubue, Supervisor: Phillip Sevigny

Study Dates: March 22, 2021 to June 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:

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:

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