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

Meanings of Inclusion: Perspectives of Young People with Disabilities and their Parents

Description: We are conducting this study to explore the perspectives of key groups of people on inclusion and gain a deeper understanding of what inclusion means to them. In the interview, we will be asking questions about your/your child's experiences at school.

Specifics: Study Population: You are invited to participate if:
1. You are a youth diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, and/or learning disabilities.
2. You are enrolled in a school in Ontario in grades 10, 11, or 12;
OR, you are a parent of a youth meeting the above two criteria.

Participant Obligation:
Participants will complete an interview lasting up to 1 hour. The interview will be audio/video recorded. Participants who complete interviews will receive a $30 gift card. Please contact to participate or for more information.

Location: In-person (at the University of Guelph or the participant's residence) OR Online (Ontario)

Project lead: Riya Sharma, Supervisor: Dr. Kieran O'Doherty

Study Dates: May 31, 2024 to September 30, 2024

Unpacking the prospective relation between self-injury and suicide capability in adolescents (PRISM)

Description: The purpose of the study is to understand suicide risk among adolescents. The study involves three parts. The first part involves completing questionnaires, an interview, and a computer task. During the computer tasks, participants will view and rate a series of images. Part two of the study involves completing 4 surveys a day for 21 days on a smartphone. The final part of the study involves completing two online follow-up questionnaires. These questionnaires would be administered 1 and 2 months after the first session of the study. We hope that our findings improve the detection of youth at imminent risk for suicide and guide the identification of viable targets for interventions that hold the promise of de-escalating moments of acute crisis.

Study Population:
We are recruiting 13-19 year olds in Canada who had suicidal thoughts in the past 3 months. Participants must provide an emergency contact. For participants below 15, they must also have a parent/guardian willing to provide informed consent.

Participant Obligation:
-Attend a baseline session involving an interview, a computer task, and questionnaires (1.5-2 hours)
-Completing 4 prompts a day for 21 days on their Smartphone
-Complete follow up survey 1 and 2 month after baseline session (20 minutes)

How to participate:
Please contact Ashley Filion at with the subject line “PRISM” to indicate your interest. Email is the preferred method of contact. However, you can also contact the lab at 613-533-2592 and ask for Ashley Filion. If no one picks up when you call, please leave a message mentioning the “PRISM” study and let us know how we can reach you to follow up.

Location: Online-Kingston -There is also an option to participate in person in Kingston, Ontario

Project lead: Jeremy Stewart

Study Dates: April 10, 2024 to September 1, 2025

Better Together: Identifying Collaborative Research Priorities in Child Maltreatment Research

Description: One in three children in Canada has been exposed to child abuse or neglect, which impacts their lives well into adulthood. Yet, young people who experienced childhood trauma, as well as their caregivers and clinicians, rarely have a say in what matters in child trauma research. Research priorities that capture the perspective of youth and caregivers who have experienced abuse and neglect are thus urgently needed. In line with the saying “nothing about us, without us”, youth and caregivers with lived experience need to be included in research priority setting in order for research to be relevant, efficient, and cost-effective. The goal of the Better Together project is to create partnerships between youth, caregivers, clinicians, and researchers to identify key research priorities to guide the future of child maltreatment research in Canada. Guided by a steering committee of diverse stakeholders, a national survey will be sent to young adults with experience of maltreatment (18-30 years), caregivers, and clinicians across Canada to identify research priorities from their perspective. The project will culminate in a day-long in-person workshop with the entire steering committee and invited stakeholders to identify the agreed-upon top 10 priorities. The Better Together project will share and disseminate what we learn with researchers and clinicians across Canada.

Study Population:
Young adults with lived experience of abuse and neglect in any form; their parents, carers, or family members; professionals who work with youth with a history of child maltreatment (e.g., healthcare providers, psychologists). Reside within Canada.

Participant Obligation:
Complete a 10-minute survey on Qualtrics in English or French for a chance to win one of 5 $100 gift cards. No obligation to complete the survey, participants may stop at any time.
English survey link:
French survey link:

Study website:

Location: online - Ottawa

Project lead: Nicole Racine

Study Dates: April 23, 2024 to June 25, 2024

Study Website:

Perceived Competence in E-therapy Delivery: Evaluating its Influence in Predicting Clinician Use of E-therapy

Description: This study has two aims. First, it aims to test the psychometric properties of a newly developed self-report measure of perceived competency in delivering e-therapy. The current study will test the measure in a large sample to confirm its factor structure and evaluate its validity. Participants will include mental health professionals working in Canada and mental health professional-in-training in Canada. Second, this study aims to evaluate predictors (including training and perceived competence) of intention to deliver e-therapy using an extended model of the Unified Theory of Use and Acceptance of Technology (UTAUT). Interested individuals will complete a 15- to 20-minute self-report questionnaire assessing their training experiences in e-therapy, perceived competence in delivering e-therapy, and attitudes toward e-therapy.

Study Population:
Graduate students in mental health professional training programs in Canada (e.g., MEd in Counselling, MA/PhD or PsyD in Clinical Psychology, MSW) or mental health professionals in Canada (e.g., social workers, counsellors, clinical psychologists).

Participant Obligation:
Participants will complete a 15- to 20-minute self-report questionnaire assessing their training experiences in e-therapy, perceived competence in delivering e-therapy, and attitudes toward e-therapy.

Location: Online-Fredericton, NB

Project lead: Emma Giberson, Supervisor: Dr. Janine Olthuis

Study Dates: April 18, 2024 to October 31, 2024

Study Website:

Risk to Resilience (R2R): Examining how identity-related experiences shape sexual and gender minority young adults’ relationships with their body, food, and physical activity

Description: This research seeks to understand how identity-related experiences shape relations with the body, eating, and physical activity across intersections with sexual and gender minority (SGM) adult populations using a multi-method approach. Through a strengths-based approach, this research seeks to shift the narrative from risk to resilience with SGM members by uncovering the complexity of experiences (i.e., stigmatizing and affirmative) involving the body and weight-related behavior, whilst illustrating unique strengths at the individual and community level across social identities. Study findings will provide a roadmap for a national strength-based strategy to address negative body attitude and weight-related behavior disparities in SGM young adults by highlighting areas of support (resilience) and actional areas for improvement (risk) at various sociocultural levels (education, family, government). This will have downstream effects on local practices, such as informing intersectional programs for healthy active living and anti-stigma policies in physical activity spaces and sport.

Study Population:
1. Identify as a sexual and/or gender minority (2SLGBTQQIA+ umbrella)
2. Aged 18-29 years old
3. Reside in Canada
4. Speak English
5. Have access to a technological device and internet to use Zoom

Participant Obligation:
Participation in a virtual 90 minute interview on Zoom and a brief survey before (5-10 minutes) and after this session (5 minutes). A $20 Amazon gift card is offered as compensation for completion of the interview.

To participate in this study, please email the lead researcher, Kheana Barbeau-Julien, at and put “R2R study participation” as the subject line.

Location: Online - Calgary

Project lead: Kheana Barbeau-Julien

Study Dates: April 23, 2024 to February 13, 2025

Sexual Confidence Study

Description: This study is a randomized control trial that seeks to test the efficacy of a novel form of online psychotherapy to treat social anxiety in HIV-negative men who have sex with men. Participants who are eligible will receive 12 online psychotherapy sessions to better manage their social anxiety, substance use, and sexual HIV risk behaviour. We hypothesize that participants will experience reduced sexual risk behaviour, reductions in social anxiety symptoms, and will reduce substance use in sexual situations. Participants will complete a baseline assessment consisting of 1) an online questionnaire about mental health, substance use, and sexual health, 2) an online interview with a clinician about mental health and substance use, and 3) in-person HIV and STI testing with a research nurse. If you choose to participate in this study, you will be asked to attend in-person STI testing appointments up to 4 times throughout the study at our laboratory located at Toronto Metropolitan University. Participants may be eligible to receive up to $380 in compensation for their time. For more information and/or if you wish to participate, please contact us over email at or call 416-979-5000 ext. 552179.

Specifics: Study Population:
We are recruiting HIV-negative men who are actively having sex with other men, are not currently using PrEP, and who experience anxiety in social situations.
Participant Obligation:
Participants will complete 4 assessments and 12 psychotherapy sessions via Zoom for Healthcare, and in-person STI testing at the baseline, post-intervention, 3- and 6-month follow ups.
Participants complete the study over the course of 10-12 months.

Location: Online via Zoom for Healthcare and the HIV Prevention Lab (TMU) 105 Bond Street, Toronto, ON, M5B1Y3

Project lead: Trevor Hart

Study Dates: July 15, 2020 to July 15, 2026

Study Website:

Coming In after Coming Out: Clinician Perspectives on Masculinity Identity in Adolescent Gay Men.

Description: This qualitative case study explores how clinician perspectives of gay men has evolved since the mid-twentieth century when homosexuality was pathologised by psychiatry and psychologists as a mental disorder. While there are a number of studies focusing on adult gay men and hegemonic masculinity, there are very few studies focusing on adolescent gay men and what role hegemonic masculinity plays in their development. Clinicians are uniquely positioned in their work with adolescent gay men to provide ongoing, evidence-based treatment while simultaneously providing a rare space for them to open up about their experiences. The primary research question focuses on the how clinicians experience and interpret how cis-gendered adolescent gay men aged 13-18 relate to hegemonic masculinity in Canada. Secondary questions include, (1) How has this interpretation influenced your case conceptualisation of cis-gendered adolescent gay men aged 13-18? and (2) How has the construct of hegemonic masculinity influenced your view of cis-gendered adolescent gay men aged 13-18?

Study Population:
Licensed clinicians (psychologist, psychological associate, psychotherapist) living and working in Canada. Clinicians must have worked with adolescent gay men for 2+ years, but do not need to identify as LGBTQ2S+ themselves.

Participant Obligation:
Screening interview to determine eligibility. Eligible participants will be invited to a one-time 60-90 minute individual interview on Microsoft Teams to discuss their experiences, which will be audio recorded.

All participants who complete interviews will be provided with a $20 giftcard to Starbucks as a token of appreciation.

If interested in participating in this study, please contact the project lead at

Location: Online-Toronto

Project lead: Luke Hupton, Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Fiksenbaum

Study Dates: March 20, 2024 to December 20, 2024

Exploring Mental Health Professionals’ Views and Competency Responding to Suicidality in People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Description: The present study seeks to explore the self-perceived levels of competency mental health professionals (MHPs) have when working with individuals with FASD who are suicidal. Additionally, this study aims to explore whether and how MHPs' knowledge and attitudes about FASD impact their perceived competency to assess and manage suicidality when working with people with FASD. Lastly, this study also aims to explore the current practices that are employed by MHPs when they are working with people with FASD who are suicidal. The present study aims to contribute to a growing body of research geared towards understanding and developing suicide assessment, intervention, and prevention efforts specific to individuals with FASD. MHPs across Canada are invited to complete an anonymous short survey (~10-15 minutes) to explore their 1) self-perceived competency to assess and treat suicidality in individuals with FASD, 2) knowledge and attitudes about FASD, and 3) current practices when working with suicidal people with FASD.

Study Population:
Participants will include mental health professionals across Canada from a variety of professions (e.g., psychology, social work, nursing, etc.) who are registered with a regulatory body.

Participant Obligation:
Participants are invited to complete an anonymous survey online (~10-15 minutes). All questions are optional and participants are not obligated to answer questions they do not want to.

Location: Online - Edmonton, Alberta

Project lead: Viktoria Wuest, supervisor: Dr. Jacqueline Pei

Study Dates: March 1, 2024 to July 1, 2024

Study Website:

Stimulus Control Smoking Study

Description: The purpose of the research study is to understand (1) the feasibility of having individuals smoke their own cigarette in a controlled way, and (2) understand the impact of smoking a cigarette in a controlled way on one’s experience of smoking and reactions to smoking. There will be two in-person appointments booked (one for the experimental condition and one for the control) once the participant has been found eligible. Surveys will be completed prior to and after the experiments to determine the participant's demographics, smoking habits and perceptions (e.g., how many times have you tried to quit smoking cigarettes? How many cigarettes a day do you smoke?) If you choose to participate in this study, we will ask you to complete two 1-hour appointments in our laboratory on the Toronto Metropolitan University Campus. During these appointments, we will ask you a variety of questions about your background and experiences with substances.

Study Population:
34 participants are expected to participate. We are looking for adults who are 19+, are able to attend in-person appointments, who smoke cigarettes regularly (but not daily), and who are not pregnant, attempting to conceive, chest feeding or nursing.

Participant Obligation:
Two 1-hour in-person appointments. You will be asked to smoke into a device (preferably with your own cigarette) that measures puffing patterns. Participants are asked to abstain from substance use for up to 12hrs prior to the appointment.

Location: In-person at the CARE Lab. 105 Bond St., Toronto ON, Toronto Metropolitan University Campus

Project lead: Dr. Sarah Dermody

Study Dates: November 1, 2024 to October 31, 2024

Study Website:

Predictors of Alcohol use and Consequences in Transgender (PACT) Adults Study

Description: The purpose of the research study is to better understand (1) factors that affect alcohol use among transgender adults who drink, and (2) harms associated with this alcohol use. If you choose to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete an online Baseline Session over a video call, which will include completing a survey with the platform Qualtrics. This Baseline Session and Qualtrics survey will mostly focus on brief demographic information, hormone therapy, stage in transition (social, physical, and/or legal), as well as more detailed measures of mental health and alcohol and other substance use (nicotine, cannabis, other drugs). Afterwards, over 21 days, you will be asked to complete surveys on a smartphone at various times each day. These surveys will mostly assess your alcohol and other substance use, and any related outcomes/experiences. Finally, you will be asked to complete an Exit Survey using Qualtrics. This survey will mostly ask for feedback about your experiences in the study.

Study Population:
Adults who live in Canada, are of legal drinking age in the province/territory they reside (i.e. 18-19+), who identify as trans and/or under the trans umbrella (e.g., non-binary, genderfluid, agender, etc.), and drink alcohol regularly are welcome.

Participant Obligation:
Screening survey to determine eligibility. Eligible participants will be invited to a 2-hr Baseline appointment over Google Meets. Following this, 3 weeks of daily surveys (up to 10 mins/day) and an optional Exit Survey.

Location: Online-Toronto.

Project lead: Dr. Sarah Dermody

Study Dates: September 1, 2023 to September 30, 2025

Study Website:

Understanding Sexual Victimization Experiences among Professional Psychology Graduate Students at Practicums

Description: We are exploring the impact of experiencing sexual victimization by a supervisor at practicums on professional psychology graduate students’ professional life and identity. To participate in this study, you must meet the following criteria: (1) 18 years old or older; (2) attended or currently attend a Canadian post-secondary institution; (3) completed, enrolled in (but did not necessarily complete), or currently enrolled in a clinical, counselling, school, or neuro- psychology graduate program; (4) completed at least one placement (i.e., practicum, clerkship, internship) in the program; (5) have experienced sexual victimization by a (clinical) supervisor. You will be invited to participate in a 90-minute interview, with questions related to the sexual victimization experience, disclosure and/or reporting, and the impact of the experience on your professional life, identity, clinical work, and future as a psychologist. To reimburse you for your time, you will receive a gift card for your participation. Please note that participation is completely confidential, voluntary, and will not affect your placement, academic standing, or employment in any way. If you wish to participate, please contact Alisia Palermo (Clinical Psychology Graduate Student) at

Specifics: Study Population:
See eligibility criteria in Description of Study section.

Participant Obligation:
Participants will be invited to participate in a 90-minute interview. See further information in Description of Study section.

Location: Online - Saskatoon, SK.

Project lead: Alisia Palermo, Supervisor: Dr. Jorden Cummings

For more information about this study, please contact Alisia Palermo at, or Dr. Jorden Cummings (Principal Investigator) at This study has been approved by the University of Saskatchewan Human Behavioural Research Ethics Board (#3753) on September 14, 2023.

Study Dates: February 12, 2024 to February 14, 2025

Identifying Systematic Barriers Among People of Colour Entering in Professional Psychology

Description: The goal of this study is to identify systematic barriers that People of Colour faced to get in professional psychology training programs in Canada.

Specifics: Study Population:
We are targeting faculty members who are affiliated with graduate programs in Counselling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, School Psychology or Clinical Neuropsychology programs in Canada.

Participant Obligation:
Participants will complete a 1-hour Zoom interview.

An honorarium of $215 will be provided to participants.

Location: Online - Winnipeg

Project lead: Virginia Tze

Study Dates: January 2, 2024 to June 30, 2024

Study Website:

Survey of Violence Risk Assessment Stakeholders

Description: This study seeks to examine professional perceptions of violence risk assessment reports from the perspective of stakeholders (i.e., direct users who read completed violence risk assessment reports and then make decisions on cases). Specifically, the current research aims to examine the clinical utility of specific components of violence risk assessment reports. Of note, the current research seeks to examine how helpful/useful case formulation is from the perspective of those who read violence risk assessment reports and then make case decisions (e.g., regarding treatment planning, sentencing, conditions).

Study Population
Various stakeholders in North America, including forensic mental health treatment providers (i.e., psychologists, psychiatrists, and counsellors) who routinely receive/review violence risk assessment reports as part of their jobs.
Participant Obligation
Participants will complete an online survey where participants will report on their perceptions of violence risk assessment reports in general, and read three mock violence risk assessment reports and answer questions about the reports.

Location: Online-Burnaby, BC.

Project lead: Erin Fuller, Supervisor: Dr. Kevin Douglas

Study Dates: July 26, 2023 to July 26, 2024

Study Website: