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

Development and Evaluation of an Educational Resource for Adults with High Needle Fear - Phase 2

Description: Did you know that about 1 in 10 adults will delay or refuse vaccination due to needle fear? We have developed an evidence-based electronic educational resource for needle fear to provide adults with the tools to self-manage their fear (sponsored by the Public Health Agency of Canada Immunization Partnership Fund). Currently, there are no existing widely accessible, brief evidence-based detailed resources for adults to self-manage their needle fear. We hope that this research can help create a freely available resource. There are two phases to this research: 1) to develop and modify the e-resource based on stakeholder feedback; and 2) an evaluation of the e-resource. We are currently recruiting participants for Phase 2 to evaluate the electronic resource. Specifically, we are looking to recruit adults with a moderate to high level of needle fear to review the e-resource and practice the skills that are described in the e-resource. Participants are invited to complete a questionnaire after they have reviewed and interacted with the e-resource. All participants will receive honoraria for participating. Please email us at if you would like further information or if you have any questions.

Specifics: Study Population:
Canadian adults with high needle fear.

Participant Obligation:
- Complete two online surveys (~30 mins)
- Review and use the educational resource for high needle fear (self-directed)

Location: Online-Guelph

Project lead: C. Meghan McMurtry

Study Dates: September 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023

Study Website:

Is the connection clear? An investigation into the impact of Video-conferencing Psychotherapy (VCP) on therapists’ clinical abilities

Description: In the early 2000’s, the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) outlined the core clinical competencies (i.e., interpersonal relationships) that psychologists must possess to be effective practitioners (CPA, 2004). Indeed, research has consistently demonstrated that therapists’ competence in these skills improve therapeutic outcomes (e.g., Wampold & Imel, 2015). However, compared to Face-to-Face (FtF) therapy, there has been a lack of research investigating whether clinical competencies transfer to Videoconferencing Psychotherapy (VCP). Further, research has shown that clients are not always credible in their self-report (Blanchard & Farber, 2016). To date, however, there have been no studies that have considered therapists' credibility assessment accuracy in videoconferencing scenarios, let alone in therapeutic settings. The aim of this research is to consider whether, and in what potential ways, therapists’ clinical competencies are impacted by conducting therapy across different communication mediums (i.e., FtF, phone, videoconferencing). This study will collect information about therapists’ experiences with therapy across communication mediums, specifically related to their perceptions of their clinical competencies (i.e., credibility assessments, clinical skills). It will also consider therapists’ ability to make accurate credibility assessments in a mock VCP session.

Specifics: Study Population:
Participants must be registered psychologists in their governing body in Canada or the United States. They must also have access to an internet-connected computer with working speakers or headphones, and should be able to understand fluent English.

Participant Obligation
Participants will be asked to engage in a confidential and anonymous survey that will take approximately 30-40 minutes to complete. They will be asked about their clinical competencies, and will be asked to complete a credibility assessment task.

Location: Online: Kelowna, BC.

Project lead: Ian Wellspring, Supervisor: Dr. Michael Woodworth

Study Dates: March 1, 2023 to September 1, 2023

Study Website:

Understanding Family Functioning after Youth Self-injury Disclosure

Description: The goal of this study is to help researchers understand what helps or hinders families’ wellbeing as they navigate the discovery of a youth's non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI; direct and deliberate damage of one’s body tissue without suicidal intent). Your participation in this study will provide valuable knowledge that can help with the creation of family-based resources on responding to youth self-injury. Parents and youth will complete an online screening survey. Eligible parents and youth will complete separate Zoom interviews with a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow in clinical psychology, or Dr. Turner. Parents and youth will then complete online surveys every 2 weeks for 12 weeks. Responses will be confidential, unless you or someone else is at risk of imminent harm. All participants will be given a list of mental health resources.

Specifics: Study Population:
Youth (aged 13-17) and their legal guardian must both willing to participate. Both must live in Canada, be able to complete interviews and surveys in English, and have Internet access. Parents have learned of youths' self-injury in the past 6 weeks.

Participant Obligation:
Total time commitment will be 6-7 hours per participant over 14 weeks. Zoom interview and online self-report surveys for each participant. Parents and youth can decline to answer any question(s) they prefer not to answer.

Eligibility Screener:
Please send questions or other enquiries to

Location: Online - Victoria, BC

Project lead: Brianna Turner, student researcher: Christina Robillard

Study Dates: February 10, 2023 to April 30, 2024

Effect Sizes in Criminal Justice Psychology: Applied Perspectives

Description: Psychological researchers have been encouraged to report effect size indices along with more traditional measures of statistical significance (i.e., a p-value and a statement of whether a result is statistically significant or not). Effect size indices are thought to help people determine the practical importance of research findings. We are interested in using a qualitative approach to develop a theoretical framework on how individuals who work in more applied areas of psychology, such as criminal justice psychology, think about and use effect size information in their work. There is currently no theoretical framework that describes this process. The results of this study will provide information about how effect sizes are used in applied aspects of psychology, where practical meaningfulness is an essential component.

Specifics: Study Population:
We are recruiting psychologists who work in the criminal justice system (e.g., forensic psychologists, correctional psychologists, etc.). Participants must be licensed and practicing psychologists. All interviews will be conducted in English.

Participant Obligation:
Participants will be asked to complete one in-depth interview (up to 60 minutes) and one follow-up interview (up to 30 minutes) several weeks later. Participants will be compensated with $25 CN (e-transfer or Amazon gift card).

If interested in participating in this study, or learning more about it, please contact Kathleen Soule ( or Kevin Peters (

Location: All interviews will be conducted over Zoom. The project team is located at in Peterborough, Ontario.

Project lead: Kevin Peters, student researcher: Kathleen Soule

Study Dates: January 9, 2023 to July 31, 2023

Building Resilience and Well-being in Primary Care During and After the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Multiple Case-study in Continuing Professional Development

Description: Across all waves, the Covid-19 pandemic is continuing to place a severe burden on the mental health and psychological well-being of primary care practitioners (PCPs), including feeling at risk of contagion due to lack of personal protection equipment and testing and high workload. Healthcare organizations have been called upon to support their professionals’ well-being through leadership by supporting interventions to enhance their resilience. However, there is a substantial mismatch between PCPs’ perceived needs and available interventions. Most interventions address individual professional support needs whereas most PCPs report greater interest in occupational protection, rest, and social support. Healthcare leaders argue that an integrative approach to continuing professional development (CPD) could play a key role in the pandemic by assisting PCPs in retooling and learning new skills and competencies. However, the impact of CPD interventions aimed at supporting PCP’s mental health has not been systematically evaluated over time across the micro, meso, and macro system levels. This pilot study aims to contribute to this emerging critical gap by exploring the psychological needs of PCPs in Canada and the availability and use of individual, team and organizational interventions for building PCPs’ resilience.

Specifics: Study Population:
Psychologists, practicing in Ontario, Quebec, or British-Columbia. Primary care (clinic(s), office(s), nursing home(s), long-term care facilities and/or emergency department(s)). Practice in urban, suburban, rural or remote area(s).
Participant Obligation:
Participants will complete a sociodemographic questionnaire and interview (30 – 45 minutes; recorded with the permission of participants and transcribed). (They will be able to access and comment on interview transcripts.)

For information please contact

Location: Online, study approved in Montreal (Quebec, Canada)

Project lead: Tina Montreuil

Study Dates: January 13, 2023 to June 30, 2023

Accessing and Utilizing Services for Intimate Partner Violence: Centering the Voices of Survivors and Service Providers who Serve Them

Description: Despite the growing body of research literature pertaining to the understanding of survivors' help-seeking behaviours, limitations remain with respect to adequately understanding and conceptualizing the service utilization of survivors using intersectionality theory. More research is needed to bridge the gap between the intersectionality theoretical framework and the development of service programs and policies that reach to the diverse groups of survivors. In order to promote equitable, accessible, and inclusive services for all survivors, it is imperative to learn how various groups of survivors experience services and how these services attend to their intersecting identities and unique social locations. It is also essential to explore how providers who serve them understand survivors' experiences. Therefore, the aim of this research is to explore from multiple perspectives, how survivors of IPV and service providers who serve them understand survivors' experiences of accessing and utilizing mental health and social support services. I hope that this study can make a contribution to the field of domestic violence, ultimately improving services for all survivors. If you are in Canada and interested in participating, please do not hesitate to contact me via email address at

Specifics: Study Population:
Participants are adult survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV), have left abusive relationship and are safe. Participants also are licensed mental health practitioners who worked with survivors of IPV and have five years of experience.

Participant Obligation
Participation in 60-90 minutes semi-structured interview

Location: online - Calgary

Project lead: Asra Milani, Supervisor: Dr. Ada L. Sinacore

Study Dates: November 10, 2022 to October 30, 2023

Study Website:

Relationships in a Celiac World

Description: This study explores the romantic relationship experiences of adults who live with celiac disease or the experiences of their romantic partners. Romantic relationships fulfill needs for belonging, intimacy, and support and are the sources of some of life’s greatest joys. Your responses to this online survey will help us better understand the ways that celiac disease impacts people's experiences in these important relationships. The online survey contains questions about your medical history, your current and previous experience in romantic relationships, and your thoughts about how celiac disease has affected these experiences. You do not need to be in a current romantic relationship to complete the survey BUT you must have been in a romantic relationship in the past.

Specifics: Study Population :
To participate, you must be:
1. Adults 18 years of age or older
2. in a romantic relationship currently or have been in one in the past
3. living with diagnosed celiac disease OR
4. the partner of an individual living with celiac disease

Participant Obligation :
You will be asked questions about yourself, your quality of life, your romantic relationship, and how celiac disease affects your experiences in your relationship. Upon completion, you can enter to win a $50.00 gift card.

Location: online - Calgary

Project lead: Susan Boon

Study Dates: December 5, 2022 to August 31, 2023

Study Website: