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

Moral Distress and Well-being of Health-care Workers During the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Longitudinal Study

Description: This study will examine the moral distress and well-being of health care workers (HCWs) during the COVID-19 pandemic using online surveys. Participants will complete questions pertaining to their role in health care, workplace pandemic responses, encounters with moral-ethical dilemmas at work, psychological distress, and experiences with providing care. Assessments will be conducted at baseline, and every three months for 18 months total. We expect that this initiative will elucidate the moral and psychological effects of pandemic and pandemic responses, as well as moral distress experiences in HCW. Our results can be used to protect HCWs’ well-being during and following health emergencies, to guide policies to optimize HCW well-being, and to best prepare for similar emergencies should they occur in the future.

Study Population: 500 adults who were/are employed in Canada as health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health care workers are those who provide health care treatment and advice based on formal training/experience, or who support those providers.

Location: online-London (ON)

Project lead: Dr. Donald J. Richardson

Study Dates: June 26, 2020 to September 26, 2020

Study Website:

Therapist Perspectives on Building Therapeutic Alliance, Including with Clients with a History of Criminal Behaviour

Description: We are exploring the role of therapeutic alliance with clients of varying presentations, including clients with a history of criminal behaviour. Psychotherapy often involves building a therapeutic alliance and research suggests that the strength of the alliance is associated with treatment outcomes for a range of client presentations and therapeutic modalities. However, treatment is complex and it is still unclear how the therapeutic alliance is perceived by therapists in different contexts and with different clients, especially clients who have a history of criminal behaviour. To assess this we have designed an online qualtrics study with vignettes that describe various client presentations including clients with an offending history and participants will be asked questions regarding development and prioritisation of the working alliance as well as interpersonal style for each vignette. To show our appreciation for time and expertise taken we will be donating AUD $5.00 for every survey completed to a charity of the participant’s choice.

Study Population: Participants will be registered english-speaking psychologists with clinical and/or forensic experience. They do not need to have experience working with clients who have a criminal history, however some experience working with clients is necessary.

Participant Obligation: An online qualtrics questionnaire which will take approximately 30 minutes and will include demographic questions, four vignettes of various client presentations and questions regarding working alliance and its components and interpersonal style.

Location: Online - Melbourne

Project lead: Supervisor: Professor Michael Daffern

Study Dates: July 6, 2020 to December 31, 2020

Study Website:

A National Survey of Canadian Psychology Students: Research Practices, Replication Crisis and Open Science

Description: The science of psychology has recently come under criticism because several research findings were found to not be reproducible. This sparked what is known as the “replication crisis”, which refers to the growing belief that many research findings within psychology are not reproducible, and therefore are likely to be wrong. This controversial finding has raised important questions about the scientific process and research practices within psychology. In addition, solutions such as open science (i.e., a movement to make research practices transparent and accessible to all individuals) have been proposed. While issues surrounding the replication crisis and open science are increasingly being discussed and debated among researchers, little is known about student awareness, knowledge of, and attitudes towards the replication crisis and open science. The aim of this study is to determine Canadian psychology student’s current awareness and knowledge of the replication crisis and open science, as well as their attitudes towards and usage of various research practices within the field of psychological science.

Specifics: Study Population: Students and trainees (i.e., undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows) over the age of 18 and enrolled in or affiliated with psychology programs at academic institutions in Canada.

Participant Obligation: Participants will be asked to complete an online survey on Qualtrics. The survey will take about 20 minutes to complete.

The survey is available through the following links: (ENGLISH) (FRENCH)

At the end of the survey, participants will have the option to enter a draw to win one of 10 $50.00 Amazon gift cards.

The University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board has approved this research study (Ethics ID: REB19-1227)

Location: Online - Calgary, AB

Project lead: Chelsea Moran,
Supervisor: Dr. Tavis Campbell

Study Dates: July 13, 2020 to December 31, 2020

Study Website:

Understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Canadian mental health care system

Description: Are you a mental health practitioner or an individual receiving or seeking psychotherapy? The McGill Mindfulness Research Lab is recruiting participants for an online study assessing the impact of COVID-19 on wellbeing and mental health services. Participation in this study should take approximately 90 minutes. If you choose to participate in this study, you will be asked to answer several questionnaires on topics such as your experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, your wellbeing, and your distress. As compensation for taking part in this study, you will be entered into a draw for the chance to win 1 of 40 $100 gift cards (there is a 1 out of 10 chance of winning). Participation is voluntary. Please note the study is conducted in English.

Study Population: Adult Canadians who are either a client (i.e., individuals who are seeking or receiving psychotherapy) or mental health practitioner (defined as anyone who provides psychotherapy either as a licensed professional or student under supervision)
Participant Obligation: Complete a 90 minute online survey at two timepoints: 1) during the COVID-19 crisis (now) and 2) after the COVID-19 crisis has passed (if willing).

Location: Online - Montreal

Project lead: Professor Bassam El-Khoury
Co-Investigators/Other Researchers: Christina Spinelli, Viktoriya Manova and Megan Per.

Study Dates: June 15, 2020 to December 31, 2020

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:

Psychotherapists’ and patients’ attitudes towards Serious Games in psychotherapy in Canada

Description: Compared to Internet and mobile communications, video and computer games are underused for the treatment of mental illnesses. This also applies to Serious Games, i.e. interactive computer games that train cognitive or behavioral skills in a digital learning environment. Only few studies exist so far concerning the effectiveness of Serious Games in psychotherapeutic treatment. These have shown positive results (see Eichenberg & Schott, under review; Fleming et al., 2014). As yet, there is still limited knowledge regarding the acceptance and experience of Serious Games use in therapeutic settings on the national and international level, which leads to the following research question: Do psychotherapists and patients in Canada differ in their attitudes towards the use of Serious Games in psychotherapy?

Specifics: Study Population: People residing in Canada that are:
1. A minimum age of 18 currently undergoing psychotherapeutic treatment or have experienced it in the past
2. Psychotherapists or psychotherapists still in training

Participant Obligation: Fulfilling a 10-15 minute online survey (separate for psychotherapists and for patients) concerning the opinions on the application of Serious Games in the psychotherapeutic context in Canada

mental health clinician:

between the age of 18 and 85 and have experienced any form of psychological therapy:

Location: Online, Throughout Canada

Project lead: Dr. Annett Korner, Supervisor: Christiane Eichenberg,

Study Dates: January 2, 2020 to September 24, 2020

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:

Non-Indigenous Mental Health Professionals’ Experiences of Decolonizing Their Practice

Description: To date, little research has been devoted to understanding how mental health professionals decolonize mental health services either in their private practices and/or service agencies. The purpose of the current study is to redress a stark omission in the literature documenting ways in which mental health professionals decolonize and Indigenize mental health services. The three key research questions are as follows: 1) How do non-Indigenous mental health professionals’ experience decolonizing their mental health services (other words may include “Indigenizing,” “developing anti-oppressive practice,” and “developing cultural allyship?” 2) In what ways do non-Indigenous mental health professionals practice cultural humility and strive to provide decolonized, anti-oppressive services to Indigenous clients? and 3) How do non-Indigenous mental health professionals acknowledge systems of power and privilege and advocate for social justice issues for their Indigenous clients? By participating in this study, you are providing researchers with valuable information how mental health professionals work with and for Indigenous Peoples, which means they need to not only understand how Indigenous Peoples conceptualize themselves, their families, communities, health and the impact of colonial systems, but how they support the healing journey of their Indigenous clients.

Study Population: I am targeting six to eight certified or registered non-Indigenous mental health professionals (e.g., social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors) who have decolonized their practice.
Participant Obligation: Participants must be willing to reflect on and discuss their experiences of decolonizing their practice in detail and meet with the researcher for a one to 1.5-hour interview.
If you are interested in participating in this research project or you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact me [Lorna Beech] by e-mail at You are also welcome to contact my supervisor, Dr. Stephanie Martin (

Location: Online - Saskatoon using Zoom or a telephone interview.

Project lead: Lorna Beech. Supervisor: Dr. Stephanie Martin, RD Psych; Educational Psychology in School and Counselling at the University of Saskatchewan

Study Dates: May 1, 2020 to December 30, 2020

A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Group Intervention for Adolescents with Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder

Description: The purpose of this study is to examine how well 3 types of treatment for ADHD compare to one another: 1) group cognitive behavioural and skills training therapy (CBT+S); 2) supportive group therapy (SGT); and 3) treatment as usual in the community. Once eligible, participation will involve being randomly assigned to receive 12 weeks of intervention in one of the 3 aforementioned groups. Parents of adolescents assigned to the two types of group therapy will also participate in 6 weeks of parent group therapy. Participants, parents and teachers will be asked to complete interviews and questionnaires pertaining to ADHD symptoms and various areas of functioning at baseline after medication stabilization (medication optional), after 12 weeks of group therapy and 4 and 8 months later. A coach will call each participant to help implement CBT strategies in daily life. For participants assigned to SGT, calls from coaches will deal with participant-elicited issues.

Specifics: Study Population: Adolescents (aged 13-17) with ADHD from the Greater Montreal area will be entered into the study. The study is open to both medicated and un-medicated adolescents. Participant Obligation:Patients participate in this study for approximately one year. Once eligible, participation includes optional medication titration, 12 weeks of therapy and 4 in-person assessments. Hechtman Adolescent CBT Study Flyer

Location: Montreal Children’s Hospital- McGill University Health Center in Montreal, Quebec.

Project lead: Dr. Lorne S. Cousins

Study Dates: October 20, 2005 to March 2, 2021

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