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 Relationship and Wellbeing Study

Description: We are currently recruiting 150 people high in worry and their romantic partners (300 people total) for an online study investigating the relationship between anxiety and relationship functioning.

Specifics: Study Population:
People high in worry and their romantic partners are being recruited.
Couples are required to:
1) be in a committed romantic relationship for at least 6 months,
2) be at least 18 years of age,
3) reside in Canada,
4) have access to internet

Participant Obligation:
BOTH members of the couple complete:
1) a brief online screen questionnaire to assess eligibility (which participants will not receive an incentive for)
2) a 2-minute phone call to review the study consent form
3) a 30-minute online survey

Additional Notes:
You and your partner will each receive a $10(CAD) gift card for your participation, if eligible.

All queries are confidential. This study is funded by CIHR and has been approved by the Ryerson University REB (2021-206).

Location: Online - Toronto

Project lead: Bailee Malivoire, Supervisor: Naomi Koerner

Study Dates: June 14, 2021 to February 28, 2022

Study Website:

The Changing Sense of Who I Am: Social Support and Re-negotiating Identity after Sports-Related Concussions in Female Athletes

Description: Concussions and their impact on athletes have been recognized as a pressing concern within sports. Associated symptoms are manifold, including their invisibility to outsiders. Female athletes have been found to be at higher risk of experiencing sports-related concussions and have generally reported experiencing more severe symptomology compared to male athletes. Despite extensive research on the general psychosocial impact of sports-related injuries, little has been done in terms of understanding a female athletes’ experiences post-concussion, particularly in relation to possible changes in their identity and appropriate social support post-concussion. Within this study, I examine how female athletes make sense of their lived experiences following a sports-related concussion with regards to their sense of identity, how they navigate possible changes, and what types of support they received and find helpful. Furthermore, I aim to understand how support persons perceive changes of identity in the athlete and how they understand their role as social supports for female athletes who have experienced concussions.

Specifics: Study Population:
- Female competitive athletes (ages 18-30) who have experienced a physician-diagnosed concussion within the last 3 months to 6 years and have been cleared to return to moderate physical activity
- Support persons of a female competitive athlete

Participant Obligation:
After eligibility is determined via phone, participants will be asked to engage in one to two 1-2hr interviews about their experiences. Interviews will be conducted via phone or a video-conferencing platform.

Upon completion of all interviews, a random prize draw for each participant population (i.e., athletes and support persons) for a one of two $50 Amazon gift cards will be conducted.

Location: Online - Calgary, AB

Project lead: Franziska Kintzel, Supervisor: Dr. José Domene

Study Dates: July 27, 2021 to November 15, 2021

Attitudes toward Statistics, Software, Research Practices, and Open Science

Description: Poor statistical and research practices slow down scientific advancement and impact society at large. Such research practices lead to lack of replicable effects and potentially misleading conclusions or results. Open science practices have been widely recommended to help combat against these issues, but researchers are not adopting them too quickly. This study consists of two parts: 1) We will examine the psychometric properties of previously developed measures tapping into attitudes toward statistics for students in a general researcher population as well as questions asking about research practices. After validating the measures in part 1, they will be used in part 2 of the study where we seek to examine attitudes toward statistics, attitudes toward open science practices, and the frequency with which researchers engage in certain research practices. We will use online surveys to assess attitudes toward statistical software and practices in researchers, and determine the extent to which these attitudes are related to the adoption of recommended statistical and open science research practices. Results from the study will help scholars writing about open science and research methods identify important next steps in their own research by disentangling the observed behavioural practices and the reasons behind such practices.

Specifics: Study Population:
Participants will include English-speaking psychology researchers (including PhD students) with at least a Master in psychology (or related) conducting research at a N.American institution (e.g., at a university, hospital, private sector, government):

Participant Obligation:
The online survey (via Qualtrics) should take approximately 20-30 minutes and is completely anonymous. Participation is voluntary and participants can pause or stop the survey at any point.

Participants can opt to enter a draw to win one of 5 $50.00 gift cards. Winners will be able to choose between several gift card options (Amazon, Starbucks, etc.) This project is funded by SSHRC and has been reviewed and approved by the REB at Ryerson University (REB 2020-532).

Location: online - Toronto

Project lead: Udi Alter, Supervisor: Alyssa Counsell

Study Dates: January 15, 2021 to December 31, 2021

Study Website:

Understanding emotion regulation with and without anxiety

Description: We are trying to better understand the role of emotion regulation in anxiety! Complete a quick, 5-10 minute screening survey and a phone call to see if you are eligible for the main online study.

Specifics: Study Population:
1) Above 18 years of age
2) Currently residing in Canada
3) Fluent in written and spoken English
4) With normal or corrected-to-normal vision (e.g., glasses, contacts)
5) Access to a computer/laptop with video calling capabilities

Participant Obligation:
Participants are free to withdraw from the study at any time. Based on your responses in the survey, we may contact you for a 15-minute phone call to determine your eligibility. If you are then eligible and participate in the main online study.

Location: Online - Ottawa, Ontario

Project lead: Dr. Allison Ouimet, C.Psych

Study Dates: June 23, 2021 to April 30, 2022

Study Website:

Understanding FASD: Faculty perspectives

Description: Are you a faculty member of a professional psychology program in Canada? Do you teach and train future licensed psychologists? We are using a short, anonymous, online survey to learn more about faculty member perspectives on how we train student psychologists about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder across the lifespan.

Specifics: Study Population:
1) You must be a faculty member of a professional psychology graduate program (any specialty, accredited or not)
2) The program must be in Canada
3) You may train future psychologists in an academic or clinical setting

Participant Obligation:
You are not obligated to participate or complete the survey.

Location: Online - Edmonton, Alberta

Project lead: Devon Heath. Supervisor: Dr. Jacqueline Pei

Study Dates: June 21, 2021 to February 1, 2022

Study Website:

Managing Emotions during Treatment Study (METS)

Description: The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is seeking individuals in Ontario aged 18-65 who are starting individual or group cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with a licensed mental health professional. We are interested in examining changes to your emotional experiences over treatment. All participants will be compensated for their time and have the chance to review a summary of changes over treatment.

Specifics: Study Population:
Participants must be 18-65, have access to the internet/smartphone, and experiencing some depressive symptoms (e.g., low mood, fatigue) but a formal diagnosis of depression is not required.

Participant Obligation:
One baseline interview and questionnaires (conducted online) lasting one hour. After this, weekly surveys sent to your smartphone while you complete CBT for up to 12 weeks which take ~20 minutes per week. All procedures remote. Overall: 6-7 hours.

Location: Online -Toronto

Project lead: Lena Quilty

Study Dates: June 1, 2021 to October 31, 2021

Study Website:

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:

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:

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:

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: