Monash University, School of Psychology and Psychiatry

Visual Processing and Body Image Concern

A research project by Monash university is aiming to discover whether individuals with differing levels of body image concern and eating disorder traits have differences in visual processing. High body image concern is robustly associated with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), thus, this research will try to distinguish whether those with BDD have a visual processing bias. The researchers are looking for volunteer participants to complete a 10 minute online questionnaire. All participants will go in the draw to win 1 of 4 $50 gift vouchers and may be invited to participate in the second section of the study, which will be paid! Since we all differ to some degree in body image concern, we’re interested in how these factors may vary in the healthy population (we are not looking for participants who have been clinically diagnosed with body image related pathology). If you would like to participate, are above 18 years old and have not previously been diagnosed with an eating disorder or BDD, then please follow this link to the questionnaire:


Do you have PTSD and experience sleep difficulties?

You may be eligible to participate in a research study looking at sleep problems in people with PTSD. 

What does the research involve?

  • One at home sleep study 
  • Two free overnight stays at the Monash Sleep Laboratory

You may be eligible if:

  • You are 18 years of age or over
  • Have a clinical diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Snore regularly or stop breathing while you sleep 


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Phone: 99055917

OCD Research

Researchers are investigating how the brain and personality characteristics are assicuated with sensitivity to rewards and punishment in certain situations. If you experience OCD, are between 18 and 55, fluent in English, have normal or corrected vision, are not pregnant or breastfeeding, and have no history of alcohol/drug dependence, you may be eligible.

Participation will involve a phone interview to see if you are eligible, a 1 hour online survey to complete from home, and a full day session at Monash University involving an MRI scan that will safely take pictures of your brain, psychological questionnaires and computer tasks, abd a collection of saliva sample for genetic analysis. 

You will be reimbursed with a $200 Coles/Myer voucher for participating in the study.

Further enquiries: Leah Braganza or Linden Parkes at Monash Biomedical Imaging/ Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre to see ifyou are eligible - Ph: 0409 830 519 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Research into Hoarding

People with hoarding tendencies are invited to take part in a Monash University research project.

This involves a one-hour taped interview with a female researcher (Meg Toogood).

Participants will each received $30 to cover personal expenses.

Furhter enquires may be made to Meg Toogood - 0408 242 821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Are you a person whose parent has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? 

Monash University is currently investigating the impact of parental Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in children. We are trying to find out more anout the experiences og having a parent with a mental illness and how it might impact on children's life and family life.

This is an important study because this information can be used to inform service providers to better support children and parents where a parent has a mental illness. This information will also be extremely useful to develop programs for people living with families with parental OCD.

We are looking for participanta (aged 12 years to adult), who have a parent with OCD.

You will nbe required to participate in a one off interview either a face-to-face or telephone itnerview, asking questions about mental illness and your family. The itnerview will last approximately 30-60 minutes,

If this study relates to you and you are interested or would like more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.