Swinburne Research

 Do you ever engage in distressing hair-pulling?

For individuals with a psychological condition called “Trichotillomania”, hair-pulling is a compulsive behaviour in which hair is removed from the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes and other bodily areas until noticeable hair loss results. Trichotillomania and the associated hair loss often causes embarrassment, distress and disruption to many important areas of life.

Researchers at Swinburne University are currently launching an investigation into this a poorly-understood condition, which has attracted very little Australian research.  This is why we need your help!

If you are aged 18 and older, and engage in hair-pulling that you find distressing and is not done for cosmetic purposesyou may be eligible to participate in this study, which aims to explore how thoughts and beliefs contribute to the onset and maintenance of chronic hair-pulling. It is hoped that the findings of this research will inform the development of effective treatment strategies for Trichotillomania. Participants will be asked to complete questionnaires and engage in interviews with the researchers regarding psychological experiences surrounding hair-pulling.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact either:

Dr Maja Nedeljkovic, Principle Investigator, Ph: (03) 9214 4428, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Miss Imogen Rehm, Student Investigator, Ph: (03) 9214 5553, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Social Anxiety and Substance Use

Swinburne University is seeking individuals who experience anxiety in social situations for a study which is investigating the relationship between social anxiety, personality, coping strategies, beliefs about the use of alcohol, and use of substances.  We are interested in exploring why some people with social anxiety use alcohol or other substances whilst others don’t.

We are interested in people who experience anxiety in social situations who are 18 years old or older.

As a participant you will be required to take part in a clinical interview (either in person or by phone) and to complete a questionnaire pack.  Answering questions during the interview and completing the self-report questionnaire should take no more than 45 minutes in total.

If you are interested in being a part of this study, please contact Annette Raber (Associate Investigator) via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone: 0459 775 739.

If you have any questions or comments about the study, please forward them on to Annette Raber or Professor Michael Kyrios (Principal Investigator) via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.