Australian College of Applied Psychology Research

Seeking people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder washing / contamination concerns for a free trial of self-administered Danger Ideation Reduction Therapy, a cognitive therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder that is completed at home  

This research wil examine the effectiveness of a self-administered intervention for people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder whose main problems concern impulsive washing and cleaning an obsessions about contamination. The research is being conducted as part of Ms Melissa Gentle's Master of Psychology (Clinical) studies under the supervision of Professor Lynne Harris (Australian College of Applied Psychology) and Dr Mairwen Jones (University of Sydney).

We are seeking people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) whose main concerns are washing / contamination who are 18 years and older to participate in a self-administered intervention for OCD washing.

The study involves:

  1. an assessment with a clinical psychologist (Professor Lynne Harris) conducted at the Australian College of Applied Psychology Clinic before and after the treatment. ASsessments take about two hours.
  2. Undertaking self administered Danger Ideation Reduction Therapy (SA-DIRT), a sef-administered version of Danger Ideation Reduction Therapy which is a cognitive therapy for OCD. SA-DIRT is conducted over 12 weeks. During that time participants work through the SA-DIRT materials with weekly telephone support from a psychologist (Ms Melissa Gentle).

There are no costs to participants.

For further information about this study please contact Ms Melissa Gentle at the Australian College of Applied Psychology Clinic on (02) 8236 8070 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The information gathered will not identify participants. It will contribute to our understanding of the usefulness of self-administered DIRT for people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and will be written up as part of Ms Melissa Gentle's thesis for her Master of Psychology (Clinical) studies. It may also be presented at conferences and in publications.