Cairnmillar Institute
The experience of therapy for people diagnosed with trichotillomania

Would you like to contribute to the growing knowledge about trich by sharing some of your experiences? If so, I would be interested in hearing about it.

I have been an ARCVic Helpline volunteer and co-facilitator of the Trichotillomania Support Group. I am currently conducting research towards completion of a Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy at The Cairnmillar Institute, looking into “The experience of therapy for people diagnosed with trichotillomania”, under the supervision of Ms. Biliana Dearly.

I am seeking up to six participants aged 18 years and over who have been diagnosed with trich and who are currently undergoing therapy for the trich, (or have previously undergone therapy for trich), and are attending support groups.

Participation in the study involves a 45 to 60 minute interview at a mutually convenient time and place, face-to face. An audio recording of the interview will be made which will be deleted once the interview is transcribed. Your responses are confidential, information will be anonymous and pseudonyms will be used.

Participation in this study is voluntary and you are free to withdraw from the study at any time without question or explanation.

I am looking to interview between 2-6 people so if you want to have a say, get in early!

If you are curious to know more, please contact me by phone 0422 862 864 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

If you would like further information about my research, you are welcome to contact the Secretary to the Human Research and Ethics Committee, Ms. Jenaya Du Toit, 391-393 Tooronga Road, Hawthorn East 3123, phone 03 9813 3400 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

I’m excited to be doing this research and to hear from you!

Hope to chat soon,

Margaret Ioannidis

Federation University
La Trobe Research

You are invited to participate in this new investigation into how our thoughts and perceptions about other cultural groups in society can impact our personal wellbeing. 

Your responses will contribute towards developing a greater understanding into how Australians think and relate to others and themselves, with an aim to help create a more inclusive Australia that nurtures its cultural diversity.  This online survey will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes of your time to complete in a location of your choice and your participation is voluntary and anonymous. 

More information and access to the survey can be found via the following link:

This research is being conducted as part of an Honours thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology and Counselling, La Trobe University. Feel free to contact the Student Investigator, Ariane Virgona, with any further questions or concerns on  or the Chief Investigator Associate Professor Emiko Kashima on Tel: 03 94793829. 

Also, as a thank you for your time, you can go into the draw to win one of twelve gift cards valued at $50.00! 

Once again, your participation is not only integral to help understand how thoughts and feelings about others impact wellbeing outcomes, but also how this can be used to foster a more inclusive Australia. 

Research Study into Mindfulness, Meditation, and Well Being 

In the School of Psychological Science at La Trobe University, we're conducting research on the relationship between a three-week, online course of guided mindfulness meditations and well being. During these meditations, you would practice techniques such as becoming more aware of your breathing, or focusing attention on developing an attitude of compassion for yourself and others. We're looking for participants who are older than 18, who have Internet access, and who have experienced a hurtful event in which a person they know treated them unfairly or hurt them a lot (e.g., a disagreement with a friend or spouse). Prior experience with meditation is not required but people who have previously practiced meditation are very also welcome to partake. If you are interested in participating in the study, or would like further information, please contact Kara Boscarato by phone or email (0435 859 993 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

Participants will receive a $30 gift voucher and will go into the draw to win one of 10 double passes to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra once they complete the full three-week course.

For more information click here

University of Western Sydney Research

There are currently no studies.

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.