Deakin Research

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Research

We are seeking people with a diagnosis of OCD to participate in a study that will explore the underlying processes involved in the disorder.

What will participation involve?

• Completing a screening interview and questionnaire about symptoms of OCD, depression, reasoning, intrusive thoughts, and the views you hold about yourself at Deakin University’s Burwood campus. This will take approximately 40 to 50 minutes.
• Monitoring your intrusive thoughts via an app over two weeks and responding to some questions about them (e.g., the extent to which you feel they are important to you). Use of the app will add up to approximately 10
minutes per day, or 140 minutes in total over the two-week period.
• Selected participants will also be invited to participate in a follow-up one-onone, face-to-face interview. This will run for approximately 45 minutes to one hour. If you are interested in taking part in a follow-up interview, you can provide your consent to be contacted when you sign up for the first part of the study.

What else do I need to know?
• In order to participate, you must have a diagnosis of OCD, and be receiving psychological and/or pharmacological treatment.
• You must be 18 years or above, speak fluent English, and use a smartphone (i.e., Android or iPhone).
• Some questions about sensitive topics will be asked in this study. If you are uncomfortable with this, you may wish not to participate.
• Participants will receive a $20 Coles voucher in recognition of their time.

Participants taking part in subsequent face-to-face interviews will receive an additional $20 Coles voucher.

If you are interested, please contact Tess Jaeger: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Mindfulness, Yoga Nidra and Relaxation Study

The aim of the study is to investigate the psychological, physiological and neurological effects of mindfulness, yoga nidra and relaxation. 

Particpation is for females aged between 18 - 40 years who:

  • Have no history of psychiatric or neurological impairment
  • Have not regularly practiced yoga, mindfulness or yoga nidra in the last 6 months (1 session or more per week)
  • Have not attended a mindfulness meditation retreat in the last 6 months

Participation involves attending a 3 hour session at Deaking University Burwood that involves:

  • A brief, 30 minute relaxation session
  • Pre/post session assessments of psychological, physiological and neurocognitive activity

Participants will received a $30 Coles-Myer voucher as reimbursement.

For more information, or to get involved, please contact Subhadra Evans - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Lisa Olive - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Men and Parenting Pathways

Men and parenting pathways (MAPP) is a program of research that investigates men's mental health and wellbeing and how it affects and is affected by family life. This includes how men prepare for and enter fatherhood; as well as how men fare when they elect not to have children or when they are unable to become fathers. As part of the MAPP research, we are investigating differences in anxiety levels between men at the peak age for fatherhood who do and do not have children.

If you are a man aged 28-32 (father OR non-father), you are welcome to participate in the online survey.

To participate in the survey, follow the link:

To learn more about the MAPP research project, follow the link:

Cognitive aspects of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder and

 We are researchers in the School of Psychology at Deakin University, at the Geelong Waterfront Campus, and we are conducting a project to learn more about the experiences of people with anxiety disorders.
We are seeking volunteers to be participants in this research project, which aims to investigate the cognitive and problem solving abilities of people with anxiety disorders. We are also interested in finding out about what people find helpful in enabling them to cope with their anxiety disorders and what they find difficult in daily life due to these conditions.
Information about the effects of anxiety disorders on people’s lives will help health professionals to better understand these disorders and may also help raise awareness of others in the wider community about the effects of these disorders on people’s lives.
Volunteers’ time and any inconvenience caused by participating in this study will be acknowledged with a $15 shopping voucher .

To be eligible for this study, you must have one or more of the following:
● a diagnosis of Obsessive-compulsive Disorder
● a diagnosis of Panic Disorder
● believe that you suffer from a fear of dogs, spiders, heights, or enclosed spaces

If you are interested in participating, please obtain one of the "Invitation to Participate Information Letters" from your mental health service provider, or
for further information, call:
Emma Gould
Lecturer, School of Psychology, Deakin University
Telephone: (03) 5227-8492
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