Monash University

The OCEAN Study (Obsessive-Compulsive Early Intervention study):

Intrusive thoughts (or ‘obsessions’) and repetitive behaviours (or ‘compulsions’) are quite common and can range from mild to clinical levels, at which point it might be considered Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Commonly, those who have even mild symptoms are more likely to also experience some levels of depression or anxiety, which in combination can affect a person’s quality of life. Research has shown that obsessions and compulsions are commonly experienced for about 7 years before they reach clinical OCD levels. It is well known that the earlier symptoms are targeted, the more effective treatment is, which is why early intervention is crucial in the OCD realm.

Online programs can potentially help to decrease intrusive thoughts or repetitive behaviours as well as associated anxiety and depression.

Monash Brainpark have therefore, designed a study called the ‘OCEAN study’ (Obsessive-Compulsive Early Intervention study) which will compare two evidence-based online programs in their impact on well-being, particularly in their ability to improve intrusive thoughts and repetitive behaviours in those with subclinical to mild OCD symptoms.

Participation will involve:

• completing 4x online modules (30-50 minutes each) over 6 weeks

• practicing learned skills between modules

• completing questionnaires online

• receiving emails with recaps of each module and/or reminders

To find out if this study is the right fit for you, we need to ask you some questions about your obsessions and/or compulsions as well as other aspects of your wellbeing. You won’t be asked to provide your name or any identifying information until the end, where you’ll be given more information about what’s involved in the study.

The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. --> click on the link to find out if you're eligable to participate: The OCEAN Study (


Should you wish to discuss any matter relating to The OCEAN Study, please do not hesitate to contact us via email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or for more information about the study visit the website:

Want more control over your recurrent thoughts or repetitive behavours?

Monash BrainPark are exploring whether lifestyle interventions, such as cognitive or physical training, can help people overcome their obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviours. These can range from thoughts about university work to contamination concerns, and behaviours such as repeated checking of work to repetitive cleaning. We’re looking for volunteers who experience any thoughts or behaviours like these, even really mild ones!

Who are we looking for?

•Aged above 18-44
•Right handed
•Experience obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviours
•No diagnosis of an eating disorder, substance use disorder, gambling disorder, bipolar affective disorder or attention deficit hyperactive disorder
•No history of a neurological illness or severe brain injury

What’s involved?

  • A single 4 hour session at the Monash Biomedical Imaging facility, involving 30 minutes of either:
  1. Cognitive training
  2. Light intensity physical training
  3. Combined cognitive and physical training OR
  4. Documentary watching
  • Cognitive tasks and an EEG recording to measure brain activity

 $40 reimbursment if eligible. For more information contact Sakshi Dhir -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 03 9902 4997

Download flyer  pdf here (241 KB)

Healthy habits for your brain and body: let us help you make the change!

The Monash Brain & Mental Health Laboratory are seeking volunteers to take part in an exciting LIFESTYLE PROGRAM designed to understand the relationship between compulsions, exercise and stress. Strong habits, sometimes called compulsions, are very common. Up to 80% of people experience them at some point in their lives.

We are looking for people who are:
• Aged 18-40 years
• Have a strong habit you’d like to break, eg drinking, shopping, eating, checking/washing/counting, ordering/organising/arranging
• Willing to participate in an 8-week stressreduction + physical exercise program, MRI brain scan, stress hormone measurement, brief fitness test and cognitive tasks
• Must be able to attend Monash University, Clayton VIC for testing sessions

For more information, please visit 

To see if you are eligible:

Download flyer  pdf here (4.04 MB)

Do you have OCD? Interested in Virtual Reality? We need your help!

We are interested in people diagnosed with OCD who have contamination concerns. This study aims to improve the availability of treatment for people diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by using Virtual Reality.

If you are eligible for the study, you will receive up to $60 in gift cards to compensate for your time, and engage in some clinician-guided therapy.

Your participation will involve:

One session conducted in private rooms at The Melbourne Clinic (Richmond), during which you may be asked to:

  • Complete several commonly used questionnaires
  • Engage in some clinician-guided Exposure and Response Prevention therapy
  • Use Virtual Reality technology


Ms Alison Cullen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mr Nathan Dowling This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Download flyer  pdf here (109 KB)

Cross-cultural differences in post-traumatic stress disorder

Researchers at Monash University are currently conducting a preliminary study investigating cross-cultural differences in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

PTSD has been recognised across cultural groups, however the majority of research in this area has sampled only Western populations, particularly war veterans in the U.S.A. This study aims to explore whether the key processes believed to underlie PTSD (such as emotion regulation) function the same way across two different cultural groups, with the goal of ultimately contributing to the translation of research between cultures and types of trauma.

If you are eligible to participate in this study, you will meet with a researcher once for ~60 minutes at either a Monash University campus (Clayton, Caulfield, or Peninsula), or a public library of your choice if a bookable room is available to ensure your privacy. The study involves an audio recorded clinical interview as well as several questionnaires. Please note that the interview will assess symptoms of PTSD, and as such includes briefly disclosing the nature of the traumatic event you have experienced (For example: “I was in a serious car accident when I was 15”).

You may be eligible to participate if you:

  • Are over 18 years of age
  • Have experienced a traumatic event (a situation where you experienced, witnessed or learned about a threat to life, serious injury, or sexual violence. E.g, natural disasters, serious motor vehicle accidents, family violence)
  • Have either a Caucasian Australian background (self, parents, and grandparents born in Australia, USA, UK, New Zealand) or an East Asian background (self, parent, and grandparents born in China, Vietnam, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, or Mongolia)

You will receive $20 cash to thank you for your time.

For further information, please contact Amanda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 


Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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.