Swinburne Research

Piloting a virtual reality mindfulness program for anxiety and mood disorders

Have you ever been interested in trying Virtual Reality (VR)? The Centre for Mental Health at Swinburne University would like to invite you to participate in research looking at how VR can be used to deliver mindfulness practice.

Who can take part?

You may be eligible to participate if:

  • You are between the ages of 18 and 65
  • Have a clinical diagnosis of anxiety, bipolar or depression,
  • Can come into Swinburne University in Hawthorn, Melbourne for one testing session.

What happens if you take part in the research study?

If you decide to take part, you will be required to answer some questions about your diagnosis over the phone to assess your eligibility to participate. If you are eligible, you will come in to Swinburne University of Technology to try our VR mindfulness program on an Oculus Go headset and complete some questionnaires about your mental health and your VR experience. This will take about 1 hour and you will receive $30 for your time.

You might also like to provide your feedback in an interview. If you would like to participate in an interview about your experience in VR this will take an additional hour. You will receive an additional $20 for your time.

To read more about the research and to sign up – follow this link:   https://tinyurl.com/y56uvgtx

Do you live with someone experiencing Hoarding Disorder? Would you like free information and support?

Researchers at Swinburne University of Technology have developed a free group program to assist people who care for someone who experiences Hoarding Disorder. The program aims to provide information about the causes and treatment of Hoarding and to develop strategies to assist you with living with Hoarding.
The program has been developed for people (including spouses, parents, siblings, children, partners or carers) who live or support someone experiencing Hoarding. There is no need for the person you care about to be formally diagnosed with Hoarding Disorder or to be in treatment. If you are over 18 years of age, and the person experiencing Hoarding is over 18 and you would like further information please contact The Swinburne Psychology Clinic on 9214 5528 or at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Survey of Australian Wellbeing

Swinburne University and the Australian Psychological Society are inviting Australians to complete the online Survey of Australian Wellbeing https://bit.ly/2w2ltS7. Help us to better understand the factors affecting the health and wellbeing of Australians, and go into the draw to win one of 10 eGift Cards valued at $50.  Open to all Australian residents aged 18 years and over.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Visual Treatment Trial

The aim of this study is to trial a new treatment targeting visual perception in body dysmorphic disorder. It is expected that this treatment trial will alter how people with BDD perceive themselves, other people and the world around them, which may also reduce distress and associated symptoms.

Participation will include pre- and post-assessments involving a clinical interview, questionnaires, and eye tracking tasks.

The visual training program involves attending 10 weekly sessions at Swinburne University, Hawthorn, to practice a combination of computer-based and therapist-led tasks. All participants will be reimbursed for their time.

To participate, individuals are required to have a primary diagnosis of BDD, are between the ages of 18-65, have a preferred language of English, and have no history of neurological or ocular conditions.

For more information, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.