Participate in Research
ISTSS engages its members in advancing traumatic stress science and uses research to improve prevention and clinical care, promote resilience and inform public education and policy. Below is a list of research initiatives related to traumatic stress.
Study of Clinical Decision-Making Regarding Suicidal Patients (posted 4.19.19)
ISTSS members are invited to submit research opportunities for consideration. ISTSS does not oversee or evaluate individual studies. It is the responsibility of the institution and the principal investigator to uphold scientific and ethical requirements. All studies listed are IRB approved and ISTSS will not have access to data obtained through these studies. [New announcements on top]
University of Washington
Researchers: Trevor Coyle, M.S.
, and Melanie Harned, Ph.D.
We are seeking licensed mental health professionals (PhD’s, PsyD’s, MSW’s, etc.) to participate in an IRB-approved online research study investigating the clinical decisions mental health professionals make in treating suicidal patients. Participation takes 30-50 minutes on average.
Should you agree to participate, you will be taken to a Qualtrics Survey in which we will ask you to:
- Read four brief vignettes about hypothetical therapy cases and make decisions based on the information provided.
- Answer questions about your personal attitudes as well as your organization’s norms regarding care for suicidal patients, as well as your experience in treating suicidal patients.
- Answer demographic questions about yourself (e.g., age, ethnicity, gender, level of education, work environment, years of clinical experience, etc.).
- Read and acknowledge a brief Debriefing Statement.
This is a minimal risk study, meaning no sensitive information will be collected. All information gathered through your participation will be collected anonymously and cannot be traced back to you. The information you provide in the study is not linked to any identifying information about you. We may use the anonymous data collected through this project for other studies in the future. It is possible you may feel uncomfortable answering particular questions or embarrassed if you do not understand a question. To avoid discomfort, you may skip any question. You may discontinue your participation in the study at any time without penalty.
You may appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the larger body of knowledge related to clinical decision-making. The research may lead to discoveries that enhance the understanding of tools to best support mental health providers in providing care to suicidal patients.
Participation in this project is voluntary. You may choose not to participate or may withdraw from the study at any time without any penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.
If you choose to participate, we will give you a $10 Amazon gift card, which will be awarded after you have completed the study. You will also have the opportunity to enter to win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards for your participation. Winners will be selected and contacted by email once all phases of the study are completed.
If you are potentially interested in participating in this study, you can access the online survey here.
Your Experience as a Practicing Clinician is Needed (posted 4.10.19)
My name is Alexandra Klein and I am a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Norah Feeny and I are working on a study examining clinician beliefs about prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD.
The purpose of this study is to identify factors that are associated with and influence clinicians’ beliefs about utilizing Prolonged Exposure, or PE, for treating their patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
We are asking you to complete questionnaires and listen to information about prolonged exposure therapy. The study should take about 30 minutes to complete.
If you choose to complete the survey, you will be entered into a raffle to win one of twenty Amazon gift cards!
You can access the survey here.
We understand that you are busy and receive many of these requests. We appreciate your time and feel that your participation will greatly help with moving this research forward!
Thank you, again for your time and feel free to pass this along to other colleagues and clinicians.
Views of Clinical Psychologists and Neuropsychologists on their Role in Suicide Assessment for Most Commonly-Referred Populations (posted 1.7.19)
The purpose of this study is threefold: 1) to develop an understanding of the most common referrals for neuropsychological/psychological assessment in the PAST YEAR; 2) determine differences between suicidality among these referrals; and, 3) understand practicing clinical psychologists’ and neuropsychologists’ views of their roles in suicide risk assessment, including knowledge of neuropsychological correlates and how these may differ from depression or suicide ideation (SI) alone, perceived utility of neuropsychological test results in assessment of suicide risk, and interest in suicide risk assessment as a primary referral question.
There are two versions of this questionnaire with only minor variations between the version designed for Clinical Psychologists and the version designed for Clinical Neuropsychologists – referral questions inevitably differ and, therefore, questions in this realm were tailored. The Clinical Neuropsychologist version consists of 59 items while the Clinical Psychologist version consists of 58 items. Each includes informed consent, inclusion criteria, and verification of submission within these items. With this being said, there are three (3) criteria that must be met in order to be eligible for these questionnaires:
- You must have earned your doctoral degree from an APA- and/or CPA-accredited university;
- You must be a Clinical Psychologist or Clinical Neuropsychologist licensed in your state/province; and,
- You must have at least one year of practicing independently.
The following URLs may be utilized to access the questionnaires – please choose the correct option based on your professional role and licensure:
Clinical Neuropsychologist Questionnaire
Clinical Psychologist Questionnaire
This IRB-approved dissertation study will take approximately 35-45 minutes. Your time and participation would be greatly appreciated – your responses are invaluable. Should you have any questions related to the study questionnaires or results, please do not hesitate to contact the primary investigator, Jack C. Lennon, MA
, at Illinois School of Professional Psychology, or the dissertation chair, John Tirado, PhD, ABPP
Submit Your Study
ISTSS members who would like their research to be advertised on this page may submit their proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration. Research studies will be posted for six months after which an extension must be requested. Please note: ISTSS does not send research requests to our membership through listservs. However, all postings listed on this page will be cross-posted in Stresspoints and the ISTSS Twitter feed.
For submissions, please include the following information:
Name of Primary Investigator
University where the study is taking place
Purpose of the study
Participant inclusion criteria
Letter of IRB Approval and date of IRB expiration (please specify that you have approval for posting on websites, social media, and electronic newsletters)