Research Projects

"Help them to help us"

We are committed to helping research into any aspect of depression.

The research projects below need our help. The more people that participate in research projects, the more accurate the results, and the more that is learnt about depression (and related conditions) and how to best treat it.

Please help out wherever you are able with the projects here!

You may be interested in this article that gives information About Clinical Trials.


This section contains links to project pages on certain websites. Links to specific projects are below the next horizontal line.

The Mental Health Research Institute

The page linked in the heading (published on May 21, 2015) contains information about the institute and its research projects.

Research by The Black Dog Institute

The Black Dog Institute conducts studies into subjects relating to depression and bipolar disorder. For details visit their Participate in Our Research page.

Research projects listed on beyondblue

The beyondblue website lists research projects currently being conducted in the areas of depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders in Australia. For details visit the website's page Participate in a Research Project.

Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre

The Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre is based at the Alfred Hospital, a major teaching hospital in Melbourne, Australia. From here, The centre carries out world-class research to help make a difference to the lives of people suffering from serious mental illnesses. The link above is to a page describing a number of projects investigating new diagnostic and treatment methods for people experiencing depression.


Transdiagnostic Cognitive-behavioural Therapy For The Treatment Of Depressive Disorders

This project requires participants to attend an interview and group therapy sessions at the Monash FEAR Clinic, Notting Hill. The project is ongoing.

Experiencing Unwanted, Negative Memories During Depression?

During depression, many people experience spontaneous (involuntary) memories about negative/stressful life events from their past. These memories are typically distressing and research suggests that these memories may play a role in keeping depression going. But more research is needed.

FIFO and Managing a Baby Study

The online FIFO and Managing a Baby Study (FaMB study) is a research study being conducted at the University of Western Australia, as part of the UWA FIFO pregnancy study. These studies are a world first look into pregnancy and life after pregnancy for FIFO women and FIFO partners. We would like the partners of FIFO workers who have recently had their baby, to participate. They should be aged over 18 and be approximately 2-6 months post-partum. We are continuing to recruit new participants until early 2017.

Role of Boosting Positive Emoticons in Managing Stress

If you are 18 years old and are willing to take part in three phases of a survey which will take a total of 2 hours over the period of 2 weeks, then you are eligible for this research. This is an on-line research and there will be no face to face interview.

If you are keen to participate in this research please contact :
John Martin
Department of Psychology Macquarie University
Tel : 0415-096-750 or
email: for further information. Flyer attached

Investigating Probiotics As A Potential Treatment For Depressive Symptoms

Research has already demonstrated that improving gut health, through consuming probiotics, leads to improved levels of stress and anxiety in healthy participants. This study aims to investigate whether consumption of probiotics will also improve mood in individuals with symptoms of depression. It was anticipated that participation in the project will begin again in January, 2017. Check using the link on the page linked in the heading.

Intervention to Improve Depressed Mood (Deakin University study)

This study seeks online participation from people aged 18 to 25 years who own an iOS smartphone and who have experienced persistently low or depressed mood for two weeks or more. Posted January 6, 2016

How People Use Blogs To Express Their Mental Health

Can we use information from blogs to determine the mental health of the blogger community? The Black Dog Institute and Deakin University invite you to participate in a study on this. We need data from a whole range of people in the community. You do not need to have a mental health problem to participate. The study involves completing fortnightly online questionnaires as well as sharing their blog site address. Participants are reimbursed for their efforts.

How Discontinuing Medication Affects Employment – On Line Survey

Participation is sought from people who have stopped or reduced medications for depression in the last 3-4 years whilst working (including full time, part time, casual or volunteer work). The survey is anonymous. A closing time for participation has not been set.

Metformin for mind & metabolism

Monash University and Alfred Health are looking for participants for a treatment trial into using the metformin pill for people who are depressed and overweight. People with depression who are also overweight are more likely to find that their depression symptoms become chronic. Please see our MAPrc website for more information here This entry published May 26, 2015.

Depression Outreach Study

This study is currently recruiting participants who have depression and are taking an SSRI medication, but still have some ongoing residual symptoms (like for example, tiredness, sadness or lack of interest). The Depression Outreach Study is evaluating an investigational drug that is intended to be taken with your current antidepressant (SSRI), to see if it helps lesson any ongoing symptoms of depression. This entry was published April 30, 2015.

International study to predict optimised treatment – in depression (iSpotD)

This study is currently recruiting participants who have depression. It is an international phase IV effectiveness trial to identify genetic, neurophysiological and cognitive markers that predict specific response to the three most widely prescribed anti-depressant medications (Lexapro, Zoloft and Effexor) in major depression. This entry was published April 30, 2015.

Thinking styles, Coping patterns and Trauma

Researchers at the Cairnmillar Institute are interested in investigating thinking and coping styles associated with experiencing a traumatic event. In particular, they would like to explore the thinking styles and coping strategies people use. They are seeking individuals who have witnessed or experienced a traumatic event.

Improving how health services respond following a suicide attempt

The Black Dog Institute is looking for people who’ve had a suicide attempt or who care for someone who has had a suicide attempt. We invite these individuals to take part in a research project examining people’s experience of health services following a suicide attempt. Posted January 8, 2014.

Online group therapy for the treatment of depression in Australian adults

MoodGroup, an online group therapy intervention for the treatment of depression in Australian adults, is conducting research to examine its efficacy. Participation involves meeting online in a group of 6 to 8 participants who will remain anonymous. Sessions will last for 2 hours each for 9 weeks and are facilitated by a provisional psychologist. Participants will receive reading material and home practice activities. The research will be ongoing.

Bipolar Disorder in Adolescents

A clinical psychologist working with the Cade Clinic at Royal North Shore Hospital and in private practice in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs is currently seeking adolescents to participate in research into bipolar disorder in two projects.

Discrimination and negative experiences of insurers – The Insurance Project

For over ten years, the Mental Health Council of Australia and beyondblue have heard stories from people experiencing difficulties with accessing insurance simply because they have had a prior experience of mental illness. On the basis of these stories, we believe that insurance companies often deal inappropriately with consumers who disclose mental illness. We hope to change that, with your help. Posted December 13, 2013 and checked June 23, 2014.

Portraits in Blue

This project aims to capture the stories of people experiencing depression, their friends and families and those who provide support services to them and identify common themes. Those of us working on the project believe that there is a lot of wisdom in the day-to-day stories of people experiencing depression, and Portraits in Blue aims to better understand and share those stories and their wisdom. Posted November 7, 2013 and checked June 23, 2014.

Attitudes Towards Online Therapies

Amy Coe, Swinburne University Psychology Honours Student and Senior Research Assistant is conducting an investigation into the individual differences amongst the population that predict one’s attitudes toward online therapy and therefore the likelihood of individuals engaging in psychological services. In particular the research will explore the effects of personality factors and social networking usage on perceptions of, and tendency to engage in, online psychological therapy.

Visual perception study: Looking for healthy participants and participants with a psychiatric condition

The Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc) is seeking volunteers to help us investigate a potential new method for diagnosing bipolar disorder. The project will close for participation when enough participants have been recruited.

Cognitive Control Training for Treatment Resistant Depression: Application, Evaluation and Augmentation
Are you interested in trying a new non-medication treatment for Depression?  The Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre is seeking volunteers who are currently experiencing depression to help us investigate a new anti-depressant treatment to see whether cognitive control training can help alleviate the symptoms of depression and whether a mild form of brain stimulation called transcranial electrical stimulation can be used to boost the impact of cognitive control training (transcranial electrical stimulation is a safe, mild and non-invasive means of stimulating nerves cells in the brain).  See the details of the research project by clicking on the link in the heading above.


Research Projects previously listed on this page.