Research Listings

The following studies have been approved by their respective research ethics board. Please contact the study coordinator directly if you wish to participate or for further information.

If you wish to list your study on the MHPconnector, please email

Innovation Initiatives Grant Program

The Knowledge Institute’s Innovation Initiatives support projects that address barriers such as wait time, culture and language, stigma, geography and health literacy. Successful applicants are supported with up to $75,000 to implement new evidence-based or promising practices that demonstrate potential for broader impact in the provincial child and youth mental health and addictions system. We also provide tailored coaching supports to implement and evaluate these initiatives.

Drawing from our latest piece Overview of culturally adapted programs, we’re looking for project ideas that implement and evaluate culturally responsive programs for racialized children, young people and their families! Project proposals are due by Thursday, December 15, at 4 p.m.

Please consult the application guide for information regarding eligibility and instructions for applying.

Social Justice Oriented Research Study

We are looking for Canadian registered (licensed) and provisional psychologists to take part in a study of barriers and facilitators to support clients of the LGBTQ2 community to develop self-advocacy skills.

As a participant in this study, you will be asked to take part in one face-to-face or online interview and one brief, follow-up email/telephone interview. Participants will discuss their practices and experiences in supporting LGBTQ2 clients to develop self-advocacy skills within counselling and mental health services.

Please note that this study is not about clients per se, but about your skills as a psychologist.

For more information about this study or to volunteer, please contact:

Research Student: Luis Gerardo Ibarra Alexanderson
MSc Student, Counselling Psychology Program
Werklund School of Education
at (403) 220-3364 or email:
Primary Investigator: José Domene, PH.D, R. Psych.

The University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board has
approved this research study (REB22-0782).

Evaluation of virtual care services offered to children across Ontario

In partnership with Empowered Kids Ontario, researchers at the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University are completing an evaluation of virtual care services offered to children across Ontario.

If you are a service provider who provides any virtual care or virtual assessment to children in Ontario, and are interested in learning more about participating in this research please contact us at or 905-525-9140 ext. 21263

Examining Workplace-based Supervision to Strengthen Social Services

Practitioners/ Direct Care Providers,
Supervisors, Co-Ordinators, Managers, and
Leaders in
Ontario Human Services
Needed for Research Study


This research explores supervision practices and impact as reported by practitioners/workers, supervisors/coordinators/managers, and directors/executive directors/ and CEOs in human service organizations in Ontario.


This is a 10-20-minute anonymous electronic survey using Qualtrics where we will ask about employment, aspects of supervision, supervision relationships, wellbeing, and supervision impact.

To participate in this study, you must be:

  • Be practitioners/workers, supervisors/coordinators/managers, or directors/executive directors/ and CEOs employed in a human services organization in Ontario.
  • Comfortable completing an online survey in the English language

Upon completion, participants can enter a draw to win one of 50 $10 electronic gift cards.

Click here to complete the survey:

End date: June 15, 2022

We would appreciate your circulating this Call for Proposals to any colleagues in the human services who may be interested in completing this survey on supervision.


Dr. Karen Sewell, Carleton University

Feel free to reach me at or (613) 520-2600 ext. 5717 if you have any questions


This research has been cleared by Carleton University Research Ethics Board-A (Clearance #116100).

If you have any ethical concerns with the study, please contact Carleton University Research Ethics Board (by phone at 613-520-2600 ext. 2517 or by email at

Participant Recruitment for Online Survey – What Do Mental Healthcare Providers Think of Psychedelic-assisted Therapy?


As you may know, the field of psychedelic-assisted therapy is rapidly growing, with increased research, media coverage, popular interest, and proposed legislative changes. Despite these changes, little is known about how Canadian mental healthcare providers feel about this type of therapy.

We are conducting this anonymous online survey to better understand Canadian mental healthcare providers’ and students’ attitudes about psychedelic-assisted therapy and psychedelics more generally.

We would appreciate it if you could complete our 15–20 minute online survey, which is being conducted on REDCap.

We hope to recruit approximately 400 participants. In thanks for participating, you can enter a draw to win 1 of 8 $100 gift cards to a retailer of your choosing (1 in 50 chance to win).

To be eligible to participate, you must be:
• A registered mental healthcare provider in Canada or a student training to be a registered mental healthcare provider in Canada
• Providing mental health services to clients (directly or via supervision) as part of your current employment or training program.
• 18 years of age or older
• Able to read English

If you would like to participate or learn more about the study, please visit
Thanks for your support!

Hera, Maya, and Anne

Dr. Hera Schlagintweit, Ph.D., C.Psych, Postdoctoral Fellow, X University and Remedy Institute

Maya Atlas, B.A., Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Student, X University and Remedy Institute
Dr. Anne Wagner, Ph.D., C.Psych., Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Arts & Associate Member, Yeates School of Graduate Studies, X University and Founder, Remedy Institute

This study is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

This study has been approved by the Ryerson Ethics Board.

A Qualitative Exploration of Burnout and Self-Care among Novice Psychotherapists

Your participation will contribute to the completion of my MA thesis in Counselling Psychology at the University of Ottawa. Inclusion criteria for this study are as follows: you believe you have experienced burnout as defined above along with the three dimensions that characterize it; you have acquired less than five years of counselling experience; you are actively engaged in the practice of psychotherapy; and you have a minimum of a Master’s degree in counselling psychology, clinical psychology, or social work. If you believe you fit the criteria and you agree to participate in this study, I will ask you to fill out a demographic questionnaire and participate in a semi-structured interview which will last approximately 60 to 90 minutes of which we will discuss your experience of burnout and self-care. Please note that participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The interview will be video recorded and over your preferred video conferencing platform (i.e., Zoom, Microsoft teams). Rest assured, I will keep any responses that you give confidential and I will alter any identifying information of names and places within the data as needed. You are under no obligation to participate and if you choose to participate, you can withdraw from the study at any time and/or refuse to answer any questions without any consequences. If you are interested, please contact me and I will be delighted to share more details about the study with you. I look forward to hearing from you.

Participants Needed for a University of Toronto Study on Self-Care in Counsellors

We are looking to understand the reasons why counsellors engage in various self-care behaviours.

Participants will complete a virtual (phone or video call) interview lasting approximately 60 minutes.

• Registered Psychologist or Psychotherapist
• Currently provide therapy and/or assessments
• Reside in Canada

To participate or for questions about this study, please contact us at:

This study has been approved by the University of Toronto’s Office of Research Ethics

OISE Risk Assessment Survey

We are a group of student researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. We are currently recruiting participants to take a 15-minute survey for a study entitled ‘Risk Assessment in Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention Services: Assessing Effectiveness, Provider Experience, and Readiness’. We are contacting you to ask if you could please circulate this email with the attached flier throughout your organization.

The present study seeks to improve the current understanding of practitioner perceptions and experiences of risk assessment for suicide. We seek to better understand practitioners’ perceived utility of risk assessment, perceived effectiveness, training experiences, readiness to conduct risk assessments, assumptions of suicide risk, and barriers to conducting risk assessments.

This line of research will provide direction for future research in the area of suicide risk assessment and impact service delivery for both practitioners and service users.  

The following criteria must be met to be eligible to participate:
· Reside in Canada/United States
· Speak English
· 18 years of age and older
· Be currently practicing psychotherapy


In appreciation for their time, participants will receive:
· a free continuing education training offered by Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos on “risk assessment practice.” Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos, is a registered clinical psychologist in the province of Ontario, and national expert in suicidology. At the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education he is an Assistant Professor in Indigenous Mental Health and Social Policy in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development. In 2019 he was appointed as a Canada Research Chair in Critical in Indigenous Health and Social Action on Suicide. 
· Participants will also be entered into a draw for a cash prize of $200.00.

If you would like more information about this study, please reply to this email.

This research has been peer-reviewed and approved by the University of Toronto Ethics Review Board (#00040908).


Research Team

Katelyn Ward, MA
Nikan Eghbali Tehrani, MA
Shannen Rowe, BAH

Principal Investigator

Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos, C.Psych.
Director | Critical Health and Social Action Labs
Canada Research Chair | Critical Studies in Indigenous Health and Social Action on Suicide
Assistant Professor | Indigenous Mental Health and Social Policy
Clinical and Counselling Psychology | Applied Psychology and Human Development
University of Toronto | Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON M5A1V6


Buddhist Concept of Mindfulness Study

The Buddhist concept of mindfulness has been adopted as one of the psychotherapeutic interventions to help to address psychological distress and alleviate suffering. However, some existing literature argues that the western adapted mindfulness-based psychotherapies and the meaning and practice of mindfulness have deviated from the original Buddhist teaching. It is recommended in the existing literature for psychotherapists to understand Buddhist teachings and be active in the practice of Buddhism should they wish to integrate the concept of mindfulness into their clinical service efficiently. There is a knowledge gap in exploring the lived experiences of the Buddhist psychotherapists in practicing Buddhism and integrating the Buddhism concepts in their practices.

The current study aims to speak with Buddhists about their lived experience of integrating their Buddhist practice in their therapeutic practice and professional development. I am looking for participants to take part in a semi-structured interview to explore their experiences of integrating their Buddhist practice into their therapeutic works.

This research is being supervised by Dr. Asa-Sophia Maglio, Ph.D., RCC.


Suicide Prevention Survey


As part of our funding agreement, Health Canada has requested that the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) report on several performance indicators including the relevance and timeliness of the various knowledge products / documents prepared by the MHCC.

As you and / or your organization have shown an interest in the area of suicide prevention, we would appreciate if you could complete the online survey which should take no longer than five minutes.

Please note that:
- Your participation in the survey is completely voluntary.
- The data collected through the survey form will be aggregated.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the survey, please contact:

Galin Kora, Performance Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, MHCC

Phone – 613-683-3934


Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Service Provider Experiences with Indigenous Mental Health and Cultural Safety

The purpose of this project is twofold:  First it seeks to map the demographics of the mental health services providers on the NIHB program. Secondly, this study seeks to understand provider knowledge and care practices around some key issues impacting Indigenous communities.

The following criteria must be met to be eligible to participate:

  1. You are currently a registered mental health provider with the Non-Insured Health Benefits Program;
  2. You have provided services for this program for at least one-month; and,
  3. You are at least 18 years of age.


In appreciation for their time, participants will receive:

  • a free continuing education training offered by Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos on “Indigenous Cultural Safety”.
    Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos, is a registered clinical psychologist in the province of Ontario, and national expert in suicidology. At the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education he is an Assistant Professor in Indigenous Mental Health and Social Policy in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development. In 2019 he was appointed as a Canada Research Chair in Critical in Indigenous Health and Social Action on Suicide.  
  • Participants will also be entered into a draw for a cash prize of $200.00.

This research has been peer-reviewed and approved by the University of Toronto Ethics Review Board (#00040815).


CAMH - The OpeN Study

Researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health are looking to recruit mental health care providers across Ontario who provide direct patient care and document patient notes within an electronic health record, to participate in their study. The study, entitled “The OpeN Study”, is looking to better understand and explore the needs and experiences of clinicians providing patients and their family members access to their clinical notes and documentation.

The study is recruiting participants to take part in a 60-90 minute interview to share their experiences, thoughts, and needs in sharing clinical notes with patients and family members. More information about the project and interview process can be found in the attached poster. 

If you are interested in participating in this study, please email by Wednesday March 10th, 2021.


Ryerson University - Sexual Confidence Research Study

Ryerson University HIV Prevention Lab is currently recruiting HIV-negative men who have sex with men to participate in a study testing a novel form of online psychotherapy to treat social anxiety. Participants will receive 12 free online psychotherapy sessions and STI testing.

For more information and to see if you qualify, click here:

Or email us at, or call 416-979-5000 ext. 552179 (after pressing 1)


Research Participant Recruitment - Concussion Telerehabilitation Study

Researchers in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto are currently recruiting youth with concussion to participate in a study exploring the use of telerehabilitation for concussion management.

Youth will participate in a 6-week rehabilitation program consisting of education, support and low-intensity exercise delivered by a kinesiologist or occupational therapist through weekly videoconferencing appointments.

Who can participate?

  • Youth (ages 13-18 years) experiencing concussion symptoms
  • At least 2 weeks post-concussion

For more information or to help with participant recruitment, please contact the research team at or 416-946-3273.

Thank you for supporting this important research.


Research Opportunity: Impact of COVID-19 on Wellbeing and Mental Health Services

Are you a mental health practitioner or an individual receiving or seeking psychotherapy?

The McGill Mindfulness Research Lab is recruiting participants for an online study assessing the impact of COVID-19 on wellbeing and mental health services. Participation in this study should take approximately 90 minutes. If you choose to participate in this study, you will be asked to answer several questionnaires on topics such as your experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, your wellbeing, and your distress. As compensation for taking part in this study, you will be entered into a draw for the chance to win 1 of 40 $100 gift cards (there is a 1 out of 10 chance of winning). Participation is voluntary. Please note the study is conducted in English.

If you wish to participate, click on the following link:

If you have any questions or concerns, please send an e-mail to

Thank you for your interest in this important project!

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Bassam Khoury (, Assistant Professor)


Christina Spinelli (, PhD Candidate)

Megan Per (, PhD Student)

Viktoriya Manova (, MA Student)

L’hypersexualisation des femmes âgées de 25 à 50 ans, victimes d’agression sexuelle durant l’enfance : comparaison de la perception du corps et des organes sexuels

Question de recherche :

Comment les survivantes d’abus sexuel qui se disent hypersexuées perçoivent-elles leur corps et leurs organes sexuels maintenant adultes?


Participantes : Nous sommes actuellement à la recherche de 10 femmes adultes, âgées de 25 à 50 ans francophones, s’identifiant comme survivantes d’abus sexuel et hypersexuelle au Canada. Le recrutement se fera selon le principe de première arrivée, première enregistrée.

Déroulement : Une entrevue semi-structurée de 60 minutes.  En raison de la situation causée par le COVID-19, les entrevues semi-structurées se feront par vidéo-conférence avec le logiciel Doxy-Me, Teams ou par téléphone.    

Objectifs : L’objectif de la recherche est de montrer comment les survivantes d’abus sexuel à l'enfance maintenant adultes donnent sens à leur comportement hypersexuel. 

définition de l'hypersexualité: La difficulté et non l’incapacité à réglementer son comportement sexuel où l’hypersexualisation implique une source de détresse importante chez les survivantes de violence sexuelle maintenant adultes.