Participate

Below are all of the SHAW lab’s active research programs, if you would like to participate in any of these research studies please follow the appropriate link.

Survey of Australian Well-being: There is ample evidence showing that loneliness is a public health problem that influences one’s social, mental and physical health. The current project is about understanding loneliness and its trajectory over time. There is limited research in this field on Loneliness in Australia; as such, there is increased importance in being able to track the developmental trajectory of this phenomenon. This will be the first study of its kind within the Australian context and will help provide future avenues for treatment in both the public health and psychiatric medicine domains.

If you are aged over 18 years and live in Australia, you are eligible to participate in the study. Participants who complete the first survey go into the draw to win one of 10 eGift Cards valued at $50. If you complete the second and third surveys (each 6 weeks after the previous survey), you will also go in the draw to win one of 10 x $100 eGift Cards, and 10 x $150 eGift Cards.Complete the study at: https://bit.ly/2w2ltS7


Young Australians’ Social Internet Use (YAS): Loneliness is increasingly acknowledged to be a growing public health problem that can negatively affect one’s social, mental and physical health. The aim of the current project is about understanding loneliness, social internet use, health behaviors, and well-being in young adults aged 18 to 25. There is limited research in this field on loneliness in young Australians. As such, there is increased importance in being able to track the developmental trajectory of this phenomenon.

If you are aged 18-25 years and live in Australia, you are eligible to participate in the study. Participants who complete the first survey go into the draw to win one of 10 eGift Cards valued at $50. If you complete the second and third surveys (each 6 months after the previous survey), you will also go in the draw to win one of 10 x $100 eGift Cards, and 10 x $150 eGift Cards. Complete the study at: https://bit.ly/2HKZ0hV 


+Connect: Learn how to make new friends, and strengthen existing connections with +Connect, the app designed to help you improve your social connectedness. The app features six weeks of daily videos and challenges, all designed to help you learn new skills for creating lasting social connections. The app is currently available to all Swinburne students. To get the app, visit: https://bit.ly/2z8rv5v. 

The app is also in pilot testing with young adults aged 18 to 25 years. If you are a Swinburne student OR if you have a diagnosis of Social Anxiety Disorder and are currently receiving treatment, you may be eligible to participate. If you would like to participate, please email positiveconnect@swin.edu.au with your name, contact phone number and best time to call to provide more information about the app.


Uprise: Young adulthood is a time of transition, characterised by changing social relationships, increased autonomy and responsibility, financial pressures, new experiences, and often geographical re-location for work or study. It is therefore unsurprising that many young people experience significant stress and distress during this time of life. To address this problem, universities are looking for engaging and effective tools to support student wellbeing. One possible solution is self-guided, digital programs. This study aims to test the efficacy of  a four week computerised cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness online program and app, Uprise, in Australian tertiary students. Uprise has previously shown promising results in addressing workplace stress, but has not been tested in a student population.

Pilot-testing of Uprise will begin in September. If you are aged 17-26 years and enrolled in tertiary education in Australia, you may be eligible to participate in the study. Participants will be invited to complete 3-4 assessments, and 4 weeks of app usage. Participants will be reimbursed $15/hour for completing the assessment. To register your interest, please email shaw@swin.edu.au with your name and contact details.